During His pilgrimage of India, Nilkanth Varni visited Surat. Great devotees of Lord Swaminarayan such as Ardeshar Kotwal and Bhaichand Sheth lived in Surat.
Over the years, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj taught the Akshar Purushottam philosophy as revealed by Lord Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrutam. Their efforts attracted many spiritual seekers and in 1975, a hari mandir was inaugurated in the Nanavati area by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. At this time, the pictorial murtis previously at Kampala Mandir (which had at the time been closed by the political regime in Uganda) were installed.
The number of devotees increased and so work began for a larger mandir and ancillary buildings in 1985.
After 11 years of the dedicated, determined and devoted service by sadhus and devotees, Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the murti pratishtha in 1996.