Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha

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Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (, IAST: ), often abbreviated as BAPS (formerly Bochasan Swaminarayan Sanstha or BSS), is a major organization within the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. The organization was established on 5 June 1907 by Shastri Yagnapurushdas or Shastriji Maharaj (1865–1951), a Sanskrit scholar and sadhu who left the Vadtal Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday in 1905. The Akshar Purushottam Upasana, an interpretation of Bhagwan Swaminarayan's succession, is what led to the formation of this present organization. Shastriji Maharaj's successor was Yogiji Maharaj. Presently the sanstha is headed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a charitable Non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. The organization is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization that holds General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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Shastri Yagnapurushdas left the Vadtal Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday to formed his own institution, Bochasan Swaminarayan Sanstha or BSS (now BAPS) claiming Gunatitanand Swami was the rightful successor to Swaminarayan in 1906. After leaving of his own accord, he was later expelled from the Vadtal Gadi by the then Vadtal acharya in a...
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