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World Sanskrit Conference Recognizes Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Akshar-Purushottam Darshan as Distinct Vedanta Tradition

World Sanskrit Conference Recognizes Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Akshar-Purushottam Darshan as Distinct Vedanta Tradition

VANCOUVER (Canada): The 17th World Sanskrit Conference, the premier international forum for Sanskrit scholars, recognized Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Akshar-Purushottam Darshan as the first new independent school of Vedanta since the 16th century. The recently authored ground-breaking Sanskrit works on the Akshar-Purushottam Darshan, the Swaminarayan Bhashyam and the Swaminarayan Siddhanta-Sudha by Sadhu Bhadreshdas of the BAPS Swaminarayan […]

BAPS Charities Hosts Walk Green 2018 in Sugar Land

BAPS Charities Hosts Walk Green 2018 in Sugar Land

SUGAR LAND: Community members of all ages came out with their families to support the annual BAPS Charities Walk Green 2018 in Sugar Land, TX on Sunday, April 29, 2018 marks the third year that the annual BAPS Charities walkathon will benefit The Nature Conservancy and their effort to conserve the lands and waters on […]

Rebuild, Relive and Recovery Event by BAPS Charities

Rebuild, Relive and Recovery Event by BAPS Charities

HOUSTON: Houston Strong! The motto that has been ringing in everyone’s ears since Harvey. Many individuals have volunteered their time and effort to help our community. Three months since the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many residents still are out of their homes. As you walk into their homes the walls are still stripped out of […]

BAPS Temple Outside DC, in Chantilly, Serves Growing Devotees

BAPS Temple Outside DC, in Chantilly, Serves Growing Devotees

By Jawahar Malhotra CHANTILLY, VA: The Indian community is bustling in the environs of Washington, DC and nowhere more so than in the western suburbs of Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Stone Ridge and Watson along an axis formed by the Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and then northward past Dulles International Airport in Sterling. In this quadrant […]

Unity and Togetherness at Diwali

Unity and Togetherness at Diwali

STAFFORD: Diwali is that time where neighbors, friends and families come together to forget and forgive by wishing each other joy and prosperity. A celebration when we teach our young about the festivities and stories of Diwali. A young baby marvels at the spectacular wonderment of twinkling lights and extravagant decorations arranged in the Mandir’s […]

BAPS Charities Donates $165,000 to Plant 100,000 Trees: Supports Plant-a-Billion Trees Initiative

BAPS Charities Donates $165,000 to Plant 100,000 Trees: Supports Plant-a-Billion Trees Initiative

STAFFORD: BAPS Charities supported The Nature Conservancy (TNC) through Walk Green 2017, a series of walkathons hosted by BAPS Charities in centers across the country. On October 7, 2017, BAPS Charities presented TNC executives and program leadership with a check for $165,000. The donation will help to plant 100,000 trees in 2017 and supports the Plant a Billion Trees Initiative. BAPS Charities volunteers and […]

Historic Announcement of Aksara-Purusottama Darsana by HH Mahant Swami Maharaj

Historic Announcement of Aksara-Purusottama Darsana by HH Mahant Swami Maharaj

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ: The land of the free and the home of the brave proudly hails once more its twilight’s gleam. With lady liberty’s guiding torch welcoming all to its shores, America has always been a land that has embraced diversity of cultural expression. September 17, 2017 was witness to such a demonstration. On this historic […]

BAPS Charities Health Fair in Houston Connects Health Professionals with the Community

BAPS Charities Health Fair in Houston Connects Health Professionals with the Community

STAFFORD: BAPS Charities hosted close to 600 participants at its 17th annual Health Fair on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 in Houston, TX.  This year’s Health Fair aimed to expand on practical, preventative care and affordable treatment options for community members of all ages. Individual appointments and workshops provided personalized care to attending participants. Over 150 […]

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj Meets with Former President Barack Obama

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj Meets with Former President Barack Obama

HOUSTON: His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj met with former President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.  The meeting was arranged as part of Mahant Swami Maharaj’s efforts in North America to share universal Hindu messages and foster public dialogue on service and the importance of unity in our communities and in our nation.  Joining His Holiness […]

