Heartfelt Message from Hon. PM Shri Narendra Modi for Pramukh Swami Maharaj Centenary Celebrations

30 Nov. 2022, Wednesday, Delhi

First of all, on this occasion of the birth centenary of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, I would like to pay my respects to his divine soul.
On this occasion of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centenary celebrations, so many sweet memories come before my eyes. I forever remember his compassion-filled eyes, his face that beamed with child-like joy and his simple spontaneous language enriched with the power of spiritual austerities. As far as I can recall, my first meeting with Pramukh Swami Maharaj happened in the 1980s in Ahmedabad when the bicentenary celebrations of Bhagwan Swaminarayan were being held on a grand scale. At the time, I was merely an unknown social worker. During our conversation on that occasion, Pramukh Swami Maharaj remarked, “Selfless service is the ultimate objective of our entire life; we should engage in service until our last breath.” Since that day, his image was enshrined in my mind.
Despite reaching the pinnacle of spirituality, his mind was as compassionate as that of a mother’s heart. One incident comes to mind. I am never able to forget his phone call after I hoisted the Indian flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk at the conclusion of the ‘Ekta Yatra’. That was no ordinary phone call; it was the expression of a mother-like concern and care. At that time, two people had called to inquire about my well-being – one was my mother, the other was Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Along with religious activities, he would always be at the forefront of relief work and service at the time of calamity. I have been witness to Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s relief efforts at the time of the 2001 Kutch earthquake. Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the inspirer of the work in which the organisation’s swamis, volunteers and devotees conducted service activities on such a large scale, while putting their own lives at risk during the Covid global pandemic.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj took his values-based message and his social services to all, including those classes often neglected. Through social service activities such as de-addiction drives, education provision and healthcare services, he provided self-respect and a new direction to the lives of even the most deprived people. He was and remains the torchbearer of human values and Indian culture throughout the world.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s birth centenary is an occasion to humbly remember his service and contributions to the human race. My prayers that may peace and harmony prevail throughout the world. My prayers for Bhagwan Swaminarayan to shower blessings to all.
Jay Swaminarayan to all swamis and devotees who are part of this auspicious occasion.
Narendra Modi

Shri Dharmic Leela Committee Convention, Swaminarayan Akshardham

15 Aug. 2022, Monday, Delhi

Under the auspices of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centenary celebrations and India’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a special gathering was organized to commemorate the birth centenary of Shri Lala Bansi Dhar Gupta Ji and the centenary celebrations of Shri Dharmic Leela Committee, Delhi.

Akshardham volunteers enacted an enlightening and entertaining sketch from the life of Alexandra the Great and the wise yogi Danda Maharshi (Dandamis). A video on the life and works of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj was presented.

Param Pujya Doctor Swami addressed and blessed the special gathering, which also included honourable ambassadors, chiefs of missions and diplomats from Armenia, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Kenya, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj Shatabdi Vandana Samaroh

18 Apr. 2022, Monday, Delhi

In the presence of Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, over 8,000 dignitaries, guests, devotees and well-wishers from throughout Delhi, Punjab, Hariyana, Himachal, Jammu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand attended the grand Satabdi Vandana Samaroh celebrating the life and work of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The podium of the main monument served as main stage with the attendees seated on the facing lawns and central passage.

The assembly highlighted special features of Swaminarayan Akshardham through the topics of sankalp (vision), sarjan (creation) and sandesh (message).

The evening assembly began at 6.00 p.m. and featured traditional dances by youths and children, speeches by senior and learned swamis elaborating on the three topics and thematic videos. The entire assembly was interlinked by skits and dances by children, teenagers and youths.

Dharmavatsal Swami spoke about Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s guru bhakti, Munivatsal Swami and Aksharvatsal Swami narrated Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s unique working style, Bhadresh Swami explained how Akshardham has served as a platform for interfaith dialogue and harmony, Brahmavihari Swami and Atmaswarup Swami described the profound personal impact of Akshardham in people’s lives and Anandswarup Swami narrated incidents of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s innate humility.

Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami paid tribute to Swamishri and invited everyone to attend the Centenary Celebrations in December 2022.
Then, from Surat, Mahant Swami Maharaj, blessed the assembly via video, “By creating Akshardham, Pramukh Swami Maharaj has given a profound gift to the world. Swamishri was always beyond attachments and firmly believed that everything achieved was due to the grace of Bhagwan and guru.”

An excerpt of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s blessings from the Akshardham inauguration assembly in November 2005 was shown, “We have built this Akshardham, not out of competition or to show others, but it was the wish of guru Yogiji Maharaj and is a humble tribute of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and will benefit everyone.”

At the end, the swamis on stage and youths standing on the steps raised mashals to hail the centenary of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.