History

The growth of our congregation we felt that more development was needed and decided to seek guidance from the Late Pujya Mahant Swami Shri Hariswarupdasji of Bhuj Mandir to register a temple under Shree Nar-Narayan Dev, Bhuj. Respecting the wishes of Mahant Swami a constitution adopting the laws and the regulations of this country and of our Sampradaya, was formed and was sent to Bhuj Mandir for approval. Thus respecting the orders given by Pujya Mahant Swami, "Shree Swaminarayan Temple Sydney Inc. (Under Shree Nar-Narayan Dev, Bhuj Kutch)", was then registered as a non-profit making organisation in the Australian Business register in 2001.
 
The Sabhas being held at the residences of fellow devotees were becoming overcrowded and therefore to cope with the increasing population, it was decided to hold Satsang Sabhas in a hired hall every Sunday, with Thakarthali and Rasotsav, being held on the last Sunday of every month. Other utsavs like Ramnavmi, Janmasthmi, Vasant Panchmi, Shiv Ratri, Hindola, Diwali, Ankoot and other prominent festivals are celebrated with great pomp and passion.
 

With the increasing population of devotees the committee made a request to Bhuj Mandir to commence a routine schedule of Saints to fly to Australia to spread the divinity of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and provide their Spiritual guidance to the devotees residing in this southern hemisphere of the World. Thus respecting and honouring the pleas of the devotees, the Saints of Bhuj Mandir agreed to commence a routine group of Saints to annually visit Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth) and Singapore. With the grace of Lord Shree Swaminarayan the first Group of Saints of Bhuj Mandir arrived in Sydney for the first time ever in 2003.

This Group consisted of Saints of great calibre in all aspects of Satsang. We were graced with the presence of then Upmahant Sadguru Purani Swami Dharmanandandasji, Sadguru Purani Swami ShriHaridasji, Shastri Swami Devcharandasji and Shastri Swami Bhaktvatsaldasji. With the presence of such Saints, Satsang Sabhas were held daily at various venues. The attendance of the younger generation at these Sabhas amazed the Saints. The Saints saw a divine vision of religious prosperity and established the very first overseas branch of the "Kutch Shree Nar-Narayan Dev Yuvak & Yuvati Mandal". Since here forth we have been graced with visits by Saints of Bhuj Mandir every year.

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