Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, London –
28 February 1996.
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, Prince Charles opined,
"It really is an enormous pleasure and privilege to see
you all this evening. I am particularly pleased to have
seen something of this beautiful Mandir, something which
is I think very special indeed. But what I really wanted
to do this evening more than anything else was to find a
way of congratulating you all for your really remarkable
achievement, and it is a great achievement; I realise that
having met so many of the volunteers who have put so much
of their lives into this project, in creating this very
remarkable and special temple, inspired as it is by Pramukh
Swami Maharaj with all its breathtaking craftsmanship and
its attention to detail."
Princess of Wales, Princess Diana, London,
6 June 1997
After her visit
at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, Princess Diana
commented: "Even before entering the Mandir, it is
impossible to feel the enormous love and devotion that has
gone into the building of this magnificent house of prayer
for the Hindu faith. I was touched by the peacefulness and
tranquillity that surrounds one when passing through the
doors of the temple, and it is astounding that such beauty
was constructed in only three years.
My visit was a journey in learning and memory that I will
always treasure and I send you, and all who helped to make
this such a special time, my heartfelt best wishes."
President of the United States of America,
Bill Clinton, Gandhinagar, 5 April 2001
After his visit
to Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Bill Clinton commented:
Thank you -
for welcoming me.
for making me feel at home.
for reaching out to all God's children.
for helping the people hurt by the earthquake.
for working for peace and reconciliation.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip,
15 October 1997
the Akshardham complex in Gandhinagar, India, he asked that
his message be conveyed to HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, "Thank
him and tell him that I am extremely pleased for this remarkable
opportunity of visiting Akshardham. He is doing great work
and may he be supremely successful in achieving his goal
of curing and creating peace in this world."
President of the United States of America, George Bush,
Edison, New Jersey, 1991
During his vist to the Cultural Festival of India in Edison,
NJ, George Bush reflected: "The Cultural Festival of
India provides a wonderful opportunity for participants
to learn more about this fascinating land in South Asia
and the unique music, art, craftsmanship, and folklore that
Indian Americans have brought to the United States. Featuring
a number of conferences that address the challenges before
our young people today, this month long festival also reflects
its organizers hopes of building a better tomorrow for our
children and, indeed, for our Nation. I applaud the many
volunteers who have made this event possible, and I congratulate
all Indian Americans on what is sure to be a proud and joyous
series of events."
Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group, London, UK, 1995
Richard Branson was flabbergasted during his
visit to Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London. He said: "It's
so inspiring what you have all achieved. I am left speechless.
Your words have touched us as much as the building – but
without the building, we would never have heard the words.
Thank you for your sacrifice."
Jaroslav Fric, Renowned Multimedia Director, Czech Republic,
to Swamiji’s work, my work is even less worthy than shoes.
Akshardham in Gandhinagar and the Mandir in London are his
2 miracles of this century. O Swami, you alone are our hope.
When we look at you we get energy, find answers and feel
Minister of Great Britain, Rt. Hon. John Major, 9 March
visit to Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, Hon. John Major
was overwhelmed: "I remember talking to an architect a few
years ago who was looking at some of the great buildings
in Europe and he said that the tragedy is that the great
buildings were built in the past, they are not being built
in the present for the future. I am going to suggest he
comes here and sees how wrong he was. The beauty is not
just in the building, it is perhaps in the way the building
came about, and in the people who voluntarily, for years,
dedicated themselves without pay, here to construct this
beautiful mandir. I shall go today with a memory that will
be unforgettable, of one of the most beautiful mandirs I
have ever seen, built in the latter part of the 20th Century,
entirely by voluntarily endeavour in the heart of London.
If that had been suggested to me some years ago, I would
scarcely have credited that it could have been possible,
but it has been done, and to those who carried out the work
I offer my warmest congratulations."
Late Ronald Patel, Managing Editor, “Philadelphia Enquirer”,
and Pulitzer Prize winner, 1993
journalist, I'm used to searching people through their eyes.
When I encountered Swamiji's eyes, I found them honest,
trusting, intelligent, and above all comforting
75, most people reflect upon the money and status they have
acquired. But today, Swamiji has no money, but the wealth
of devotion he has, and the respect he has earned - no one
can amass that wealth."
visit to the CFI, Edison, NJ, 1991, Ron Patel was impressed
by the exhibition pavilion. He said: "What I see Pramukh
Swami doing in these exhibits is in a sense reminding India
that there was a time of great pride. Now, as the century
closes, Pramukh Swami has given India a new reason for pride
– rooted in the past but looking much more to the future...
The magic of the exhibit is that it points back at you –
You say, 'I’ll make my life better. I will be something
more important than I was before.' And this is the magic
part of the exhibit, something that is very precious.
Samson Kisseka, Vice-President of Uganda, 1992
visit to the Centenary Celebrations of Yogiji Maharaj in
1992, H.E. Samson Kisseka commented: "I am truly happy
and very delighted to have come all the way from Uganda
to attend this celebration. This is so important that though
I had State duties I thought I must come. And I have found
that I have done the right thing in coming here. This Movement
has done so well and so much for India. You are retaining
unity, moral behavior and respecting all religious beliefs.
The Swaminarayan devotion, spiritual values and unity of
various people – this is a wonderful and commendable job
you have done. I have been very impressed to see Akshardham
and the service your people are rendering."
