Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921–2016) was the guru and president, of the Swaminarayan organization. His birth name was Shantilal Patel.
He used to interact with Lord Swaminarayan through his divine powers, and is also considered as an aspect of Sree Swaminarayan. He was appointed as the President of BAPS in 1950. He was the spiritual successor of Sri Yogiji Maharaj.
He had constructed more than 1,000 Hindu temples, including the Swaminarayan Akshardham temples in North India. He had also started the BAPS Charities, in order to provide wholesome food to the devotees of the Swami Narayan Mandir, and also done various charitable activities.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj was praised by the devotees and the followers of the swami Narayan for his simplicity and kindness approach. His spiritual successor was Mahant Swami Maharaj.