Swaminarayan Mandir Vasna Sanstha
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Swaminarayan Mandir Vasna Sanstha or SMVS is an organization within the Swaminarayan Faith which propagates the preaching and teaching of Swaminarayan. Devnandandasji Swami, respectfully addressed as Bapji by his devotees and followers, is the founder and mentor of the organization. Multifaceted activities in areas like social, cultural, educational, religious fields are carried out by SMVS under the directions and guidance of Bapji and his second in-command Satyasankalpdasji Swami, who is respectfully addressed as Swamishri.
From a modest beginning in 1987, SMVS has today developed into a multifaceted institution. SMVS has 25 main centers throughout Gujarat, wherein 50 saints, 45 lady saints, and about 400 front-line devotees and volunteers are entrusted religious duties. Many of their saints and devotees have visited United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other parts of the world to propagate preaching and teaching of Sahajanand Swami and also to monitor construction and expansion of SMVS Swaminarayan temples as well as other related religious and cultural activities such as functioning of medical centers, old age homes, hospitals, and other charities.
Aims & objects
The main goal of the organization is to spread the Sarvopari Upasna of Swaminarayan as per Jeevanpran Abjibapashri. The organization believes in serving society through religious and social activities. SMVS is still at an infancy stage, however it has been making rapid strides in building mammoth spiritual, socio-cultural, and educational institutions based on the ideals, teaching, and philosophy of Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Abjibapashri, with inspiration from Bapji, and under the leadership of Swamishri.
Rajat Jyanti Mahotsav
On February 16, 2012, the main temple of SMVS - Swaminarayan Mandir, Vasna, Ahmedabad, Gujarat has completed 25 years. A grant festivities and other socio-religious programs are organized on February 15 & 16, 2012. The programs include, among others opening of renovated temple, panchtula and cheap.
In December 2012, a grand program spread over 9 days was celebrated to mark the Rajat Jyati Mahotsav, videos of which are available on the YouTube channel of SMVS.