American Hindus Gather to Mourn Shootings at Swaminarayan Temple in India

October 1, 2002

Source: India Tribune

On October 1, 2002, the India Tribune reported that "in a spontaneous outpouring of sympathy, thousands of followers of Swami Narayan gathered at the BAPS Temple [in Edison, NJ] and expressed their shock and sorrow over the terrorist attack on the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, [the main temple of the Swami Narayan movement in India]... Similar outpourings of sadness were seen on September 24 at more than 30 temples and over 200 centers of the Bochaswanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, commonly known as BAPS, all over the United States. A minute of silence was observed in honor of the victims. The temples held prayer meetings, and urged its followers to maintain calm and peace despite the grave provocation. Over 50,000 families carry out the vision of BAPS in entire North America."