About Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s

As days passed by and Ghanshyam became older, he performed various religious activities and miracles. He mastered the knowledge of Vedas at a very young age. At the age of eleven his mother Bhaktimata passed away and attained Akshardham and about six months later father Dharmadev also passed away and attained Akshardham. At this time Ghanshyam decided to leave home and go to the forests for the benefit of other devotees and to establish Dharma, Gnan, Vairagya, Bhakti and ways of attaining Salvation (Moksha) on Ashad Sud 10, 1849 (29/06/1792) at a tender age of Eleven years three months and one day. He was now known as Nilkanth Varni.

He then wandered in the thick forests of Himalayas and finally reached Pulahashram. During his journey through the forests he practiced Yoga and Meditation. After spending some years in Pulahashram, he then began his journey towards the south. He met Gopal Yogi, who taught him to perform Ashtang Yoga. When he reached Bengal, he saw saints sacrificing animals to deities. He advised them the path of righteousness and non-violence and ordered them to discontinue sacrifice of animals.

Thus Nilkanth Varni converted many cruel leaders and persons to calm, polite, and religious people. From Bengal he persisted his journey towards south to places such as Kamakshisthan, Navlakha Mountain (where he embraced Nine lakh Yogis, who were awaiting his darshan, at the same time), Jagannath Puri (where he paid homage to Lord Jagannath and cleansed the holy place from the fifteen thousand evil khakhi sadhus), Manaspattam, Tirupati Balaji, Bhottapuri, Kanchi, Shrirangam, Maduraj, and Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Guruvayur, he then continued his journey towards North west to Pandaripur, Chandrabagha, he then proceeded for Nasik Panchavati.

He had a holy dip in river Godavari and had darshan of Thrayambaknath at Nasik.He then turned towards the North West region and crossed Thapi, Narmada, Mahi and Sabarmati, the holy rivers of Gujarat. He then continued his journey to Saurashtsra and finally reached Mangrol. After a short stay at Mangrol he finally came to Lojpur on the Shravan Vad 6 1855 (21/08/1799).