Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UK PM Rishi Sunak send felicitations to BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in New Jersey

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, Robbinsville, New Jersey. PHOTO: Courtesy BAPS

From September 30, 2023, the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville commenced its nine-day dedication celebrations in the presence of its spiritual leader  Mahant Swami Maharaj. This event has garnered international attention, with global leaders, including India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, extending their heartfelt wishes and support.

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardhams are landmarks of Hindu art, architecture, and culture.
They serve as spiritual and community hubs, open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Akshardham in New Jersey marks the third such cultural complex globally. The first Akshardham was created in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, India, in 1992, followed by Akshardham in New Delhi in 2005.

In a recent letter dated September 29, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Narendra Modi
expressed his joy in regard to the upcoming opening celebrations of Akshardham in New Jersey.

“I am pleased to learn about the opening celebrations of the Akshardham Mahamandir in
Robbinsville, New Jersey. It is an occasion of profound spiritual significance for the vast legion of devotees worldwide.”

Modi went on to say, “Temples have been the hub of service and socio-cultural activities for centuries. They are not only centers of devotion but also serve as platforms for giving expression to art, architectural excellence, literature, and knowledge. Such profound cultural principles have been guiding humanity for generations…The inaugural celebrations of Akshardham Mahamandir showcases Indian architectural excellence and our glorious ancient culture and ethos…May the inauguration enhance the auspiciousness and significance of this endeavor. Best wishes to everyone at BAPS Swaminarayan
Sanstha and all those involved in this initiative.”

In September 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom, who visited Akshardham, New Delhi, during his official trip for the G20 summit, expressed his thoughts and impressions, remarking,“We were amazed and awed by the beauty of this temple and its universal message of peace, harmony, and becoming a better human being. This is not only a place of worship, but a landmark that also portrays India’s values, culture, and contributions to the world.” After receiving blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of BAPS, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak commented, “…I understand that His Holiness is inaugurating another beautiful Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in
Robbinsville, USA very soon. I would like to send my very best wishes to His Holiness and all the devotees of BAPS ahead of the opening.”



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