BAPS Cattle Camps in Gujarat:
During a time when gujarat
is afflicted by a severe drought, to save the cattle from dying, Pramukh
Swami Maharaj has opened 5 cattle camps. To help the helpless cattle
in the drought prevailing in Gujarat, the Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar
Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) has commenced cattle camps at
its centres in Gondal, Dahod, Sarangpur, Raisan and Bodeli. Through
the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the cattle camps sustain and
nourish 10,000 cattle.
Cattle Camp, Gondal:
On 21 January 2001, the first BAPS cattle camp was inaugurated in Gondal.
During the function, the Finance Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vajubhai
Vala, opined, "Whenever our country or state is affected by natural
calamities, Pramukh Swami Maharaj has always organised relief work according
to the needs of society and engaged with full faith the sadhus and volunteers
of the Sanstha. The Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan
Sanstha is the biggest university for social service in society." The
District Collector, Shri A. K. Rakesh, appreciated the Sanstha's care
for the mute animals, thus supporting the government efforts in looking
after the drought afflicted cattle. The BAPS cattle camp in Gondal cares
for drought affected cattle from the districts of Rajkot, Kutch and
Jamnagar. In addition, the Sanstha has also introduced fodder distribution
centres for animals in the interior villages and buttermilk distribution
centres for people affected by the drought.
Cattle Camp, Dahod:
On 7 February 2001, the second BAPS cattle camp was auspiciously inaugurated
in the presence of MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) Shri Babubhai
Katara, Collector Shri Kalasva, Chairman of State Transport Board, Shri
Mansinhbhai Bhabhor and others. After Pujya Mahant Swami inaugurated
the camp he expressed, "In the heart of Pramukh Swami Maharaj there
is compassion for all. And that is why at this age (80 years), he is
tirelessly endeavouring in philanthropic activities for the good of
all. He always thinks about the progress and betterment of backward
and neglected districts. It is with these sentiments that he has initiated
such cattle camps." The cattle camp looks after afflicted cattle from
the districts of Panchmahal, Dahod and Vadodara.
Cattle Camp: Sarangpur
On 21 February 2001, the third BAPS cattle camp was inaugurated by Pujya
Mahant Swami. During the function, the MLA for Dhanduka, Shri Bharatbhai
Pandya, MLA for Botad, Shri Saurabhbhai Patel and Shri Maniya and other
dignitaries were present. MLA Shri Bharatbhai addressed the gathering,
"The earthquake was an unexpected happening. The government and NGOs
have performed a wonderful task in the midst of several limitations.
But amongst all NGOs, this organisation is the best. On seeing this
cattle camp I can confidently say that this is an ideal camp. The BAPS
has shown what an ideal cattle camp should be like." MLA Shri Saurabhbhai
expressed his congratulations at the organisation's discipline, scientific
approach, sacrifice and organisational capacity. Finally, Pujya Mahant
Swami said, "The uniqueness of this cattle camp is the result of Pramukh
Swami Maharaj's direct guidance and inspiration. In times of calamity
or harsh times to both men and animals, Pramukh Swami Maharaj has offered
his support out of compassion and love. And that is why they do not
merely remain as care centres alone but as redemptory centres also.
The drought, however, is not a situation that is welcomed so let us
pray that there be no droughts during the coming years. And may the
waters of the river Narmada start flowing in all parts of Gujarat."
This camp looks after cattle from the districts of Bhavnagar, Amreli
Cattle Camp, Amdavad:
On 8 March 2001, the fourth BAPS cattle camp was inaugurated by Pramukh
Swami Maharaj and the Chief Minister Shri Keshubhai Patel in Raisan
near Gandhinagar. The Chief Minister said, "Every work of Pramukh Swami
Maharaj is extraordinary. And I welcome and congratulate the opening
of this wonderful cattle camp here today. It is not a cattle camp but
a cattle school. I would also like to congratulate Pramukh Swami for
the BAPS's relief services in the earthquake disaster in Bhuj and Saurashtra."
Blessing the gathering, Pramukh Swami Maharaj said, "Today, Gujarat
is reeling under two disasters. In the recent earthquake catastrophe
we all offered our concerted efforts in the relief activities. The citizens
of Gujarat, religious organisations, the government and people abroad
offered their help, but still before the monsoon arrives we must build
permanent homes for the quake-affected people. And before that, to provide
refuge on a temporary basis, we will all have to help in making arrangements
for tin shelters. Along with the earthquake relief work we should not
forget the prevailing drought; therefore we should all unite and endeavour
to alleviate the suffering of people and animals."
Cattle Camp, Bodeli:
On 26 March 2001, the fifth BAPS cattle camp was inaugurated by Pujya
Tyagvallabh Swami in the presence of Minister Shri Bhupendra Lakhawalla,
President of District Panchayat Shri Ranjitsinh Rathwa and MP Ramsinh
Rathwa. The camp looks after 790 cattle from the districts of Dahod
and Vadodara. On a daily basis, each cattle is provided with 14kg of
fodder that includes 10kg green grass, 3kg dry grass and 1kg of protein
enriched fodder. The camp is run by 30 dedicated BAPS volunteers. The
cattle are also tended by 90 owners who stay in the cattle camp. A daily
visit by the government veterinary doctor ensures the good health of
Aspects Of Baps Cattle Camp:
Through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the BAPS cattle camps
in Gondal, Sarangpur, Dahod, Raisan and Bodeli have the following unique
1. Spacious ground to accommodate animals.
2. Disinfected tanks to store drinking water.
3. Sheds with nets to let in natural breeze.
4. Troughs made of stone.
5. Platforms made of stone for stacking stocks of grass.
6. Sufficient water supply.
7. Grass and cattle-feed in sufficient quantities.
8. A well-equipped veterinary hospital with expert doctors.
9. Enough space for cattle to move around.
10. Trained volunteers to keep the cattle and surroundings clean.
11. Trained staff to carefully unload cattle and to note their branding
so that they can be returned to their rightful owners once the rains