Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj used to visit Eldoret on his way to Uganda and Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj gave inspiration to start satsang sabhas in Eldoret in 1974. Bhailalbhai Patel and Keshubhai Gard were among the first devotees in Eldoret. Initially, Rameshbhai Patel (Guru), Dr Bharatbhai Patel and Anilbhai Shah and other devotees held sabhas in cars, listening to satsang cassettes. As satsang grew, sabhas were held in devotees’ homes. In 1980, devotees rented a home and built a wooden hall to conduct sabhas. Then, Babubhai of Kenit, Gulabbhai Shah, Batukbhai Shah and Amubhai Shah donated their land for a mandir. In 1991, Pramukh Swami Maharaj consecrated the murtis in the mandir. As satsang continued to grow, a larger mandir was planned under the guidance of Kothari Priyavrat Swami, and help of Amrutseva Swami, Nirdoshmuni Swami and Shrijismaran Swami. With the effort of faithful and dedicated devotees and volunteers, a new mandir was soon built.
The Eldoret Mandir Murti-Pratishtha Mahotsav was celebrated in the presence of Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami (Kothari Swami) and 53 swamis.
On 30 June, a grand Yagna for World Peace was performed in which over 500 devotees participated, seated around 60 yagna kunds. More than 1,500 devotees from all across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania were present to witness the rituals.
At 3.00 p.m., a grand procession of the murtis to be consecrated in the new mandir took place throughout the city of Eldoret. Around 3,000 people participated in the 5-km procession.
On 1 July 2018, at 8.00 a.m., Sadguru Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami (Kothari Swami) consecrated the murtis in the new mandir to the accompaniment of Vedic verses. Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj had previously performed the Vedic murti-pratishtha rituals of the murtis in Delhi on 27 April 2018. Among the dignitaries present for this special occasion was the Governor of Eldoret, Shri Mandago. Thereafter, a celebratory assembly was held in the presence of Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami and BAPS swamis.
In the afternoon, a separate women’s assembly was held in which they devotionally honored Shri Harikrishna Maharaj.
The entire mandir project was completed by the dedicated support, efforts and services of the devotees, women devotees, Bal-Balika Mandals, Kishore-Kishori Mandals, and others.
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