Swaminarayan was born Ghanshyam Pande in Chapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1781. In 1792, he began a seven-year pilgrimage across India at the age of 11 years, adopting the name Nilkanth Varni. During this journey, he did welfare activities and after 9 years and 11 months of this journey, he settled in the state of Gujarat around 1799. In 1800, he was initiated into the Uddhav sampradaya by his guru, Swami Ramanand, and was given the name Sahajanand Swami. In 1802, his guru handed over the leadership of the Uddhav Sampraday to him before his death. Sahajanand Swami held a gathering and taught the Swaminarayan Mantra. From this point onwards, he was known as Swaminarayan. The Uddhav Sampraday became known as the Swaminarayan Sampraday.

    Contact Details

    Address: Swaminarayan Chapiya Gonda.

    Swaminarayan Temple

    How to Reach

    By Air

    Lucknow to Chhapiya – 150 Km

    By Train

    Mankapur Station to Chhapiya – 15 Km

    By Road

    Ayodhya to Chhapaiya – 35 Km ( Vaya : Katra Parsurampur )


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