The Bochasanwasi shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a global socio-spiritual organisation committed to the moral and spiritual uplift of mankind. It was established in 1907 CE by Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj in consonance with the Vedic teachings propogated by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830 CE). The Sanstha`s global netwark of 9,090 satsang centres, 55,000 volenteers and over 700 sadhus implement a variety of philanthropic and spiritual activities. BAPS is an NGO in Consultative status with the United Nations. Its world renowned cultural and spiritual complexes like Akshardham in Gandhinagar and New Delhi, and the Swaminarayan Mandir in London, Houston and Chicago, are some of its epoch-making contributions to society. Under the inspiration and guidance of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, BAPS has earned an endering and unique place in the hearts of millions throughout the world.
Acclaimed as a unique and rare holy soul of India, Pramukh Swami Maharaj was born on 7 December 1921, in the village of Chansad, Gujarat. He is the fifth successor in the illustrious spiritual tradition of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the embodiment of the universal Hindu ideals. In his presence doubts dissolves, confusion clear, hurts heal and the mind finds peace. His selfless love and morality equally soothes and moralises children, youths and the aged; regardless of caste, creed or status.