Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi
The Laxmi Narayan 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.
The current Acharya of this gadi is H.H. 1008 Shree Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj.
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 Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi, headquartered at Vadtal, Swaminarayan instructed the two cousins to draw lots, to decide who would be seated on which Gadi.
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).
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.
Swaminarayan then instructed all the followers present to do pooja of their respective acharyas.
The following table lists all the Acharyas of the Vadtal Gadi till date.
|Acharya Number||Name of Acharya||Born on||Became Acharya on||Death||Term|
|1||Acharya Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj||21 Mar 1812||10 Nov 1826||9 Feb 1863||37 Years|
|2||Acharya Shree Bhagvatprasadji Maharaj||11 Oct 1838||9 Feb 1863||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||24 Apr 1909||10 Years|
|5||Acharya Shree Shripatiprasadji Maharaj||18 Aug 1875||26 Apr 1909||12 Feb 1931||22 Years|
|6||Acharya Shree Anandprasadji Maharaj||22 Jul 1906||12 Feb 1931||8 Jul 1974||28 Years|
|7||Acharya Shree Narendraprasadji Maharaj||25 Jan 1930||30 Apr 1959||1986||25 Years|
|8||Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj||16 Aug 1949||13 May 1984||Present||Present
A gurukul is a place of learning. Started by Dharmajivandas Swami in 1948 in Rajkot, the organisation imparts education to thousands of students in various parts of India today. Gurukuls have been established in places like Junagadh, Surat, Hyderabad, Taravada, Navsari, Bangalore, Dallas, USA, Vidyanagar and Narmada over the years.[non-primary source needed] The current head of this organisation is Guru Shree Devkrushndasji Swami. The Acharya of the Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi, however, is the highest spiritual authority at the Gurukuls.
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