Centenary Celebration news in various news papers of Kolkata.
News articles published in various news papers of Kolkata.
President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, lays Foundation Stone of Prayer Hall and inaugurates Old-Age Home and School building of Bharat Sevashram Sangha.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee laid the Foundation Stone of a Prayer Hall and Inaugurated the Old-Age Home and Pranavananda International School Building of Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Village Wazirpur, Gurgaon today (December 7, 2014).
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Sangha is launching a series of celebrations beginning with this ceremony to mark its Centenary Year in 2017. Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) was founded by Acharya Sreemat Swami Pranavanandaji Maharaj. Swami Pranavanandaji was born in 1896 at Bajitpur in present-day Bangladesh. At a young age, he actively participated in the revolutionary movement in Bengal and in 1924, at the age of 28 years, he was initiated into Sanyas. To Swamiji, Bharat Sevashram Sangha was a medium to liberate the society from social injustice, inequality, backwardness and superstitious beliefs.
The President said that BSS today has over one hundred branches and 550 sub-units or Milan Mandirs. It has 23 branches outside the country, in the US, UK, Canada and others, that propagate Vedic philosophy and the rich cultural heritage of our country.
The President said that BSS is engaged in a host of social welfare activities all over the country. It is contributing towards development of the people at large, and in particular the financially-weak and neglected sections. Though these aspects form Government’s topmost public welfare agenda, cooperation in this direction can be provided from non-governmental agencies. BSS is contributing in the spheres of health, education and self-employment. In the healthcare sector, BSS is running a number of hospitals, clinics and mobile dispensaries. The President recalled having inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital in Kolkata in 2010. He stated that BSS has also played a diligent role in rescue and relief operations during natural calamities such as during the devastating floods in Uttarakhand last year and in Jammu and Kashmir recently.
Development Activities undertaken by Bharat Sevashram Sangha in Sagar Dweep since last three years.
Bharat Sevashram Sangha, has started flood Relief Work at
Kalinagar G.P., Near Nazat of Sandeshkhali Block in 24 –Prgs (N).
The Bharat Sevashram Sangha, has started flood Relief Work at
Kalinagar G.P., Near Nazat of Sandeshkhali Block in 24 –Prgs (N) after sixty
feet breach in the embankment of river Kalindi rendering millions of people
The Sangha started distribution of dry food stuffs, chira, gur, bread,
biscuit etc. from 17the August last. Presently it is distributing cooked food to
nearly 8000 people daily of the villages Ghoshpur, Raypur, Patrapara,
Ghatihara, Jhunjhunia etc. of Kalinagar Gram Panchayet.
Srimat Swami Asanganandaji Maharaj expired on Saturday, the 26th July, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. at Head Quarters.
Srimat Swami Asanganandaji Maharaj
, an octogenarian monk of the Sangha, expired on Saturday, the 26th July, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. at Head Quarters. He was at 88. He actively discharged his duties of Sangha’s relief work from his childhood at Gujarat. He extensively travelled for different relief work of the Sangha at Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Delhi etc. He participated in relief work at Bangladesh too.
Bharat Sevashram Sangha is undertaking Flood Relief Work in Andhra
Pradesh, Odhisa and West Bengal since 6th October, 2013 last
Dry food-stuff, baby food, blankets, dhotis, sarees, children garments
etc. are being distributed in Srikakulam, Ichapuram districts in Andhra
Pradesh since 10th October.
Relief materials including cooked food and dry food are being
distributed in Puri and Balasore districts in Odhisa since 6th October,
Bharat Sevashram Sangha has started extensive relief work from its
relief centre at Panskura of flood-stricken Purba Medinipur and
another relief centres at Beraberia & Nimtouri of Tamluk, Purba
Medinipur. Presently, cooked food is being distributed by boat to
nearly 15, 000 flood-affected people of Nilkantha, Anantapur,
Sreerampur, Katupur, Bishnubag, Rajnagar, Haridaspur, Gadchak,
Damodarpur, Gobandi etc. areas. Besides, dry food stuff like chira,
gur etc. are being distributed among the remote villages by boat.
