New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Swaminarayan sect chief Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who he mentioned handled him like a son.
Recalling his dialog with the late Pramukh Swami when the Akshardham temple confronted a terrorist assault in 2002 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, Modi mentioned the previous had requested if the CM’s residence was affected because it was close to the temple.
Modi, who was in Ahmedabad on Monday to attend the swearing of Bhupendra Patel as CM, made his second go to to his residence state in three days, to inaugurate the month-long celebrations.
The PM recalled his particular relationship with Pramukh Swami Maharaj, saying he was handled as a son by the “nice saint” who constructed many temples all around the globe.
Modi mentioned the pen with which he signed the nomination papers to contest his first state meeting election from Rajkot was despatched to him by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
“After that he used to ship pens to me each time to signal nomination papers and he even despatched pens with BJP colors after I fought the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi,” Modi mentioned As its fifth non secular guru, Pramukh Swami Maharaj headed the BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha), the most well-liked of the 16 branches of the Swaminarayan group, between 1950 and 2016.
Throughout this era, the sect arrange temples in locations like Atlanta, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Auckland and Sydney. There are Akshardham temples in New Delhi and Gandhinagar and one other will open quickly in New Jersey.
The Swaminarayan Sampraday is a Vaishnavite motion that originated within the early 18th century, reaffirming the values of the Hindu ‘sanatan dharma’.
The pinnacle of the sect is taken into account very highly effective and has an iron-like grip over its one 10 lakh-plus followers. The sixth and present head of the Sampraday is 89-year-old Mahant Swami Maharaj.
Whereas the sect attracts followers from all faiths and castes, the Patidar group is related with the highest echelons of the sect. It’s important for state politicians to have the blessings of the BAPS non secular head, a political observer mentioned.
The 800-plus “saints” related to BAPS throughout the globe do not need any form of interplay with girls, even via distant modes of communication like an e mail.
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