During a grand yagna in 1883, Acharya Viharilalji Maharaj initiated
Dungar Bhakta into the saffron order. He was then renamed as Swami
Yagnapurushdas. On returning to Surat, he remained in the personal
service of his guru. Whenever time permitted he also concentrated
on his scriptural and Sanskrit studies. Soon, he enthusiastically
participated in the various services and administrative duties
of the Swaminarayan mandir.