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Aacharya Tradition

In 1826 at Vadta lon Prabodhini Ekadashi of Vikram Samvat 1882  , Swaminarayan established the dual Acharyaship in Dharmavanshi Acharyas, whom he intended as his successor. "Dharmavanshi" means "belonging to the lineage of Dharmadev" – the father of Swaminarayan.

Swaminarayan enthroned his two adopted sons, Acharya Maharajshree Ayodhyaprasad Pande and Acharya Maharajshree Raghuvir Pande, who were the sons of his brothers Rampratapji and Ichcharamji, as the spiritual leaders of the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi headquartered at Ahmedabad and the Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi headquartered at Vadtal respectively. He installed them as the Acharyas for all followers, including householders and ascetics. Swaminarayan gave sole authority to these two individuals to install murtis in temples and to initiate sadhus and householders into the Sampraday. He did this using a legal document known as "Desh Vibhag no Lekh", which he dictated and was written by Shukanand Swami. Learned saints and elder satsangis witnessed this document. 

The Acharyas of the Sampraday are administrative heads, spiritual leaders and the gurus of their followers. Since the acharyas are supposed to refrain from contact with the opposite sex, except close relations, the acharyas' wives are the gurus for female members of the sect, and must avoid contact with unfamiliar men.
The Acharyas are responsible for:
  • Initiating followers into the organisation with a Samanya Diksha by giving the guru-mantra
  • Initiating monks-sadhus by giving them the Maha-Bhagwadi Diksha
  • Perform murti-pratishtha, installing deities in the temples
  • Authenticating scriptures of the Sampraday
  • Acting as the Guru and leader of the entire Sampraday

1 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj Acharya Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj
Born on 21st Mar 1812
Became Acharya on 10th Nov 1826
Death 9th Feb 1863
Term 37 Years
2 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Bhagvatprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Bhagvatprasadji Maharaj
Born on 11th Oct 1838
Became Acharya on 09th Feb 1863
Death 12th Aug 1879
Term 17 Years
3 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Viharilalji Maharaj Acharya Shree Viharilalji Maharaj
Born on 19th Apr 1852
Became Acharya on 12th Aug 1879
Death 27th Sep 1899
Term 20 Years
4 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Laxmiprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Laxmiprasadji Maharaj
Born on 15th Aug 1892
Became Acharya on 27th Sep 1899
Death 24th Apr 1909
Term 10 Years
5 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Shripatiprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Shripatiprasadji Maharaj
Born on 18th Aug 1875
Became Acharya on 26th Apr 1909
Death 12th Feb 1931
Term 22 Years
6 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Anandprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Anandprasadji Maharaj
Born on 22nd Jul 1906
Became Acharya on 12th Feb 1931
Death 08th Jul 1974
Term 28 Years
7 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Narendraprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Narendraprasadji Maharaj
Born on 25th Jan 1930
Became Acharya on 30th Apr 1959
Death 1986
Term 25 Years
8 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj
Born on 16th Aug 1949
Became Acharya on 1984
Death Present
Term -
9 Name of Acharya Acharya Shree Rakeshprasadji Maharaj Acharya Shree Rakeshprasadji Maharaj
Born on 23rd Jul 1966
Became Acharya on 31st Jan 2003
Death Present
Term Present

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