THE Mahakumbh in Haridwar was unique this time. The devotees for the first time had the glimpse of the sewa activities being undertaken by Sangh swayamsevaks in remote areas of the country. The swayamsevaks run more than 1.60 lakh service projects.
In the camp organised by Sewa Bharati from March 21 to April 18, there was a huge exhibition showcasing the work of Sewa Bharati going on in different parts of the country. The exhibition highlighted how the service activities are being undertaken by the workers and how they are helping the beneficiaries to turn benefactors.
There was also a separate exhibition highlighting the 108-day Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra conducted from September 30, 2009 to January 17, 2010. Apart from highlighting the public response that the Yatra received, the exhibition also educated the people on organic farming, panchgavya products, benefits of Indian breed cows and how the villagers can earn more benefit from cow rearing. The exhibition also educated the people about the harms of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and how they can convert their farming from chemical to cow-based organic. VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia organised a special stall at the Kumbh on April 6 to promote panchgavya products. Apart from educating the people of the benefits of the products he said it would prove an enormous contribution in the cow protection.
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat organised 15 camps at Neeldhara, Chandi Tapu. It served meals to more than 3000 devotees everyday and 10,000 on peak days at the Langar Mata Gangaji. They also organised a medical camp and Shahid Pradarshani (martyrs exhibition). The arrangements were also made for drinking water and lodging. A team of five doctors and 15 nurses treated about 1000 patients at the camp from 8 am to 9 pm every day. On the days of Shahi Snan, the number of patients increased upto 3000 per day. The exhibition was also visited by about five lakh people.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad had made special arrangements for providing meals to over 1000 devotees every day. The camps were also organised by Dharmayatra Mahasangh, Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Bharati Shiksha Sansthan, Dharma Raksha Manch, Bhaurao Deoras Sewa Nyas, etc.