Every year, volunteers from BAPS contribute back to their local communities through various activities.
This year on 18th March, volunteers of all ages from BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Green Fields,
Adelaide, participated in Clean Up Australia day.
Fostering a sense of shared ownership of one’s community, BAPS Community clean–ups provide an opportunity
for individuals to volunteer their time by clearing roadsides and/or open areas of accumulated litter, trash,
thereby beautifying the space for all. The campaign was carried out by around 140 volunteers at 3 different
council locations – Dry Creek Trail, Mawson Lakes (City of Salisbury Council), Thorndon Park, Paradise (City of
Campbelltown Council) & Michael Reserve, Lockleys (City of West Torrens Council) at the same time. Gloves and
litter bags were provided to the volunteers. Present amongst each location were the invited guests;
Mayor Michael Coxon and councilors from City of West Torrens Council, Mayor Jill Whittaker and councilors
from City of Campbell Town Council, Councilors from City of Salisbury Council who supported by
participating at the event. Light refreshments were served at the end of the event. Inspired by His Holiness
Mahant Swami Maharaj, who preaches the importance of community service and maintaining a clean society,
volunteers were able to give back to their own communities.
Established in 1907, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a global non–governmental Hindu socio–spiritual
organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. BAPS has
representative centres (Mandirs) in some of the major Australian cities, including Sydney, Perth, Melbourne,
Adelaide and Brisbane.
BAPS is dedicated to the collective spiritual and social progress of society by promoting harmony between
individuals, within families and amongst diverse communities.
In Adelaide, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Green Fields, which was inaugurated in 2015 promotes
harmony, inspires values of co–existence and selfless service to the community, nurtures spirituality, Hindu
culture and heritage, and encourages integration and social cohesion.
Globally, through its worldwide network of 3,850 centres, BAPS organizes and coordinates various medical,
educational, environmental, cultural, and social activities. Analogously, BAPS Australia has contributed to this
great nation through annual blood donation camps, tree plantation drives, educational seminars, participation in
community clean–up days, serving and fundraising for disaster–relief activities such as the COVID–19 pandemic
as well as natural disasters and hosting a variety of children and youth activities to invest in a brighter future.
ABOUT HIS HOLINESS MAHANT SWAMI MAHARAJ
His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth spiritual successor of Lord Swaminarayan and the present leader
of BAPS after Pramukh Swami Maharaj who left for his divine abode in 2016.
His steadfast virtues of austerity, self–control, devotion, humility and service earned him the blessings of both
Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Mahant Swami Maharaj now presides as the guru and spiritual
guide to countless devotees and helms the worldwide spiritual and humanitarian activities of BAPS