Monday, April 19, 2010

Important Announcement

Param Poojya Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu's special pravachan on Ram Rajya is postponed to Thursday 6th May 2010 due to non-availability of the ground.

Pls communicate this to as many Bhaktas as possible.
Regular Pravachan of 29th April, 2010 will take place as usual.        

(Sunilsinh Mantri, CEO)

Shree Gurukshetram Mantra


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Blood Donation Camp 2010

Why to donate Blood ?
Its best for your health…Our body contains approximately 4.5 – 5 Liters of blood out of which only 300ml blood is withdrawn. Immediately after donation, within 2 – 3 hours our body produces new blood cells and thus the blood in the body gets refreshed. Thus donating blood helps in stimulating generation of new blood cells and thereby increasing our fitness and immune system of our body.
The Annual blood requirement of Mumbai city itself is about 2.5 – 3 Lakhs of bottles. Thus by donating blood we can share this load and serve humanity.
Your Valuable blood can save one’s life…

We are pleased to inform you that a BLOOD DONATION CAMP would be arranged on Sunday,11th April 2010 by Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Trust.
A kind request to all to give their maximum support for this Camp by donating their valued blood and also by helping spreading the word.
  • Timing of the Event:   9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Minimum Physical Criteria for Blood Donation:
Age: 18yrs to 60yrs (Male / Female)
  • Weight: Minimum 45 kg
Venue of Event:   Hari Guru Gram, New English High School, Bandra (East) , Mumbai

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Third World War


War cannot decide who is right… It only decides who is left.

This work with contents that make us aware of the horrific ravine of war, also echoes a similar sentiment. Titled ‘The Third World War’, authored by Dr. Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi, it is a collection of a series of studied and thoughtful articles that appeared in the columns of the daily, ‘Pratyaksha’. The work does not dwell only on the causes and the possibilities of war; it also discusses several issues that are, as a matter of fact, real, a part of History. Moreover, the common person, not necessarily acquainted with the details, the events and the causes lying behind these and especially in so coherent a manner, should indeed read the work.
“There is no doubt that over the next twenty to twenty-five years, conflict will become an aspect of everyday doings and in every region on earth. Values based on theory or principle will have no place whatsoever in this conflict and ‘the survival of the fittest’ will, on the contrary, be the only commandment. Thus, also political games and secret conspiracies are going to be sure directives; quantitative power that can resort to aggression, violence and extreme ruthlessness are going to prove more dominant and successful in the conflict and for a long time to come.“ These words, part of the prologue, are a strikingly realistic comment on the general circumstances that prevail.
We also become aware that with modern techniques changing the face of war, battles between two nations are no more restricted to the battlefield. Now the fury of war has engulfed every region of every nation. Moreover, all the organizations of the world pretend to fight war under the guise of a dutiful observance of religion though no religion advocates this sort of destruction. War no longer fought between the good and the evil, is but a violent eruption, entirely immoral. Pulling us out of our cozy and secure cocoons, the work bears before us, this and other such blatant realities. This is indeed the strength and this also, the success of the work.
The work makes very profound yet sharp observations about the history of the Jews, the birth of Palestine and Israel, Osama-bin-laden, the Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, the conversion in Africa, Saddam, the I.S.I., the double standards of the U.S.A., Pakistan’s hatred for India and the shelter that it offered to terrorists, Iran and terrorism, the current situation in Bangladesh, Taiwan, Cuba and also in the Indian subcontinent.
By no means, a prediction of the future, this thoughtful presentation of history and the present situation, also gives, to a certain extent, a glimpse of the ‘calendar of the third world war’.
Pure democracy, though capable of watering down the horrors of war, the stream of democratic thought, weakened in most nations due to the struggle for power and blind religious mindsets, is not really going to offer much relief. Yesterday it was a cruel tyrant by the name Hitler; today, it is a Laden, who is going about destroying the world. As for the mastermind behind the third world war, we are in the dark about him, at least as of now.

The book is available online on :

Activities undertaken by Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation

Activities undertaken by Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation

Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation (SAUF) alongwith Shree Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak (SAAP) and other affiliated sister organizations, including Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management (AADM) all of which are registered charitable organizations, undertake various socio-cultural activities, which are briefly enumerated herein below:

1) Annapurna Mahaprasadam Project:

Under this project, these organizations provide free mid-day meals to children from schools in tribal areas and in municipal schools in rural areas. This is made possible by sponsors / donors who donate rice, wheat, pulses, oil, sugar, etc. Presently, mid-day meals are being provided to 3531 students across 31 different schools in the rural areas by the volunteers of these organizations, who cook and serve the fresh food daily, to the students attending the schools. Also during the annual Kolhapur Medical Camp, lunch is served to thousands of villagers and school children.

2) Eco - Friendly Ganesh Murti :

This unique project involves the making of Lord Ganesh idols from Paper pulp. These idols are made from shredded paper of ‘Ramnaam’ notebooks used by the devotees who write Ramnaam and deposit the notebooks in the organization Aniruddha’s Universal Bank of Ramnaam (AUBR).

These idols disintegrate easily upon submersion as compared to idols made from plaster-of-paris. A notable aspect is that, paints used are non-toxic, thus controlling pollution immensely.
The volunteers of SAUF, AUBR and other organizations collectively make these idols for the Ganpati festival every year In the year 2007, the organization prepared and distributed nearly 3500 Lord Ganesh idols.

3) Medical and Hygiene Camp :

For the welfare of the people in rural areas the organization conducts regular medical camps. Since last five years such a medical camp is being conducted in rural areas of Kolhapur District. The medical team comprises of Physicians, Ophthalmologists, Dentist, Pediatricians, Gynecologist, ENT surgeon, Cardiologist, Orthopaedician and General practitioners. Although the camp is held for one day the planning begins months in advance and a regular follow up post the conduct of the camp for meeting the requirements of the villagers is maintained by the volunteers of the organizations During the 2008 mega medical camp 16300 villagers from 200 villages, including 7634 school children benefited from the camp

Major Activities of the Camp:

1) Distribution of medicines, tonics, syrups etc. to school going children twice during the year. Also free medical check-up of 8000 students from 108 schools was conducted.

2) Distribution of used clothes to villagers and two sets of uniforms to school going children. In year 2008, 15268 sets of uniforms, which were stitched from the cloth prepared under the Charkha Yojana were distributed to 7634 students (2 per student).

3) Distribution of caps, slippers, sports materials for school children. This year 7634 sets of slippers and caps were distributed among children.

4) Distribution of hygiene material such as bleaching lotion, anti-lice lotion, toothpowder, soaps, combs, etc.
This year, material was distributed among 3600 families from 34 remote villages across Kolhapur region.

4) Blood Donation Camps :

A Mega Blood donation camp is organized once in a year by the Foundation with the help of its allied sister organizations. This year Twenty three reputed blood banks of major Government and Municipal Hospitals, such as Nair Hospital, KEM Hospital, Tata Memorial Hospital, J.J. Hospital, Cooper Hospital, Bhabha Hospital, to name a few, participated in the camp. In all 2866 bottles of were collected on a single day during the 2008 camp held on May 4, 2008. Fifty-six doctors & 37 paramedical personnel also voluntarily participated in this event. Apart from this, various upasana centers of the

Foundation arranges blood donation camps on a regular basis in different areas across Mumbai & Maharashtra. In the year 2007, a total of 68 blood donation camps were organized by the trust.

5) Aniruddha’s Bank For The Blind :

As the name suggests, this is a bank, but one that is different from the rest. This is a knowledge bank that stores knowledge in the form of audio cassettes meant for the blind. Audio cassettes based on the academic curriculum are prepared and given to the visually challenged students of various blind school and colleges. Curriculum of courses meant for the adult blind persons, viz. physiotherapy, as also technical courses like lathe training are also recorded on cassettes. The project has targeted to reach out to the entire country over a period of three years, wherein the cassettes will be prepared in different languages of the country depending on the requirement. Volunteers, primarily ladies, record the cassettes sitting at home, which gives them an ideal opportunity of balancing home and work, besides being a fulfilling experience. To date the project has worked with ‘The Kamala Mehta School for the Blind’, ‘The Victoria School for the Blind’ and the ‘National Association for the Blind’ (NAB) and is now in the process of reaching out to a wider audience. So far, more than thirty thousand cassettes and 3000 CDs/Cassettes have been distributed to various schools and institutions, free of cost, benefiting more than thirty thousand visually challenged students across India and other countries. So far, it has recorded CDs and cassettes in 11 Indian languages not only for school study material but it also covered post-graduation and vocational courses.