D. R. Hasselman, Consul General of Holland,
1 July 1994
Akshardham monument, H.E. D. R. Hasselman commented: "A
masterful blend of philosophy and modern technology offer
the visitor the opportunity of deeper reflection. I wish
this exhibition to contribute to the betterment of the people
of India and the world."
Anatoli M. Drukol, Ambassador of Russia,
23 March 1993
visit to Akshardham, H.E. Anatoli M. Drukol commented: "Excellent!
Magnificent temple in a splendid park - one of the most
beautiful places of modern and ancient India."
Walid Mansoor, Consul General of Israel,
11 November 1997
his visit to Akshardham monument, H.E. Walid Mansoor wrote
in the visitors' book: "I have never during my life
in a very short time had such a wonderful and huge experience
as the one I have had here. Please come and visit Israel."
Lech Walesa, President of Poland,
on his visit to Akshardham Honorable Lech Walesa prayed,
"O Lord! Please guide my generation!"
Carter, Former President of USA,
10 October 1999
visit to Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, in 1999, Jimmy
Carter wrote in the visitors' book,
truely beautiful and inspirational place!"
Gephardt, President of Democratic Party, USA, 1991
his visit to the Cultural
Festival of India,
July 1991, Edison, NJ, Richard Gephardt said: "After
seeing this festival I wonder if such a festival will be
possible on America's doorstep for the next 25 years! I
am extremely proud to be here today. Your work of instilling
moral values in the youth of today is to be thanked. I am
Ladd, Prominent Lawyer in Midland, Texas, 1991
Jack Ladd was tremendously impressed by his visit to the
Cultural Festival of India, Edison, NJ. and said: "There
are 2,600 volunteers here. Many have given up their careers,
their family, and their home life for several months and
anyone who can inspire that kind of leadership is not only
a wise person, a creative person, but a person who is divinely
inspired to lead people."
Manubhai Madhvani, Industrialist, Mandir Mahotsav, Nairobi,
"Whenever I see
Pramukh Swami I am reminded of Yogiji Maharaj. The people
of Kenya are fortunate and blessed today to have a beautiful
mandir here through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
A mandir can be built when you have a mind and heart. And
we can see the synergy of mind and heart in this mandir.
The exhibition will play a major role in preserving our
culture and traditions here."
Jesse Jackson, Sr., Edison, NJ, 24 May 1998
During his address to an assembley at the Shri Swaminarayan
Mandir, Edison, NJ, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said: "When
you leave this place you maybe an engineer, a doctor, lawyer,
a nurse, a teacher, but here in the temple you'll find common
ground that you're somebody, you're God's child and that's
enough. The only basis for looking down on someone is that
you're going to stop and lift them up. Here you'll find
in BAPS that sense of moving from working individualism
to collectivism, you'll find moving from the battleground
to commonground and moving onto a higher, moral ground -
this is a great organization!"
Blair, Leader of Labour Party, UK,
21 June 1996
The Hon. Tony Blair was amazed during his visit to the Shri
Swaminarayan Mandir, London, in the presence of HDH Pramukh
Swami Maharaj. He said: "I have never seen such a magnificent
work of modern architecture as this. It is a magnificent
Mandir built thanks to the love and devotion of countless
people. It is a place of beauty, a source of inspiration
to worship and to reflect. It is a veritable pavilion of
peace and of promise. I have been so honoured too, to spend
some moments before coming to speak to you with your Holiness.
And I say from the bottom of my heart that even in those
few moments I could see your inner spirit, your devotion,
your humility and your Godliness... I believe that Hinduism
is perhaps India's greatest contribution to harmony and
peaceful coexistence in this world, and no other country,
none, has such a proud tradition of welcoming people from
all faiths as India..."
Subramanian, Renowned By-pass Surgeon, USA
On 6 September
1998 an assembly was held at Westchester County Center to
honor Dr. Subramanian and his team of doctors and specialists.
In his address he said: "Lord Swaminarayan descended
on us at Lenox Hill Hospital to bless us to be able to help
Swamiji in his bypass surgery... Swamiji was an extraordinary
person for me to meet. Everyday after the bypass surgery,
I would go to visit him. It was like seeing God everyday!"
During the Fuldol Festival at Sarangpur on 2 March 1999,
Dr. Subramanian said: "God's greatest gift to me, Lord
Swaminarayan's greatest gift to me, was in July last year
when I operated on Pramukhji. It was a divine moment when
I met Pramukhji for the first time. Two things impressed
me when I met Pramukhji and which my father taught me. The
first is karma - do your duty. The second is that we are
born to give..."
Dr. Andra's To'th, Ambassador for Hungary in Nairobi, Kenya,
the Mandir Mahotsav in Narobi, H.E. Dr. Andra's To'th reflected:
"For a long time I have had a desire to visit India.
After seeing this mandir the feeling has grown intense.
The atmosphere here is very spiritual."
Hon. William Hague MP, Leader of the Conservative Party,
UK, 2 November 1999
On his visit to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, Hon.
William Hague noted in the opinion book: "One of the
most remarkable places I have ever visited in this country
- a truly inspiring example of what can be achieved and
the hope and faith that can be given to new generations.: