Pramukh Swami Maharaj Centennial Celebrations held

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, thousands of female devotees and well-wishers of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the B.A.P.S Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL, to joyfully celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of their guru, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The event titled “A Beacon of Values, Hope and Faith,” a cultural program organized by women, and for women, took place at over 100 BAPS mandirs across North America. The program centered on an immersive experience where guests could understand and experience the lasting impact that their guru had on individuals, families, and communities.

When asked about her thoughts on the program, Yogini Patel, a disciple of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, remarked, “What inspired me the most about today’s program was to hear real women come together and share stories of the vulnerabilities in their lives. It is crucial that women can come together in that way and support each other. It is truly a testament to Pramukh Swami Maharaj that he has created this beautiful space for everyone to come and be vulnerable and be able to share and grow from each other’s experiences.”

Rinku Patel, a BAPS volunteer, commented “One quality of Pramukh Swami Maharaj that I admire is his ability to lead. He does so through humility which is a very unique quality to have in a leader.”

HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life motto was: “In the joy of others, lies our own. In the progress of others, rests our own. In the good of others, abides our own. Know this to be the key to peace and happiness.” Grounded in this very motto, the program highlighted how Pramukh Swami instilled timeless values in leaders, was a source of hope for devotees, and guided individuals to become the best versions of themselves through expressions of faith.

The program included live, colorful performances by women portraying timeless values, experiences, stories from the past and present day, insightful multimedia presentations and energizing dances.

As the emotional program ended, thousands paid their respects and gratitude to Pramukh Swami Maharaj for their spiritual guidance, upliftment, and for deeply touching their hearts. Attendees left with a renewed commitment to continue HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s legacy by imbibing his life’s motto as their own.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Its worldwide network of 3,800 centers supports these character-building activities. Under the guidance and leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS aspires to build a community that is free of addictions as well as morally, ethically, and spiritually pure. For more details, please visit www.baps.org.

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth and current spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was ordained a swami by Yogiji Maharaj in 1961 and named Sadhu Keshavjivandas. As he was appointed the head (Mahant) of the Mandir in Mumbai, he became known as Mahant Swami. His devout, humble, and service-focused life earned him the innermost blessings of Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Mahant Swami Maharaj travels throughout the world inspiring people through his insightful spiritual discourses and disciplined conduct. His virtuous lifestyle and profound devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and gurus are ideals toward which devotees strive. Mahant Swami Maharaj became the guru and President of BAPS upon Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s passing in 2016.

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