- Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, a Sociospiritual
Organisation with its roots in the Vedas, was revealed by Lord Swaminarayan in the
late 18th century and established in 1907 AD by Swami Yagnapurushdas. Founded on the
pillars of practical spiritualty, it reaches out far and wide to clear the confusions and
questions that crowd the moral, social and material world of today. Its strength lies in
the purity of its nature and purpose. The Sanstha strives to rebuild the world by
rebuilding societies, families and individuals. This is done not just by mottos and
slogans but by mass motivation and individual attention, through elevating projects for
all, irrespective of class, creed, colour and country.
- Many ask, "How canyou mix spirituality and social
- We ask, "How can you separate the two?
- Those who wish to sincerely serve society must be spiritually
pure and only those who are spiritually pure can sincerely serve society!
Mandir is the most natural peace-making ground where people
of different races, cultures, opinions and likings can smile together through the love of
God. Daily some 70,000 pilgrims visit our mandirs, over 450 in India and 25 outside India
(in Africa, England, and America). The murtis of the Lord therein and the devotions and
ceremonies therearound make them the oases for meditation and spiritual enlightenment. Our
mandirs are more than places of worship. They are charged with zeal and activities of
social and spiritual nature. All the major religious festivals are litually celebrated in
their original colour and finery. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, recently opened in
London, is the first traditional Hindu Mandir in the west. It creates a perfect climate to
know about God, Hindunism, Indian culture and life. If you wish to get an insight to a
higher way of life, you need not search far. Just visit our nearest mandir. A warmth of
love, peace and spirituality awaits you.
The Sanstha's universal work has received many
national welfare awards and the affiliation of the United Nations. Its International
network has flourished into 1,700 Youth, 2,300 Children, 700 Women Centres, 625 sadhus,
30,000 volunteers and the dedication of over a million followers.
The hallmark of the Swaminarayan devotee is that
he or she devoutly begins the day with puja and meditation, works or studies honestly and
donates regular hours in serving others. No Alcohol, No Addictions, No Adultery, No Meat,
No Impurity of body and mind are the five principal vows. Such moral purity and spiritual
surety adds a deeper brilliance to all the hundreds of social services performed for