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Celebrating Legacy: Ndileka Mandela Inspired by Unity and Servitude at BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham

Thursday September 21, 2023

On September 21, 2023, BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham had the distinct honor of hosting Ndileka Mandela, the granddaughter of world-renowned leader Nelson Mandela. Her visit to the Akshardham campus was marked by a day of profound experiences, cultural exploration, and discussions on shared values of unity and servitude.

Akshardham is a place of peace and inspiration as envisioned by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the late spiritual leader of BAPS, standing as a beacon of spirituality, traditions and culture. Its serene ambiance and rich heritage have attracted visitors from diverse backgrounds, making it a revered landmark in our community.

Mandela, acclaimed for her advocacy and dedication to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, embarked on a tour of the Akshardham campus, learning about the art, architecture and cultural richness that define Akshardham.

Mandela’s life’s work includes her active involvement in the Ndileka Mandela Foundation, where she tirelessly promotes the values of justice, equality, and social change championed by her grandfather. Her visit to Akshardham offered her an opportunity to witness the embodiment of these values in BAPS’s mission.

Throughout the tour, Mandela explored the spiritual and architectural wonders of Akshardham. “What I see today is mind blowing. The intricacies of the temple and the energy you feel here – you’re in the presence of greatness,” she stated while admiring the detailed craftsmanship and the timeless beauty of the Akshardham Mahamandir.

During her address at Yuvak-Yuvati Din, a day for BAPS volunteers who are young professionals, Mandela spoke passionately about the common messages shared between herself, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Akshardham. “It’s commendable to see young people who are dedicated to servitude…We live in a world that’s full of social media that influences you in every different way. When you are authentic to your own voice, you shut down the noise that’s all around you and stick to the principles you were raised with. Find that balance,” she remarked.

Mandela’s visit to Akshardham underscores the BAPS’s commitment to fostering unity, selfless service, and the promotion of shared values among different faiths and communities around the world.