Till now almost 35,000 to 40,000 students have benefitted from these recorded audio books.
Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation through its 250 odd centers and thousands of volunteers, has commenced work in co-ordination with Shree Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak and Aniruddha Samarpan Pathak for achieving this objective i.e. Samartha Bharat. A dedicated team of volunteers is working on each project and special organizational structure for successful implementation of these projects has been developed.

6) “Clothing with Charkha” (Charkha Vastra Yojana):

Even today there are many children, not just in villages but also in cities, who do not have enough clothing to cover their bodies. As a result they abstain from attending school and remain deprived of education. Illiteracy breeds blind faith and wrong traditions, which in turn perpetuates poverty. The Charkha Yojana has been specifically implemented to break this vicious circle of Poverty and Illiteracy Today, thousands of followers of Parampoojya Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu spin the Amber charkhas for thread making. The hanks produced from threads are collected and converted into cloth. School uniforms of various sizes are stitched from this cloth after proper processing and are distributed, free of cost, among the students in order to motivate and encourage them to attend school. Till date 59,085 uniform sets have been distributed to 24544 students, More than 1,43,000 meters of cloth has been prepared under Charkha Project upto March 2008. Presently, a total of 3871 Charkhas are in operation. The Foundation also conducts special camps at its affiliated centers throughout the year in which devotees run Amber charkha and the thread so spun is used for making cloth, from which uniforms are stitched for the underprivileged students.

7) “The round the year water, farming and fodder plan ( Barmass pani-
sheti-chara yojana – Gogras yojana)” :

Under this scheme, people in urban areas, where water is available in abundance, grow “grass” in their houses and in open spaces, just as we do during the “Navaratri Festival”. It is possible to have a yield of sugarcane, wheat, rice and maize 3 to 4 times a year. The grass so collected is sent to farmers in the drought stricken areas to feed their cattle. Till date truckloads of grass have been distributed through our Pune centre in Purander taluka.

8) “Raddi (used paper) project” :

Every Thursday, bhaktas bring old/used newspapers/magazines/notebooks every Thursday at upasana place i.e. IES New English School. These used papers collected from people is converted into various useful articles such as paper bags, which goes a long way in solving the plastic bag problem and also contributes, in its own little way, to the conservation of the environment. Further, paper pulp made out of this paper is used to make articles like Word chart, toys, alphabetical blocks which are distributed to poor students as incentive for them to attend school.

9) “Old is Gold” :

The organization collects used (but not torn) clothes, old utensils, old text books, and blank pages of note books (to convert them in new note books) and old toys (non battery operated) and many more. These articles are properly maintained and then distributed to the families of poor students, in order to encourage them to send their children to school. The clothes and utensils so collected are also distributed amongst the people affected by natural or manmade disasters. The distribution is done in different needy areas in all over Maharashtra. So far around 7,84,000 pieces of different types of clothes and around 3,00,000 utensils, have been distributed to more than 2,00,000 needy people. In addition to this, approximately 55,000 students from 182 schools were given different articles, including clothing, for their use. Clothes & Utensils were also distributed in flood affected areas across Maharashtra and in Mumbai during the rampaging floods of 26th July 2005

10) “The warmth of Love project” :

Torn clothes or pieces of cloth are collected by the devotees and converted into quilts, which are then gifted to needy workers, students and women. The volunteers, both men and women are imparted training on how to make quilts. So far 2148 pieces of quilts have been prepared and distributed to needy people.

11) “The Vidya Prakash Project” :

Under this program, candles and matchboxes donated by devotees are distributed to the poor students in rural areas where there is no supply of electricity thus enabling the students to study even in absence of electricity.

12) “Ahilya Sangh Project”

Ahilya is the personification of the misery of the Indian woman; caught between the injustice of the society and that of her husband. The Ahilya Sangh has been formed for endowing women with the requisite strength to counter any exploitation and face any adversity with fortitude. All the Indian martial arts needed to protect the women have been taught to a select batch of 15 volunteers ‘free of cost’. These fully trained volunteers are now, in turn, training subsequent batches, each of 80 volunteers. Besides, all women who have been wronged, or are in a crisis situation, receive support from the “Ahilya Sangh”. Women who suffer because of the addiction of their husbands also receive help from Ahilya Sangh. Uptill now 787 ladies have been trained under Ahilya Sangh Project. The Ahilya Sangh also undertakes Tree Plantation projects across Maharashtra. So far thousands of trees have been planted across Maharashtra. The Sangh also takes care of the planted trees.

13) “Bharatiya Bhasha Sangam” :

Out of all kinds of knowledge, the knowledge of language is considered supreme, That is why the organization has been carrying out the project of the study of various languages. Each one has to learn a language apart from the mother tongue. A facility is being created where every Indian can learn any other language apart from the mother tongue. Around 1200 volunteers are already studying different Indian languages apart from their mother tongue.

14) “The Institute of studies of five Continents”

An institute aimed at the study of the five continents, on the lines of the Institute of Regional Studies is being formed. The progress & politics of the five continents, scientific & educational progress, cultural progress & regression, all will be part of the study. The study of the world around only helps to study our own selves. This institute will produce social scientists.

15) “Activities of Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management” :

Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management, the sister organisation of Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation, is involved in conducting basic training courses for disaster management for the benefit of common citizens. Till now around 45,000 people have been trained by the Academy in the basics of disaster management.

Fairs and festivals at religious places attract crowds in great numbers and from regions far and wide. The DMVs help in controlling and regulating the crowd, which for e.g. makes queues for darshan, channels of smooth movement and facilitates the work of the police and other civic authorities. The DMVs of the AADM have been invited on a regular basis by civil administration and police department to manage crowds of bhaktas at the annual festival of Jyotiba, at the Kumbha Mela and at the Mandhradevi, Mhasa, Paithan fair for the last few years. The organization also offers on a regular basis, seva at the Shreesiddhivinayak temple (Prabhadevi, Mumbai) on the day of ‘Angarki sankashta chaturthi’ and during the Navaratri festival at the Mahalakshmi temple (Mahalakshmi, Mumbai). The Academy also puts up a well-equipped medical counter at the site of these fairs. Since the year 2006, the Academy is officially associated with the Civic Authorities and the Police Authorities for the disaster management planning, especially the monsoon disasters. The Ganapati festival celebrated in Maharashtra includes certain specific days for the immersion of idols. We are all aware as to how vital it is to regulate traffic as also the crowd that pours in on the beaches as well as roads. The AADM volunteers not only help in this regulation and management but also offer a very noble seva on the day following the immersion. On the request of the Fire Brigade, from 2006 onwards, on the occasion of the Ganesh immersion the volunteers of the AADM posted themselves at 22 different lakes in New Mumbai. A large force of DMVs and a well-planned network makes this seva possible.

The ‘Academy’ is also involved in other socially oriented programmes like working towards the control of the use of plastic, which is an eventual threat to the ecology. Training in making manure with the help of earthworms (Vermiculture), (i.e. avoiding the use of chemicals); tree plantation drives, pulse-polio vaccination drives are other projects implemented under the auspices of the AADM. In 2006, the DMVs even helped to clear 80 trees that were hindering the flow of traffic. These trees had fallen due to incessant and heavy showers. The Academy also conducts training programmes for employees of Corporates, Government & Civil Bodies to enhance awareness among them. Re-immersion of Ganapati idols, cleaning of beaches and cleanliness drive year after Ganpati festival, the remains of Lord Ganesha idols that get washed on to the shore on the day following the day of immersion are re-immersed back into the sea. For last four years, the cleanliness drives were undertaken at the city beaches of Girgaum, Dadar, Mahim, Juhu and Versova in Mumbai and also at Kalyan and Ulhasnagar in the suburbs. Thousands of volunteers toiled selflessly and, in the process, re-immersed approximately 10000 idols and disposed of 45 truckloads of Nirmalya in the year 2007. Cleanliness drives are also undertaken on a regular basis at municipal schools, at public eastern suburb of Mumbai.

