Pramukh Swami Maharaj

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Birthday
7, 1921
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Aug 11, 2016 (94)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
7, 1921
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Aug 11, 2016 (94)

About

Hindu guru and leader in the international Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) organization. Under his leadership, the religious group grew to include more than a million members in numerous countries.

Before Fame

At the age of seventeen, he began his devotion to a religious life and took Hindi monastic vows of nissneh (non-attachment) and nishkam (celibacy).

Trivia

As President of BAPS -- a position he took at the young age of twenty-nine -- he was a strong advocate of peace and understanding between members of different religions.

Family Life

He was born in India's Gujarat State, in the small town of Chansad, to religious parents Diwaliben and Motibhai Patel.

Associated With

He and Swami Vivekananda were both important Indian religious leaders.