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Featured Article: Swaminarayan

Swaminarayan under a Neem tree in Gadhada
Swaminarayan (April 3, 1781 – June 1, 1830), also known as Sahajanand Swami, is the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, a vibrant expression of contemporary Hinduism, in the Vaisnavite tradition. Swaminarayan was born Ghanshyam Pande in Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1781. Swaminarayan built six temples in his lifetime and appointed 500 paramhansas to spread his philosophy.