16) Re-immersion of Ganapati idols, cleaning of beaches and cleanliness drive :

Every year after Ganpati festival, the remains of Lord Ganesha idols that get washed on to the shore on the day following the day of immersion are re-immersed back into the sea. For last four years, the cleanliness drives were undertaken at the city beaches of Girgaum, Dadar, Mahim, Juhu and Versova in Mumbai and also at Kalyan and Ulhasnagar in the suburbs. Thousands of volunteers toiled selflessly and, in the process, re-immersed approximately 10000 idols and disposed of 45 truckloads of Nirmalya in the year 2007.

Cleanliness drives are also undertaken on a regular basis at municipal schools, at public places of worship and at an organization for mentally retarded children in Mankhurd , an eastern suburb of Mumbai.

17) Work in mental hospitals and orphanages :

Volunteers of SAUF and SSAUT regularly visit mental asylums at Thane, Pune and Ratnagiri along with resident doctors and attend to patients with varying ailments. Work is also going on in orphanages at Kolhapur and Mumbai, where the inmates are trained in physical fitness and are taught to say their prayers.

18) Work in Hospitals :

The volunteers of the organization assist the staff of TATA Memorial Hospital and Nair Hospital in their day to day work. The scope of work at the TATA Memorial Hospital includes:

• Registration of patients in registration department.

• Guiding outstation patients by filling their railway forms, assisting them in terms of availing the available facilities.

• Directing patients to various wards.

• Helping boost the morale of patients during the phase when they have to undergo radio/chemo therapy. At the Nair hospital, volunteers accompany lonely patients and provide moral support.

• Cleanliness programs are undertaken at Municipal and Governmental hospitals, where the entire hospital premises, including stairs, toilets, wards, corridors etc. are thoroughly dusted, scrubbed and cleaned.

Work at David sassoon hospital

The volunteers of the organization assist the staff of David Sassoon Hospital (Pune) in their daily work.

The Seva carried out at Sassoon Hospital is as follows.

Registration of patients in registration department.

Guiding outstation patients by filling their railway forms, assisting them in terms of availing the available facilities

Directing patients to various wards

Arranging the medicines for the patients

Assisting the process to admit a patient in a ward

The other seva carried out by volunteers include:

To help solve problems faced by patients by pointing out them to the concerned authorities.

To ditribute used clothes (from Old is Gold project) to the needy patients and their families.

To arrange blood bottles if required during an operation

To accompany patients if they do not have any relatives/family members with them.

To arrange meals for patients.

Cleanliness programs are undertaken where the entire hospital premises, including stairs, toilets, wards, corridors etc. are thoroughly dusted, scrubbed and cleaned.

Total No. of Volunteers present for the seva are:

. Swacchata Seva for the Hospital 214

. Blood Donation 278

. General Seva (Above mentioned) 250

19) Mobile Medication Facilities :

Through this project, SAUF and other organizations, with the help of trained doctors, offer free medical aid to the poor and under privileged in Mumbai. The mobile Medical van tours various slum areas in Mumbai every week undertaking medical checkup on regular basis and distributing free medicines wherever essential.

The mobile medical van tours areas of worli naka and jijamata nagar every Monday and Thursday, and areas of Mahim, Ram mandir every Tuesday and Fridays. There are 2 trained doctors of the organization for medical checkup and distribution of medicines.

The Mobile Medical camp is also carried out outside Mumbai, in under privileged areas of Virar. Mobile medication facilities alongwith swacchata seva and are carried out at around 9 schools at remote places in virar once in every 3 months. Volunteers of SAUF clean the surroundings and school areas and medical aid is given to the needy children by trained doctors of the trust.

20) Work in Schools for Blind :

Aniruddha’s Bank for Blind seva is regularly carried out at following 4 schools.

1. National Association for Blind (NAB)
Seva is carried out under three heads

a. Rehabilitation Dept.

Volunteers assist the children in english speaking, various competitions and sports, teach them a little bit of cookery.
b. Providing Readers and Writers.
Every year 20-25 volunteers of the trust offer seva as Readers and Writers for blind children. Volunteers help them read and understand various topics from their syllabus and writers help the children in writing exam papers.
2. Smt. Kamala Mehta School for blind (Dadar)
This school is for blind girls. The volunteers of the trust help students from 1st std to 7th std in their regular day-to-day studies.
The girls are also taught about cookery. Doctor-Volunteers are present at the time of medical check-up of the students.
3. Victoria Memorial School for the blind.
The volunteers of the trust help students from 1st std to 10th std in their regular day-to-day studies. Volunteers also help student learn subject such as handicraft.
Doctor-Volunteers are present at the time of medical check-up of the students.
4. Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work
Volunteers offer seva as writers for the blind students.

21) De-addiction centers :

A daily session is conducted between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm at various centers in the presence of volunteers of the organization and trained doctors. There is chanting of prayers and meditation on Lord Hanuman, after which the patients are checked and administered the necessary medicines. The prayer and meditation gives mental strength to those who seek de-addiction. Till date, approximately 2750 people have benefited from the de-addiction programme and almost 70% (1950 people) have completely given up their addiction habits. Currently the de-addiction programme is conducted at 26 Upasana Centers in Mumbai and all over Maharashtra.

22) Aatmabal Program for women :

Though our Nation is making steady economic progress, the corresponding benefits are not seen to be percolating in the lives of Indian Women, who are the backbone of the family. Keeping this in view, women are encouraged to attend classes, wherein they are imparted training in the day-to-day requirements of life and a positive mindset is nutured. This free training program of 6 months encompasses a variety of innovative activities to make women self sufficient in daily affairs of life, while living in society. The training includes learning Bank transactions, speaking skills in English Language, Knitting, Craft, Beauty Care, Dramatics, Dance and also activities such as changing of Gas Cylinders, small electrical solutions etc. The main objective of these classes is to develop and enhance the self- confidence of women and make them bold enough to face any eventuality in their lives.

23) Physical Fitness Programme :

An exercise program for both men and women of all age groups, in the form of “Surya Namaskar”, was first conducted from 15th January 2002 to 15th February 2002. Almost 3500 men and 3000 women benefited from this programme.

Since then, camps have been organized at various places. Surya Namaskar is a complete exercise with a spiritual background. Selected trained volunteers further train the participants at different centers. Organisations impart training in Indian art to a selected candidates ‘free of cost’, which includes ‘Suryanamaskar, Hasta-Kaushalya, ‘Hasta-Laghav’, ‘Mushti-Laghav’, ‘Ketch’, ‘Jod’, ‘Kallan Vidya’, ‘Mudgal Vidya’ , ‘Vajra Mushti’,etc.

24) Free Summer Camp for Children: - Dhangad-Dhinga :

To nurture the potential and to explore the hidden talent of children, a Fifteen days summer vacation camp by name ‘Dhangad-Dhinga’ is organized every year by Shri Sai Samartha Vidnyan Prabodhini. Children between ages 8 and 12 years are given 15 days practical training, keeping in view their overall development in short, apt personality development at appropriate age.

In this camp through the free interaction and playful atmosphere, children are encouraged to develop positive and healthy attitude and to inculcate self discipline in them. This gives tremendous boost to their self confidence. Due significant part of the camp.

