Let us mourn the passing of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, one of the world’s most prominent and respected Hindu leaders and the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who lived until 95 years of age, dedicated his life to humanitarian service and spiritual upliftment of millions around the world by carrying forward the teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, an 18th century luminary figure who sought to rid society of vice and superstition.
Globally, Pramukh Swami Maharaj inaugurated an astonishing 1100 temples, nearly 100 of which are in the United States. These, especially the five traditionally carved temples made of stone and marble, have become major landmarks across the nation, contributing to the cultural diversity and beauty of America. The Akshardham Temple complex in Robbinsville, New Jersey, currently under construction, will likely be among the largest spiritual centers in the world when completed.