The opening of the new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was celebrated on August 21, 2022, in the presence of Pujya Gnanpriyadas Swami, Pujya Yagnavallabhdas Swami, and other swamis. Devotees, community leaders, friends, and well-wishers from the southeastern United States participated in the ceremony in person and virtually.
The inauguration was a culmination of a host of events held over two days. On the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2022, a Kirtan Aradhana (singing of devotional songs) was performed by BAPS Swamis and youths. A Women's Conference was also organized on Sunday, August 21, 2022.
The inauguration ceremony consisted of Hindu Vedic prayers for world peace, followed by the consecration ceremony. Pujya Gnanpriyadas Swami and Pujya Yagnavallabhdas Swami performed the consecration ceremony at the behest of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The ceremony signaled the Mandir as a home of God open to one and all. The new Mandir will be home to cultural, social, and religious activities for the Hindu-American community. It will also be a hub for community service activities.