as the third successor by Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj
exhibited extraordinary intellectual and divine powers from
early childhood. There seemed to be no field which he could
not master, ranging from Sanskrit and scriptures to mandirs
and architecture. Behind his warm smile, lay a spirit of
fire - never compromising truth or yielding to opposition.
Named Yagnapurushdas in sadhu life, he emerged matchless
in spiritual disciplines among all sadhus of his time. He
left the parent body with merely five sadhus and a handful
of devotees to propagate the philosophy of Akshar Purushottam
as revealed by Lord Swaminarayan. There was scathing abuse
and rabid opposition - yet, his saintliness refused to answer
insult with insult. To him, animosity was alien. In 1907
CE, he established the Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam
Swaminarayan Sanstha and erected five beautiful mandirs
with the images of Akshar Purushottam installed in the central
86 years (1865 - 1951 CE). From 31 January 1865 CE
(Maha sud 5, 1921 VS) to 10 May
1951 CE (Vaishakh sud 4, 2007 VS).
Place: Mahelav, Gujarat.
54 years (1897 - 1951 CE).