Swaminarayan, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death



founder of Swaminarayan sect

Date of Birth: 03-Apr-1781

Place of Birth: Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Death: 01-Jun-1830

Profession: religious leader

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Swaminarayan

  • Swaminarayan (IAST: Svaminaraya?a, 3 April 1781 – 1 June 1830), also known as Sahajanand Swami, was a yogi, and an ascetic whose life and teachings brought a revival of central Hindu practices of dharma, ahimsa and brahmacharya.
  • He is believed by followers as a manifestation of God.Swaminarayan was born Ghanshyam Pande in Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1781.
  • In 1792, he began a seven-year pilgrimage across India at the age of 11 years, adopting the name Nilkanth Varni.
  • During this journey, he did welfare activities and after 9 years and 11 months of this journey, he settled in the state of Gujarat around 1799.
  • In 1800, he was initiated into the Uddhav sampradaya by his guru, Swami Ramanand, and was given the name Sahajanand Swami.
  • In 1802, his guru handed over the leadership of the Uddhav Sampraday to him before his death.
  • Sahajanand Swami held a gathering and taught the Swaminarayan Mantra.
  • From this point onwards, he was known as Swaminarayan.
  • The Uddhav Sampraday became known as the Swaminarayan Sampraday. Swaminarayan developed a good relationship with the British Raj.
  • He had followers not only from Hindu denominations but also from Islam and Zoroastrianism.
  • He built six temples in his lifetime and appointed 500 paramahamsas to spread his philosophy.
  • In 1826, Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatri, a book of social principles.
  • He died on 1 June 1830 and was cremated according to Hindu rites in Gadhada, Gujarat.
  • Before his death, Swaminarayan appointed his adopted nephews as acharyas to head the two dioceses of Swaminarayan Sampraday.
  • Swaminarayan is also remembered within the sect for undertaking reforms for women and the poor, and performing non-violent yajñas (fire sacrifices) on a large scale.

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