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Swaminarayan Jayanti 2021: Tithi, significance and story connected with Akshardham Temple

Bhagwan Swaminarayan, believed to be an incarnation of the Supreme Being, was born in a village named Chhapaiya in northern India on April 3, 1781 to Dharma Dev (Hariprasad Pande) and his wife Bhakti Devi (Bala Devi).

However, as per the traditional Hindu calendar, Bhagwan Swaminarayan was born on the Navami Tithi, Chaitra Shukla Paksha. It was the same Tithi when Rama was born.

New Delhi’s Akshardham, the world-famous monument, is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. ‘Akshardham’ means God’s abode or the heavenly/divine abode. The shrine is a tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, ancient sages and deities of Sanatana Dharma. It is not only a place of worship but also a spiritual/cultural campus that promotes learning, peace and harmony.

In fact, many temples have been built in different parts of the world to promote Swaminarayan teachings and preachings.

Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s inspiring story

Born as Ghanshyam, Bhagwan Swaminarayan was inclined towards spirituality since childhood. Interestingly, a sage named Markandeya Muni predicted that the child would emerge as a spiritual figure who would bring about a positive change in people’s lives. And the sage’s predictions came true. 

As Ghanshyam grew up, his spiritual works and knowledge inspired many. Hence he was hailed Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He reinstated the four values of life – Dharma, Satya, Ahimsa and Brahmacharya.

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