Inspired by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, 2019, Acharya Swamishree, sants, disciples of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan from all over the world, and members of the broader Virginia community, celebrated the arrival of Supreme Almighty Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa to this great state with the Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav and Silver Tula at Shree Swamianrayan Mandir – Chesapeake, Virginia!
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj conscecrates the new Mandir premises in Embleton - Perth, Australia
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj is the first leader of the Swaminarayan Faith to grace and sanctify the beautiful islands of Hawaii, the fiftieth state of the United States of America. From Sunday, June 25 through Friday, June 30, 2017, Acharya Swamishree, a mandal of twenty-six sants, and disciples partook in a week-long vicharan and spiritual retreat of the Big Island of Hawaii, a continuation of the Sadbhav Yatra, which commenced in Australia and East Asia earlier in the month.
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa established a new Mandir of the divine Karan Satsang in the village of Naranpar, Kutch in Samvat 2013, Vaishakh Sud 3. Sixty years have passed since the Mandir was established. In celebration, with the inspiration of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, and as a facet of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj Sadbhav Amrut Parva, a 5 day, auspicious festival is being celebrated, held from Tuesday 25 April to Saturday 29 April 2017.
Magnificent grand festival held to mark the silver jubilee of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, World Peace Centre
Silver jubilee of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mount Abu
A five day festival was hosted by Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Nairobi, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Viramgam
Grand Opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Ranip
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj led a group of 400 Sants and disciples on a pilgrimage to Northern India. The pilgrimage named Shree Muktajeevan Smruti Yatra, started in Ayodhya. The group then travelled to Chhapaiya, Varanasi and Kashi, where the eminent scholars of the Vedas performed the Vasant Pooja to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and presented him with an honorary accolade, Ved-ratna
Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalol Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Silver jubilee of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pragatyadham, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kheda
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury - Grand Opening
The beautiful murti of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj was seated upon a miniature throne on one side of the scale. Acharya Swamishree and sants then placed sugar crystals (saakar) on the other side of the scale. The tick mark on the scale slowly began to change position as the weight of the sugar crystals increased to one kilogram. Finally, when the weight of the sugar crystals surpassed the physical weight of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj’s murti, the side of the scale with His idol ascended higher than the other, and there were cries of joy all around. Acharya Swamishree and sants spun the scale around for the entire audience to have the divine darshan of Harikrushna Maharaj’s idol during the Tula. In a similar manner, Shree Harikrushna Maharaj was then weighed against one kilogram of silver, gold, and platinum in the form of bars and coins. Each time the scale tipped from one side to the other, there were ecstatic cries of joy from all over.
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Sukhpur Sanskar Kendra
Maninagar, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Amrut Mahotsav was celebrated at the worldwide headquarters of the supreme Karan Satsang
Forty years after Gurudev Swamibapa’s Mokshdayi Yatra, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj lead a group of 600 Sants and disciples on a 7 day pilgrimage to Northern India, when they re-visited the sacred sites that Swamibapa blessed in 1973, and which Lord Shree Swaminarayan sanctified over 200 years ago
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bolton Mahamandir Mahotsav and Golden Tula
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kentucky, USA
Sixtieth anniversary celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kera
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Aral - Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Arnej - Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Sanand - Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Sixtieth anniversary celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Ghanshyamnagar
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Los Angeles, California, USA
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Platinum Tula Mahotsav, USA
Festival held to mark the 60th anniversary of when Gurudev Swamibapa first set foot on the soil of Panchmahal, and to celebrate the 50th diksha jayanti of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago, USA
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was commended with the prestigious Gujarat Gaurav Award as part of a special ceremony in Mumbai
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mordungra
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Trent
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Joshipura
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Soja
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh
Second meeting between Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and President APJ Kalam
Grand festival to celebrate the Hirak Jayanti (Diamond Jubilee), 60th anniversary, of when Jeevanpran Swamibapa installed the divine murti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at the headquarters of the Swaminarayan Karan Satsang, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar. As part of this Mahotsav, the Sants and disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan also acknowledged the events of Wednesday 28th February 1979, the 25th anniversary of when Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa designated Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to be His heir and divine sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi
Golden jubilee celebration of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kera
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets with the Indian Vice President Shree Shakhavatji
Historical meeting between Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and the President of India, Dr APJ Kalam
Golden Jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Ghanshyamnagar
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's third spiritual tour of mainland Europe
Golden jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mankuva
Magnificent festival was held in Maninagar to celebrate the 200th anniversary of when the almighty Lord revealed His supreme mahamantra, 'Swaminarayan' for the salvation of humanity
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Secaucus, New Jersey. The divine Murtis were ceremonially weighed in a grand tula with 780 kg gold as part of the installation ceremony, 5 August 2001
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Parklands, Nairobi. Murti Prathista Mahotsav - are in celebration of the inauguration of new Mandir and Murtis - divine idols of the Lord - hand carved out of pure white marble and leafed in pure gold.
