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Murti Pratishtha Raleigh, NC


July 31, 2004

On July 31, 2004, with the divine blessings of H.D.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Raleigh BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated with grandeur and jubilation. What started as a small satsang center 20 years ago, flourished by the inspiration of H.D.H Pramukh Swami Maharaj to a beautiful Mandir set on 7 acres of land located on the banks of scenic Lake Crabtree. This picturesque setting combined with a sunny North Carolina day, created a celestial atmosphere for this auspicious occasion.

On this great day, the murti pratishtha was conducted with true Vedic traditions in the presence of Pujya Doctor Swami, Pujya Bhaktavatsal Swami and Pujya Santo. The ceremony began with the traditional mahapooja conducted by Pujya Santo and devotees. Following the mahapooja was the murti pratishtha ceremony in which the murtis of Shri Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Shri Aksharmurti Gunatitanand Swami, Guru Parampara, Shri Radha-Krishna Dev, Shri Hanumanji, and Shri Ganpatiji were consecrated. Thereafter, all devotees got to enjoy a spectacular annakut prepared by the Raleigh ladies wing.

Along with devotees from all over the region, dignitaries for the state of North Carolina also attended this historic event. Honorable Gordon Cromwell, Mayor of Morrisville, and Honorable Fred Smith, State Senator of North Carolina, both addressed the assembly expressing their joy and amazement of this wonderful Mandir. The event was culminated by blessing from Pujya Doctor Swami. This was a truly unforgettable day for all devotees who attended this divine event.


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2004, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith