NEW YORK – His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s ashes were dispersed at Niagara Falls in Canada by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj on Thursday, July 27.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj passed away on August 13 last year in Sarangpur, India at the age of 94.
He had visited Canada 12 times between the years of 1974 and 2007 and was part of the inspiration in the building of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Canada, the first Hindu place of worship in the country.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and under his leadership; BAPS grew into an international spiritual and humanitarian organization with over 3,300 centers worldwide.
He dedicated his life to the well-being of others, traveling throughout the world to foster love, peace, harmony, righteousness, faith in God and service to humanity and reached out to all members of the society irrespective of class, color, or age.
July 27, 1974 marked his first trip to Niagara Falls where he also visited the Floral Clock Park to pray for world peace and he made many more trips to the popular tourist location to perform small rituals at the waters of Niagara until 1990.
Along with dispersing his ashes at Niagara Falls, a memorial tree was also dedicated to Pramukh Swami Maharaj as a part of the Niagara Parks Memorial Tree Program.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s ashes were also dispersed in other rivers including the Gondali, Narmada, Sabarmati and Ganga in India; the Nile in Uganda and the Thames in London.