Two postal stamps were released on Wednesday to mark the 96th birth anniversary of late Pramukh Swami Maharaj, leader of Swaminarayan sect. The postal tickets were dedicated to Pramukh Swami and Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar.
BJP national president Amit Shah and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were present on this occasion. The two BJP leaders were guests at the culmination programme of the 11-day birth anniversary celebrations of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) leader.
The sect, which has a huge following among the Patidars, saw lakhs of people from different parts of Surat and the state congregate on Dandi village road in Rander area. Addressing the public gathering, Shah said, “Crores of people are associated with BAPS and they are true supporters of BJP and their support will remain of forever. His (Pramukh Swami’s) true life and extraordinary works for humanity is an example to people and we all have to learn a lot from his life.”
Rupani in his speech said, “Eventhough Pramukh Swami has passed away, it feels that he is present among us… We have worked in BJP and know closely how an organisation works, but to know how a well-develop organisation works, we have to learn from BAPS.”