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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On the eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Kartik Samvat in the year 1857, on Wednesday 28-10-1800 A.D., Ramanand Swami incorporated Nilkanth Varni Bhagawati Mahadiksha in his fellowship. As a disciple, He served Ramanand Swami heartily; and restlessly remained always with Shree Swami in all his duties and his every activity ready to serve him. Ramanand Swami also kept Him with himself in every activity.

On the morning of Ekadashi, the Gods were gathered and a mahapuja was conducted upon the deities. 108 offerings of Ghee were made and Shri Hari was given a white cloth, a dhoti and a double beaded Tulsi mala to wear, a tilak and chandlo was done on his forehead and a Krishna Ashtakshar mantra was given into his ears. Ramananda Swami explained precisely the meaning and the fruits of that mantra to Nilkanth. He said to Nilkanth, “Until You have the consciousness of the body, You should not give up Your religion, carry on Your duties, and do puja regularly. You should drink water and food offered to God. Also You should never pass Your time without devotion to God.”
In this way Ramanand Swami delivered his words to Nilkanth Varni and changed His name. Two names were given to Nilkanth; Sahajanand Swami and Narayan Muni, both of which have a big importance. Sahajanand means, one who has natural joy in oneself and because Nilkanth was Lord Narayan Himself, He also deserved the name of Narayan Muni as well. After the ceremony, Nilkanth did pradakshina of Ramanand Swami, did puja and Sastang dandwat Pranam. After the ceremony was over, Ramanand Swami told Nilkanth to ask for anything He wanted from him.

Nilkanth asked Ramanand Swami to give Him the boon of Paramatma, accepting his offerings, talking directly to him and responding in every manner of a human being in the same way as the Lord responded to Ramanand Swami, Ramanand Swami gave Him His blessings. That day was the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi and everyone did not sleep during that night. The next day, the Brahmins were offered sweets and food. All the saints were given dakshina, food and clothes. After this, Paramatma used to relate to Varniraj in the same way as Ramanand Swami and used to give Him darshan in the form of Narnarayan, Laxminarayan, Radha-Krishna etc. Shri Hari also used to do seva of their guru Ramanand swami in the same way as He did seva to God.