Pramukh Swami Maharaj had visited Rajpardi in 1981 and 1985 and inspired the devotees. Thereafter, regular visits by BAPS sadhus resulted in the steady growth of satsang.
The celebrations for the new BAPS hari mandir inauguration included a yagna for world peace in which 450 devotees participated and a colorful nagar-yatra of the murtis through the main streets.
On 27 December, Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami (Kothari Swami) ritually consecrated the murti in the new mandir. Pramukh Swami Maharaj had previously performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of the murtis on 19 February 2014 in Sarangpur.