Acharya Swamishree Maharaj manifested on Thursday 28 May 1942 (Samvat 1998 Adhik Jeth Sud 13) in Bharasar – Kutch, India, at the home of father Shamjibhai Naran Madhani and mother Rambai. He was given the name Hirji by Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
From 1946 until 1953, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj attended the Bharasar Prathmik Shala (primary school).
At the age of 11, He moved to the boarding school in Maninagar to continue His education.
A photograph from Swamibapa’s Golden Jubilee in 1957 shows young Hirji striking a distinctive pose while enacting the role of Chandra in a devotional play called ‘Balidan’ (sacrifice).
On Sunday 21 March 1962 (Samvat 2018 Falgun Sud 15), at the age of 19, Gurudev Swamibapa initiated Hirji as a sant, and named Him Swami Purushottampriyadasji. The name given reveals his identity – the Swami who is beloved to Purushottam (the supreme Lord). Purushottam was also Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s name before He was initiated as a Sant. The name therefore signifies the immense love that Jeevanpran Swamibapa has for Him.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa took Swamishree to be His personal secretary and entrusted Him with all administrative responsibilities. Whenever Swamibapa wanted to communicate with disciples living around the world, He would dictate the bulk of the letter to Swamishree and sign off with any final comments.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave the Sadguru – Takiya – status to Swamishree on Tuesday 03 October 1967 (Samvat 2023 Bhadarva Vad Amas)
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed devotional dances; the most famous being ‘Chho Prabhu Shree Ghanshyam Jaykaari’ (Oh Lord Shree Ghanshyam, You are Immensely Glorious). In 1970, during Swamibapa’s international tour, He performed this devotional dance at various places in the UK, including London’s Trafalgar Square.
On Wednesday 28 February 1979 (Samvat 2035 Falgun Sud 2), Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa appointed Swamishree to be His heir and subsequent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. During the investiture ceremony, Jeevanpran Swamibapa stated, “I hand over the helm of the Karan Satsang – Shree Swaminarayan Gadi to Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swami. In every respect, Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and I, will work through Him, and will always remain with Him.”
Jeevanpran Swamibapa's third tour to the United Kingdom. It was during this visit that Jeevanpran Swamibapa ceased to give darshan in a human state. This episode of Swamibapa's leela occurred in Bolton on the 30th August. Jeevanpran Swamibapa's murti was taken to Maninagar where His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the agnisanskar vidhi (cremation ceremony). At the exact space where this took place, Acharya Swamishree instigated the creation of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir.
The first major festival for His Holiness Acharya Swamishree was the Bicentenary celebrations of Lord Swaminarayan. This 15 day long Mahotsav was held in Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked on His first International tour in this year. He travelled to the UK to perform the opening of the new temple at Golders Green, London.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of Shree Muktajeevan Sevashram (health centre) at Bhuj.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of the Swaminarayan Higher Secondary School with Science and General Streams at Maninagar.
The Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Temple in Bhuj were held in April of this year.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked upon the first tour of the USA where established the Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal, USA.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a grand new temple and a guest house at Mahalaxmi, Bombay.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a new temple at Kheda, the manifestation place of Jeevanpran Swamibapa.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a new temple and a guest house at Mount Abu.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of the magnificent Swamibapa Smruti Mandir at Godasar, Ahmedabad on 7th Oct. This Memorial to Gurudev Swamibapa was opened in the presence of Dr Shankardayal Sharma (President of India).
The Suvarna Jayanti Mahotsav (Golden Jubillee) of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at Shree Swaminarayan Temple at Maninagar was commemorated with great splendor.
