The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual hindu faith committed to the service of God and society. Based on the Vedic teachings propagated by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830 CE), it was formally established in 1907 CE by Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj. Commonly known as BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha or just 'BAPS', its global network of mandirs and centres host many moral, social, cultural and spiritual activities. The energies of BAPS’s youth and sadhu volunteers are also channeled towards a variety of humanitarian activities that include services in times of natural calamities, primary schools, students’ hostels, hospitals, diagnostic camps, anti-addiction drives, environment-awareness programs, tribal uplift and literacy campaigns. BAPS is an NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. With the inspiration and guidance of Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS has earned a place in the hearts of millions throughout the world. For detailed information about the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and its centers near you, visit