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In the 2002 edition of Guinness World Record, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and Pramukh Swami Maharaj have been recognized in three sections:

1) In the 'Influential People' section:

Pramukh Swami Maharaj has been noted to be a widely regarded influential person. From a list of 300 persons, a shortlist of 50, 25 and finally 20 were made. Of the 20 influential people featured, 4 are Royals, 7 are Presidents and Prime Ministers, 3 religious leaders, 4 organizations, 1 event and 1 civil-rights leader.

For Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Records note:

Most Temples Consecreated By One Person

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (India), the spiritual master of the Swaminarayan Hindu Mission, consecrated (blessed) a record 386 temples in 11 countries between 17 April 1971 and 14 May 2001. (Pg. 43)

2) In the 'Food and Drink' section:

Most Different Dishes on Display

On 27 October 2000 Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS - a social spiritual organisation) displayed 1,247 different dishes of vegetarian food as an Annakut (offering) to mark the Hindu New Year. The record was set at the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London, U.K. (Pg.120)

3) In the 'Buildings and Structures 1' section:

Largest Traditional Hindu Temple Oustside India

The largest traditionally built Hindu temple outside India is the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London, UK, which covers an area of 6,071 m² (65,344 ft²) and is built with 26,300 pieces of stone. Opened on 20 August 1995, it was carved by 1,526 craftsmen in India and then reassembled in London a year later. (Pg.195).

The 2002 edition of Guinness World Records has a print run of 3.7 million copies distributed in 40 countries and in 20 languages. Out of 45,000 officially recognised records approved by the Guinness World Records Limited 3000 are chosen and published in the book.

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