This year marked 150 years since Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree gave darshan upon this earth. To mark this ocassion, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree celebrated the Sat Suvarna Mahotsav at Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked on a 14 day tour to the Far Eastern countries and Australia
The Rajat Mahotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi (a festival marking 25 years since Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave Shree Swaminarayan Gadi a physical embodiment) was held in Maninagar. Acharya Swamishree opened the newly re-built Shree Ishwar Sadvidyashram (Swaminarayan Boarding). His Holiness Acharya Swamishree initiated the celebrations of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi, a magnificent 10 year long festival commemorating the divine leela of Swamibapa.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj launches the official website, www.Swaminarayan Gadi.com
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets with the Prime Minister of India Shree Atul Bihari Bajpayee at the New Delhi Prime Minister's residence on Sunday the 17th October, 1999
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's second spiritual tour of mainland Europe
Grand opening of the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Arts and Culture Centre, Bolton, Sunday 20 August 2000
Murti Pratistha Mahotsav at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Golders Green, London, 27 August 2000
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Parklands, Nairobi. Murti Prathista Mahotsav - are in celebration of the inauguration of new Mandir and Murtis - divine idols of the Lord - hand carved out of pure white marble and leafed in pure gold.
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Secaucus, New Jersey. The divine Murtis were ceremonially weighed in a grand tula with 780 kg gold as part of the installation ceremony, 5 August 2001
Magnificent festival was held in Maninagar to celebrate the 200th anniversary of when the almighty Lord revealed His supreme mahamantra, 'Swaminarayan' for the salvation of humanity
Golden jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mankuva
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's third spiritual tour of mainland Europe
Golden Jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Ghanshyamnagar
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets with the Indian Vice President Shree Shakhavatji
Historical meeting between Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and the President of India, Dr APJ Kalam
Golden jubilee celebration of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kera
Grand festival to celebrate the Hirak Jayanti (Diamond Jubilee), 60th anniversary, of when Jeevanpran Swamibapa installed the divine murti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at the headquarters of the Swaminarayan Karan Satsang, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar. As part of this Mahotsav, the Sants and disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan also acknowledged the events of Wednesday 28th February 1979, the 25th anniversary of when Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa designated Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to be His heir and divine sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi
Second meeting between Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and President APJ Kalam
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Soja
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Joshipura
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Trent
Culmination of ten years of celebrations - the Centenary of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was marked with a grand festival in the grounds of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Maninagar
Silver jubilee celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mordungra
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was commended with the prestigious Gujarat Gaurav Award as part of a special ceremony in Mumbai
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago, USA
Festival held to mark the 60th anniversary of when Gurudev Swamibapa first set foot on the soil of Panchmahal, and to celebrate the 50th diksha jayanti of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Platinum Tula Mahotsav, USA
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sixtieth anniversary celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Ghanshyamnagar
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Sanand - Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Arnej - Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Aral - Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Sixtieth anniversary celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kera
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kentucky, USA
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bolton Mahamandir Mahotsav and Golden Tula
Forty years after Gurudev Swamibapa’s Mokshdayi Yatra, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj lead a group of 600 Sants and disciples on a 7 day pilgrimage to Northern India, when they re-visited the sacred sites that Swamibapa blessed in 1973, and which Lord Shree Swaminarayan sanctified over 200 years ago
Maninagar, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Amrut Mahotsav was celebrated at the worldwide headquarters of the supreme Karan Satsang
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Sukhpur Sanskar Kendra
The beautiful murti of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj was seated upon a miniature throne on one side of the scale. Acharya Swamishree and sants then placed sugar crystals (saakar) on the other side of the scale. The tick mark on the scale slowly began to change position as the weight of the sugar crystals increased to one kilogram. Finally, when the weight of the sugar crystals surpassed the physical weight of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj’s murti, the side of the scale with His idol ascended higher than the other, and there were cries of joy all around. Acharya Swamishree and sants spun the scale around for the entire audience to have the divine darshan of Harikrushna Maharaj’s idol during the Tula. In a similar manner, Shree Harikrushna Maharaj was then weighed against one kilogram of silver, gold, and platinum in the form of bars and coins. Each time the scale tipped from one side to the other, there were ecstatic cries of joy from all over.
