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Society in Vrindavan

The religious site of Vrindavan provokes piety, gratitude and homage from the devotees who in their exalted state of joy are happy to be of some service to their lesser favored fellow human beings. Several of the devotees thronging to the pilgrimage are willing to share their bounty with the marginalized and less fortunate of their brethren.

Virdh Ashram in Vrindavan

The social welfare organizations focused on the care of the poor and destitute are many and diverse in Vrindavan. They are focused on the welfare of the destitute women on the one hand and the upkeep and maintenance of the orphans of the world on the other. It is not just people who may have decided to stay on here at Vrindavan or children who were separated from their parents in the streets of Vrindavan that dwell in these welfare institute. Actually people from all over the world gravitate towards the holy city as they have been guided by a divine hand for there are several institutions devoted to the selfless care of these people who have been torn asunder from their worlds of care and loving.

The influx of the poor and helpless to Vrindavan happened in several waves. The widows of Bengal had a tough time living in their homes and in times of drought and famine they were the first ones to be set adrift either at railway stations or abandoned near Vrindavan. When they could not fend for themselves they would be forced to beg on the streets of Vrindavan to eke out their survival. The second wave of influx of people to be taken care of happened when there was a great drought in Maharashtra and Gujarat in 19th century that left hundreds of orphaned children. Some kind hearted souls like Lady Northcote formed the Northcote Trust and with the help of a few Vaishnava friends who later helped establish the Lady Northcote Hindu Orphanage.

social welfare center VrindavanOver the years this emerges as a Gurukul, imparting education to the boys according to their needs. This was indeed a major step as many of the boys have graduated from there and as men have begun working on lucrative jobs. While there are a lot of such young graduates who are doing humble services for the main temples of Vrindavan quite a few have also been absorbed into the Bhaktivedanta hospital. The placement of these scholars from Gurukul is no big task as they have gone on to head temple establishments as far away as Pune as well. A larger proportion of them have, nevertheless, been absorbed into Vrindavan temple mainstream where they have been given several responsible jobs.

Along with the care of young orphans, Vrindavan society has on offer some carefully laid out facilities for the aged and infirm as well. The Bhaktivedanta Old Age House or the BVCH in short has the vision of providing peaceful existence for the senior most members of the ISKCON movement. This is final resting area where the elderly devotees rest and devote all their time to worship the Lord. It is here that the elderly devotees come to spend the last days of their life giving up fully to the passionate love for the Lord and to pay their final obeisance and virtually give up their mortal remains in the very haloed land of the Lord. The elderly people can concentrate all their energies in devoting full time to the service of the Lord instead of worrying about how to take care of themselves and how they can prevent themselves from becoming a burden on their kin.

There is also an ingenious concept developed by Sadhvi Rithambra who had created a project for the care of the orphans as well as the widows in one continuum. Her project was given approval and about 17 hectares of land was allotted to her in 2002 on a generous lease of Re1/- a year. The Vatsalyagram model of social welfare unit for children and destitute women established there is one of its kind and can be used as a prototype for establishing other similar units elsewhere. The principles of the welfare unit are simple the orphaned children are given to the women as their own so that almost every child in the unit has a mother or grandmother to take care of them. This principle helps the women find an occupation and also keeps them away from the streets. Similarly the children too are owned and have a sense of responsibility towards their mothers.

Thus, the entire Vatsalyagram or literally ‘Village of Affection’ is an old age home, orphanage and women’s shelter rolled into one. The management and running of the centre, however, is unique and very different from the stereotypic institutions. At Vatsalyagram each child has a mother or a grandmother and each member feels that he or she belongs to a family. Each mother figure is attuned to the needs and everyday routine of her wards and just as equally the ward is also totally committed to the well being of the mother figure. These bonding affections are everlasting and many a times the mother and the child never let on that they were brought together at the centre but were actually naturally bonded together by divine accord. Several matches are also made here and the marriages of the children celebrated with great gaiety and pomp. The simple guiding rules of family life apply here were everyone takes care of themselves and everyone else as well. There is no competition and therefore the life there is smooth and progressive.

There have been several sad instances of elderly people being abandoned by their kin and left to fend for themselves. Therefore, there a number of organizations that are interested in establishing old age homes in Vrindavan. One of them is Shri Haridas Bihari Vridh Ashram that is coming up near the Sukhda Ashram located in the Moti Jhil area. The old age home shall provide for its inmates all the comforts of home in the sense that they would get healthy, nutritious and hygienically cooked food, comfortable accommodation and medical care for a minimum fifty inmates. There are plans to further
expand the facilities in the coming times.

These old age homes, orphanages and other social welfare centers are working full time but there is need for several more to take care of the influx of population pouring in every year to this holy township. There is also the need for increasing educational and skill building facilities which are also coming up gradually all around the holy city of Vrindavan.

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    Ashok Awasthi from Etawah 34 Days ago

    I am 64 yeats and my wife is 62 .Iam pentioner u. P govt. Iwant a room for whole live with wife. So pl. Help me for this

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    Ashok Awasthi from Etawah 34 Days ago

    I am 64 yeats and my wife is 62 .Iam pentioner u. P govt. Iwant a room for whole live with wife. So pl. Help me for this

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    deokinandan deora from Vapi (Valsad) 36 Days ago

    do you provide accomodation on long lease for senior citizens , a separate 2BHK flat will be preferred, is there food and medical facilities available. If so pl inform about availability,location and the charges for different services, with any specific terms and conditions if applicable.

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    Rakesh Kumar Garg from Sirsa 110 Days ago

    I want to live in old age home (viradhasharam) . But I am unable to pay any amount. Please help me and allow. I am 63 years old but physical fit.plese reply.Rakesh Kumar Garg15/155/4, Bansal Colony Sirsa

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    Rakesh Kumar Garg from Sirsa 110 Days ago

    I want to live in old age home (viradhasharam) . But I am unable to pay any amount. Please help me and allow. I am 63 years old but physical fit.plese reply.Rakesh Kumar Garg15/155/4, Bansal Colony Sirsa

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    Urmila Banerjee from Hooghly, West Bengal 342 Days ago

    I want to live in old age home.please say how to contact?

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    Vikas Bhatia from Gurgaon 533 Days ago

    Hi, Request you to share the procedure to admit an elder person who is paralytic from Right side aged 74 yrs. He used to be extremely active in his usual routine before he had the Brain Stroke on 4th Sept 2015. I single handed managed his hospitalization, rehabilitation & care thereafter since then. Since I was 10yrs old i've seen him around once in 6 months or so always abusing and hitting everyone in the family. He was a drug addict back then. He has always lead his life alone in Simla doing his own business on his own terms without carrying any responsibilities of his family. He never cared or contributed towards his own family. Post my mother's demise (1987) he simply disconnected all means of communication & gained absolute freedom, leaving us leading our own life on our own. Still whenever he was in trouble I supported to the maximum of my limits. Due to his current situation somehow he has developed a lot of anger and frustration which he takes out in a horrible manner (Abusing, Yelling, Taking off clothes in front of everyone) on the people around him who take care of him as well as knonw & unknown neighbors, at times he harms himself as a way of protest for not getting the desired materialistic things (Tea multiple times a day, Cigarettes, Tobacco (Khaini) throughout the day, Sleeping Pill & Alcohol almost every night). We're a working couple who is trying to make ends meet but due to above mentioned extreme pressures & constant worry of him harming himself in our absence which in turn is affecting our health & family life especially when I've moved my base from Gurgaon to Chennai for work we are now unable to handle manage the situation anymore, hence want him to be admitted into a facility where he can be taken care of in proper manner thus resulting all in being happy. Kindly advice how to proceed.

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    Babaji Gopala Ghule from Ahmednagar 548 Days ago

    If i want to spend rest of my life in vrundavan is it possible as I am 26 only.

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    Ghorpade keshav vishnu from Vadodara 658 Days ago

    Pl.send process and charges for stay of old age person at your society.

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    Arun Kechefrom Bagdona mp 37 Days ago

    मेरी माताजी 82 और मै 60 का हूं कृपया प्रोसिजर बताए और भुगतान के स्लैब भी बताए ।

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    Kanika Malhotra from Barrilly u.p 660 Days ago

    I want needed a oldage home

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    Vikas from Bulandshahar 742 Days ago

    What is the process and payment structure for a 70 yrs old man

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    Rajendra Das from Var an as I 793 Days ago

    Dasanvi254254 @ gmail.com

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    Rajendra Das from Varanasi 793 Days ago

    I am 77yrs old retired person froms railway and I want to stay in viridavandam for peace and medidetation .where provide tea ,breakfast,lunch and dinner also on paid besis. Kindly guide me.

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    Dwipanita Tarat from Gaziabad 879 Days ago

    My aunty is 70 years old. She is unmarrired. No kin to look after her permanently. We want to keep her at old age home for her better stay. Kindly inform about suitable old home around Mathura, Brindavan

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    sri kant from gurgaon 1056 Days ago

    mere nearest room a old widow women age appx 75 years ( handicapped ) > due to son is missing last three month . abhi tak me women ( mata ji ) ko dhek raha tha lakin ...... Pl help

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    Ashutosh from Vrindavan 1676 Days ago

    i want to join NGOs, can you suggest me some old age homes in vrindavan?

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    VrindavanOnline.in Expertfrom 1364 Days ago

    Hi! You can contact the Orphanages and NGOs mentioned in our list for this noble cause.

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