Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
Bhadra, Via Jodia,
Gujarat, INDIA - 361250
Tel: (02893) 222028, 222175
Fax: (02893) 222175
Bhadra is a small village, near Port Jodiya in the Jamnagar
District of Gujarat.
By Pramukh Swami Maharaj in May 2010.
Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami and Shri Gopalanand Swami
Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj
The old Swaminarayan mandir in the village has been built
at the site of Vashram Suthar's home, where Lord Swaminarayan
stayed during his visits to Bhadra.
Due to its importance
as the birthplace of Gunatitanand Swami, the village has been
Whenever Purushottam (God) descends on this earth, He is accompanied
by Akshar Brahman - His Divine Abode, personified - to help
Him in His mission of redeeming countless souls.
manifested in the form of Lord Swaminarayan, born in Chhapaiya
in 1781. Akshar Brahman manifested in the form of Gunatitanand
Swami, born on Sharad Purnima in 1785 in the humble surroundings
of a small mud hut in the tiny village of Bhadra.
came to Bhadra 26 times and often explained the greatness
of Mulji Sharma (Gunatitanand Swami's childhood name): "The
scriptures describe the glory of Brahman or Akshar Brahman
- that Akshar Brahman is none other than this Mulji - He is
My Divine Abode - wherever I am, he is and where he is, I
At Bhadra, Lord
Swaminarayan often bathed in the River Und. He would climb
up the large banyan tree and dive into the cool waters of
the river below. In 1804, Lord Swaminarayan accompanied by
Mulji and other devotees crossed the entire length of the
river, seated only on a coarse cloth.
In 1809, whilst
Mulji was working in his field, the Lord gave him divine darshan,
instructing him to renounce the world to fulfil their mission
of emancipating numerous souls. Without a moment's delay,
Mulji left Bhadra, never to return. He headed straight for
Gadhada to meet his Lord who subsequently initiated him as
a saint in Dabhan in 1810, renaming him Gunatitanand. He was
later appointed as the Mahant of Junagadh mandir by
Lord Swaminarayan. He held that position for 40 years prior
to passing away in Gondal in 1867.
With the inspiration of Shastriji Maharaj, devotees procured
the land around the house of Mulji Sharma and erected a small
edifice with the footprints of Lord Swaminarayan on the very
birthspot of Gunatitanand Swami.
visited Bhadra with devotees to celebrate festivals. He later
constructed a one-spired mandir over the birthspot and installed
marble deities on the first floor of the mandir.