Murti Pratistha Mahotsav at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Golders Green, London, 27 August 2000
Grand opening of the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Arts and Culture Centre, Bolton, Sunday 20 August 2000
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's second spiritual tour of mainland Europe
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets with the Prime Minister of India Shree Atul Bihari Bajpayee at the New Delhi Prime Minister's residence on Sunday the 17th October, 1999
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj launches the official website, www.Swaminarayan Gadi.com
The Rajat Mahotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi (a festival marking 25 years since Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave Shree Swaminarayan Gadi a physical embodiment) was held in Maninagar. Acharya Swamishree opened the newly re-built Shree Ishwar Sadvidyashram (Swaminarayan Boarding). His Holiness Acharya Swamishree initiated the celebrations of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi, a magnificent 10 year long festival commemorating the divine leela of Swamibapa.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked on a 14 day tour to the Far Eastern countries and Australia
The Suvarna Jayanti Mahotsav (Golden Jubillee) of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at Shree Swaminarayan Temple at Maninagar was commemorated with great splendor.
This year marked 150 years since Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree gave darshan upon this earth. To mark this ocassion, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree celebrated the Sat Suvarna Mahotsav at Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of the magnificent Swamibapa Smruti Mandir at Godasar, Ahmedabad on 7th Oct. This Memorial to Gurudev Swamibapa was opened in the presence of Dr Shankardayal Sharma (President of India).
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a new temple at Kheda, the manifestation place of Jeevanpran Swamibapa.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a new temple and a guest house at Mount Abu.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a grand new temple and a guest house at Mahalaxmi, Bombay.
The Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Temple in Bhuj were held in April of this year.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked upon the first tour of the USA where established the Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal, USA.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of the Swaminarayan Higher Secondary School with Science and General Streams at Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked on His first International tour in this year. He travelled to the UK to perform the opening of the new temple at Golders Green, London.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of Shree Muktajeevan Sevashram (health centre) at Bhuj.
The first major festival for His Holiness Acharya Swamishree was the Bicentenary celebrations of Lord Swaminarayan. This 15 day long Mahotsav was held in Maninagar.
On Wednesday 28 February 1979 (Samvat 2035 Falgun Sud 2), Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa appointed Swamishree to be His heir and subsequent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. During the investiture ceremony, Jeevanpran Swamibapa stated, “I hand over the helm of the Karan Satsang – Shree Swaminarayan Gadi to Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swami. In every respect, Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and I, will work through Him, and will always remain with Him.”
Jeevanpran Swamibapa's third tour to the United Kingdom. It was during this visit that Jeevanpran Swamibapa ceased to give darshan in a human state. This episode of Swamibapa's leela occurred in Bolton on the 30th August. Jeevanpran Swamibapa's murti was taken to Maninagar where His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the agnisanskar vidhi (cremation ceremony). At the exact space where this took place, Acharya Swamishree instigated the creation of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa opened a huge Mandir and guest house in the capital city New Delhi. It was in this Mandir that Jeevanpran Swamibapa performed the revolutionary act of installing His own marble murti in the main sinhasan of the Mandir. Prior to this, it was only Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan that had installed His own murti.
The Jeevanpran Swamibapa Amrut Mahotsav and the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pancham Varshiya Mahotsav was held in Maninagar to mark the seventieth year since Jeevanpran Swamibapa manifested upon this earth and the fifth year since Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave the Swaminarayan Gadi a physical embodiment. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was weighed against 5 types of precious metals and stones. Once again, all the proceeds were used for the welfare of the society.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa opened a huge Mandir in the city of Baroda.
The Suvarna Jayanti Smruti Mahotsav was held in Maninagar. Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa gave a physical embodiment to the Supreme and Eternal Divine throne of Lord Swaminarayan - Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa sat in continuous meditation for 61 days at Maninagar.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa embarked on His first Intercontinental tour. Swamibapa traveled to Europe and America. The Shat Rajat Jayanti Mahotsav (125 years) of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Fortieth Diksha (initiation) Mahotsav of Jeevanpran Swamibapa were celebrated with tremendous grandure in this year.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed devotional dances; the most famous being ‘Chho Prabhu Shree Ghanshyam Jaykaari’ (Oh Lord Shree Ghanshyam, You are Immensely Glorious). In 1970, during Swamibapa’s international tour, He performed this devotional dance at various places in the UK, including London’s Trafalgar Square.
