The first and primary Pujari (priest) of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, at 43-38, Bowne Street, Flushing, NY 11355, Pujari Pratapbhai Raval has passed away on May 13 2020, at the age of 93 years He is survived by his son Priyam Raval and family.
South Asian Community Leader Dilip Chauhan said Pratapkaka’s loss is a loss for the entire Indian American Community. My sincere condolences to the entire BAPS Community of North America and India. He lived his life according to his guru’s wishes and has instilled the same values to his beloved grandson, Urdhva Raval.
During his life, he served as one of the first Hindu priests in New York at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir New York. He had the honor of serving the Hindu community at the behest of his gurus His Holiness Yogiji Maharaj, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, and His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj for over forty years. He served BAPS in Mumbai and thereafter he served as the Pujari in both London and New York BAPS mandirs. With his exceptional service, he was instrumental in guiding and encouraging hundreds of Indian-Americans over the years. He was an ideal example of a dedicated, selfless sevak. He has personally helped many many new immigrants. He went out of the way to help the community. We would like to pay our tribute to the selfless sevak who dedicated his entire life in serving humanity and pray for the Divine Being to take this departed soul to His heavenly abode(Akshardham).
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