Primary school at Bhadreshi reconstructed
Shri I.K. Jadeja addresses
the Dedication Assembly
Shri Fakir Vaghela addresses the Dedication
blesses Shri I.K. Jadeja
School representatives receive name plates
School representatives receive name plates
With the blessings and
guidance of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam
Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is currently active in a wide range of earthquake
Yesterday evening, a special dedication assembly was held at Jawahar
Chowk, Surendranagar, in which 18 schools reconstructed by Bochasanwasi
Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) were presented to
the people by Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Over 8,000 people were present
in the assembly in which Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj presented the name
plaques of the reconstructed schools to the school and village officials
of each respective school.
At the beginning of the assembly, Pujya Viveksagar Swami gave a comprehensive
report of the earthquake relief work carried out by BAPS Swaminarayan
Sanstha in Kachchh, Rajkot and Surendranagar. He said, This Sanstha
has undertaken permanent rehabilitation work on a large scale. BAPS
has adopted 9 villages, 43 primary schools, 6 secondary schools, a large
colony in Bhuj and a cultural centre for rehabilitation.
Then 4 of the 18 school principals present were selected to address
the assembly. They said that Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj agreed to reconstruct
their schools without a moments delay. At that time Swamishri
was in the Middle East and our request was made by fax. From there,
Swamishri adopted our schools and initiated the reconstruction work.
Thereafter, the principals, teachers and village officials representing
each of the 18 schools received the name plaques of their respective
schools at the hands of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
On this occasion one of the honourable guests, State Minister Shri I.K.
Jadeja, said, The district of Surendranagar is very fortunate
since Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who is revered worldwide and inspires noble
values in people throughout the world, has presented these schools which
will be centres for value-based education. Now it is necessary for the
people of Surendranagar to use these schools to provide a value-based
On this occasion, honourable guest, State Minister Shri Fakir Vaghela
said, First I thank Pramukh Swami Maharaj for reconstructing 18
schools for this district. It seems that he has transformed our difficulties
to provide us an opportunity. Swamishris sadhus are highly educated.
Many are from England and America. That such sadhus have renounced the
world and are engaged in this earthquake relief work to serve us is
no ordinary matter. I have seen many of the Sansthas mandirs,
met many of the sadhus and know Swamiji personally. That is why I say
that these schools will be centres for learning values.
Shri Vaghela explained the significance of the date Vaishakh
Sud 5 on which Adi Shankaracharya, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
and poet Balashanker Kanthariya were born. On such an auspicious day,
this dedication assembly was held. He also sought the blessings of Pujya
Pramukh Swami Maharaj for peace and unity throughout Gujarat.
Blessing the assembly, Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj said, God is
very merciful. From Him we learn to be compassionate and due to His
grace this work is possible. Swamishri especially thanked the
donors and blessed that they are able to continue to support such noble
work. He also thanked the villagers, officials and contractors who helped
in the reconstruction. Also, Swamishri blessed, May the children
who study here also gain noble virtues, pride for their country, become
ideal citizens and increase the prestige of our state and country. May
they keep dharma and God at the forefront in all their work. Just like
Arjun had kept the strength of God at the forefront and won, may the
students all become like Arjun.
Swamishri also expressed pleasure at the news given by the two ministers
that the height of the Narmada Dam will be raised to 95 feet. Swamishri
commented that the water needs of Saurashtra will now be satisfied.
At the conclusion of his blessings, Swamishri said that our Dharma places
great emphasis on compassion. So with compassion any difficulty can
be faced. Bhagwan Swaminarayan has said just this in the Shikshapatri.
He has also told us to build centres of education for imparting knowledge.
Also present on this occasion were local MLA Shri Dhanraj Kela, the
District Collector and representatives of the donors.