International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal

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The International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal (ISSM) is a religious organisation of the Hindu faith based in USA. It comes under the Laxminarayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. [1] The organisation has temples and centres in various parts of the country as well as a temple in Scarborough, Ontario (Canada).[2]


"International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal" is a federally registered trade mark of ISSO of Chicago, Inc. in the USA.

Temples[edit]

ISSM originally had six temples under it, all of them being named Vadtal Dham after Vadtal in India, where the headquarters of the parent organisation is located.[3] The temple in Grand Prairie is an exception, being named Gadhpur Dham after the Swaminarayan temple in Gadhada. [4]

  • Chicago (Wheeling): This temple was dedicated in 1992. [5] The central deity in this temple is Swaminarayan in the form of HariKrishna. [6]
  • New Jersey: Dedicated on 11 July 2004. [7] The central deities at this temple are Lakshmi Narayan and Rancchodrai along with Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna. [8]
  • Downey: This temple was dedicated in 2000. [9] The temple has images of Lakshmi Narayan and Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam. [10]


Since the authoring of this article, all of the above temples except Chicago have removed themselves from ISSM and now participate an independent to-be-named organization[11]

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