Healthcare service is being provided by Mobile Medical Van.
Relief Work in Vadodara, due to heavy
rainfall, by BSS Vadodara" on 25 Sept., 2013
Four days heavy rainfall flooded Vadodara city and its surrounding
slums specially in low-level areas beside Viswamitri River. Bharat
Sevashram Sangha, Vadodara branch starts its relief work among the
flood-affected slum dwellers from 25th Sept. afternoon and distributed
hot cooked food in the following affected areas - Vadsar, Makarpura,
Maneja, GIDC etc.
Flood Relief Work at Medinipur
Bharat Sevashram Sangha has undertaken extensive relief work through
our relief centres at Panskura and Beraberia of Tamluk and Nimtoudi in
the flood affected Purba Medinipur. Cooked food has been distributed
among 15,000 flood-affected people of Nilkantha, Anantapur, Srirampur,
Katupur, Bishnubag, Rajnagar, Haridaspur, Garchak, Damodarpur, Gobinda
etc. Besides, dry food stuff, chira, gur etc. have been distributed
among the far away villagers by boat. Health Checkup Service has been
started by Sangh's mobile medical unit.
Swami Vividishananda, General Secretary of Bharat Sevashram expired on
Friday, 6th Sept., 2013 at 5:15 a.m.
Swami Vividishananda, General Secretary of Bharat Sevashram expired on
Friday, 6th Sept., 2013 at 5:15 a.m. He was aged 75 years. He was
admitted to Woodland Nursing Home in South Kolkata after his brain
haemorrhage on 2nd Sept. On Friday morning, he died and his last rites
was completed at Keoratala crematorium & burning ghat in the evening.
In 1961, in middle of his study at the University of Calcutta, he
joined Mahishadal Ashram of Bharat Sevashram Sangha. After that he
moved to Varanasi. Here, he stayed in touch of Swami Muktananda, the
then General Secretary of Bharat Sevashram Sangha and from this
Varanasi Ashram, he actively organised various relief work and
discharged his responsibility by organising various Kumbh fairs at
Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. He also organised relief work
at different districts after '71's freedom movement in Bangladesh. He
was known as Radheshyam Maharaj to all. He was in-charge of Durgapur
Ashram for long 25 years.
The Bharat Sevashram Sangha, which constructed the Kedarnath and Gourikund Ashrams in the early eighties for the safe shelter of millions of pilgrims going on pilgrimage to Kedarnath, were totally demolished after the recent disaster and landslide. Our monks of both the Ashrams are still missing. Despite these odds, the Sangha has started Relief Work at Ukhimath and also at Badrinath, which is also cut off due to landslides at different places.
It is providing shelter and food to nearly 2000 affected persons for the last 5 days.
Its relief teams from Kolkata, Mumbai, Raipur, Delhi, Dehradoon and Rudraprayag have reached Haridwar. They are waiting at Haridwar and Hrishikesh till roads are repaired or opened for movement beyond Hrishikesh.
Jt. Secretary and Chief Co-ordinator Relief Work
Bharat Sevashram Sangha awarded ‘S R Jindal Prize – 2012’ - Dec' 2012
Bharat Sevashram Sangha a philanthropic organization run by selfless workers is undertaking the treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients in the badly affected areas of Jharkhand, bringing down the leprosy prevalence rate from 14.9 per 10000 population in 1981 to 1.9 by March 1998. They are running two hospitals and one mercy home. The regional leprosy elimination goal was achieved in 2005 by their relentless efforts. Singhbhum district in Jharkhand and Mayurbhanj of Odisha have benefitted. They are also running cancer patients home where over 2000 patients were treated and counselled last year. They are also providing selfless voluntary service during natural calamities of flood, famine, earthquake, cyclone etc.
Bharat Sevashram Sangha is rendering commendable selfless service with extreme dedication for “most looked down upon” leprosy patients in the country.
Sangha is awarded 'S R Jindal Prize - 2012' at the hands of Sri Ravi Shankar ji jointly with four other winners in the field of 'Exemplary Service to Mankind in any Field' for their exceptional achievements.
