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Spiritual guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj passes away

Pramukh Swami Maharaj, head of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) of Swaminarayan sect, passed away on 13 August 2016 at Sarangpur, Gujarat. He was 95.
•    Pramukh Swami Maharaj was an Indian spiritual guru.
•    BAPS regards him as the fifth spiritual successor of Swaminarayan, following Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj.
•    He was believed by his followers to be in constant communion with Swaminarayan.
•    Pramukh Swami Maharaj received initiation as a Hindu Swami in 1940 from Shastriji Maharaj, the founder of BAPS.
•    He built more than 1100 Hindu temples, including the Swaminarayan Akshardham temples in New Delhi and Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
•    He had also spearheaded the efforts of BAPS Charities, which is the charitable service organization affiliated with BAPS.
•    Pramukh Swami Maharaj was an Indian guru and Pramukh, or president, of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, an international Hindu socio-spiritual organization.