community centers known now as temples as is being done now around the world. These cultural centers should be great enough to draw attention of local people either by their activities or greatness of structures. They built great temples at Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia, which even today provide great history of India. Similarly temples, community centers and cultural centers being built today in other adopted countries will provide history to future generations. BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has built great temples and cultural centers in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Toronto, and is now ready to build Akshardham, depicting 10,000 years of cultural history of India and the world.
Mark Twain wrote in Following The Equator: “This is India! Cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition.” French historian Monsieur Delbos writes: “The influence of that (India’s) civilization worked out thousands of years ago in India is around and about us every day of our lives. It pervades every corner of the civilized world. Go to America and you find there, as in Europe, the influence of that civilization which came originally from the banks of the Ganges.”
— Grandpa’s blessing