Reports from Panjgrain, Nagrota(Jammu), 8th July:
Bharat Sevashram Sangha inaugurated there new Ashram on today, in
Panjgrain area at Nagrota village covered by the hills, river, adjacent to newly
constructed Bye-pass. In the auspicious day Vedic mantras, Puja and Yagna
enchanting the total environment in hilly NAGROTA area. State Minister of
Revenue Mr. Raman Valla and dignitaries, monks and disciples of the Sangha
and local peoples were present in this afternoon session ceremony.
Bharat Sevashram Sangha opened a new Branch in Jammu at
Panjgrain, Nagrota. This new branch surrounded by several remote villages in
which Education, Health and several other social activities are not adequately
available here. With a view to render all type of services to the downtrodden
people in the remote villages there, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Jammu branch
is going to be started their activities from today.
According to the sources, - from this new Ashram - A Hospital, School
and Vocational Training Centre will be setup for local villagers. Students will
learn in this school free of cost. Free treatment facilities will be provided from
this Ashram’s hospital. A Yatri-Nivas built up for the devotees and the tourist’s
also. Besides, Bharat Sevashram Sangha organized a colorful Rally on 7th July
in the evening at Jammu towns which ends at Raghunath Temple in Jammu.
Bharat Sevashram Sangha’s future plan to cater several social activities in the
Jammu-Kashmir Region, told Swami Biswatmananda Maharaj, Joint Secretary
of the Organization.
Flood Relief operation started by Fiji Sevashram Sangha, (BSS branch in Fiji)
Fiji Sevashram Sangha relief operations began on Saturday 31st March in the West
with hot meals served to more than 400 people taking shelter at various evacuation centres.
Volunteers led by Swamiji and Kishore Kapadia waded their way through flood waters and silt to
reach out to the affected people.
A lot of affected areas in Lautoka, Ba and Nadi are still not accessible due to road closures,
however initial assessment indicate that the situation is more severe than 2009 flash floods,
more people are affected, the water levels were higher and it happened so quickly that people
didn't have time to take precautions. This time around, there are more people in more desperate
The Sangha intends to continue distribution of cooked meals today and will make arrangement
for grocery packs distribution. The severity of the situations requires urgent deployment of
greater number of volunteers with emergency relief supplies to the affected areas. The Sangha
is appealing to volunteers to come forward to 10 Nasoki Street Lautoka and join the relief team.
The Sangha is relying on generous donors for contributions in cash or kind to carry out the relief
operations. You will be kept posted on the relief operations through daily reports by the
With sincere appreciation of your kind and selfless support to the Sangha Relief operations. Photos
New Railway Station "Pranavananda Halt" at Garia, Kolkata.
Indian Railway has built up a new Railway Station at Garia, Kolkata
and named it as "Pranavananda Halt" to show respect to Srimat Swami
Pranavanandaji Maharaj, founder of Bharat Sevashram Sangha. This
"Pranavananda Halt" Station will connect Indian Railway with Kolkata
Metro Railway. People will be able to walk to and fro between "Kavi
Subhash" Metro Railway station and "Pranavananda Halt" station using a
subway between these two stations.
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of
Pilgrims' Shelter of Bharat Sevashram Sangha in Jammu
The Bhoomi Puja and Vedic Havan of the 3 acres land (acquired with
the help of J&K government ) of Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Nagrota in
Jammu was performed on 18th March 2012 by Srimat Swami
Madhavanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President and other monks from Kolkata,
Delhi, Puri, Lumding, Durgapur centres of the Sangha.
Shri Tara Chand, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of J&K, Shri
Raman Valla, Hon'ble Revenue Minister of J&K, Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma,
Local MLA, and Shri Shibdev Singh, Former MLA, were present to grace the
Shri Tara Chandji told in his address that Jammu is a city of temple
and several temples are there in this State. Baba Amarnathji and Mata
Vaishnadevi are in the State. The Sangha has its pilgrims centres in different
holy places in India. By establishing another pilgrim center in Jammu, the
Sangha opens its door to the people of J&K to make them associate with this
great organization. He also told that they are proud to be associated with the
Sangha. They are eager to assist Bharat Sevashram Sangha from all sides.
