BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
1430 California CircleMilpitas, CA 95035
The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual organization with its roots in the Vedas. As a part of Hinduism, the Sanstha believes that spiritual and social activities go hand in hand. This site is a veritable goldmine of information on the Swaminarayan Sampraday, with details of its philosophy, scriptures, activities, festivals, publications and worldwide network. With regard to the Swaminarayan Sampraday, the site has detailed life histories of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and each of His spiritual successors - Gunatitanand Swami, Pragji Bhakta (Bhagatji Maharaj), Shastri Yagnapurushdas (Shastriji Maharaj), Sadhu Gnanjivandas (Yogiji Maharaj) and currently Shastri Narayanswarupdas (Pramukh Swami Maharaj). Among its activities, details are provided on its extensive work in moral and cultural fields, tribal and spiritual care, medical and educational fields, environmental and social fields and its work in women and children's development. Hospitals, schools, hostels, diagnostic camps, free medicines, mobile medical vans and pure herbal medicines are all part of BAPS activities, conducted internationally by fully devoted sadhus and volunteers. BAPS is also well known for the cultural monuments Akshardham (New Delhi & Gandhinagar, India) and the Swaminarayan Mandirs in London, Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta. With more than 700 mandirs (temples) and 3,300 centers worldwide, the Sanstha contributes to the peace and harmony of society under the dynamic leadership of its spiritual head, His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.