MANAV
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Gopali Ashram

Established on the Vijaya Dashami Day in 1974 on a plot of land measuring 6.5 Acres by Kalyan Ashram, situated 7 Km. South of Kharagpur Railway Station, 2 Km. South from I.I.T. Kharagpur and 3 Km. North of E.F.R. Training Camp, Salua and Air Base, Salua, Subsequently  the management was taken over by the Pratisthan.

The following are the activities in and around the Ashram :

(a)    LORD SHIVA TEMPLE :

The Ashram has a magnificent Shiva Mandir constructed by the Bhagchandka family of Calcutta. The foundation stone was laid by H.H. Jagatguru Shankaracharya Sri Abhinava Vidyateerthjee Maharaj of Sringeri, Pran Pratistha Samaroha was conducted by H.H. Jagatguru Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham.

The following dignitaries visited the Ashram from time to time and appreciated the work being done by Manav Seva Pratisthan :

  1. Swami Chidanand of Divine Life Society.
  2. Jain Muni Sri Jayantilalji Maharaj, Peetambar, Bihar.
  3. Bhante Gyan Jagatji, Head Priest of Bodh Gaya – the highest spiritual centre of Buddhists in the world was present on the occasion of the Pran-Pratistha.
  4. His Holiness Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati Maharaj of Gobardhan Pith.

More than one hundred families come to visit the grand temple every day and thousands of devotees visit on occasions like Shiva Ratri, Janmastami, Gita Jayanti, Ram Nawami, ‘
Gopastami etc.

(b)   CHHATRAWAS :

Student’s Hostel for the ST / SC & orphan boys was established in 1974 where Lodging & Boarding is free for economically weaker section. In addition to general coaching, the students are given lessons in discipline, national integration, brotherhood, Indian culture, cleanliness, vocational training. Present strength of boarders is 42 and 3 attendants.

We constructed a pucca building to accommodate 100 students. The building was constructed with substantial contribution from the family of Late Raghunathji Lodha of Midnapur.

SCHOOL :

1. Sarda Sishu Mandir      (Morning)        :           Estd. on 1.5.96

Students – 321;

Teaching Staff 11; Non -Teaching – 3

2. Saraswati Sishu Mandir (Day)              :           Estd.  On  23.01.88;

Students – 216;

Teaching Staff- 10; Non -Teaching – 1

There are altogether 14 Rooms in 2 floors and a Hall constructed on the 1st floor by the sons of Late Shri Krishna Patodia.

(a)    KALYAN MANDAPAM :

We have converted the old Chatrawas premises to Kalyan Mandapam after remodeling/reconstruction with the help of Sri Gopal Jhunjhunwala, Kolkata. This will be used to solemanise the Marriage & other functions for needy persons’.marriage as well as for organizing various Training & other Camps in the Ashram.

(b)   MEDICAL CENTRES :

One Homeopathic Clinic is running at Ashram Premises.

(c)    GOSALA :

There is a small goshala along with a cow-shed constructed with the help of Shri Shankarlalji Saraogi.  As this shed was not sufficient, one more shed was constructed by Gujrati Samaj of Kharagpur with the inspiration from their Muni Maharaj. Gujrati Samaj also planned to start Dan Patra Yojna by keeping 200 Danpatras in their home and the collection in the same will be used for the upkeep of the cows. Presently there are 35 Cows in the Goshala.  The Milk is utilized for the Chatrawas Students.

(d) GOBAR GAS PLANT:

We installed a Gobar gas plant to utilise cow dung & to provide gas for cooking and the residue to be utilised as manure in the fields of Ashram and surplus manure to be sold outside. This was not in use for several years due to some defects which is now rectified, repaired and put in use since March, 2010. Vermi compost and Gou Mutra Arka are also being produced.

(e)    GUEST HOUSE :

There is a Guest House consisting of two rooms with attached bath and a kitchen constructed by Bhagchandka family. This is being extended on the 1st floor by constructing 4 Rooms, Toilets and stairs with the help of Sri Gopal Ji Jhunjhunwala. Two Bath/Toilet Block at ground floor was renovated in March, 2010.

(iWATER SUPPLY :

A deep tubewell was sunk with the contribution from Paharpur Cooling Towers Ltd. for supplying water to Hostel premises and other areas of the Ashram in addition to two existing wells of which one is of 13′ dia. Constructed by Late Mohanlal Bagaria of Calcutta. He has also provided overhead tanks for supply of water to the villages.

We also sank a deep tube well with submersible pump in 2013 to cater the need of the Ashram.

(j) AGRICULTURE :

One acre of land is being utilised for growing vegetable & fruits for the use of students.

(k)   LIBRARY :

There is a Library with newspapers, periodicals, magazines, religious & cultural books for the use of students and public.

(l)     BHAJAN MANDALI :

Bhajan Mandalies have been organished in 8 villages where Kirtan, Ramkatha, Gita Path & other religious discourses are held regularly.

(m) BOOK STALL/SWADESHI WASTU BHANDAR :

We run Book Stall since 2000 and have constructed a stall exclusively for books and Swadeshi comsumables in early 2006. We sale swadeshi consumables, stationery, religious and other books.. Guardians of the students in our Schools and visitors are benefited with this stall. We also sale Gou brand products.

(n) Tree Plantation :

We planted various trees. Presently we have 70 mango trees and 25 varities of fruits including Kanju, Bel, Kathal as well as 50 types of flowers.

REQUIREMENTS :

  1. To start Vocational Training.
  2. To construct an Auditorium with capacity of 450-500 persons so that annual function of both schools, Training Camps of all our project workers, Marriage and other social functions may be organised. Use of Auditorium as Kalyan Mandapam will generate some fund which will take care of its maintenance etc.