Swaminarayan Sampraday , known previously as the Uddhav Sampraday, is a Hindu sect established by Swaminarayan (or Sahajanand Swami) (April 2, 1781 -June 1, 1830). Swaminarayan was handed the leadership of the Uddhav Sampraday by his guru, Ramanand Swami, to continue to propagate the teachings and philosophy of Vishishtadvaita, which originates from the Sri Sampradaya. Under the leadership of Swaminarayan, the movement gained strength and at the time of his death, there were 1.8 million followers. The organisation is based on vedic and puritic Hinduism.

Apart from traditional Hindu scriptures, the sect has more than three thousand works by its members. The most important are the Shikshapatri and the Vachanamrut.

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Though all devotees used to meet every Sunday at one of the generous family's home to worship and socialize, keeping in mind as we grow that our own Temple and center would be established. Thoughts of this requirements were also put to the devotees by his Holiness Acharya Maharajshree Tejendraprasadji Maharaj during his last visit to Uganda but it failed to become a reality as all members of the Asian community were expelled from Uganda, in the early seventies.

Though all devotees used to meet every Sunday at one of the generous family's home to worship and socialize, keeping in mind as we grow that our own Temple and center would be established. Thoughts of this requirements were also put to the devotees by his Holiness Acharya Maharajshree Tejendraprasadji Maharaj during his last visit to Uganda but it failed to become a reality as all members of the Asian community were expelled from Uganda, in the early seventies.

Later on, when the situation improved in mid eighties, the Government of Uganda invited Asians to return to Uganda for the re-development of Uganda. Soon and later many Asian communities respected the invitation and returned to Uganda. Kutch community had little to come and repossess but Uganda being the Pearl of Africa and the best in the East African region, many were delighted to come back or for the first time along with other communities.As life continued further more and more devotees and community members settled in Uganda.Kutch community being the domination in construction and agricultural industries, many businesses of this community were diversified to Uganda from other East African region.

During the past, in the history of Uganda, there were not many devotees who originated from Kutch community unlike the neighbouring regions of East Africa. Those who settled here before the seventies were small in number and well to meet their own survival, which somehow restricted them communally.

Though all devotees used to meet every Sunday at one of the generous family’s home to worship and socialize, keeping in mind as we grow that our own Temple and center would be established. Thoughts of this requirements were also put to the devotees by his Holiness Acharya Maharajshree Tejendraprasadji Maharaj during his last visit to Uganda but it failed to become a reality as all members of the Asian community were expelled from Uganda, in the early seventies.

Later on, when the situation improved in mid-eighties, the Government of Uganda invited Asians to return to Uganda for the re-development of Uganda. Soon and later many Asian communities respected the invitation and returned to Uganda. Kutch community had little to come and repossess but Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and the best in the East African region, many were delighted to come back or for the first time along with other communities.As life continued further more and more devotees and community members settled in Uganda.Kutch community being the domination in construction and agricultural industries, many businesses of this community were diversified to Uganda from other East African regions.

 

And this diversification gave further confidence to the community and its members. During the earlier period of this diversification and investments to Uganda, the devotees did not have an independent center or Temple for worship. They adopted the same arrangement as their elders did in the sixties, one of the pioneers and very generous family accorded a free place and provided a facility for worshipping. This was blessed by the contingent of Saints from Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj (Kutch India) and devotees and members of the community started meeting at this place and worship. Every year the contingent of Saints from Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj started coming to Uganda as an extension to their tour to Kenya and more inspiration was gained.During the tour of the Mahant Swami of Bhuj to Uganda with his larger contingent of Saints in 1994, it became so apparent that having the independent and duly established Temple (under Nar Narayan Dev Bhuj) is vital for the growth of the devotees, communally, religiously and socially. And to spearhead this achievement the Mahant Swami nominated an interim committee headed by one of the community’s courageous and vibrant member.

With the blessing from the Mahant Swami, the community acquired a good house on Martin Road Old Kampala in 1996 and started renovations to accommodate a place for worship. As time passed the Temple was ready for inauguration and consecration of the idols of Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan, NarNarayan Dev, Radha Krishna Dev and Ghanshyam Maharaj, a contingent of Saints from India and devotees from Kenya came to perform religious ceremonies to consecrate the idols (Murti) and the place for worship were made permanent. Since then the community has high heartedly continued to participate in many activities together with other Asian communities and at the national level. Today the devotees of this Temple consists of many major investments in Uganda, Manufacturing sector, Construction industries, Quarry mining, Hardware merchants, Specialized workshops and many others, and wishes to continue further hand in hand both with community level and in general development of Uganda.

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The Birth and ChildHood History about Ghanshyam....

THE AUSPICIOUS MOMENT of the birth of Ghanshyam Maharaj approached. It was Samvat 1837. It was the day of Chaitra Shud Navmi (ninth day of bright half of month of Chaitra.) Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj was born at 10:10 P.M. in the house of Bhaktimata and Dharmadev in Chhapaiya, a village near yodhya in Northern India.

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Neelkanth Varni's Journey and history....

The inspiring story of the 11-year-old child-yogi Nilkanth Varni, who single-handedly accomplished an epic pilgrimage across the length and breadth of India. His spiritual adventures reflect an amazing story of determination, fearlessness, austerity, service, and compassion.

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Neelkanth Varni as Sahajanand Swami and his satsang to the santos and Bhaktos...

Nilkanth's understanding of the metaphysical and epistemological concepts of the Pancha-Tattvas (five eternal entities as outlined above) combined with the level of his mental and physical discipline are said to have inspired even the senior sadhus of Ramanand Swami.Nilkanth Varni received sannyasa initiation and with "this initiation he received a new name, Sahajanand Swami, to signify his new status."At the age of 21, he was given the headship of the sect known as Uddhav Sampraday (Later known as Swaminarayan Sampraday) with the blessings of his guru Ramanand Swami, who handed over the reins of the Religious diocese to him and died.

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