Press Release by Bharat Sevashram Sangha

Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Mumbai Branch Celebrting Centenary Year

Bharat Sevashram Sangha, a well-known NGO is celebrating the Centenary year (2016-17) of the organisation throughout India and abroad. The Sangha was founded in 1917 by Acharya Swami Pranavanandaji Maharaj to fulfil his divinely entrusted mission. He was a saint, saviour of distressed people and a born yogi. The Sangha is a socio-philanthropic institution devoted to the service of suffering poor and neglected strata of the society. The major activities of the Sangha is - Relief and Rehabilitation during natural disaster like flood, earthquake or any such calamities, medical assistance to poor and needy, man-making education, re-establishing our age-old culture and Dharma based on Vedas and Upanishads, protecting and providing services to pilgrims in all important religious centres in India, medical and other humanitarian services during special occasion like Ashadi Ekadashi, Sabarimala pilgrimage, Kumbha Mela at various locations. Mumbai Branch is providing shelter and services free of cost to all needy cancer patients irrespective of caste, creed, colour or religion.

The Sangha is a non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian institution, run and managed by Sanyasis, Brahmacharis and selfless volunteers. It has been providing succour to suffering humanity for the last hundred years and is geared to continue its services till the end of human suffering. There are seventy branches in India and 15 abroad.

Mumbai Branch of the Sangha is located at Vashi Gaon, Navi Mumbai providing various services to the poor and needy, most important is shelter and transport facilities to the cancer patients from all over India and adjoining countries. The Branch has taken various programs to celebrate the Centenary year. Such as youth development through essay and elocution competition, painting competition, conference and seminar for college students, publication of thoughtful books on this occasion, to spread the massage and teachings of the illustrious patriot-saint for regeneration of India, based on the ideals of self-sacrifice, self-discipline, devotion to truth and continence. Lacs of enthusiast volunteers and devotees are actively involved in this social movement.

A Seminar has been organised for the junior students from reputed Management Institutes in Navi Mumbai. The theme of the Seminar is - "Psychology for 21st Century Professionals (Generation Z youth)". The seminar would be targeting the students who are about to enter the professional world with the objective of equipping these youths to understand the nuances of personal and professional life. The seminar will be held on 20th August, 2016, Saturday between 9:30 am to 1:15 pm at Auditorium at CIDCO Exhibition Centre at Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

A special Centenary Celebration Program also has been organised on the same day same venue in evening 5 pm. Mrs V. Radha, IAS, Joint Managing Director, CIDCO has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest. Monks of the Sangha, from different parts of the country will join this occasion. It will be followed by a cultural program of Devotional songs, Abhanga Sangeet, Dance Drama based on the life and teachings of Swami Pranavanandaji by artists from Mumbai.

Swami Prashantananda, Head of the Mumbai Branch and the Governing body member of Bharat Sevashram Sangha is coordinating the program. For more details, please contact Mr C.B. Tiwari, Hon. Director (Admin & PR), Nodal Officer - CSR, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Email: cbtiwari.bharatsevas@gmail.com, Linked in: in.linkedin.com/pub/cb-tiwari/35/451/517 Ph.: +91 8108606060.

Date: 25 June 2016

BHARAT SEVASHRAM SANGHA, a Socio-Cultural, Philanthropic, Non-Profit Organization is happy to launch celebrations to mark the centenary year of Bharat Sevashram Sangha. This organisation is being run by a brotherhood of monks and selfless workers with non-sectarian, non-communal, non-political character and outlook.

This organisation was founded in 1917 by the illustrious patriot saint Yugacharya Sreemat Swami Pranavanandaji Maharaj. Swamiji, a visionary, focused on building an institution that nurtured self-less individuals who could work for the cause of humanity, thus Bharat Sevashram Sangha came into existence. The Sangha today has nearly 100 branches including branches in USA, UK Canada etc. The Sangha is engaged in host of social welfare activities across the country.

At a national level the Sangha is focussing on health care sector by running a number of hospitals/clinics and mobile dispensaries wherein support is provided to the needy at their doorsteps. The Sangha also focuses on the education sector wherein it is presently running besides many Rural Development and Tribal Training Centres, 7 Higher Secondary Schools, 72 Primary Schools, 2 Junior Basic Schools, 40 Students' Homes, 50 Orphanages, 22 Free Reading Rooms & Libraries, 15 Students' Book Banks, and 109 Pranavananda Computer Centers. Attempt is also made to provide support to promising and needy students by sponsoring them for higher educations. During the hour of natural calamities Bharat Sevashram Sangha is among is in the forefront by reaching the affected areas to provide support and relief.

The Mumbai Branch of Bharat Sevashram Sangha, in its own way is also contributing in the health sector, education and character building. The Mumbai Branch of the Sangha, apart from working in the area of education and literacy primarily focuses on providing support to BPL Level Cancer patients. Mumbai being a hub for Cancer treatment, cancer patients from other states come here to get treatment. Most of these patients belong to Below Poverty Line (BPL) Strata. Procuring accommodation at Mumbai proves extremely tedious and unaffordable for these patients. The Mumbai Ashram provides free accommodation; free Transportation to Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Parel, Rasoi Ghar for self-cooking, free utensils for cooking, Distribution of free milk and biscuits every day etc. As of today the Ashram can accommodate 105 patients.

As a part of the Centenary Celebrations of the Sangha a Chariot Procession has also commenced from Kolkata, our Head Office, that will reach Mumbai on 2nd August, 2016. This Chariot Procession is being organised to create awareness and to spread the message of Swami Pranavanandaji focusing on family values, character building and devotion to the nation.

On the occasion of Centenary Celebrations Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Mumbai is planning a series of activities for creating awareness and spreading the massage of Swami Pranavanandaji. The Sangha will be conducting Theme based Essay & Drawing competitions in schools wherein the participants will be rewarded. A Seminar/Conference will be held on "Role of the parents and teachers for the development of youth for nation Building" on 20th August, 2016 which will be followed by a Cultural program. The events are being planned at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi.

The Sangha expects common man and prominent citizens to participate in this celebration with great involvement and enthusiasm.

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