| Gopalanand Swami|| 1852, Vadtal|
Gopalanand Swami (1781–1852) was one of the top most prominent paramhansa of the Swaminarayan Sampraday who was ordained by Swaminarayan. He worked and guided many followers to spread the Swaminarayan Sampraday. Within the Swaminarayan Philosophy it is believed that Gopalanand Swami is the personal manifestation of Akshardham (Lord Swaminarayan's abode).
Born Khushal Bhatt, he was born in the Arvalli District's, Torda Village of Bhiloda Taluka, Gujarat. Torda is surrounded by mountains. His father was an audichiya brahmin, Motiram Sharma and his mother was Kushaladevi Thakar. Gopalanand Swami pursued deep study and showed great interest of grammar, Indian philosophy of Nyaya and Vedanta. Gopalanand Swami was a scholar, with knowledge in Vyakaran (grammar), Nyaya, Mimasa, Astrology etc. He was married to Adityabai and had two children Harisankar and Anupamba though he felt no attachment. Swaminarayan gave diksha (the becoming of a saint in which vows such as celibacy and renunciation of all personal possessions and of all worldly duties, including family ties are taken) to Gopalanand Swami in Vadodara, Gujarat. Swaminarayan held Gopalanand Swami in very high regard and he was very learned in Ashtang yoga. Gopalanand Swami died in 1852 in Vadtal.
When the Swaminarayan died (Gadhadha, year 1830), he left responsibility of the Swaminarayan Sampraday and the Acharyas in his hands and he looked after the satsang after the death of swaminarayan. Further, it is said that Swaminarayan had asked Brahmanand Swami to overlook the completion of the Junagadh Temple because he knew Brahmanand Swami had powers to bring a person back to life after death. He therefore instructed Gopalanand Swami not to inform Brahmanand Swami about his death till after the cremation of his mortal remains.
Gopalanand Swami arranged for an idol of Kastabhanjan Dev Hanuman to be installed in the Sarangpur temple which is said to have come alive and moved when installed by him. He wanted to see the idol of Hanuman interactive.Vivekdeep
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