25) Panchasheel Examination :

Panchasheel examinations are conducted by Shri Sai Samartha Vidnyan Prabodhini for general Public, based on 'Sai Satcharit ' written by Shri Govind Raghunath Dabholkar “Hemadpant” on the life and teachings of H.H. Shri Sai Baba, to instill human values and “Bhakti” to common public in general and to upcoming generations in particular. Half yearly examinations based on this spiritual script are conducted by Shri Sai Samartha Vidnyan Prabodhini free of cost. People of different age groups and from different walks of life appear for this examination. Till now more than 1 Lac people have appeared for this Five sets of examinations conducted in span importance is attached to the child psychology. Sports and exercises are also of two and half years since the year 1998. These examination papers can be answered in Marathi, Hindi, English, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Oriya, Bengali, Punjabi and German languages.

26) “Free distribution of notebooks” :

All the organisations jointly distribute notebooks to needy and poor students with an intention that no child should be deprived of education. These notebooks are distributed at the beginning of a new academic year. Last year 50000 notebooks were distributed to thousands of poor students all over Maharashtra.

|| HARI OM ||

Friday, January 23, 2009


What indeed is Gokul? We wonder. The domain where Gopalkrishna, His mates the gopas, their cows along with
their calves lived a life of joy that is Gokul. The moment we set foot in the premises of “Govidyapeetham” that is precisely
what we feel, “Yes, this is it, this is Gokul.”
Govidyapeetham was established under the auspices of “The Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Trust” and thanks
to the blessings and guidance of P.P. Sadguru Shree AniruddhaBapu. Situated amid the beautiful natural environs of
Kothimbe and spread over about 18 acres of land, Govidyapeetham is a mere half an hour drive from the city of Karjat
(Raigad district) and can also be accessed from Panvel, Neral and even via Kadav. An aerial view of the topography
presents Govidyapeetham in the shape of the ear of a cow (Gokarna).The main entrance of Govidyapeetham faces the
Sahyadari Mountains and the old fort of Pet Village constructed during Chhatrapati Shivaji’s times. Beyond the mountains,
lies the ‘BheemaShankar Jyotirling’. An idol of Shree Ganesh established by an ancient sage is also to be found in the
Kadav Village. Not very far, in the village of Jarukh are the caves that date back to the era of the Pandavas.
1. An effort to protect and nurture the cow, believed to be the dwelling of 33 crore deities.
2. To spread pure and sacred thoughts about the cow
3. To revive and impart the forgotten ancient Indian knowledge pertaining to the Govidya, the Gopalvidya, the
Gayatrividya as also to mantras that help earn merit, viz. the Gosukta, the Gomatimantra, the Surabhimantra, the
For the purpose of conducting a comprehensive research related to the cow and allied areas, the Govidyapeetham
houses -
1. Cow shed
2. Clinic for Treatment of Cows
3. Library and study unit
4. Laboratory
5. Research and Development unit
6. Govidyapuram
7. Unit for production and processing of milk
8. Cold Storage unit (Temperature Controlled area
‘Govind’ – He exists beyond the form as He does in the form, He is the Jagatguru, Lord Krishna. It is He, who comes
at different times, assuming that one form of the Sadguru.
The following aspects will be included in the curriculum of the Govindavidya:
1. A study of the personality, mission, powers, values, ideology and the facets of the life of Shree Krishna.
2. A profound study of the present era falling back on the various facets of the persona of Shree Krishna, with the
purpose of arriving at solutions to problems prevalent in today’s times.
Darshan areas:
1. Shree Krishna Sabhapeetham
2. Pushkarinee Teertha
3. Dyaanakuteer (meditation huts)
4. Goshala (Cow shed)
5. Dhuni mata
6. Vat vraksha (Banyan tree)
7. Tulsi vrindawan
8. Digvijay Paduka
9. Dwarkamai
10. Deepotsav
11. Paapvimoc-hak Stambh
In addition, under the academic curriculum a laboratory and a Research and Development wing has also been
established at the Govidyapeetham.
1. Shree Krishna Sabhapeetham
The main attraction of Govidyapeetham is the Shree Krishna sabhapeetham. An idol of the eight year old Shree
Krishna stands in the sanctum sanctorum of the sabhapeetham. 33 divine powers were invoked during a period of 33
days beginning from the 13th April 2002 to the15th May 2002. A group of 108 bhaktas recited the prescribed mantra and
the Abhishek too was performed on each of these days. The idol of Shreekrishna has the cow (Gomata) standing close
and gazing fondly His Feet. Four nanda deepas that burn round the clock illumine the sabhapeetham. Every pillar of the
sabhapeetham holds a painting of each of the 10 Gurus of Shree Aniruddha as also that of saints and bhaktas immersed
in the bhakti of Shreekrishna.
The sabhapeetham includes a huge seating area (sabhagriha) before the idol of Shreekrishna. Bhaktas may sit here
and pray.
The ten gurus of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu
1. Akhil Vishwadakshya Abhinandan Dattatreya
2. Mahapran Vajraang Hanumanta
3. Shree Vasishtha Muni
4. Shree Yadnyavalkya Rishi
5. Shree Vedvyas
6. Shree Vishwamitra Rishi
7. Sant Ramdas Swami
8. Shree Gurugobind singhji Maharaj
9. Bhagwan Shree Rishabdevji
10. Shree Vidyamakrand Gopinathshastri Padhye
The pictures of saints and bhaktas ever immersed in the bhakti of Shree Krishna:
1. Sant Tukaram Maharaj
2. Sant Meerabai
3. Sant Narsee Mehta
4. Sant Purandardas
5. Sant Surdas
6. Sant Deviandaal
7. Sant Eknaath Maharaj
8. Shri Chaitanya Gaurang Mahaprabhu
9. Sant Tyagraaj
10. Sant Tulsidas
Bhaktas may do the pradakshina of the sanctum sanctorum. Courses based on the Gopalavidya and the
Govindvidya will be conducted in the sabhapeetham.
2. Pushkarinee Teertha
In the exact centre of this sacred place is the ‘Muchkund Vriksha’ blessed by Shree Radha. The water used for the
Abhishekh of Lord Krishna’s idol waters the Pushkarinee Teertha. The Harivijay Granth states that 12 Parikrama of the
Muchkund Vriksha fills our life with joy. Bushes of the Krishna Tulsi demarcate the path of the parikrama. This entire area
emanates peace and tranquillity.
3. Dhyaan Kuteer
Close to the Pushkarinee teertha are the five Dhyaan kuteers (Meditation Huts). The floor of these huts has been
plastered with cow dung. This provides a very holy and pure atmosphere. The ambience in the Kuteers has been
rendered sacred and siddha by the blessings and grace of P.P. Sadguru Shreeaniruddha. Bhaktas with immense love and
firm faith, meditating in these huts have been graced with visions of their ishtadevataa near the old banyan tree (vata
vriksha) that stands opposite these huts.
4. Goshala (Cow shed)
The two separate sections of the Goshala house 30 cows and bulls each. The area for cows also houses the calves.
Special areas have been systematically assigned for the supply of fodder and drinking water. Separate arrangements
have also been made for clearance of dung. An area has been allotted to facilitate the delivery of cows. An area of more
than 2 acres has been developed as grazing grounds for cows and their calves.
On the occasion of vasu baras in 2001, sawatsa dhenu (a cow that has a calf) made of mud was worshipped under
the ancient banyan tree. On the birthday of Sadguru Shreeaniruddha, 15 cows of the Gir breed and 3 bulls were brought
to the goshala. On 17th November five peacock feathers were worshipped with the chanting of chaturvyuhamantras. On
arrival of the cows one of these peacock feathers was put up in the goshala and the mud idol of sawatsa dhenu was
The surplus milk collected in the goshala is sent to the Remand Home in Karjat. Mugdhatai Prasade, an expert in this
field and a veterinary doctor, Dr. Thakurdas take care of the cows.
5. Dhunimata
Exactly behind the cowshed in the direction of main hall is the dhunimata. On 8th August 2002, P.P. Suchitdada lit
the sacred fire (dhuni) in the presence of P.P. Sadguru Shreeaniruddha and P.P.Nandamai.
Dried cakes of dung, grass and samidha (wooden twigs meant to be offered in the sacred) are used to keep this
dhuni burning incessantly. This dhunimata blazes down the ill effects of the past deeds of bhaktas and thereby protects
them. Five pradakshinas are performed around the dhunimata. The pradakshina may be performed with the firm belief
that if I surrender all my vices unto the dhunimata, she will surely cleanse me of them. Udi collected here each day is sent
to the various Upasana centers and to the venue of the Thursday Pravachan for its free distribution to the bhaktas. The
daily prayers at the Govidyapeetham begin with the worship of dhunimata.
6. Vata Vruksha (The Banyan Tree)
700 to 750 years old, this tree is in the shape of the pindi of Lord Shankar. Symbolic of the Panchapurusharth, the
trunk of this Banyan tree is wide and is actually a group of five distinct trunks. Lord Dattatreya is believed to dwell here.
The owner of this land is known to have had the darshan of P.P. Sadguru Shreeaniruddha at this place even before he
ever actually physically saw or knew Him. This tree stands just beyond the grazing grounds of the cows.
7. Tulsi Vrindavan
This vrindavan was made as per the wish and instruction of P.P. Nandamai, in fact Laxmi. It is a practice to perform
five pradakshinas around the vrindavan, chanting the Ghorkastodharan Stotra and recalling all the while, Lord
Shreedattatreya in the mind. Bhaktas believe that this is the dwelling of Shreeradhaji. The pradakshina around the Tulsi
