28 Septemebr 2002
Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj inspired the creation of Akshardham, a cultural and spiritual monument dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people, regardless of caste, creed or color, who visit this place are inspired with peace and enlightened with eternal cultural and spiritual values.
The terrorist attack in this divine monument complex on innocent pilgrims has caused deep pain and anguish. Such a violent and evil attack on innocent people reflects its heartrending consequences. Such horrifying and sad scenes were created in the Akshardham carnage. Altogether 33 people were killed and more than 70 injured. However, through God's grace, from the thousands of pilgrims and visitors who were present only a few became victims of this atrocious act of terrorism. If the terrorists had entered the main monument in Akshardham or the multimedia hall then its consequences would have been beyond imagination.
I pray to Bhagwan Swaminarayan to bless those who have died with peace, and provide their families with inner strength to bear this calamity. During such terrible events, prayer to God is the only means to overcome grief; through prayer one attains inner peace.
I thank all national and international spiritual leaders, government officials, the National Security Guard and police, doctors and staff of Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad Electricity Company, Gandhinagar Fire Brigade, private doctors and blood donors, voluntary organizations, TV and print media, dignitaries and all those young and old who have offered their condolences and support.
I offer my appreciation to the brave National Security Guard and police who foiled the efforts of and killed the terrorists. My deepest condolences to the commandos and police who died in the confrontation.
On this occasion of mourning, let us share each other's grief and bear the pain with prayer, unity and peace.
I pray at the holy feet of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj and all the divine incarnations and holy sages that such a horrifying act never happens to anyone, anywhere in the world.
(Pramukh Swami Maharaj)