Treated as Sahajanand Swami’s Last Will & Testament, the Desh Vibhag Lekh was dictated to Shuk Swami on Maghshar Sud 15, Vikram Samvat 1883 and witnessed by elder saints and satsangis of the Sampraday. Sahajanand Swami established the Acharyaships and seated His adopted sons Ayodhyaprasadji Pande and Raghuveerji Pande as His successors and inaugural Acharyas, on Kartik Sud 11, Vikram Samvat 1882 (a little more than a year earlier).
The Lekh serves two primary purposes:
Demarcation of the jurisdiction and responsibilities of the respective Gadis Means of appointing future Acharyas.
This document has been produced in the Indian Courts of Justice, time and again when individuals have challenged the Acharyas’ rightful place as Spiritual Leaders and Trustees of Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan’s Sampraday and all it’s assets. Some organisations have been instructed by the Indian judiciary to remove the word Swaminarayan from their name, because they cannot justify their philosophies to be the same as Sahajanand Swami’s.
To further protect Swaminarayan Bhagwan’s Sampraday, the Indian courts of justice have devised management schemes, appointing the Acharyas as Trustees of their respective Gadi, further recognising the position of the Acharyas, as bonafide successors to Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan.