After twelve years of regular satsang, the Scranton satsang mandal's dream of creating a permanent place of worship came alive on Saturday, May 19, 2007 as the Murti Sthapan Vidhi commenced in the presence of Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami.
The celebrations commenced on May 18, with the Mahila Program attended by 200 women. In the same evening there was a kirtan aradhana held in Scranton High School. On May 19, the Murti Sthapan Vidhi started with a vedic mahapuja. Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami, Pujya Yagneshwar Swami and santos consecrated the murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami, Shri Radha-Krishna, Guru Parampara, Shri Sita-Ram-Hanumanji, and Shri Shiv-Parvati-Ganeshji.
After the mandir's first arti, Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami, pujya santos, and honorable guests addressed the audience. Senator Bob Mellow, a fellow member of the Scranton community, addressed the assembly said, "I have been told about the work BAPS does for the youth, mainly the maintaining of culture in a place away from their homeland. As a second generation Italian, I know a little about maintaining culture as well and I commend the activities that BAPS does to enrich the lives of the youth. I wish you well on this very special day and I am glad that you have opened a mandir in the beautiful city of Scranton."
Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami addressing the assembly said, "With the inauguration of this sanskardham, devotion for god will further develop and our culture and traditions will be learnt and forever be upheld by future generations."