FIJI SEVASHRAM SANGHA
In the midst of the South Pacific Ocean there are about 230 islands called Fiji. It is a place of heavy tourism as it is beautiful and the citizens are simple and hospitable. The two most populated islands are Vitilevu and Vanvalevu. Suva is in Vitilevu and is the capital of Fiji. In 2000, Bharat Sevashram Sangha esatblished its first centre in Suva and recently at 10 Nasoki street in Lautoka.
Many Indians reached Fiji during British Colonial rule and later on many Hindus have migrated especially Gujaratis; they are the main business people, while the natives are in Government and tourism services and farming. The presence of Ashram has helped to unite the racially divided migrants and local natives. In 2003, the Sangha provided selfless services to the cyclone "Ami" by distributing food, clothing and other basic needs and by supplying "Stationery Pack" for one year to 1500 students in Vanvalevu. In 2004, Ashram again served in the flash flood relief efforts.
Fiji Ashram has captured the hearts of the citizen as well as mass media. Frequently, programmes are aired in State radio and television. The citizens contribute generously towards the purchase and renovations of Ashram's new building. Throughout the year, the Sangha is bustling with activities, as it observes all the major Hindi festivals and local holidays. On these occasions cultural programs and educational competitions is a norm. Students and also the general masses have incorporated in their lives the ideas and ideals of Sri Sri Guru Maharaj. Local youths have come forward voluntarily, to participate in Ashram philanthropic activities.Click here to view our Photo Gallery
PRANAVANANDA ASHRAM - NEPAL
Nestled between China and India, in the Himalayan range is the only remaining Hindu kingdom in the world. Over the last decade it has been disturbed by internal and external problems. The presence of Pranavananda Ashram in this land of rich culture and heritage, is a small place of solace and pilgrimage.
The Ashram is situated in the Kathmandu valley about half a mile from the famous 'Pashupati temple'. The inmates ageing from four years to the upper teens are from the streets, from homes that couldn't have given them basic needs, and from remote villages that are the seat bed of dangerously political welfare.
Over the last ten year the Ashram has grown from a few boys to now eighty boys, and from a small one bedroom flat into a four storied building that houses a school, dormitory, a prayer hall, kitchen and dining hall, rooms for monks and also for guests. Pranavananda Ashram School is parallel with the Nepal Public School system. Because of its great achievement, both in academics and discipline standards twenty students from the neighbourhood also attend and a long list of others are waiting for admission. Through the blessings of Sri Guru Maharaj, the students are not only making academic progress, but they are also taught music, they are versed in Hindu scriptures and daily morning and evening worship of Guru. Karate and viewing of children programs on television is a must as Amnesty International is a regular observer of our Ashram. The citizens of Nepal have come to appreciate our Ashram as they demonstrate this by giving generously and by frequently visiting the students. Pranavanda Ashram has a very bright future and enormous growth potential. Bharat Sevashram Sangha is very pleased with the rapid growth of this centre.