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Ghanshyam Maharaj in the Akshar Bhuvan at the Laxminarayan Dev Gadi headquarters

The Laxminarayan Dev Gadi (Devnagari: लक्षिमिनारायन देव गदी) is one of the two gadis (thrones) that together form the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is headquartered at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal and controls the Dakshin Vibhag Lekh.

The current Acharya of the Gadi is Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj.[1]

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HistoryEdit

In Vadtal, on Prabodhini Ekadashi of Vikram Samvat 1882, Swaminarayan adopted his nephews Ayodhyaprasadji Pande (Son of elder brother Rampratapji) and Raghuveerji Pande (Son of younger brother Ichcharamji) as his sons. Establishing the two Gadis i.e. Nar Narayan Dev Gadi, headquartered at Ahmedabad and Laxminarayan Dev Gadi, headquartered at Vadtal, Swaminarayan instructed the two cousins to draw lots, to decide who would be seated on which Gadi. Swaminarayan handed over the responsibility of Satsang and both acharyas to Gopalanand swami by instructing Gopalanand swami to make each and every satsangi including sadhus, Brahmachari and haribhakt to remain under the commands of the Acharyas.

Ayodhyaprasadji Maharaj was appointed the inaugural Acharya of the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (also known as the Uttar Vibhag - Northern division), whilst Raghuveerji Maharaj became the inaugural Acharya of the LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi (also known as the Dakshin Vibhag - Southern division).[2]

The administrative division between the two is set forth in minute detail in a document written by Swaminarayan, called Desh Vibhag Lekh. The method by which future Acharyas are to be appointed is enshrined in the document Desh Vibhag Lekh.[3]

Swaminarayan then instructed all the followers present to do pooja of their respective acharyas.

AcharyasEdit

Present Acharya of Vadtal shree Laxminarayan Dev gadi is H.H.1008 Aacharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj.[4]

The following table lists all the Acharya till date.[5]

Acharya Number Name of Acharya Born on Became Acharya on Retirement Death Term
1 Acharya Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj 21 Mar 1812 10 Nov 1826 12 Nov 1856 9 Feb 1863 37 Years
2 Acharya Shree Bhagvatprasadji Maharaj 11 Oct 1838 9 Feb 1863 10 Aug 1879 12 Aug 1879 17 Years
3 Acharya Shree Viharilalji Maharaj 19 Apr 1852 12 Aug 1879 ------- 27 Sep 1899 20 Years
4 Acharya Shree Laxmiprasadji Maharaj 15 Aug 1892 27 Sep 1899 18 Mar 1909 24 Apr 1909 10 Years
5 Acharya Shree Shripatiprasadji Maharaj 18 Aug 1875 26 Apr 1909 15 Dec 1930 12 Feb 1931 22 Years
6 Acharya Shree Anandprasadji Maharaj 22 Jul 1906 12 Feb 1931 30 Apr 1959 8 Jul 1974 28 Years
7 Acharya Shree Narendraprasadji Maharaj 25 Jan 1930 30 Apr 1959 13 May 1984 23 Jan 1986 25 Years
8 Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj 16 Aug 1949 13 May 1984 Active Present Present

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Head of Swaminarayan sect". Swaminarayan Vadtal Gadi - SVG. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ Williams, Raymond (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 35. ISBN 0 521 65279 0.
  3. ^ Williams, Raymond (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0 521 65279 0.
  4. ^ "Vadtal Acharya Tradition".
  5. ^ http://www.swaminarayanvadtalgadi.org/about-us/acharyas/

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