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Temples for True Upasana:

It was decided to celebrate the religious festival on the full-moon day of Phagan of Samvat year 1962 at Anand. The hostility of the opponents had not yet subsided. They tried their best to see that the festival did not materialise. They attempted to discourage the devotees. But it was all in vain. Some eight hundred disciples had gathered in the festival. All of them, requested Swamishri to build a separate temple. But Swamishri said: "A settlement with Vadtal is probable. So let us not think about a new temple for the present." The devotees, however, insisted and began to collect donations for the temple. Within a short time a sum of rupees forty thousand was registered. Swamishri then told them: "Please stop the collections now. If this is found inadequate, we shall ask for more donations later."
Donations were enlisted, but a question arose as to where to build the temple. Everyone suggested to build it in his own village, but Swamishri preferred Bochasan. He said: "Shriji Maharaj had promised Kashidas Mota of Bochasan that a temple would be built in his village. We shall therefore build a temple there in accordance with the wishes of Maharaj." All readily agreed, and within a short period a plot of land was also purchased for the Bochasan temple.
When Swamishri arrived in Anand, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Madhavteerth was also present there. He wished to meet Swamishri hoping that if a learned scholar like Shastri Yagnapurushdas joined him, he would be able to vanquish the sadhus of Vadtal in a debate. Swamishri could foresee his intention and so he replied: "We are one with Vadtal." Though Madhavteerth could not achieve his object, he was greatly impressed with the feelings that Shastriji Maharaj had for Vadtal. He affirmed: "In the whole sampraday none can equal Shastri Yagnapurushdas either in scholarship or in saintliness."

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

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