28 Septemebr 2002
Maharaj inspired the creation of Akshardham, a cultural and spiritual
monument dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Every year, hundreds
of thousands of people, regardless of caste, creed or color, who
visit this place are inspired with peace and enlightened with
eternal cultural and spiritual values.
The terrorist attack in this divine monument complex on innocent
pilgrims has caused deep pain and anguish. Such a violent and
evil attack on innocent people reflects its heartrending consequences.
Such horrifying and sad scenes were created in the Akshardham
carnage. Altogether 33 people were killed and more than 70 injured.
However, through God's grace, from the thousands of pilgrims and
visitors who were present only a few became victims of this atrocious
act of terrorism. If the terrorists had entered the main monument
in Akshardham or the multimedia hall then its consequences would
have been beyond imagination.
I pray to Bhagwan Swaminarayan to bless those who have died with
peace, and provide their families with inner strength to bear
this calamity. During such terrible events, prayer to God is the
only means to overcome grief; through prayer one attains inner
I thank all national and international spiritual leaders, government
officials, the National Security Guard and police, doctors and
staff of Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad Electricity Company, Gandhinagar
Fire Brigade, private doctors and blood donors, voluntary organizations,
TV and print media, dignitaries and all those young and old who
have offered their condolences and support.
I offer my appreciation to the brave National Security Guard and
police who foiled the efforts of and killed the terrorists. My
deepest condolences to the commandos and police who died in the
On this occasion of mourning, let us share each other's grief
and bear the pain with prayer, unity and peace.
I pray at the holy feet of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Aksharbrahma
Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji
Maharaj and all the divine incarnations and holy sages that such
a horrifying act never happens to anyone, anywhere in the world.
(Pramukh Swami Maharaj)