Home > Magazine > Around Town > BAPS celebrates the centennial anniversary of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Atlanta

 

BAPS celebrates the centennial anniversary of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Atlanta

January 2023
BAPS celebrates the centennial anniversary of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Atlanta

The community leaders, devotees, and well-wishers alike gathered at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn on November 19, 2022, to commemorate the life of the late Hindu spiritual leader, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Born in 1921, and respected as a global ambassador of peace, harmony, and human values, Pramukh Swami Maharaj served as the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha for over 65 years until his passing in 2016. His life’s work focused on inspiring, nurturing, and motivating spirituality in the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the world.

[Left] Devotees gathered to celebrate the centennial annoversary of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The theme of the centennial celebration was Param Shanti (eternal peace) and centered on three qualities that Pramukh Swami Maharaj consistently exemplified: humility, universal love, and sincere faith in God.

The program incorporated these characteristics through speeches and skits as well as choreographed dance segments performed by the children and youth wings of BAPS. Video blessings were given on the occasion by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual guru and president of BAPS. Community leaders also took part and offered their sincere tributes.

The attendees were profoundly impacted and left with a better appreciation of his life, teachings, and work. Most importantly, they were inspired to carry forth his message by imbibing the characteristics of humility, love, and faith in their own lives.

Speaking on the profound impact of his values on individuals and communities, Nitin Joshi, president of Atlanta Sanatan Mandir, said, “Pramukh Swamiji’s legacy is timeless. I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Swamiji multiple times. His life of selfless service and devotion continues to inspir me and countless individuals throughout the world to follow in his footsteps and serve others without any expectations.”

While reminiscing on his memories with Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Kishan Patel, a BAPS volunteer, shared his experiences, “This program was unlike anything I have experienced in my life. To be able to give tribute and honor the life of my guru who inspired so many like me was truly amazing.”

Under Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s leadership, BAPS established an international presence with the creation of over 1,100 traditional Hindu mandirs as centers of peace and worship around the world. Living and teaching the credo, “In the joy of others, lies our own,” Pramukh Swami Maharaj visited over 250,000 homes across more than 50 countries, and replied to over 760,000 letters personally counseling individuals, helping them through struggles, and inspiring them to live value-centric lives.

This centennial celebration was one of the many such events taking place not only across North America, but also in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, eventually culminating in a final, month-long, grand celebration in India in December.


 Remember, we have new Website Bonus Features that are not in the print magazine. Every time you see the W symbol in the print magazine, you can go to our website to see additional print or audiovisual material!

Submitting your report for consideration in Around Town

Please send post event reports for consideration in the Around Town section to AroundTown@khabar.com. Publication of reports is based on several criteria including the volume of reports submitted for a given issue. Guidelines for the reports are on our website at http://www.khabar.com/magazine/around-town/guidelines_for_submitting_reports_to_around_town. Deadline: 15th of each month—for consideration in the following month. However, chances of inclusion are better if reports are received well in advance of the deadline – where possible, e.g. within 3-7 days of the event

Submitting your news item for consideration in Newsmakers

Please send news items for consideration in the Newsmakers section to CommunityNewsmakers@khabar.com. Publication of news is based on several criteria including the volume of reports submitted for a given issue. We are focusing on local community members with some achievement or award that will be interesting and/or inspiring to our readers.

 

 
 

Enjoyed reading Khabar magazine? Subscribe to Khabar and get a full digital copy of this Indian-American community magazine.


  • Add to Twitter
  • Add to Facebook
  • Add to Technorati
  • Add to Slashdot
  • Add to Stumbleupon
  • Add to Furl
  • Add to Blinklist
  • Add to Delicious
  • Add to Newsvine
  • Add to Reddit
  • Add to Digg
  • Add to Fark

Back to articles

 

01_23_Cover-Aasif-Mandvi.jpg 

DIGITAL ISSUE

             

 

eKhabar

Sign up for our weekly newsletter
eKhabar

        

 NorthAmericanBancard.gif

Raj&Patel-CPA-Web-Banner.jpg

Krishnan Co WebBanner.jpg

Embassy Bank_gif.gif 

DineshMehta-CPA-Banner-0813.jpg 

 InsuranceWala-Web-Banner.gif