BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (also known as ‘BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha’ or simply ‘BAPS’) is a worldwide community-based spiritual organisation with its beliefs firmly rooted in the Vedas. Revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan at the dawn of the 19th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj, BAPS strives to fulfil the spiritual and social needs of people while promoting inner peace and harmony between individuals, within families, and among communities.
Recognised and appreciated internationally for its humanitarian services and commitment to holistic social uplift, BAPS has received many national awards and is closely affiliated with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It reaches out to millions of individuals through its network of over 3,850 centres, 1,000 sadhus, 55,000 volunteers, and the dedication of over one million followers in 45 countries. Today, under the spiritual and administrative leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS is respected and valued by millions.
To learn more about BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and its worldwide activities, visit www.baps.org.
Information about its worldwide centres can be found here.
Other BAPS Mandirs
In total, there are currently 37 traditional shikharbaddha mandirs of the BAPS Swaminarayan tradition around the world. In addition to the one in London, there are six in North America – in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Robbinsville and Toronto – one in Nairobi, Kenya, and the rest can be found in various cities, towns and villages of India. Click here for a complete list.
To learn more about the fascinating Swaminarayan Akshardham mandir complexes in New Delhi and Gandhinagar, please visit www.akshardham.com.