vrindavan rids of all misery and even fulfils the wishes of bhaktas.
8. Digvijaya Paduka
In the shape of a tortoise, this place reminds of the ‘Kurmaavataar’. Eight pillars support the main dais inside this
structure. Uttering the words ‘Hari Om’, Sadguru Shreeaniruddha conveyed sacred and divine vibrations into these pillars,
filling thereby the entire place with purity and sanctity. On 6th June 2001, at the auspicious moment of the braahma
muhurta, a radiant Sadhu gifted Padukas to Shri. Vijay dada Bhingarde.
On 13th April 2002 Vijaydada Bhingarde after reciting the mantras placed the paduka on his head and installed them at
this place. A picture of Shreekrishna with P.P. Sadguru Shreeaniruddha and Gomata (cow) standing before Him has been
installed behind the padukas.
Every day the Digvijaya paduka poojan takes place before 9.00 a.m. There is a ‘yagya kund’ in the middle of the hall
where the following three types of yaags are performed:
1. Vyankatesh Kaivalya yaag : Mondays and Saturdays
2. Shree Mahaganpati Heramba yaag : Tuesdays and Fridays
3. Shree Dattaguru avdhoot yaag : Wednesday and Thursday
On Sundays however, all the three yaags are performed.
9) Dwarkamai is awake once again…
On the beautiful morning of Kojagiri Poornima, Sadguru Bapuji proceeded from Happy Home to
Govidyapeetham Karjat, with a few devotees along with Him. All the fellow devotees who were travelling by
two buses and a few cars reached Govidyapeetham by 10.15 a.m. Though all of us have known each other for
quite a few years now but somehow of late had not met or interacted with one another due to lack of time
arising from generally other pre occupations in life. Each one's countenance was beaming with joy and pleasure
at the prospect of the reunion after such a long period. In spite of this joy every one one still had a single
question drumming in their minds – Why has our dear God unexpectedly called all of us collectively today?
What is exceptional that is going to take place today?
" Come Bapu has called all of you", immediately on receiving this communication, all of us on finishing
our breakfast proceeded towards Bapu. On reaching the main hall we could see a new structure on the left hand
side. We all started walking in that direction. We also took off our footwear before entering the place.
All our eyes shone up when we saw the scene inside the edifice. We saw P.P Bapu, Nandamai, Suchit
Dada and Sameer Dada in front of us. Bapu, started asking all of us, come and see, how do you all like this?
Time, minutes and years seemed to have stood still and all was erased from each one's mind. This is the most
beautiful moment! - it was the universal feeling being experienced by each one present there. Bapu was smiling
with immense joy and pleasure. He said, "So, do you recollect anything? Yes, this place where we all have
gathered is the Dwarkamai of Shirdi. Exactly the same.
Bapuji started explaining,"When Sainath was in Shirdi and the Dwarkamai that existed then - this is
exactly the same Dwarkamai, the unchanged Dwarkamai of the year 1916". Really on entering that structure
one wondered if the wheels of time had moved backwards? All present there experienced the identical thought.
Nearly after 90 years everybody had reached Sainath's era, all of us just could not believe what was happening.
Where 1916 and where we were in 2005 now?
We wondered what Hemadpant would have felt if he was amongst us now? The Sai of Shri Saisatcharit has
always given to the entire universe and is eternal. If Hemadpantji was here today, how pleased he would have
been, was the active thought that raced through our minds. Wish, he could have himself narrated all about
Dwarkamai to us today. The flooring on the ground was the same, the same walls, the same pillars, the same
place for Baba to sit, the same aasan, fireplace, the courtyard of Dwarkamai, the cooking place in the courtyard,
the place where Baba used to stand - everything was just exactly the same. The most important article was right
in front of Dwarkamai; it was the rock on which Baba used to sit and Sainathji's photograph above the rock.
What all do I observe? What do I experience? Where all do I look? This was the state all of us were in on that
day. The ones who recollected all the preceding memories just could not stop their flow of tears. Today nobody
could or wanted to control the tears of joy that were rising from the innermost being of one's self. Somebody
was surely sowing the seeds of Sai Aniruddha's love today.
Sameer Dada offered beautiful garlands both at Sai's photograph kept at the seat made of rock as well as
the dhuni. He then very lovingly and respectfully bowed and paid obeisance at both the places. All were
enthralled at this sight.
As per Bapu's instructions Sameer Dada installed our beloved Hemadpant's photograph in the Dwarkamai
and offered a garland to the same too and again bowed low very humbly. Then we all followed Bapu to the holy
Pushkarini tirtha. Here Bapu Himself installed the Garudstambh. Bapuji said," These two most important
devotees meaning Garud and Hanumant are not different from one another. After the Murlidhar main hall was
established, then for some time very important prayers were conducted here and only after the successful
completion of those Upasanas today we can install this pillar over here. On this pillar is the Garud, the eagle
that is Ram's vehicle. This is the centre point, which will erase our sins, and Hanuman in any case is always
chanting Ram's name. In the Panchmukh Hanumatkavach Strotra when we see the face in the Panchmukhi form
we can understand the oneness of both.
Bapuji Himself paid obeisance to that pillar and after putting His ear to the pillar, He hugged the same very
lovingly. Bapuji said," Any kind and gentle being who puts his ear with full devotion to this pillar will surely be
able to hear the Ramnaam. The Mahapraan of the universe, Hanuman is incessantly chanting Ram's name.
After the installation of the Garudstambh Bapu brought all of us back to Dwarkamai. Bapu asked all of us
to sit in the open space there and He Himself along with Suchit Dada and Nandamai sat on the steps of the
Dwarkamai. Bapuji then said, "Any devotee can come here, if anybody wants to experience the Sai Satcharit
then that person has to just come and sit here. You can read the Sai Satcharit here, write the Ramnaam and if
nothing else you can sit facing Sainath's photograph and gaze lovingly and adoringly in His eyes. We can
experience the incidents and events that are described in the Sai Satcharit in this very place. Outside Dwarkamai
are planted all those trees that are mentioned in the Sai Satcharit." Suddenly nobody had any other world
existing at that place and moment, each one there was only eager to actually live the life during the time when
the Sai Satcharit was written. Dwarkamai was now fully awake and was arousing her little infants too.
Everybody was completely lost and totally immersed in Bapu's words and the peaceful environment resonant
there. The mangalcharan, the 11 promises, the gajjar of Sai's name and the grand finale was Sainath's arati.
Bapu was one with all the devotees during the singing of the prayers. Nobody wanted to leave this Gurukul; all
had the strong urge to be there forever. Soon it was 2.30 in the afternoon. All present in Dwarkamai were
actually experiencing the Sai Satcharit in some way or the other. Some read the 11th chapter of the Sai
Satcharit, some were writing the Ramnaam, some were narrating Baba's tales and some were talking about
grandfather Chaubal. Now the play of sun and shade since morning was replaced by dark clouds and soon after
some time it started raining. It kept pouring continuously. Everybody was reminded of the 11th chapter of the
Sai Satcharit. Bapuji said," For every true Sai bhakt, Sai Satcharit itself is Shirdi and the 11th chapter is
Dwarkamai and the Sai sitting in Dwarkamai is the blessing and grace that is received from reading the 11th
" Purel Apurva Ichit Kaam. Vyahal Anti Purna Nishkam. Pavaal Durlabh Sayujyadhaam. Akhand Ram
This is the only verse in the Shri Saisatcharit where Hemadpant has given complete assurance about being
able to attain the eternal Ram. This is the Rudradhayay. Rudra meaning Shiv. Shiv also is ceaselessly chanting
Ram's name. Bapu then came back to Dwarkamai at 6.30 in the evening and did the installation of the Tulsi
Vrindavan in the courtyard of Dwarkamai and then initiated the Satsang. In the Satsang at first Das Ganu's
"Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur" was recited 5 times, then the Sairam Jaap, followed by the gajjar of Govind Krishna
Vithal, then Chaubaldada's gajjar – "Om Sai Shri Sai Jai Jai Sairam" was chanted. Bapuji addressed all by
saying, "Friends, This Dwarkamai is not a replica of the Dwarkamai in Shirdi but is the reinstatement of the
original Dwarkamai itself. My dear ones come again and again to this edifice, read the Sai Satcharit, write the
Ramnaam and keep on gazing lovingly at Sainathji. Where must be my Sainath seated? How would have
Mirikar come here? When Madhavrao was bitten by the snake, how he must have come running here? Try and
reminisce these events and through that learn to experience Baba. On coming here each being will experience
peace and a sense of balance.
The pure vibrations and the holy environment here have a lot to offer to all. You can even stay here; you
can sit the entire night in Dwarkamai.
"Lagta Ya Shalesh Paaye, Kaun Hatbhaagi Maghara Jaaye".
I give you full assurance that nobody who enters this place will go back empty handed. We all will come
