Acharya Maharajshree Raghuvir Pande

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Sanatan Dharma Dhurandar Acharya Maharaj Shree 1008 Raghuvirji Maharaj (21 Mar 1812 - 9 Feb 1863) was the first Acharya of the LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. He is son of Iccharam, Swaminarayan's younger brother.[1] He was the adopted by Swaminarayan as his son and was the 1st successor of Swaminarayan in the Southern Diocese (Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi, Vadtal).[2] He was enthroned as Acharya on 10 Nov 1826 and held the post till his death. He is also the first acharaya to wear the red topi (a type of hat), as the then Acharaya of the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi liked to wear a white pagh (Acharya Maharajshree Ayodhyaprasad Pande)[2] The Acharya's responsibilities and duties are outlined in many of the Swaminarayan Sampraday's scriptures.

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