22 Facts About BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was and continues to be funded entirely by the local community of worshippers and well-wishers.

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2. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a type of 'Shikarbaddha' mandir, built according to principles laid out in the Shilpa Shastras, Hindu texts prescribing standards of sacred architecture.

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3. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, all year round.

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4. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir traveled around the world emphasizing the importance of family harmony, community service, and addiction-free living.

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5. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir campaigned against two common social crimes against women during his time—female infanticide and widow burning.

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6. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir helped stop the practice of animal sacrifices in yagnas and promoted animal welfare.

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7. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir registered a charity wing in 1950 with a goal of engaging in larger social and charitable works.

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8. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has included practical aspects of living life such as not committing adultery to respecting elders, gurus, and those of authority.

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9. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is my divine abode—Akshardham, which is infinite and endless.

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10. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is one and unparalleled, the reservoir for all forms of bliss and eternally divine.

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11. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is understood as Sarva karta, Sarvopari (transcendent), Sakar (having a form), and Pragat (present on the earth).

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12. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir teaches that the entity of Akshar remains on earth through a lineage of "perfect devotees", the gurus or spiritual teachers of the organization, who provide "authentication of office through Gunatitanand Swami and back to Swaminarayan himself.

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13. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir takes forward the legacy of Gunatit Satpurush by continuous vicharan and helping spiritual seekers (Devotees) to attain the higher state of spirituality.

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14. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir's travels were motivated by his desire to reach out to devotees for their spiritual uplift and to spread the teachings of Swaminarayan.

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15. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir embarked on a series of overseas tours beginning in 1974 as the Guru.

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16. Under his leadership, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has grown into a global Hindu organization and has witnessed expansion in several areas.

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17. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir gave Dr Patel the names of twenty-eight satsangi students to help conduct [satsang] assemblies.

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18. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir's travels inspired the local devotees to begin temple construction projects.

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19. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir instructed Shastri Narayanswarupdas, who now began to be referred to as Pramukh Swami, to ennoble Satsang under the guidance of Yogiji Maharaj.

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20. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir wanted to renounce the world and become an ascetic but he was told not to.

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21. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was instructed to seek the company of Gunatitanand Swami if he desired to attain the Gunatit state.

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22. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, known as a Hindu place of worship, serves as a hub for the spiritual, cultural, and humanitarian activities of BAPS.

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