BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
History of Swaminarayan Temple Adajan – Surat – Pramukh Swami Maharaj Mandir Surat
Bhagwan Swaminarayan established the Swaminarayan faith and renewed the ideals of Hinduism in 18th century India. He established a spiritual way of life and code of conduct to be followed. ‘Satsang’ is the word used by Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s followers to describe the process of associating with God and the guru to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Literally, ‘sat’ and ‘sang’ in Sanskrit mean ‘association with the truth.’ Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s followers are commonly referred to as ‘satsangis’ as they identify with Swaminarayan satsang.
Today, Pramukh Swami Maharaj continues this tradition through a wide range of humanitarian activities including: (1) health and wellness; (2) education; (3) environmental awareness; (4) community empowerment and (5) disaster relief. Together with its international and independent partner BAPS Charities, BAPS and its tens of thousands of volunteers continue to uphold this Spirit of Service, enriching their own lives and the lives of those they serve.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha publishes a variety of literature in multiple mediums to raise cultural awareness and encourage religious tolerance. These publications and audio-visual media are produced in many languages, such as English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Sanskrit, and French, and are available at over 3,850 BAPS centres around the world.