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Many ask, "How can you mix spirituality and social service?"

We ask, "How can you separate the two?"

Those who wish to sincerely serve society must be spiritually pure and only those who are spiritually pure can sincerely serve society!

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. It was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951). Founded on the pillars of practical spirituality, the BAPS reaches out far and wide to address the spiritual, moral and social challenges and issues we face in our world. Its strength lies in the purity of its nature and purpose. BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families and individuals. This is done by mass motivation and individual attention, through elevating projects for all, irrespective of class, creed, colour or country. Its universal work through a worldwide network of over 3,300 centers has received many national and international awards and affiliation with the United Nations. Today, a million or more Swaminarayan followers begin their day with puja and meditation, lead upright, honest lives and donate regular hours in serving others. No Alcohol, No Addictions, No Adultery, No Meat, No Impurity of body and mind are their five lifetime vows. Such pure morality and spirituality forms the foundation of the humanitarian services performed by BAPS.

  • 3,300 centers in India, USA, UK, Europe, Africa, Pacific, Middle East
  • 7,215 weekly assemblies for men and women, youths and teenagers.
  • 5,400 weekly assemblies for children.

  • 55,000 volunteers.
  • 12,000,000 annual volunteer-hours in service.


  • 630,000 annual satsang assemblies.
  • 34 million visitors to cultural festivals in India, UK, USA, Africa.
  • 554,790 students have appeared in the international cultural examinations.

  • 8 hospitals and healthcare clinics.
  • 415,000 patients treated annually.
  • 76 medico-spiritual conferences have enlightened over 20,000 doctors.

  • 31 permanent educational institutions annually serve 11,000 students.
  • Over 5,000 scholarships awarded annually.
  • 55 schools built in disaster-hit regions.

  • Millions of trees and shrubs planted in thousands of villages
  • Thousands of water conservation projects in hundreds of villages.
  • Thousands of tonnes of paper collected for recycling annually.

  • 33 disaster relief operations successfully managed.
  • 50,000 family inspired to hold daily Family Assemblies.
  • Over two million people inspired to quit addictions.

  • 800 permanent centres for tribal uplift.
  • Thousands of tribal families have quit addictions and superstitions.
  • 9 mobile medical clinics treat 250,000 tribal villagers annually.

  • Over 700 BAPS mandirs worldwide.
  • Thousands of pilgrims visit BAPS mandirs daily.
  • Over 800 sadhus.