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  • In 1897, during a discourse session, Swami Yagnapurushdas brilliantly narrated and explained the Satsangijivan scripture. The audience was stunned by his style and rhetoric. At the end of the session, when someone abused Pragji Bhakta and Jaga Swami's status, the Swami roared like a lion and defeated his statement.

  • Swami Yagnapurushdas then entered into a phase of advanced scriptural study. He studied the Ramanuj commentary on the Brahmasutras and Gopalanand Swami's exposition on the Gita from Jivanram Shastri. During this period of study he convinced Jivanram Shastri, an Advaita follower, about the truth of Ramanujacharya's Vishishtadvaita philosophy. The mentor, impressed by Swami's scholarship and saintliness, became a devotee.

  • In 1897, a grand Janmashtami festival was celebrated in Junagadh. Through the efforts of Swami Yagnapurushdas, Pragji Bhakta was accorded a magnificent welcome.

  • Pragji Bhakta profusely blessed Yagnapurushdas in Gondal, saying, "You have completed your scriptural studies, and I have thoroughly taught you Brahmvidya. So now teach others to live blissfully as you have learnt to do yourself."

  • The passing away of Pragji Bhakta in 1898 cast a pall of gloom and misery over Swami Yagnapurushdas. In this sorrowful state, Pragji Bhakta appeared before the Swami, and placing a garland around his neck, said, "Have I left you? I am always with you!" These words reflected the presence of Lord Swaminarayan through Swamishri.

  • Jaga Swami consoled and reassured Swami Yagnapurushdas that he would call him to his service at the time of his final illness.

  • The senior sadhus appointed Swamishri to conduct a discourse on the Satsangijivan scripture in Una. Everyone was pleased by his discourses.

  • Swamishri's growing popularity could not be tolerated by his opponents. They had his studies stopped once again. From then onwards Acharya Viharilalji Maharaj of Vadtal kept Swamishri with him during his preaching tours to the villages. After a while the Acharya passed away.

  • In 1901, Jaga Swami became seriously ill. Swamishri was called to his side and given the opportunity of serving him. A few days later Jaga Swami renounced his mortal body. Then with the devotees from Gujarat, Swami Yagnapurushdas embarked upon a pilgrimage of places sanctified by Lord Swaminarayan.

  • Swamishri then constantly propagated the Akshar Purushottam creed in the regions of Saurashtra and Gujarat. Many devotees started accepting and joining his fold. His ultimate goal was to establish the murtis of Akshar and Purushottam in huge three-spired mandirs.

  • During this period the uncrowned Acharya of the Ahmedabad School, Kunjvihariprasad, and sadhus from Muli namely Nirmaldasji and Tyagvallabhdasji split from the Ahmedabad parent body. Through the recommendation of Swami Yagnapurushdas, Thakor Saheb of Limbdi allotted some land for an Akshar Purushottam mandir in Vadhvan.

  • In 1904 Swamishri was called back to Vadtal from his duties as Head of Sarangpur Mandir.

  • In 1905 while staying in Vadtal, Swamishri, through the donations by devotees, had the murtis of Akshar and Purushottam installed in the mandir at Vadhvan.

  • After this his antagonists stepped up their opposition against him.

  • The undeterred and resolute Swamishri resided at Chansad and Sokhada, apparently on herbal medication for an illness.

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