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury - Grand Opening
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Canada
Silver jubilee of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pragatyadham, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kheda
Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalol Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj led a group of 400 Sants and disciples on a pilgrimage to Northern India. The pilgrimage named Shree Muktajeevan Smruti Yatra, started in Ayodhya. The group then travelled to Chhapaiya, Varanasi and Kashi, where the eminent scholars of the Vedas performed the Vasant Pooja to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and presented him with an honorary accolade, Ved-ratna
Grand Opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Ranip
Grand opening of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Viramgam
A five day festival was hosted by Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Nairobi, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band
Silver jubilee of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mount Abu
Magnificent grand festival held to mark the silver jubilee of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, World Peace Centre
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa established a new Mandir of the divine Karan Satsang in the village of Naranpar, Kutch in Samvat 2013, Vaishakh Sud 3. Sixty years have passed since the Mandir was established. In celebration, with the inspiration of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, and as a facet of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj Sadbhav Amrut Parva, a 5 day, auspicious festival is being celebrated, held from Tuesday 25 April to Saturday 29 April 2017.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj is the first leader of the Swaminarayan Faith to grace and sanctify the beautiful islands of Hawaii, the fiftieth state of the United States of America. From Sunday, June 25 through Friday, June 30, 2017, Acharya Swamishree, a mandal of twenty-six sants, and disciples partook in a week-long vicharan and spiritual retreat of the Big Island of Hawaii, a continuation of the Sadbhav Yatra, which commenced in Australia and East Asia earlier in the month.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj conscecrates the new Mandir premises in Embleton - Perth, Australia
Inauguration of Gold Sinhasan and Yagnopavit Ceremony in Kadi was held on Tuesday 11th September 2018.
On Tuesday 16 October 2018, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Sants visited the office of the Prime Minister in New Delhi, where He was received by Honourable Shree Modiji.
The inaugural session of the International Peace Research Association’s Peace Conference 2018 - Innovation for Sustainable Global Peace was held on Saturday 24 November 2018 in the grounds of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, World Peace Centre.
Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Amrut Pratishtha Mahotsav has finally arrived, and the first day of this prestigious event commenced with great fervour. After performing the Shangar Aarti, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj arrived for darshan at Shree Suvarna Tula Smarak Bhavan, Shree Swaminarayan Tower, just as the sun was rising above the Maninagar skyline.
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Dharampur Nav-nirman Mahotsav, was held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 2019.
On Samvat 2075, Maha Sud 12/13, exactly 100 years will have passed since Jeevanpran Bapashree performed the official Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav of Ghanshyam Maharaj in Kadi Mandir. In celebration of this auspicious occassion, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj has inspired a 3-day festival, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February 2019.
As part of this special day’s ceremony to mark 10 years since the establishment of Surat Mandir, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the patotsav ceremony of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
Inspired by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, 2019, Acharya Swamishree, sants, disciples of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan from all over the world, and members of the broader Virginia community, celebrated the arrival of Supreme Almighty Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa to this great state with the Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav and Silver Tula at Shree Swamianrayan Mandir – Chesapeake, Virginia!
September 2019 marked the 40th anniversary since Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa performed His antardhaan leela and departed this mortal world on Samvat 2035 Bhadarva Sud 7.
Ten years have passed since that auspicious day. To mark this occasion, the disciples of the village celebrated Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Gavada Dashabdi Mahotsav.
In two years time, in 2021, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Mankuva will be celebrating its Amrut Mahotsav, marking 70 years since Gurudev Swamibapa established the Mandir.
With the inspiration of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, two significant events in the history of the Swaminarayan Faith are being celebrated in November 2019 in the village of Vrushpur, Kutch, Gujarat.
Accepting the humble prayers of Sants and disciples, Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was ceremonially weighed with gold, platinum and five precious stones when he had completed 50, 60 and 70 years.
On Fagun Sud 3, 26th February 1944 Jeevanpran Swamibapa ceremonially installed the divine Murti of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and established the headquarters of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. On the same day 76 years later, 26th February 2020, the 76th anniversary of the divine installation was celebrated at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar.