Jagannathpuri, on the shores of
the eastern state of Orissa, is considered one of the four ‘dhams’
of India. It is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage
for all Hindus.
In 11 June 2001, Pramukh Swami Maharaj consecrated a small mandir
on the banks of the Indradyumna sarovar.
Then in 2004, a large plot of land was acquired and the groundbreaking
ceremony was performed for building a mandir and guesthouse.
With the construction work nearing completion, Pramukh Swami
Maharaj performed the pujan and arti of the murtis (Shri Aksharpurushottam
Maharaj, Guru Parampara, Shri Radha Krishna Dev, Shri Ganapatiji
and Shri Hanumanji) for the
new mandir on 19 December 2007 in Ahmedabad.
The murti s were then taken to Jagannathpuri, for consecration.
On 12 April 2008, a grand Vedic yagna was held in the morning.
In the afternoon a colorful procession of the murtis through
the streets of the city was held.
The following day, on 13 April 2008, Mahant Swami inaugurated
the new BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir and guesthouse. The chief guest
for the two-day celebrations was His Highness Shri Gajapati
Divyasinh Devji Maharaj, the King of Jagannathpuri.