Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
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The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayanan Sanstha (BAPS) is a major branch of Swaminarayan Hinduism that began when Yagnapurushadas Swami (1865–1951), popularly known as Shastriji Maharaj, left the Vadtal Swaminarayan temple in 1905 in a dispute with the Vadtal ācārya and created a new fellowship with six sādhus and householders who supported him. The separation became final when Shastriji Maharaj incorporated the BAPS in 1907 in Bo…

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Raymond Brady Williams, “Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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