The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is awaiting the arrival of the current head of the organization June 22, for a North American tour. He arrives in Atlanta, GA on June 22, and over the next three months, he will visit mandirs and meet thousands of devotees in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, New Jersey (and Robbinsville), and Toronto, Canada. His visit will include traditional celebrations, spiritual discourses, various seminars, and special events open to the community, Asian Media USA reported.
Since the death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Mahant Swami Maharaj now continues the lifework and legacy of Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the sixth and current spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was born in 1933 in Madhya Pradesh, India. In 1961, at the age of 28, he was ordained as a swami and given the name of Sadhu Keshavjivandas.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, pleased with Mahant Swami Maharaj’s work and devotion, appointed him as his successor in July 2012. In the past year, as in other years, Mahant Swami Maharaj has continued the tradition of spiritual travels throughout the world, and has thus far visited almost every major BAPS mandir in India and Africa. During his visit to the United States and Canada, he will attend numerous special celebrations including the ten-year anniversaries of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs in Atlanta, Toronto, and San Jose as well as a Murti Pratishta, a ritual to sanctify the murtis, for abhishekh in Robbinsville, NJ. After his three-month journey, he will continue onwards to the United Kingdom and the Far East regions.
For more details regarding Mahant Swami Maharaj’s North America tour, please visit www.baps.org/msm17na or follow #MahantSwami on social media.