Westminster City Council marked the centennial anniversary of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj with a special tribute on Wednesday 7 December 2022 – the birth anniversary of Pramukh Swami Maharaj – that shared his life credo, “In the joy of others lies our own.”
A plaque was placed at Victoria Tower Gardens, in Westminster, Central London, inscribed with the message: “In blessed memory of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016). Creator of Neasden Temple. Dedicated to His Selfless Service of Humanity.”
Victoria Tower Gardens is an area of green space in the heart of Westminster – between the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, Millbank and Lambeth Bridge – which houses several notable memorials.
The plaque was installed during a tree-planting ceremony by swamis and devotees from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London – popularly known as ‘Neasden Temple’.
Girish Patel, a trustee at the Mandir, explained, “Trees hold great significance in Hindu culture as an embodiment of goodness and charity. They give more than they take, helping us breathe and flourish. So planting a tree is a fitting way to celebrate the life of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who embodied goodness and selfless giving. Our heartfelt gratitude to Westminster City Council for their kind gesture.”
The tribute was part of the international year-long celebrations of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centennial birth anniversary.