CONTACT PERSON: Mr Narendra Chohan
Tel: 024 7622 8605 (evenings)
About your group
The Swaminarayan Hindu Mission in the UK is a branch of the worldwide movement of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (usually abbreviated to BAPS), which is based in India. The founder of the Swaminarayan Sect, Lord Swaminarayan, was born in India in 1781AD and is considered, first and foremost, as a social reformer.
His edicts/rules of living are summarised in a small book of 212 verses dictating how his disciples should live according to Hindu Philosophy called the Shikshapatri. The teachings of Lord Swaminarayan are continued through a succession of Gurus who head and guide the faith.
Notable International Achievements:
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden
This huge project completed in 1995 is an eternal testimony to the determination, dedication, and inspiration of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the present Guru and head of the faith.
The aims of our organisation are entrenched deep in Vaishnav (non-violent) Hindu Philosophy and provide the following to everyone:
Moral and Cultural Care
- International Cultural Examinations/Competitions/Conventions.
19 disaster relief operations (in India, Tanzania, Kenya, USA, and Ethiopia)
Morning puja - every Swaminarayan devotee begins their day by performing morning puja, involving meditation, self-introspection, spiritual visualisation, rituals and scripture reading.
In Coventry, the Swaminarayan Hindu Mission has approximately 20 families who regularly meet for religious gatherings and cultural events and have been doing so every week since 1988. Of these there are about 30 youngsters who follow the faith. We are currently trying to procure a building so that we have a place for regular worship and so that we can develop a centre for learning here in Coventry.
For more information about BAPS and a useful link for the CEN website please visit www.swaminarayan.org