As Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual guru and head of Swaminarayan sect, entered into Mahasamadhi on Saturday evening, political leaders cutting across party lines and other spiritual heads mourned his death by expressing condolences on Twitter. The spiritual leader who is also the head of Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan (BAPS)  entered into Mahasamadhi at 95 in Sarangpur after suffering from a lung infection.

 

The spiritual leader was born as Shantilal Patel in village of Chansad near Vadodara on December 7, 1921. He was just 28 when he was appointed as Pramukh of Bochanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). He became the spiritual guru of BAPS in 1971 after Yogiji Maharaj passed away.

During his lifetime, he created and consecrated 1,100 temples and giant cultural complexes like Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi and Gandhinagar. In his first overseas tour after becoming guru, consecrated the first BAPS mandir in New York, USA in 1974. At the age of 62, Pramukh Swami suffered a heart attack and later in 1998 he underwent a heart bypass surgery in New York, USA. In 2012, he also got a pacemaker implant at Ahmedabad.

In the year 2000, he addressed the Millennium World Peace Summit of Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations and in 2004, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US government.

In the year 2000, he addressed the Millennium World Peace Summit of Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations and in 2004, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US government.