Founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, also known as Ghanshyam Pande, Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shreeji Maharaj, Hari Krishna Maharaj and Shri Hari. Swaminarayan was born Ghanshyam Pandey in Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh (Northern India) in 1781. In 1792, he left home to undertake a 7 year pilgrimage across India adopting the name Nilkanth Varni. He settled in the West Indian state of Gujarat in 1799, where he preached his doctrine. In 1799, he was initiated into the Uddhav Sampraday by his guru, Ramanand Swami and given the name Sahajanand Swami.