Sampraday means sect. Swaminarayan Sampraday is a branch of Sanatan Dharma, the root of Hinduism. Lord Swaminarayan’s guru Ramanand Swami initially established this Sampraday in India, then known as ‘Uddhav Sampraday’ Ramanand Swami���s guru Adi Ramanujacharya inspired Ramanand Swami and with guru’s blessings, this Sampraday flourished well. But it was only after Lord Swaminarayan’s formal appointment as head of the Uddhav Sampraday that the major reforms in the society started taking place. Lives of millions of civilians were transformed with revival of the forgotten traditions of Sanatan Dharma. The Uddhav Sampraday then came to be known as Swaminarayan Sampraday.
Since then, Lord Swaminarayan, also known as Sahajanad Swami established Temples as centres to serve the people. Misconceptions, superstitious beliefs, misinterpretations etc were all cleared and eradicated with the devotees having clear vision of the true meaning of life. Lord Swaminarayan wrote a book called Shikshapatri with 212 verses as guidebook for his devotees. The Sampraday grew within a very short period and Sadhu (Saints) were sent all over the land to preach and propagate the true essence of life. The Sadhu faced a lot of hardships in transforming the lives of the local men and to teach them how to live a noble life without miseries. Huge Temples were built and festivals were celebrated at different venues on grand scales.
Currently, the Sampraday is lead by two Acharyas (Spritual Heads) appointed as per Sampraday’s customs. The Northern Diocese, whose headquarter is in Amdavad is lead by H.H. 1008 Acharya Shri Koshalendraprasad Pande Maharajshri while the Southern Diocese, whose headquarter is in Vadtal is led by H.H. 1008 Acharya Shri Rakeshprasadji Pande Maharajshri.
Our Temple in Dar Es Salaam is like any other Temple of Swaminarayan Sampraday which follows the same old traditions but in a vibrant way. Religious festival celebrations are the core activity of our Temple. Nonetheless, educational and spiritual enlightenment programs are also organised from time to time by inviting Sadhu from India.