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BAPS: Pramukh Swami
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Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921–2016) was the religious leader of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a denomination of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, which was established by Shastriji Maharaj (1865–1951) in 1907. The Swaminarayan Sampraday is a Hindu devotional tradition founded by Swaminarayan (1781–1830) at the start of the 19th century in present-day Gujarat.

At the age of 18, Pramukh Swami was ordained as a sādhu by Shastriji Maharaj, w…

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Mamtora, Bhakti, “BAPS: Pramukh Swami”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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