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 1 More Event
On 7 November 1939, when Shantilal was seventeen years old, he received a letter from his guru, Shastriji Maharaj, asking him to join the sadhus. … Read More
1940 18 Years Old Pramukh Swami Maharaj received initiation as a Hindu Swami in 1940 from Shastriji Maharaj, the founder of BAPS, who later appointed him as President of BAPS in 1950. … Read More


1946 24 Years Old …  In 1946, when Shastri Narayanswarupdas was 25, Shastriji Maharaj appointed him the head, or "kothari", of the large BAPS temple in Salangpur. … 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 He continued to serve as the president of BAPS under guru Yogiji Maharaj after Shastriji Maharaj died in 1951. … Read More


1960 38 Years Old 1 More Event
For instance, he 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


Beginning with his first sadhu initiation ceremony in January 1971, he initiated over 850 youth into the sadhu fold. … Read More


1981 59 Years Old Inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Sanstha has enjoyed success in international festivals celebrated in 1981 (Bicentenary Celebrations of Lord Swaminarayan), 1985 (Bicentenary Celebrations of Gunatitanand Swami) and 1992 (Centenary Celebrations of Yogiji Maharaj), as well as the spectacular ‘Cultural Festivals of India’ held in London, 1985 and in New Jersey, 1991. … Read More


2000 78 Years Old 1 More Event
The sentiments he shared with world religious leaders at the 2000 Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations reflected a similar message. … Read More
2002 80 Years Old 1 More Event
This vision of harmony through dialogue characterized his message within BAPS and beyond. During the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat and the terror attack on the Akshardham complex in Gandhinagar, he urged the public to maintain peace and unity. … Read More
2012 90 Years Old 1 More Event
On 14 March 2012, he initiated 68 youths into the monastic order during a ceremony in Salangpur, Gujarat.
2016 95 Years Old He had been suffering from a chest infection in his last days from which he was gradually recovering. However, due to his longstanding heart problems, he died on 13 August 2016, at 6 pm at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Salangpur, Botad district, Gujarat, India.
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