Other Events in Brief
- In 1897,
during a discourse session, Swami Yagnapurushdas brilliantly
narrated and explained the Satsangijivan scripture. The audience
was stunned by his style and rhetoric. At the end of the session,
when someone abused Pragji Bhakta and Jaga Swami's status,
the Swami roared like a lion and defeated his statement.
- Swami Yagnapurushdas then entered
into a phase of advanced scriptural study. He studied the
Ramanuj commentary on the Brahmasutras and Gopalanand Swami's
exposition on the Gita from Jivanram Shastri. During this
period of study he convinced Jivanram Shastri, an Advaita
follower, about the truth of Ramanujacharya's Vishishtadvaita
philosophy. The mentor, impressed by Swami's scholarship and
saintliness, became a devotee.
- In 1897, a grand Janmashtami
festival was celebrated in Junagadh. Through the efforts of
Swami Yagnapurushdas, Pragji Bhakta was accorded a magnificent
- Pragji Bhakta profusely blessed
Yagnapurushdas in Gondal, saying, "You have completed
your scriptural studies, and I have thoroughly taught you
Brahmvidya. So now teach others to live blissfully as you
have learnt to do yourself."
- The passing away of Pragji
Bhakta in 1898 cast a pall of gloom and misery over Swami
Yagnapurushdas. In this sorrowful state, Pragji Bhakta appeared
before the Swami, and placing a garland around his neck, said,
"Have I left you? I am always with you!" These words
reflected the presence of Lord Swaminarayan through Swamishri.
- Jaga Swami consoled and reassured
Swami Yagnapurushdas that he would call him to his service
at the time of his final illness.
- The senior sadhus appointed
Swamishri to conduct a discourse on the Satsangijivan scripture
in Una. Everyone was pleased by his discourses.
- Swamishri's growing popularity
could not be tolerated by his opponents. They had his studies
stopped once again. From then onwards Acharya Viharilalji
Maharaj of Vadtal kept Swamishri with him during his preaching
tours to the villages. After a while the Acharya passed away.
- In 1901, Jaga Swami became
seriously ill. Swamishri was called to his side and given
the opportunity of serving him. A few days later Jaga Swami
renounced his mortal body. Then with the devotees from Gujarat,
Swami Yagnapurushdas embarked upon a pilgrimage of places
sanctified by Lord Swaminarayan.
- Swamishri then constantly propagated
the Akshar Purushottam creed in the regions of Saurashtra
and Gujarat. Many devotees started accepting and joining his
fold. His ultimate goal was to establish the murtis of Akshar
and Purushottam in huge three-spired mandirs.
- During this period the uncrowned
Acharya of the Ahmedabad School, Kunjvihariprasad, and sadhus
from Muli namely Nirmaldasji and Tyagvallabhdasji split from
the Ahmedabad parent body. Through the recommendation of Swami
Yagnapurushdas, Thakor Saheb of Limbdi allotted some land
for an Akshar Purushottam mandir in Vadhvan.
- In 1904 Swamishri was called
back to Vadtal from his duties as Head of Sarangpur Mandir.
- In 1905 while staying in Vadtal,
Swamishri, through the donations by devotees, had the murtis
of Akshar and Purushottam installed in the mandir at Vadhvan.
- After this his antagonists
stepped up their opposition against him.
- The undeterred and resolute
Swamishri resided at Chansad and Sokhada, apparently on herbal
medication for an illness.