The Rajat Pratishta Mahotsav (Silver Jubillee Festival) of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir at Maninagar was celebrated. Shree Swaminarayan Bal-mandir, Prathamik Shala, and High School; Shree Muktajeevan Auditorium,Shree Abji Bapashree Granthalay (Library) were also opened at Maninagar.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave the Sadguru – Takiya – status to Swamishree on Tuesday 03 October 1967 (Samvat 2023 Bhadarva Vad Amas)
In this year Jeevanpran Swamibapa completed sixty years since He had manifested upon this earth. To mark this auspicious occassion, the Platinum Jayanti Mahotsav was held in Maninagar. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was weighed against platinum, the proceeds of which were spent on the establishment of numerous socially beneficial projects.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa took Swamishree to be His personal secretary and entrusted Him with all administrative responsibilities. Whenever Swamibapa wanted to communicate with disciples living around the world, He would dictate the bulk of the letter to Swamishree and sign off with any final comments.
On Sunday 21 March 1962 (Samvat 2018 Falgun Sud 15), at the age of 19, Gurudev Swamibapa initiated Hirji as a sant, and named Him Swami Purushottampriyadasji. The name given reveals his identity – the Swami who is beloved to Purushottam (the supreme Lord). Purushottam was also Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s name before He was initiated as a Sant. The name therefore signifies the immense love that Jeevanpran Swamibapa has for Him.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa performed the inauguration of Shree Swaminarayan Arts and Science Colleges at Ahmedabad in the presence of Dr Radakrishna (President of India).
Jeevanpran Swamibapa started the Swaminarayan Boarding at Bhuj - Kutch. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was selected as the President of the Akhil Bharat Sadhu Samaj, Gujarat and the Vice president of the All India Akhil Bharat Sadhu Samaj. This national organisation of the ascetic sants of India was set up to develop and propogate moral standards and religion throughout India.
This year marked the fiftieth year since Jeevanpran Swamibapa manifested upon this earth. To mark this auspicious occassion, a huge festival, the Suvarna Jayanti (Golden Jubillee) Mahotsav was held in Maninagar. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was seated upon a magnificently decorated elephant and a procession was held throughout the major streets of Ahmedabad. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was weighed against gold. This gold was then used for the welfare of the society at large. Hence, schools, colleges, hospitals etc. were founded from the proceeds of the Mahotsav.
A photograph from Swamibapa’s Golden Jubilee in 1957 shows young Hirji striking a distinctive pose while enacting the role of Chandra in a devotional play called ‘Balidan’ (sacrifice).
The Mandir in Maninagar was demolished and a huge new sikhar bandh Mandir was erected. On Falgun sud 3 of this year, Jeevanpran Swamibapa performed to murti pratishta of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj, Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj and Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree in the new Mandir.
At the age of 11, He moved to the boarding school in Maninagar to continue His education.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa sat in continuous meditation for 13 days.
A huge festival was held in Chhatri, Vrushpur, to celebrate Shree Abji Bapashree's Centenary.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa's First Visit to Kenya for a duration of 4 months
Shree Ishwar Sadvidyashram (Swaminarayan Boarding) was opened by Jeevanpran Swamibapa at Maninagar.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa established Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal at Ghanshyamnagar (Dahisara) Kutch.
From 1946 until 1953, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj attended the Bharasar Prathmik Shala (primary school).
Jeevanpran Swamibapa sat in continuous meditation for 31 days at Maninagar Mandir.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa performed the murti pratishta of Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan and Shree Abji Bapashree in Maninagar Mandir on Fagan Sud 3.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa sat in continuous meditation for 12 days at Maninagar Mandir.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa performed the pratishta (installation) of Lord Swaminarayan, Shree Abji Bapashree and Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa at Chhatri, Vrushpur. This was the first murti of Bapashree to be installed in a Mandir.
Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa entrusted Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa with the key to aatyantik moksha and appointed him as the leader of the entire Swaminarayan religion. Hence, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was made Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa ceased to give darshan in his human form on Aso Vad Amaas.
Withdrawal of the divine human form of Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swami on Aso Vad Amaas
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj manifested on Thursday 28 May 1942 (Samvat 1998 Adhik Jeth Sud 13) in Bharasar – Kutch, India, at the home of father Shamjibhai Naran Madhani and mother Rambai. He was given the name Hirji by Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa established Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Uttejak Trust. Under this Trust, land was purchased in Maninagar, Ahmedabad. In the same year Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa laid the foundation stone for the Mandir.
