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Swaminarayan and Swaminarayan Hinduism
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Swaminarayan Hinduism developed in Gujarat in the early 1800s concurrent with the spread of the British rule as a reform movement led by Sahajanand Swami, who is revered as Lord Swaminarayan. Sahajanand Swami attracted householders, established an order of sādhus, built temples, and appointed his nephews as ācāryas. With strong attachments to Kṛṣṇa worship in Gujarat, Swaminarayan Hinduism …

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Brady Williams, Raymond, “Swaminarayan and Swaminarayan Hinduism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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