A day with Vanvasis
Mahamandaleshwar Joona Peethadhishwar Acharya Awadheshanandji Giri Maharaj came to Jhabua to perform shramadan under Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad'sShivganga Abhiyan?a movement for water conservation and management by Vanvasis. The day began with Swamiji'sarrival at Indore airport from where he was taken to Jhabua. He visited five villages?Badi Bawadi, Kakradarra, Bhaji Dungra, Chhoti Bawadi and Gopalpura. He appreciated the work done by the Vanvasis there and performed shramadan besides planting trees.
In Badi Bawadi, Swamiji visited the site where a 20 feet long and 10 feet high stop-dam is being constructed by hundreds of Vanvasis. Swamiji performed shramadan here with the Vanvasis and said he felt great joy in doing so. He then proceeded to Kakradarra where he had food in a Vanvasi household. The villagers did bhajan-kirtan with Swamiji. From here he proceeded to Bhaji Dungra where a pre-Independence-era stop-dam was being repaired by the Vanvasis. The Vanvasis working at the dam site were extremely happy to see Swamiji among them and welcomed him with slogans of Bharat Mata ki jai and Vande Mataram. Swamiji'snext meeting was at Chhoti Bawadi where he performed abhishek on the Shivling erected in the beginning of the Shivganga Abhiyan and prayed for the success of the Bhaghirath prayaas of the Vanvasis for water conservation. Swamiji'slast meeting was at Gopalpura where he inaugurated a pond dug by Vanvasis and then planted trees.
Shramadan by Swami Awadheshanandji Maharaj in Shivganga Abhiyan, Jhabua.
Swamiji was accompanied by Akhil Bharatiya Sangathan Mantri of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Shri Gunvant Singhji Kothari, Karyakartas of Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, Vanvasi saints?Shri Bucha Maharaj and Shri Kanoo Maharaj and hundreds of Vanvasis.
Swamiji visited the site where a 20 feet long and 10 feet high stop-dam is being constructed by hundreds of Vanvasis. Swamiji performed shramadan here with the Vanvasis.
The work for water conservation is in progress in 45 villages of Jhabua district. More then 7,000 men and women have been working since more than two months. The second phase of the project would be resumed post-monsoon in November this year, when water conservation work will be undertaken in the remaining villages of the targeted 131 villages of Jhabua district.