Aum Sri Sairam
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation-West Bengal
Cleaning and Sanitation at Patharchapuri Annual Fair – URAS, Birbhum, West Bengal
31st March 2019
The tomb of a 13th Century Muslim saint named Shah Mehboob, commonly known as Data Saheb, who is said to have been gifted with miraculous powers is very famous and frequented by many visitors in the Patharchapuri village throughout the year. A fair commemorating the death Anniversary of the saint is held in the month of Chaitra every year and is famously known as URAS. Lakhs of pilgrims from all faiths assemble at Patharchapuri to pay obeisance to the saint on this occasion.
Because of the footfall of lakhs of people at the fair, the environment of the village and venue is rendered extremely cluttered and polluted. With a view to restore and natural serenity and ensure the cleanliness of the environment, each year around 150 Sevadal members of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in Birbhum District of West Bengal undertakes massive cleaning and sanitation at the village and the venue of the fair for two days. The Sai Organisation began this initiative in the year 2009 following the dictum given by Sri Sathya Sai Baba – “Service to man is Service to God” while the Sevadal members consider it as their offering and worship to the almighty.
The General Secretary of All India Imam Association of West Bengal, Maulana Abdur Rahman Molla who was also present at the fair this year, witnessed this saga of service by the Sevadal of Sai Organisation and appreciated the efforts of the Organisation. He also commended the spirit of love and sacrifice of the young Sevadal, who undertook this service as their Sadhana.
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