A privately managed Hindu temple trust has come forward to help the Maharashtra health authorities to deal effectively with the pandemic situation. The Sant Shree Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan Trust located in Shegoan which is one of the prominent Hindu religious pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra is well-known for its social service activities as well.
Left-liberals often keep asking “where does the money from Hindu temples go?” For starters, Hindu temples are always at the forefront of serving in the nation especially during times of crisis.
The best example of this is the Shree Gajanan Maharaj trust. In order to cope with the crisis of Corona, Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan has set up a 500-bed isolation ward in Buldhana district and is also providing 2000 lunch boxes daily. They are doing this service without any advertisement and in keeping with the Hindu Dharma maxim of Seva Param Dharma!
A TOI report in this regard says:
The temple is closed for visitors since March 22. The trust running it has handed over 2 big buildings in Shegaon, including its massive community kitchen to the Buldhana district collector. Here they have created 500-bed separate isolation complexes for corona suspects and patients.
The community kitchen is now preparing lunch and dinner for 2,000 people – mostly migrant laborers sheltered in different schools/colleges in the Buldhana district. Food is provided free.
Buldhana district collector Suman Rawat Chandra said that “We requisitioned two facilities from Gajanan Maharaj Temple Trust. They readily provided them. We have converted them into quarantine with capacity up to 500 beds, All over the district we have identified around 4,000 beds at various locations.”
TOI also quoted office-bearers as saying “we consider it our national duty. We don’t want any publicity or fame for this. Due to the blessings of Gajanan Maharaj, people irrespective of religion and beliefs are served here. We closed the temple for devotees, even before the lockdown was announced. We canceled the annual Ram Navami celebrations too. Health and well-being of people are most important.”
Educated and well-settled youth register themselves as sevakaris (servants of the temple) and perform free service for two weeks every year. During the pandemic as well several sevakaris have been offering service in the temple’s community kitchen. Similarly, doctors and medical staff who have registered themselves as sevakaris are offering their services in the isolation wards.
The history of the Sansthan as given on their website says:
In the holy presence of Shri Gajanan Maharaj the body of 12 trustees was unanimously formed on 12-09-1908 with an objective to co-memorate this holy place where Shree hinted for Samadhi.
Specially to note, this Sansthan came into existence in 1908 in the holy presence of Shree Maharaj. Because Shree Maharaj had foretold ‘Ya Jagi Rahil Re’ hinted at the specific place and day for his Samadhi.
On 12-09-1909 a joint meeting was held as per the instructions of Maharaj in the grocery shop of Late Narayan Kadtaji Patil, where Shree’s devotees, Shegaon’s citizens and tradesmen had a brainstorming on the arrangements to be made in the Sansthan. Maharaj also present in this meeting. Thus, Sansthan’s first working committee was established
A Blackstone from Wadegaon, Balapur (around 30 kms from Shegaon) area was brought. The masons from Nagpur, Late Kisan Mistri and Late Khandu Mistri innovatively created the Samadhi temple. On the holy occasion of the completion of 100 Years of Samadhi, the Shree temple was renovated with marble stones and was also made specious.
While Hindus are often mocked for temple donations by the liberal brigade, it is always the Hindu temples that have come forward to serve the society. The Chinese Virus pandemic has been no different with many Hindu temple trusts contributing their might in the fight against the pandemic.
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