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Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Hindu Guru
Born Dec 7, 1921

Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the current guru and fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a Hindu organization. Under Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s guidance, BAPS has grown to become a global Hindu organization, with activities spanning religious, cultural, social, and humanitarian domains.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.


Born on December 7, 1921.


1939 17 Years Old On 7 November 1939, when Shantilal was seventeen years old, he received a letter from his guru, Shastriji Maharaj, inspiring him to join the sadhu fold. … Read More


1950 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In the early part of 1950, Shastriji Maharaj wrote several letters to 28-year-old Shastri Narayanswarupdas expressing his wish to appoint him the president of the organization. … Read More
1951 29 Years Old Pramukh Swami continued to serve as the president of BAPS under the guidance of guru Yogiji Maharaj after Shastriji Maharaj died in 1951. … Read More


1960 38 Years Old For instance, Pramukh Swami helped Yogiji Maharaj in expanding the faith to England and East Africa in 1960 and 1970, constructing new temples, and instituting new programs within the organization. … Read More


Before passing away in1971, Yogiji Maharaj had explained to sadhus and devotees, “From now onwards, Pramukh Swami Maharaj will carry on my work…Pramukh Swami is my everything.” With these and other sentiments, Pramukh Swami’s predecessors identified him as the spiritual leader and guide for followers of BAPS. … Read More


1981 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Milestone events in this realm include the bicentenary celebrations of Swaminarayan in 1981 and of Gunatitanand Swami in 1985, which saw the initiation of 200 and 173 sadhus, respectively, in a single day. Most recently, on 14 March 2012, the 91-year old spiritual leader initiated 68 youths from around the world into the monastic order during a ceremony in Sarangpur, Gujarat. … Read More


2000 78 Years Old Pramukh Swami Maharaj has been recognised by the United Nations for his efforts in religious harmony, and his message of peace and goodwill, having been asked to deliver a message to all at the World Peace Summit of 2000. … Read More
2002 80 Years Old 1 More Event
This vision of harmony through dialogue with other religious leaders, with followers, and with self characterizes Pramukh Swami’s message both within BAPS and beyond. During the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat and the terrorist attack on the Akshardham complex in Gandhinagar, Pramukh Swami Maharaj urged the general public to maintain peace and unity. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shastri_Narayanswarupdas.
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