here to celebrate the Deepotsav on the day of Kartik Ekadashi. This Dwarkamai has eight corners. Many
individuals have strived very hard to create this beautiful Dwarkamai. We must first and foremost leave the
habit of making excuses when we are serving God or doing any work assigned by Him and more important than
that is that we must stop being untruthful in front of Him. He is filled with "Truth" Himself. When you speak
lies to Him, then even if He wishes to, He cannot help you. So please immediately stop being dishonest.
I am very pleased at seeing that each one has a Ramnaam book and each one is also seeming very eager to
complete this notebook. Ramnaam has a lot of strength. This is that one place which radiates energy to all in
equal proportion irrespective of the kind of person."
Bapu kept talking and we went on listening, and may these moments never ever conclude was the yearning
in each one's heart. It was in this very Dwarkamai that Baba had ground the grains to destroy the troubles in the
minds of the people. Sainathji lit the lamps of Bhakti in the hearts of each one. Whether atheist or devotee all
come to Dwarkamai for shelter in times of difficulty. Without any differentiation of this one is mine ant the
other is not, Sainath blesses each one with Udi and grace. Mahalsapati and Kote Patil have stayed awake many
a nights in this very Dwarkamai. The title of "Hemadpant" after the famous "Dhoolbeth" was awarded to
Hemadpantji in this very Dwarkamai. Das Ganu was blessed with the Prayag Darshan also over here itself. On
Diwali when Baba was refused oil, He lit lamps with the help of water instead, again in this very Dwarkamai.
P.P. Bapu's great grandfather and Sadguru Shri Vidyamakrand Gopinathshastri Padhye according to the wishes
of Swami Samarth had come to visit Sainathji at this very place and here itself He was asked, " Have you
recognized me now atleast?" This question was asked by Baba in this Dwarkamai itself. Not one or two but
innumerable devotees have come to Dwarkamai to meet Shri Sainathji. Each was sheltered and supported by
One of the devotees asked Bapu why the foundation of the Dwarkamai was being performed on the
occasion of Kojagiri Poornima? Then Bapu explained that for this there are three beautiful and important
reasons. The first was the description of the incident of irrepressible rain when the weather was uncontrollable
and the way Sainathji had exhibited full control over the fury of nature in the eleventh chapter, the second was
when Das Ganu went to seek permission from Baba to go to Prayag and was told by Baba that your Prayag is
very much over here only and He was blessed with the Ganga and Yamuna river flowing from Baba's divine
feet and the most important reason was that Kojagiri Poornima was the day when Sainath had arrived in Shirdi
and was welcomed by Mahalsapati in the Khandoba temple with the greeting of " Come Sai". All these three
very important incidents had taken place on the day of the Kojagiri Poornima itself.
10) Deepotsav… Festival of Lights…
Our dear and revered Nandamataji came on the day of "Deep Amavasya" (new moon day in the month of
Ashad). On that day people light lamps in their houses and pray to goddess Mahalaxmi. Due to the absence of
the moon on the Amavasya day it is generally dark and in the Ashad month this darkness is even denser due to
the presence of heavy black clouds. This beloved mother of the devotees – Mahalaxmi, Sacchidananda wipes
out the fear that arises due to this darkness. This Sacchidananda Goddess Shakti is the one who is abundant with
supreme energy and this mother of the universe with Her radiance of grace completely eliminates this intense
unfathomable darkness.
It is Mother Saachidananda who illuminates countless lamps of bhakti, love, service, surrender and the
feeling of seeking shelter in the minds of the devotees and fills all the paths with light and energy. The mother
of the universe Chidananda is always very eager to forever light the lamp of eternal happiness and joy in the
heart of the devotee and eradicate the darkness of turmoil.
Nandamataji blessed us with delight by celebrating the festival of lights in Dwarkamai on the sacred
occasion of Kartik Ekadashi. The devotee who lights lamps in Dwarkamai with absolute dedication will have
his life always blessed and overflowing with the radiance and luminosity of bliss. He will never be entangled in
the twines of sadness, unrest, darkness instead he will always be sheltered under the umbrella of Saachinanda’s
grace. He will be able to easily balance his life as a householder and his spiritual pursuits together.
We are all very well aware of how Saibaba had celebrated a unique festival of lights in Dwarkamai. Baba
used to get oil daily from the shops in Shirdi and with that oil He used to light lamps that shone through the
entire night in Dwarkamai. One year on a Diwali day all the shopkeepers in Shirdi refused to give oil to Baba.
Then Baba did the Brahmarpan of the little left over quantity of oil that was in the container and filled the same
container back with water and lit all the lamps in Dwarkamai with this water. Look at Baba’s miracle, the flame
of the lamps that He lit with the water was bright throughout the night, and Dwarkamai was sparkling and
dazzling in the light of these lamps. Soon this news spread in Shirdi and in the surrounding villages too. All the
people who came to see this event were completely amazed. Till then nobody was aware of Baba’s divine
powers and personality. Many were attracted to Baba due to this divine miracle of the mysterious Deepotsav in
Dwarkamai, this incident made people aware of Baba as the incarnation of god.
The heart of every devotee who came to Dwarkamai was kindled by Baba with the wick of faith and
patience and the lamp of true devotion was then fully lit transforming each one’s entire life into a festival of
lights. With the grace of our Sadguru let us also celebrate the festival of lights in our lives and let our complete
life progress in that divine glow. With this purpose in mind we should light the lamps here and pray –
"Tamso Ma Jyotirgamay"
11) Paapvimochak Pradakshina
The new practice of the ‘Paapvimoc-hak Pradakshina’ was initiated at the sacred location of
Govidyapeetham near Kothimbe - Karjat on the auspicious occasion of Gurupoornima. Placed right in front of
Shri Muralidharji’s statue is the Garudastambh around which one circumambulates. On this pillar two idols
each of Hanumanji and Garudji are existent. A single ‘Papvimoc-hak Kumbh’ is created with six green coloured
pots positioned one on top of the other. The six pots represent the six internal enemies of a person. These six
foes are: attachment, pride, anger, envy, passion, and greed, these are the main causes that lead a man onto the
path of sin. Only a Sadguru’s grace can completely obliterate our sins and help us to have power over our inner
foes and only bhakti towards the Sadguru will allow us to receive His grace.
On the Gurupoornima day the important pot was installed under the Garudastambh and an upasana was
initiated as per the guidance and permission of our Sadguruji. Since the day of Gurupoornima all of us have
been granted the opportunity of performing this Pradikshna. We need to carry the Paapvimoc-hak Kumbh either
on our head or in our hands and go around the Garudstambh for a minimum of 5 times and a maximum of 108
times. After which one has to go around the Pushkarini once. While doing both the Pradikshnas one must chant
‘Kalyug Mein Ek Hi Trata Aniruddha Ram Re, Mere Sangh Chale Bole Mera Jagjethi Re’. Then after that one
has to offer the Paapvimoc-hak Kumbh in the Paapdahak Agnihotra that is situated behind the Pushkarini and
finally one is required to go to Dwarkamai to prostrate in obeisance. The Paapvimoc-hak pradakshina when
performed with pure love and complete devotion will definitely yield us more and more of our Sadguru’s grace
and energy, which in turn will help us to get rid of our sins. We can offer 1,5 or 11 Paapvimoc-hak Kumbhs in
the holy fire. The number of times that we wish to do the pradakshina or the number of Kumbhs that we offer is
as per our own wishes or desire. We can perform this ritual as many times as we want to. This golden
opportunity of getting liberated from our sins in our present birth itself has been granted to us only by our
Sadguru’s grace. To get free from the cycle of birth and death and also to attain freedom from the
encumberment of all sins the Paapvimoc-hak pradakshina is the easiest and the most beautiful path.
The moment we set foot on the soil of the Govidyapeetham, it is bhakti and bhakti alone that engulfs us.
It is the love of the Govind that we drink in. This is the place where bhaktas forget their woes, their problems
and in fact the world outside only to lose themselves to true joy. The bhaktas of Gopal even forget themselves.
The one and only being they are aware of is, Him, His, the Govardhan Giridhari’s presence. The
Govidyapeetham is a domain that brings the bhakta close to his God, His Sadguru, His Govind. Besides, he,
who steps into these premises with pure bhakti, love, faith and surrender, is sure to hear the sweet melody of the
Murlidhar’s flute.
Come, let us all listen to the sweet tunes floating out of His “murli” and receive and be graced with the love of
the Murlidhar Gopal, this Govind. Every speck of soil here resonates with the sound of His murli, its music, its
lure; the ambience here is full…. full with the sankeertan of ardent haribhaktas.
‘ Shree Krishna govind hare murari, he naath narayan vasudeva Radhe…….Radhe………Radhe
|| HARI OM ||