In an aim to defame Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, heretics instigated a plan to remove him from the Mandir at Kadi on 4th October. Once again, their plans all failed.
A religious conference/ debate was held at Ahmedabad on Chaitra Sud 9 by the heretics of Ahmedabad Mandir. Their aim was to defame Shree Abji Bapashree and His great works, Shree Rahasyartha Pradipika Tika Sah Vachnamrut, Shree Abji Bapashree ni Vato, Shree Purushottam Leelamrut Sukhsagar etc. However, in the presence of Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa and especially the speaches by Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, all their aims failed.
In this year, Jeevanpran Swamibapa first went to Kutch to give strength and guidance to the satsangees of Kutch.
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa arrived in Saraspur, Ahmedabad, and met Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa for the first time.
Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa initiated Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa as a sant on Kartik Sud 11 at Saraspur.
Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree withdrew his divine human darshan on Ashad Sud 5 at Vrushpur.
When some of the religions' administrators started to become corrupt and treated the income of the Temples as their own, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa established the Satsang Mahasabha thus protecting the Temple assets and protecting the true and unadulterated principles of Lord Swaminarayan.
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa gave darshan upon this earth at Kheda on the 7th October. Swamibapa chose the home of Muljibhai Patel and Ichhaba for His manifestation.
Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa entrusted Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa with the key to aatyantik moksha and appointed him as the leader of the entire Swaminarayan religion. Hence, Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa was made Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa withdrew his divine human darshan on Aso Sud 1 at Ahmedabad.
Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa initiated Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swami as a sant.
Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa gave darshan upon this earth in the village of Aslali.
Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa withdrew his divine human darshan on Vaishakh Sud 4.
Lord Swaminarayan gave darshan upon the earth in the form of Shree Abji Bapashree on Kartik Sud 11 (30th November 1844) at Vrushpur. The couple that were blessed for this manifestation were Panchapita and Devuba.
Lord Swaminarayan withdrew his divine human darshan on Jeth sud 10 in the village of Gadhada.
Lord Swaminarayan entrusted Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa with the key to aatyantik moksha and appointed him as the leader of the entire Swaminarayan religion. Hence, Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa was made Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa gave darshan upon this earth in the village of Chuda.
Lord Swaminarayan initiated Shree Khushal Bhatt on Kartik Sud 8 at Gadhada and named him Shree Gopalanand Swami.
Lord Swaminarayan met Shree Khushal Bhatt (Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa) for the first time at Jetalpur.
Only the year after, on Kartik Sud 11 (16th November 1801 CE), Shree Ramanand Swami entrusted the entire religion to Shree Sahajanand Swami. This coronation took place in the village of Jetpur.
Shree Ramanand Swami withdrew his human form on Magsar Sud 13 (17th December 1801 CE) in the village of Faneni. Fourteen days later, Shree Sahajanand Swami revealed His supreme and eternal name "Swaminarayan".
Shree Ramanand Swami held the charge of the Satsang at that time. Lord Swaminarayan wanted to show the importance of a Guru in everyone's lives. Thus even the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan took resort unto a Guru, Shree Ramanand Swami. On Jeth Vad 12 (19th June 1800 CE), at the village of Piplana, Shree Nilkanthvarni met His guru Shree Ramanand Swami for the first time.
On Kartik Sud 11 (28th October 1800 CE), Shree Ramanand Swami initiated Shree Nilkanthvarni as a sant and called Him Shree Narayan Muni and Shree Sahajanand Swami. This historical event took place in the village of Piplana.
On Shravan Vad 6 (21st August 1799 CE), Shree Nilkanthvarni arrived at Loj and met Shree Muktanand Swami. This marked the end of His forest expedition.
At the age of 11,on Ashad Sud 10 (29th June 1792 CE), Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj left His home to embark on a forest expedition through the Himalayan ranges to liberate and salvate innumerable lost souls. He kept merely a grass waistband (Munjni mekhla), a rosary (japmala), a water pot (kamandala), a begging bowl (bhikshapatra), a piece of cloth for filtering water (jalgaranu), a religious stone used for the purpose of worship (shaligram) and a small booklet containing extracts from the ancient Hindu scriptures (gutko). He was known as Shree Nilkanthvarni.
At 10.00 p.m. on Chaitra sud 9 (Monday, 2nd April 1781 CE), the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan gave darshan in His human form upon this earth. The place chosen for the manifestation was the village of Chhapaiya, at the home of Dharmadev and Bhaktimata. His parents named Him Shree Ghanshyam.
Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa gave darshan upon this earth in the same year as Lord Swaminarayan. The date for this manifestation was Maha Sud 8 and the place chosen was the village of Torda.