Silver Jubilee of Purvanchal Kanya Chhatravas
Swami Savitanand Maharaj
“DON’T harp on leading a successful life. Instead strive to lead a purposeful life,” appealed Swami Savitanand Maharaj of Surya Kanya Sadan Kutir, Gujarat, to students in particular and members of the society in general. He was addressing the valedictory session of the three-day silver jubilee celebration of Purvanchal Kanya Chhatravas of Devi Ahilya Smarak Samiti in Nagpur on December 25. Pramukh Sanchalika of the Samiti Shantakka Tai, Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Sandhya Tipre and Deepshikha Patharkar shared the dais on the occasion. Former chiefs of the Samiti Ushatai Chati and Pramilatai Medhe were also present.
Swamiji explained that one who runs to win medals in Olympics can be said to have achieved success in one’s life, but his life cannot be said to be a purposeful life. On the other hand one who runs to wipe out tears from the eyes of the suffering masses leads a purposeful life. We should strive to lead such a purposeful life, he said. He further said in present times the highest form of worship is worship of the motherland. Deploring the present education system for undermining the importance of sanskars, he said lack of such sanskars or values is causing the turmoil in the society. To stop the further decay of social values we will have to strive hard to restore and protect our culture and religion, he said.
Shantakka Tai said the girls of the hostel who come from north-eastern region would illuminate their surroundings like an earthen lamp, which burns silently dispelling darkness around it. Citing examples of Swami Vivekananda and Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya, who involved the common people in the nation-building task, she said there is a need to recreate this feeling of oneness towards all sections of the society.
On this occasion, Mandira, who completed her education in this hostel and dedicated her life as a Pracharika of the Samiti, was felicitated at the hands of Swami Savitanand Maharaj. Sandmi Rangkhol, another genius of the hostel was also felicitated for her beautiful drawing skills.
Earlier, the three-day Silver Jubilee celebrations were inaugurated by Patron of the Vidya Bharati Shri Brahmadeo Sharma ‘Bhaiji’ and Shrimant Kalpana Raje Bhonsle of Nagpur’s royal family. Former Samiti chief Pramilatai Medhe and senior journalist Virag Pachpore were also present on the occasion.
Pramilatai Medhe said a sense of devotion and dedication towards Mother Bharat is invoked among the inmates of this hostel so that they become capable of removing the darkness that has set in our society. Shrimant Kalpana Raje Bhonsle also expressed her views on this occasion.
A colourful souvenir Asman chhune ki hai aas containing views and experiences of the hostel inmates – past and present—was released at the hands of Shri Virag Pachpore. He said the experiences narrated by these girls underlined how difficult is the task to work in the north-eastern region. The proceedings were compeered by Kanyakumari, a former member of the hostel, who had come all the way from Manipur with her husband and three children. (FOC)