Shri Raman Valla who helped the Sangha to get this land, told that
people of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist etc. have been living in J&K. He
expressed his hope that the great ideals of sacrifice, service and universal
unification of the Sangha-Founder, Acharya Srimat Swami Pranavanandaji
Maharaj will surely inspire the people of the State to live in peace and
harmony. He promised to help the Sangha whole-heartedly in rendering its
services to the nation.
Bhoomi Pujan of Sangha's Jammu Branch on 18th March, 2012
Sangha, which has worldwide network of its branches to serve humanity, is delighted to inform that it is establishing soon Yatri Niwas, Charitable Poly Clinic, Vocational Training Center, etc. for the welfare of the general public and yatries coming on pilgrimage to Sri Mata Vaishno Devi, Baba Amarnath and other religious places at Panjrain Nagrota, Jammu.
In this context His Holiness Swami Madhavanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President of the Sangha, will offer his Blessings. Hon'ble Sri Raman Bhalla, Minister for Revenue & Relief and Sri Shyam Lal Sharma, Minister of Health, Govt. of J & K, have kindly consented to be present and grace this occasion as Chief Guest & Guest of Honour respectively.
Your benigh presence is solicited on this occasion of Bhoomi Pujan. Blessings of the Almighty.
At the service of humanity.
Sri Indrajit Sharma
Sri H. C. Katoch
Swami Abhayanandaji Maharaj, Senior Vice President of Sangha expired on 1st March 2012.
Swami Abhayanandaji Maharaj, Senior Vice-President of Bharat Sevashram Sangha and In-Charge of Branches of Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Haridwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gourikunda, Joshimath in Uttarakhand left his mortal body in the morning on 1st March, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. at Sangha's Head Office Kolkata due to respiratory problem. He was 86 years old. The mortal body of revered Swamiji will be resting at Sangha's H.O. at Kolkata till 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. his funeral will start for "Keoratala Burning Ghat" from Sangha's H.O. and his last rites will be performed at that burning ghat tonight.
He renounced the world and joined Bharat Sevashram Sangha in 1946. He was deeply attached with the relief work amongst the refugees from Bangladesh since 1950. He took leading role in the relief work amongst refugees at Sealdaha(W.B.) and Mana Camp(M.P.) during 1962 for a long time. He also led many relief works for different natural calamities like flood, earthquake, tsunami etc. in India and abroad.
Construction of big shelters for pilgrims at different hilly areas like Haridwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gourikunda and Ukhimath etc. was his splendid contribution.
Bharat Sevashram Sangha
Swami Budhanandaji Maharaj, former General Secretary of Ashram, expired on 26th January 2011
Swami Buddhananda, former General Secretary, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, expired
on 26th January at 3:45 p.m. He was 92.
Swamiji came in contact with Swami Pranavananda Maharaj, the great founder of Bharat Sevashram Sangha in 1940 and renounced his life. He took
Sannyas in 1952. He stayed in Gujarat, Jamshedpur, Ranchi and travelled all over
India and abroad to preach the message of Swami Pranavananda.
He started a movement of Leprosy eradication in the East Singhbhum tribal
belt and ran 4 Leprosy Hospitals and 92 Clinics in this belt and made a successful rehabilitation of the Lepers.
He also made a hectic effort for the upliftment of backward class and Tribal welfare in several districts of Jharkhand by running large number of Tribal
Students Homes, Charitable Dispensaries, Mobile Medical Units, Hospitals, Schools Employment generation projects etc.
His efforts for the poor and downtrodden was of exceptional quality.
Our homage to Swami Jnanatmanandaji (3rd Oct. 1932 - 7th Nov. 2006)
The swamiji of Jamshedpur branch of the Ashram had devoted himself to the service of the humanity, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. He extended wide range of services towards Leprosy, non- violence, malnutrition, education, health, community and social services for the upliftment of tribal and primitive tribal group of Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.