In this today’s world i.e. Kaliyug, the deteriorating human values, increasing violence, torture, corruption,
untruthfulness, immorality and the dominance and rule of the six vices of the mind has resulted in harassment
and victimization of the society. To come out of this vicious cycle, eternal strength and peace are required. And
to obtain this, the need of the hour is Seva done from the bottom of the heart and selfless, dispassionate Bhakti.
As told by Param Pujya Bapu, Juinagar’s Panchapurushartha Shaktipeeth (Abode of Energy/Power), the
installation of the Dharmachakra, Govidyapeetham at Kothimbe, and the “ATULIT BAL DHAM” Shaktipeeth
at Ratnagiri is the prelude to Ramraajya (Rule of Ram) which will arrive in the year 2025.
The wish of Parmeshwar stands between Sankalp (Resolve) and Siddhi (Divine Power). But where the Sanklap
itself is Godly, there, does not remain any such thing as a separate wish. Because here, Sankalp itself is Siddhi.
The ideal example is ‘Atulit Bal Dham’. The convergence of incomparable strength, purity/sacredness and
beauty is a Triveni Sangam, which is the holy abode of Shri Jagadamba Herself. Goddess Jagadamba dwells in
the form of the Digvijay Ishtika (The Brick of Universal Conquest), and the land where this Shaktipeeth has
been installed belongs to Mahashesh Himself. Each place in this Dham is of exceptional importance.
On 6th June 2001, at 3.30 a.m, i.e. the time of Brahmamuhurta, Sadguru Shri Aniruddha Bapu came in the
dream of one of the superlative devotee. While talking to this devotee, He manifested as Shri Krishna. After
giving darshan (divine vision) in person as Shri Krishna, at the next instant He manifested as Shri Dattaguru, He
was astonished and looked at the three headed Shri Dattaguru in wonder. And while he was doing so, Shri
Dattaguru took out the Padukas from the shoulder bag and gave it to him saying, “Install these at Karjat” and
then Shri Dattaguru blessed him and said, “Whosoever will sit in front of these Padukas, and ask for any wish, it
shall be fulfilled.” After this Shri Dattaguru applied Ashtagandha on his forehead and Shri Dattaguru
disappeared from the dream. At that very moment, he woke up from his sleep and rushed towards the main door
of his house, as he had an inexplicable feeling that someone was waiting outside the door. The moment he
opened the door, what did he see! A Sadhu Maharaj was standing in front of the door. The Sadhu handed over
the Padukas & Ishtika and blessed him. And in a few seconds the Sadhu Maharaj dissapeared. The Ashtagandha
applied by Shri Dattaguru on his forehead in his dream was still there when he woke up. Innumerable bhaktas
rushed to see this Ashtagandha which was applied by Shri Dattaguru in his sleep. These two objects were
named as Digvijay Paduka and Digvijay Ishtika.
Out of these, the Digvijay Ishtika was ceremoniously installed at Atulit Bal Dham. Ishtika means Isht i.e. only
that which is appropriate shall be done and fulfilled. This Ishtika is Digvijayi i.e. universal conqueror and
whoever shall stand in front of it and ask for fulfillment of his wishes with a pure heart he shall be certainly
granted his wish.
This promise has been by given P.P. Bapu, Himself. This means there is so much strength in Bhakti that
whoever does Bhakti with heartfelt love and pure affection he obtains Digvijay. This Ishtika is Sakshat (in
person) Jagatmata, Jagdamba Herself. This is divine seat of Anantha. Once they arrive here they do not even
remember their pain & suffering anymore.No more worries remain.
This edifice of Atulit Bal Dham has been completely erected thru ‘Shramadaan’ (donation of labour).With
the name of Bapu on the lips and labour by hands, hundreds of Bapu bhaktas erected this 2 storeyed beautiful
edifice in a total of 14 months, that too, without the hiring of any contractual or professional services. Each
floor has a 6000 sq.ft. hall.
And the Sanctum Sanctorum is on the ground floor, where the Digvijay Ishtika has been installed on July 10,
2003 (Ashadhi Ekadashi). This can be called a spontaneously accomplished work, because once P.P. Bapu
resolved to do it, even large obstacles were overcome easily. Thus, with the Shramadaan of all the people, and
with Bapu’s blessings, this edifice of Atulit Bal Dham was built. Many people, young and old, male and female,
rich and poor all worked equally in an atmosphere of camaraderie and in the spirit of service There have been
many instances of persons getting rid of their diseases and illnesses while doing Shramadaan here.
The architect, the engineer, the electrician, the carpenter, the painter, the horticulturist themselves were
Bapu bhaktas and volunteers, and in this respect, Atulit Bal Dham is unique and unparalleled. This Dham built
on the foundation of P.P. Bapu’s, Nandamaai’s and Suchitdada’s blessings, the untiring efforts of the volunteers
and bhaktas, and the good wishes of lakhs of bhaktas together, takes pride in flaunting itself as the Shaktipeeth
of the whole world.
There are three other places in this Atulit Bal Dham, which are of extraordinary importance. One is the
Kshemakumbh. Kshemakumbh is not just a well, but a holy place in itself. The manifestation of this
Kshemakumbh is a remarkable incident. When the construction of Atulit Bal Dham was going on, requirement
of water was huge. All this water had to be procured. Hence, the necessity of digging up a well arose. Even after
digging down 55 to 60 feet, there was no trace of water. The cost of purchased water, plus the digging, it looked
like a waste of time and energy! Therefore, at night, a devotee who got Digvijay Paduka and Digvijay Ishtika,
sat down at the place of digging to do japa (chanting). That evening only, he had spoken to P.P. Suchitdada
about the well.
When the Japa was going on, suddenly, a big cobra came to the dug up spot and raised its hood. He made
namaskar (obeisance) from the bottom of the heart, and the cobra went away with the same suddenness that it
had come. The next morning, everybody noticed that water had sprung up at the dug up spot. He could
understand what had happened! The second day, P.P. Suchitdada came and looked into the well and offered a
flower into it. The flower of Blessings which Suchitdada offered, has bestowed the attribute of holiness to the
whole well. The land of Atulit Bal Dham is the land of Shesha. ‘Kshema’ is another name of Shesha, hence this
well was named as ‘Kshemakumbh’. When the water of the well was tested by the Water Department, it was
certified to be of the highest quality. Many bhaktas take home this water as ‘Tirtha’ (Holy water). The water
