Shastriji Maharaj Organization founder

Shastriji Maharaj (Gujarati: શાસ્ત્રીજી મહારાજ) (31 January 1865 – 10 May 1951), born Dungar Patel and ordained Shastri Yagnapurushdas, was the third spiritual successor of Swaminarayan in the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Born in a family of farmers in central Gujarat, India, he became a sadhu within the Vadtal diocese of the Swaminarayan Sampraday at the age of 17 where he was given the name Yagnapurushdas Swami. The prefix Shastri was later added in recognition of his eminent scholarship in Sanskrit and the Hindu scriptures. He established and nurtured a nascent BAPS after a doctrinal split from the Vadtal diocese of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya. Shastriji Maharaj is credited with establishing BAPS on 5 June 1907 CE in Bochasan, Gujarat to propagate the Akshar-Purushottam Upasana (philosophy), which, he explained, had been revealed by Swaminarayan. A staunch proponent of this philosophy, he consecrated the sacred images of Swaminarayan (as a manifestation of Purushottam) and Gunatitanand Swami (as a manifestation of Akshar) in the central shrines of major mandirs in the towns of Bochasan, Sarangpur, Atladra, Gondal and Gadhada in Gujarat, India.

Personal details

Date of birth
January 31st, 1865
Date of death
May 10th, 1951 at age of 86
Places lived
pop. 62,700,003 (2013)

Organizations founded

1. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha


Date funded

June 5th, 1907



Wikiedia article

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, often abbreviated as BAPS, is a major organization within the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. The organization was established on 5 June 1907 by Shastri Yagnapurushdas or Shastriji Maharaj, a Sanskrit scholar and sadhu who left the Vadtal Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday in 1905. An interpretation of Swaminarayan's teachings led to the formation of this organization. This interpretation is known as Akshar Purushottam Upasana. Shastriji Maharaj's successor was Yogiji Maharaj who was succeeded by present head Pramukh Swami Maharaj.


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