New York (IANS): Two beautifully carved
marble temples depicting Indian heritage and civilization
will be inaugurated in Atlanta in the United States and
Toronto in Canada by a Hindu spiritual leader.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 85 and head of the Gujarat based
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
(BAPS), is visiting the US and Canada from June 10 to Sep 28
to mark the centenary celebrations of the organization.
The temples to be inaugurated have been constructed using
traditions that date back to thousands of years.
They include a prayer hall, cultural arena and exhibits on
the contributions of Indian civilization to the world in
areas such as science, mathematics, medicine, art and
BAPS temples in the US and Canada are planning to host
events during Pramukh Swami's presence.
According to his itinerary, Pramukh Swami will visit
Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Edison New Jersey, Atlanta,
Dallas, San Jose, Los Angeles and New York.
"The events will showcase the diverse cultural, social and
spiritual activities of BAPS that have flourished under the
leadership of Pramukh Swami," BAPS spokesperson Harish Patel
Pramukh Swami reaches out to people of all age groups and
has counseled and comforted innumerable people personally or
by writing letters to them, his aides said.
BAPS' stated objectives include rendering service to
individuals, families and society through programs and
projects in disaster relief, humanitarian aid, medical care,
education, environment, livelihood development and cultural