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 Chicago, Illinois (America).[2]

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


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 1991. [5] The central deity in this temple is Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam by present acharya Ajendraprasadji Maharaj.. [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. They were installed by the acharya rakeshprasad who is not the acharya according to Desh Vibhag No Lekh.[8]
  • Downey: This temple was dedicated in 2000. [9] The temple has images of Lakshmi Narayan and Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam also by Rakeshprasad [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]