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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Today’s Sabaris – bhakti is the binding factor behind donations by these senior citizens to Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan

The Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan drive to collect donations for the construction of Prabhu Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya has been commenced by the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra trust and is set to go on till the end of February.

Sabari is one of the many bhakts (devotees) of Prabhu Sri Ram who epitomized dedication. The donation drive has brought many such modern Sabaris to the fore.

This is a 90-year-old woman who donated to the Ram Mandir Nidhi despite her poverty. She proved that it is not the amount but the love and devotion with which the money is offered that matters.

Sundarbai Sumersingh Thoke belongs to a village in Nashik district. She donated a sum of one lakh rupees. She wanted her donation to reach Bhagwan and can be seen expressing her joy when people came along to collect the same.

Similarly, another grandmother who dwells in Telangana and lives on meagre pension donated INR 500 towards the construction of Ram Mandir. She held that Bhagwan Ram was there for her and hence she has no worries she replied when those who were involved in the collection drive asked her how she would survive if she donated money while depending on pension money.

A poor woman from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh who works as a daily labourer contributed INR 1 lakh towards the Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan. This despite the fact that she has had to face multiple tragedies in recent time having first lost her husband and recently losing one of her sons to the Chinese Virus. Her surviving son is also engaged in a small-time job with meagre earning. However, where there is dedication every hurdle can be surmounted. The woman saved up from her hard-earned money to donate the amount for construction of Prabhu Sri Ram’s temple.

Munnibai Khushwaha resides in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha. She makes a living by selling plums but that did not stop her from making a contribution for the construction of the grand Prabhu Sri Ram Mandir that has been envisaged. She has contributed coins and 10 as well as 20 rupees notes totalling to INR 100. She welcomed the volunteers who had come for donation with tea and plums. On this occasion, she told the gathered volunteers that even if delayed, Bhagwan surely comes to His devotees and that she was extremely happy that Bhagwan Sri Ram’s temple was finally going to be constructed.

Prabhu Sri Ram’s bhakti breaks all barriers of rich-poor, young-old and even that of gender. Transgenders were equally enthusiastic in playing their part to ensure Bhagwan Ram’s homecoming.

On the one hand, Andhra Pradesh, in particular, has been witnessing rising instances of temple attacks with a 400-year-old Ram Mandir in Vizianagaram coming under attack recently. Here the miscreants decapitated Prabhu Sri Ram’s murti leaving devotees heartbroken as well as angry. On the other, there are instances like those quoted above where poverty is no barrier for devotees to ensure that they are contributing towards the construction of the much-awaited Bhagwan Ram Mandir at His birthplace in Ayodhya.

These Sabaris of today are an inspiration who have proved that it is devotion and dedication that matters and faith can certainly move mountains. They have also shown that where there is dedication, no obstacle is insurmountable. Their unwavering faith in Prabhu Sri Ram and the belief that He would stand by them always is something each of us belonging to the younger generation could imbibe.

Just like Sabari served Bhagwan Ram with utmost devotion in Treta Yug, these modern Sabaris have shown their devotion in Kali Yug.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan commenced on 15 January and is set to run up to 27 February (Magh Purnima). In addition to ground volunteers, devotees can also donate online on the official website of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.

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