International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal

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The International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal (ISSM) is a religious organisation of the Hindu faith based in USA. It comes under the Laxminarayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday.[1] The organisation has temples and centres in various parts of the country as well as a temple in Chicago, Illinois (America).[2]


"International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal" is a federally registered trade mark of ISSO of Chicago, Inc. in the USA.

Temples

ISSM originally had six temples under it, all of them being named Vadtal Dham after Vadtal in India, where the headquarters of the parent organisation is located.[3] The temple in Grand Prairie is an exception, being named Gadhpur Dham after the Swaminarayan temple in Gadhada.[4]

  • Grand Prairie: Opened on 4 July 1991, when the image of Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam was installed by present Acharya Shree Ajendraprasad Pande of the Vadtal Gadi.[4]
  • Chicago (Wheeling): This temple was dedicated in 1991. It has the titles Vadtal Dham, Vadtal of USA, ISSM, and ISSO Of Chicago[5] The central deity in this temple is Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam by present acharya Ajendraprasadji Maharaj.[6]
  • New Jersey: Dedicated on 11 July 2004.[7] The central deities at this temple are Lakshmi Narayan and Rancchodrai along with Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna. They were installed by the fake acharya rakeshprasad who is not the acharya according to Desh Vibhag No Lekh.[8]
  • Scranton: Dedicated in 2014, murtis were installed by P.P. 108 Bhavi Acharya Shree Nrigendraprasadji Maharaj. "Vadtal Gadi".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Richmond: Also dedicated in 2014 and murtis were installed by Nrigendraprasadji Maharaj. "Vadtal Gadi".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Houston,TX: Also dubbed Vadtal Dham, this Mandir is being built in Houston under the command of Ajendraprasadji.


  • Monmouth Junction: Pratistha date is being planned in summer of 2017 under the guidance of Ajendraprasadji. This mandir has Saturday Satsang at 5:00 pm. "Vadtal Gadi".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Downey: This temple was dedicated in 2000.[9] The temple has images of Lakshmi Narayan and Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam also by Ajendraprasadji [10]


Since the authoring of this article, Downey,NJ(Vadtaldhamusa), and Dallas have removed themselves from ISSM and now participate an independent to-be-named organization[11]

Notes

  1. Williams 2004, pp. 145
  2. "North American Hindus call for a New Direction on Terrorism".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Williams 2001, pp. 229
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal, Grand Prairie, Texas".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Williams 2004, pp. 168
  6. "Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Wheeling (IL)".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Shree Swaminarayan Temple".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Shree Swaminarayan Mandir - Vadtal Dham".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Past events: Downey".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Swaminarayan Mandir, Downey".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. http://www.iswaminarayan.org/ - Showing temples that are no longer under the ISSM banner.

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