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Bhagatji Maharaj , born as Pragji Darji, was the second spiritual successor of Swaminarayan in the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a Hindu denomination. Through his spiritual discourses he was instrumental in propagating the knowledge that Swaminarayan was Purushottam, the Supreme Being, and that his own guru, Gunatitanand Swami, was Akshar, the divine abode of God. His spiritual realization and elevated spiritual practice as a low-caste householder set new precedents and acted as a bulwark against the idea that spiritual elevation was confined to upper castes. He passed on the knowledge of the Akshar-Purshottam Upasana to his closest disciple, Shastriji Maharaj, who later founded BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in 1907. His extraordinary spiritual service and unflinching devotion towards Gunatitanand Swami elevated him to an exalted status among devotees of the Swaminarayan sect both past and present.

Bhagatji Maharaj
Born Pragji Darji
(1829-03-20)20 March 1829
Mahuva (present-day Gujarat, India)
Died 7 November 1897(1897-11-07) (aged 68)
Guru Gunatitanand Swami
Notable disciple(s) Shastriji Maharaj

Bhagatji Maharaj (Gujarati: ભગતજી મહારાજ) (20 March 1829 – 7 November 1897), born as Pragji Darji, was the second spiritual successor of Swaminarayan in the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a Hindu denomination. Through his spiritual discourses he was instrumental in propagating the knowledge that Swaminarayan was Purushottam, the Supreme Being, and that his own guru, Gunatitanand Swami, was Akshar, the divine abode of God. His spiritual realization and elevated spiritual practice as a low-caste householder set new precedents and acted as a bulwark against the idea that spiritual elevation was confined to upper castes. He passed on the knowledge of the Akshar-Purshottam Upasana to his closest disciple, Shastriji Maharaj, who later founded BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in 1907. His extraordinary spiritual service and unflinching devotion towards Gunatitanand Swami elevated him to an exalted status among devotees of the Swaminarayan sect both past and present.