On Thursday 7 August 2003, the Governor
of Gujarat, H. E. Kailashpati Mishra visited the sacred Akshar
Deri and Akshar Mandir in Gondal. He was welcomed in traditional
Vedic style by Pujya Balmukund Swami, the mahant of Akshar Mandir,
and Pujya Gnanprasad Swami, the kothari.
The Governor heard with interest
from the sadhus about the glory of Akshar Deri as a revered pilgrim
place visited annually by thousands of spiritual aspirants from
throughout the world. He was also delighted to learn about the
wide-ranging socio-spiritual activities of BAPS under the guidance
and inspiration of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.