More than 25 lakh people are expected to attend the final rites of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), in Sarangpur on Wednesday afternoon.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj had passed away on Saturday at the age of 94 due to old-age illnesses, leading to an outpouring of grief among his followers across the globe.
According to BAPS authorities, Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s mortal remains would be consigned to flames in the premises of Sarangpur Mandir at 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Pramukh Swami Maharaj had himself selected the spot for his final rites.
BAPS media coordinator Aksharvatsal Swami told media that elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that devotees can witness the final rites without any difficulty.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also visit Sarangpur on Monday, right after his independence day address from the Red Fort, to pay a teary-eyed homage to the Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also visited Sarangpur to pay his respects on Tuesday.