Shree Ayodhyaprasadji Maharaj, the son of Rampratapbhai, (the brother of Bhagawan Shree Swaminarayan) was born in the V.S. 1865
Bhagawan Shree Swaminarayan appointed him as the Acharya of Shree Naranarayandev- Gadi of Amadavad desh, in the V.S. 1882, which coveres the area of jurisdiction of northern part of the country.
Many temples have been built during his period in the northern zone, e.g. Chhapaiya, Jetalpur, Mandvi (Kutchh), Siddhpur etc. He was given initiation as a saint in V.S. 2001 and was named Hariprakashdasji.
He had a good knowledge of Sanskrit and had established Sanskrit-pathshala in Amadavad.
Acharya Maharaj Shree was highly interested in devotional songs. He inspired devotees to sing devotional songs (kirtans). He himself has composed a number of devotional songs, which have also been published.
During meditation he heused to get completely attached to God and had no awareness of his body. Once he didn't move an inch though there was a scorpion bite on his body during worship.
Similarly many a times, he went in trance for a quite a number of days togather. Once he went in trance continuously for fifty-two days.
Once he had the divine darshan of Bhagawan Shree Swaminarayan and as promised to him by Shreeji, he was taken to Akshardham on the seventh day, which was noticed by many devotees.
During the tenure of 42 years as the FIRST Acharya, he had tried his best for the wide spread of the holy fellowship.