Acharya

In 1826 at Vadtal on Prabodhini Ekadashi of Vikram Samvat 1882 , Swaminarayan established the dual Acharyaship in Dharmavanshi Acharyas, whom he intended as his successor. "Dharmavanshi" means "belonging to the lineage of Dharmadev" – the father of Swaminarayan.
Swaminarayan enthroned his two adopted sons, Acharya Maharajshree Ayodhyaprasad Pande and Acharya Maharajshree Raghuvir Pande, who were the sons of his brothers Rampratapji and Ichcharamji, as the spiritual leaders of the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi headquartered at Ahmedabad and the Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi headquartered at Vadtal respectively. He installed them as the Acharyas for all followers, including householders and ascetics. Swaminarayan gave sole authority to these two individuals to install murtis in temples and to initiate sadhus and householders into the Sampraday. He did this using a legal document known as "Desh Vibhag no Lekh", which he dictated and was written by Shukanand Swami. Learned saints and elder satsangis witnessed this document.
The Acharyas of the Sampraday are administrative heads, spiritual leaders and the gurus of their followers. Since the acharyas are supposed to refrain from contact with the opposite sex, except close relations, the acharyas' wives are the gurus for female members of the sect, and must avoid contact with unfamiliar men.
The Acharyas are responsible for:
⦁ Initiating followers into the organisation with a Samanya Diksha by giving the guru-mantra
⦁ Initiating monks-sadhus by giving them the Maha-Bhagwadi Diksha
⦁ Perform murti-pratishtha, installing deities in the temples
⦁ Authenticating scriptures of the Sampraday
⦁ Acting as the Guru and leader of the entire Sampraday

Acharya Shree Raghuvirji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 25th May 1809
Acharyaship: 10th November 1826
Aksharnivaas (Death): 18th February 1868
Acharyaship Period: 42 Years

 
Acharya Shree Bhagvatprasadji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 11th October 1838 
Acharyaship: 9th February 1863 
Aksharnivaas (Death): 12th August 1879
Acharyaship Period: 17 Years

 
Acharya Shree Viharilalji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 19th April 1852   
Acharyaship: 12th August 1879 
Aksharnivaas (Death): 27th September 1899 
Acharyaship Period: 20 Years

 
Acharya Shree Laxmiprasadji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 15th August 1892 
Acharyaship: 27th September 1899   
Aksharnivaas (Death): 24th April 1909   
Acharyaship Period: 10 Years

 
Acharya Shree Shripatiprasadji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 18th August 1875   
Acharyaship: 26th April 1909    
Aksharnivaas (Death): 12th February 1931
Acharyaship Period: 22 Years

 
Acharya Shree Anandprasadji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 22nd July 1906    
Acharyaship: 12th February 1931
Aksharnivaas (Death): 8th July 1974 
Acharyaship Period: 28 Years

 
Acharya Shree Narendraprasadji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 25th January 1930    
Acharyaship: 30 April 1959 
Aksharnivaas (Death): 1986
Acharyaship Period: 25 Years

 
Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj

Swaminarayan mandir harinagar vadodara

Born: 16th August 1949     
Acharyaship:  1984
Aksharnivaas (Death): Present
Acharyaship Period: 18 Years

 
Acharya Shree Rakeshprasadji Maharaj (Current Acharya)

Acharya Shree Rakeshprasadji Maharaj (Current Acharya)

Born: 23rd Jul 1966    
Acharyaship: Present
Aksharnivaas (Death): Present
Acharyaship Period: Present