Maharaj was the second spiritual successor of Lord Swaminarayan
after Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami. His life, a shining
inspiration to all seekers of truth and redemption, is a
story of ultimate devotion and unconditional surrender.
Born into a humble tailor family, Pragji was irresistibly
inclined to spirituality. He often led friends away from
school toward mandirs, saying, "I love the lessons
that devotion teaches."
He accepted Gunatitanand
Swami as his Guru and served him - in thought, word and
deed - obeying his every command. He silently tolerated
hardships, performed great austerities and conquered the
three states of waking, dream and deep sleep. Pragji soon
became Bhagatji Maharaj. Although a perfect renunciate,
he was asked to accept the life of a householder. However,
this did not deter many well known scholars and sadhus from
accepting him as the Guru, because Gunatitanand Swami had
revealed Bhagatji Maharaj as his next successor. Bhagatji
openly began to preach Lord Swaminarayan's true philosophy
of Akshar Purushottam, which till then had been the privilege
of a select few. To those who accepted this philosophy,
he promised, "I shall take away your robes of illusion
and give you robes eternal.
68 years (1829 - 1897CE).
From 20 March 1829 CE (Falgun
sud 15, 1885 VS) to 7 November 1897 CE (Kartik sud
Place: Mahuva, Gujarat.
30 years (1867 - 1897 CE).