BAPS Charities Relief and Recovery Efforts throughout the Houston and Beaumont Areas

BAPS Charities Relief and Recovery Efforts throughout the Houston and Beaumont Areas

STAFFORD: As water started rising in Tushar Patel’s home on August 31, 2017 in Katy, Texas, all he could do was to grab a few essentials and get his family to higher grounds. He and his family were forced to evacuate their home and leave behind all of their personal and lifelong belongings. This was […]

Spirituality, Inspiration and Joy with His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj at BAPS

Spirituality, Inspiration and Joy with His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj at BAPS

Click Here for Photo Collage STAFFORD: On Thursday, August 10, over 3000 devotees and well-wishers gathered to welcome His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, TX.  With deep joy and excitement, devotees officially welcomed Mahant Swami Maharaj on his first trip to Houston, TX as Guru and President of […]

Grand 10th Anniversary Celebration of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta, Georgia

Grand 10th Anniversary Celebration of   BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA: His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, joined devotees and well-wishers in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, GA on July 1, 2017. The Mandir was inaugurated by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 2007 and has helped enrich the local […]

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Arrives in North America

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Arrives in North America

HOUSTON: The spiritual legacy of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj continues with the arrival of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj in North America on June 22, 2017. Over the next three months, he will visit mandirs and inspire thousands of devotees in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, New Jersey (Edison and Robbinsville), […]

BAPS Charities Holds Walk Green 2017 in Sugar Land

BAPS Charities Holds Walk Green 2017 in Sugar Land

SUGAR LAND: Most of Sugar land residents woke up to cool breezy Sunday morning, but one 6 six-year-old had been planning for this day for the last 1 month. She had decided to raise funds for the BAPS Charities annual walk. For her birthday, this year she had told her family and friends that she […]

BAPS Women’s Conference Inspires and Empowers Women

BAPS Women’s Conference Inspires and Empowers Women

STAFFORD: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston, TX held its annual Women’s Conference themed Resolutions: Bonds that Liberate. The conference centered on positive resolutions that transform lives by transforming habits, accepting ownership, performing hard work, and making sacrifices. Distinguished speakers discussed how one’s resolve to take ownership, perform hard work, and make sacrifices can […]

PM Narendra Modi and Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull Visit Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi

PM Narendra Modi and Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull Visit Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi

NEW DELHI: On Monday, April 10, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi took the visiting Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull to the Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, a grand mandir showcasing and celebrating Indian art, culture, traditions, and values; through its breathtaking stone carvings and exhibitions. Swamis from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha welcomed the […]

7th ‘Hindu Youth Awards and Fundraising Gala’ on Saturday, April 22

7th ‘Hindu Youth Awards and Fundraising Gala’ on Saturday, April 22

HOUSTON: The Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) is proud to announce the 7th ‘Hindu Youth Awards and Fundraising Gala’ on Saturday, April 22, at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. The objective of the Youth Gala is to identify and recognize the future Hindu leaders, to encourage them to preserve and persevere its proud legacy, and to […]

BAPS Celebrates Indian American Culture at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin

BAPS Celebrates Indian American Culture at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin

AUSTIN: A prominent Hindu organization in local communities across Texas, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) hosted a celebration of Indian American Culture at the historic Texas State Capitol in Austin on February 1. The celebration was sponsored by State Representative Matt Rinaldi of House District 115, who represents a BAPS mandir (house of worship) in Irving, […]

HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 96th Birthday Celebration

HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 96th Birthday Celebration

INDIA: An 11-day celebration on the occasion of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 96th birthday was held at Swaminarayan Nagar, Surat. For ten days, the 400-acre celebration site became an attraction for all eyes primarily because of the extraordinary exhibitions and evening cultural programs. The cultural village was the creation of volunteers from all over […]

Pramukh Swami, head of Swaminarayan sect, dies at 95

Pramukh Swami, head of Swaminarayan sect, dies at 95

AHMEDABAD: The head of the Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan (BAPS) of the Swaminarayan sect, Pramukh Swami, died on Saturday at his ashram located at Sarangpur village in Botad district of Gujarat. He was aged 95. Pramukh Swami Maharaj is believed by the followers of BAPS to be the fifth spiritual successor in Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s succession of […]

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