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Yogiji Maharaj


Visits to Africa

Owing to the persistent requests of the devotees living in East Africa, Yogiji Maharaj visited East Africa and Aden for the first time in the year 1955 (V.S. 2012). He consecrated the murtis of Akshar Purushottam in the grand mandir at Mombasa. He consecrated Shriji Maharaj’s sacred footprints at the memorial spot of Shri Maganbhai, a respected veteran devotee, who had inspired many onto the spiritual path.
Yogiji Maharaj sanctified many places by celebrating festivals and holding spiritual assemblies. He travelled thousands of miles and spiritually uplifted many during his satsang tour of Africa. As a result of his visit many new centres for youths and elders were established. Their enthusiasm was sustained by his regular flow of letters to them. Later, the devotees built mandirs in Kampala, Jinja and Tororo, and requested Yogiji Maharaj to visit East Africa once again to perform the murti-pratishtha ceremonies in these mandirs.
So, once again Yogiji Maharaj visited East Africa and Aden in the year 1960 (V.S. 2016). He consecrated the murtis in the mandirs at Kampala, Jinja and Tororo. He travelled 35,000 miles, visiting 103 centres in seven different countries. Many new aspirants were drawn to the Satsang. The Satsang in Africa increased immensely.
In the West, too, centres were started in the UK, USA and Canada. Especially in the UK and USA, many aspirants embraced the Satsang.
In Africa, the devotees purchased large plots of land in Gulu and Nairobi and built huge mandirs. Again, the devotees appealed to Swamiji to visit them once more. Yogiji Maharaj, in spite of ill health, was moved by their devotion and agreed to visit East Africa for the third time.
In the year 1970 (V.S. 2026) he set forth on his third foreign tour. He consecrated the murtis in the mandir built on the main road in Nairobi. For the last time, Yogiji Maharaj gave the devotees much joy.
The devotees in London bought a church hall and converted it into a mandir. They invited Yogiji Maharaj to London to consecrate the murtis in the mandir. Pleased by their devotion, Yogiji Maharaj went to London. He was given a festive welcome and was honoured with a procession accompanied by the RAF band through the main roads of the city. He performed the murti-pratishtha ceremony of the murtis in the mandir at Islington, in east London. During a ceremony on the river Thames in London the murti of Harikrishna Maharaj was bathed in the river.
After six weeks in London Yogiji Maharaj returned to India. He sent four sadhus to the USA to explain the message of Satsang.

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

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