His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, founder of Neasden Temple and The Swaminarayan School, dies aged 95

Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj has died at the age of 94 (Pic: BAPS Media)

Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj has died at the age of 94 (Pic: BAPS Media) - Credit: Archant

A religious guru who inspired and built Neasden Temple and founded Europe’s first independent Hindu school has died at the age of 95.

BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir is known as Neasden Temple (Pic: BAPS Media)

BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir is known as Neasden Temple (Pic: BAPS Media) - Credit: Archant

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj opened BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and The Swaminarayan School, both in Brentfield Road, in 1995 and 1991 respectively.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the spiritual head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, an international Hindu organisation, and had spent seven decades visiting more than 17,000 towns and villages in India and across the world.

Born in December 1921 in a village near Gujarat, India, Pramukh Swami Maharaj died on Saturday.

Prayers and respects are being offered throughout BAPS temples worldwide.


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