from this Kshemakumbha is used for the garden, vegetable patch etc. of Atulit Bal Dham. Yet, till date, this
Kshemakumbh is always completely full.
The place in front of this ‘Kshemakumbh’ is Saint Namdev Maharaj’s Audumbar tree. During the inauguration,
the ‘Choodamani’ was installed. ‘Choodamani’ means the younger brother of ‘Ishtika’. Nandaai’s younger
brother means Suchitdada. The installation has been done in the form of Choodamani, and here we can do
‘Deepadaan’ or donate candle lights. ‘Sudeepdaan’, Deepdaan was given importance in our ancient cultures,
too. There are 5 types of Sudeep – Icchapurti – for fulfillment of our wishes; Peedanaashak – to destroy our
pains and sufferings; Baadhaanivaarak – which destroys any obstacles; ‘Darshandeep’- The most important for
vibrations of our Sadguru which are invaluable, and Janmadin Sudeep – to be lit on our birthdays.
The next place is the Tulasi Vrindavan in front of the entrance, the place of Saint Janaabai. When we make
pradakshinas (circumambulate) around the Audumbar tree, i.e. the place of Namdev Maharaj, we experience
distinct waves of joy in our hearts. Similarly at the Tulsi Vrindavan i.e. Saint Janabai’s place, we get a feeling
of happiness. In both these places, the bhaktas can sense the presence of these Great Saints’ Nirgun state, in a
heightened state of devotion. In these surroundings, organized cultivation of trees of Muchkund, Kadamba,
Neem etc. has been made. Different vegetables too are grown on a small scale. Here, a cow named Maauli also
resides with her calf. The dormitory near the entrance of the Dham is very distinctive. Efforts have been made
to conserve our ancient culture here. The flour mill, the mortar & pestle etc. have been used. Accommodation
facilities are also available for the outstation Bhaktas.
Utsavs (festivities) celebrated at Atulit Bal Dham and the Seva work
Every year, 6th June is celebrated as the Day of Manifestation of the Digvijay Ishtika. Only on this day of the
whole year, the Ishtika (Brick) is brought out of the Sanctum Sanctorum and is worshipped at the hands of this
devotee who got Digvijay Paduka and Digvijay Ishtika and his wife. And this brick is kept for the entire day for
Darshan. This is one of the three main annual Utsavs (festivities) celebrated at Atulit Bal Dham. On this day,
the jap ‘Jai Jai Rama Krishna Hari’ is chanted by the rotation method and a Satsang is held. The second Utsav is
celebrated on Aniruddha Pournima. On this day the program is: Chanting of Aniruddha Kavach 12 times,
P.P.Bapu’s jap 108 times, Ghorkasthoddharana Stotra 24 times and then ‘Satsang’. The 3rd Utsav is ‘Hanuman
Jayanti’, i.e. the worship of Ashwattha Hanumant Idol and Panchakumbhabhishek. And for the entire day, the
mantra ‘Om Shri Ramadootaya, Hanumantaaya Mahaapraanaaya Mahaabalaaya Namo Namah’ is chanted and
abhishek is offered by the bhaktas and Satsang is held. Thrice a year, the Ramaraksha is read & recited 108
times, i.e. on the days of Ram Navami, Ashadhi Ekadashi and Dassera. From dawn at 5.00 am, 3 persons can
continuously recite it without any break.
In the month of Shravan, every evening, daily, the Ghorkasthodharan Stotra is recited 108 times. Out of
these festivals, only the Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the first floor. For this special decoration with
Sugarcane is made. All saints have told in one voice that the seva (service) of the diseased & suffering people is
the real seva of God. By doing seva of these unfortunate people, the destined troubles to be faced by me are
definitely lessened. We got this golden opportunity due to the 13 point program by P.P. Bapu. In this, mainly,
spinning yarn, making quilts in the ‘Warmth of Love’ project, ‘Old is Gold’ project etc. are implemented at
Atulit Bal Dham..
This Dham is a workshop. Here we have prepared Vermicompost; there are 2 pits in the premises for such
purposes. The cultivation of rice, vegetables, etc. takes place here and this too, by the ‘Shramadaan’ of all the
bhaktas & volunteers. Paper bags are made from ‘Raddi’ old newspapers etc. Also the Eco-friendly Ganapati
(Ganesh Idols)-a boon for the environment, are made here. These are also made by the Bhaktas and the
volunteers only. Saplings for Tree Plantation are prepared here; and Tree Plantation is done on the premises too.
On the top most floor, Blood Donation camps are held too.
Maauli (the cow) and Bandya-Gundya (her calves) and Goat Shed
This place is the home of Maauli (the cow) and Bandya-Gundya (her calves). Because of this, we get Darshan
of the Gomaata (Mother cow) effortlessly. Next to this is the goat shed.
There is a dormitory and a restroom on the premises which have been constructed in a distinctive manner. The
tiled roof, the floors coated with cowdung wash, the small loft, the swing, the bathing vessel, the smaller vessels
made up of copper and brass, the flour handmill, the mortar and pestle, the black blanket, the pegs on the wall,
the little windows and the corner stone, all these give us a sense of belonging, an experience of being in our
native homes and reminds us of our roots in ancient culture.
The whole premises is covered by green lawns. We can see flowers of various colours and decorative plants
which are looked after by the volunteers. On both the sides, there are coconut trees lined up. At different places,
water troughs have been made for storing water. Then there are mango trees on these lawns, too. There are three
Dhyan Kutir (Place of Meditation) in the outer surroundings of the premises
Such is this Atulit Bal Dham. It is Atulit (Incomparable), exactly as its name denotes. And sacred vibrations are
transmitted continuously from this place i.e. from it’s each item, each object and every grain of its soil. When
we go there, not only do these vibrations purify our inner-self, but the special relationship of indebtedness that
binds us to this place becomes clearer and clearer. Each bhakta who comes here becomes a waarkari, and this
Dham becomes Pandharpur for him. Just as Vithal adorns Himself with the Ishtika, the soul adorns itself with
Bhakti, and the Inner-Self becomes the sandy banks of the Chandrabhaga river. The ‘Mana’ (Mind) turns into
Naamdev (chanting of the ‘name’) and the flow of Pure Love of Janaabai, makes the Chandrabhaga of the
Inner- self overflow its banks to prove witness to that play.
Address:- Atulit Bal Dham,
Sahyadri Nagar, Nachane, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India
Contact(Office) :- +91 (02352) 229292
Opens at 8.00 AM with Bapu’s Arati
Darshan through out the Day
Closes at 8.00 PM with Bapu’s Arati