Chicago IL: Government officials, community leaders, devotees, and well-wishers gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL to pay tribute to the life of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj on Sunday September 18, 2016. The fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha departed his mortal body on August 13, 2016, at the age of 95. From establishing mandirs (Hindu temples) across the world to humanitarian work to creating community infrastructure for education and healthcare in remote towns, Pramukh Swami Maharaj's contributions to society have spanned across generations. Known by his motto, "In the joy of others, lies our own," he dedicated his life to serve and inspire others for the greater good of mankind. Even today, this message resonates with millions of individuals from all walks of life and from around the world.
Special assemblies were held at 90 BAPS mandirs across the United States during the month of September to pay tribute to his life and achievements. Throughout his life, his selfless compassion and humble prayers uplifted countless people. He led thousands on the path of spirituality and inspired even more to live a morally pure life.