24 September 2002, Sarangpur, Gujarat
The merciless terrorist attack on innocent pilgrims at Akshardham - a spiritual and cultural complex - in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, is a matter of great shock and anguish for the entire world. The death of innocent people is painful and heartrending.
I offer my condolences and prayers to Bhagwan Swaminarayan for peace for the innocent souls who have departed and for their near and dear ones to be able to bear this terrible calamity. For those who have been injured, I offer my sympathies and prayers for their quick recovery.
I appeal to all the people of Gujarat and India to maintain peace and unity in the wake of this national tragedy.
(Pramukh Swami Maharaj)