Homage to Swami Purnanand Ji - 8 June 1926 - 22 July 2016

Swami Purnanand Ji Mauritius

Brief Life History

1926
June 8th. Born in village Khirasa, Taluk Lalpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat.

1942
He along with family members shifted to Kenya to join his father who worked as a Gujarati teacher in Thika 40 kms away from Nairobi.

Whilst travelling in sail-driven boat from Jamnagar to Mombassa, Purnanand ji accidentally fell in the Sea but was providentially saved by the boatman. It was in those fleeting moments, struggling for life from the clutches of death, the grihastha vowed to relinquish his family and offer his life in service of the Almighty, spiritual upliftment and spread of bhakti and devotion among the masses.

1950
Got married in Bharat.

1950 - 1958
Pursued family business in textiles and also served as a pujari in Thika Mandir.

1959 - 1962
Travelled widely in mainland African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia to perform Bhagwat Kathas in Gujarati.

1962
20th October. Arrived in Mauritius from Nairobi on the invitation of Hindu Maha Sabha to perform Bhagwat Katha, bhajan. kirtan and satsang.

But he was at a great loss not able to speak a word of Hindi or Bhojpuri.

12 to 21 December. He observed Kaastha Maun at Ganga Talao and performed 1.25 lakh Gayatri Mantra jaap.

Miraculously, at the end of this penance, he could speak Hindi fluently.

1963
January12 - 20. Performed the first Bhagwat Katha in Vishnu Kshetra Mandir, Post Louis which was attended by 8000 devotees.

February
Founded the Sanatan Sarvodaya Sabha with 100 devotees and offered initial seed capital Rs 5001/-, the entire money received in the first Bhagwat Katha. The money was handed over to Dr. SSR who later bacame the First PM of Mauritius. Bank account was opened in Bank of Baroda.

1970
Purchased for Rs 8000/- a plot of land at Shivala Road, Triolet for construction of Sanatan Sarvodaya Ashram.

1972
Foundation stone for Ashram laid by PM Dr. SSR.

1974
Established Shantiniketan Veedoushi Sabha for ladies at Le Hochet near Port Louis.

2003
1 - 30 June. Amrit Mahotsav organised at 10 places by a National Committee for completion of 75 years and 40 years in Spiritual Service of Mauritius. Stone - laying ceremony of Bharat Mata Mandir at Vacoas by Mahamandaleshwar Vishweshwaranand ji.

2012
6 - 16 June. Felicitation by National Committee Golden Jubilee of Spiritual Service to Mauritius. Ram Katha by Acharya Atul Krishna Bharadwaj and team from Bharat.

2016
July 22. Left for heavenly Abode.

Mauritius
The Indian community in Mauritius, indentured labourers, rose up against the colonial British Empire and ultimately achieved independence from the tyrannical regime in 1968.

Over the years, many torch bearers from Bharat have gone there to spread the message of Vedic Dharma amongst the Indian population. They stayed for variable lengths of time, and set up or helped to set up associations or formal institutions to carry on their work.

Many Hindu sects and missions have established themselves in Mauritius. Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission, Divine Life Society are a few of them which were set up by the visit of religious preachers or Swamis. They are all actively contributing in strengthening and promoting our culture and religion here.

Unique contribution to Mauritius
But the work and mission of Swami Purnanand ji is unique. He created an indigenous mission in Mauritius. He arrived in Mauritius in the pre-independence period in 1962 from Kenya. He had a clear vision about the mission ahead.

He adopted the till then unpopular katha and bhajans to arouse the Hindu society. As expected, the bhajans and kathas soon mesmerized the Hindu community in Mauritius. In fact, it is common knowledge that bhajan and kjrtan singing groups have increased and are present in all localities, and are very active. Swami ji has performed hundreds of such kathas in so many remote villages apart from the bigger ones and towns in Mauritius

He established the Sarvodaya Ashram to begin with. Instead of going back to Kenya in 1968, from where he arrived, he decided to personally continue the work in his own style of bhajan singing. This was no doubt the most appropriate method at a given period in our social and religious evolution.

His several ashrams in Mauritius have guest-houses where numerous religious and socio-cultural workers have stayed from periods ranging from days to years.

He was a well-wisher and strong supporter of Sangh. Veteren Sangh Pracharaks Lakshmanroa Bhide, Madhavroa Banhatti, Dr. Yashwant ji Pathak, Dr. Shankarrao Tatwawadi and several others have stayed at Sarvodaya Ashram, Triolet over the last 4 decades.

In recognition of the service of Swamiji the Mauritian government granted him Mauritian nationality.

Swamiji was born in Bharat, grew up in Kenya, acquired British citizenship but worked all his life for the well being of the Hindu community in Mauritius. Mauritian Hindus are honoured that he belonged to them.

Swami ji served Mauritius for fifty four long years. Swami Purnanand ji was just not an individual He was an institution.

He is among the foremost religious preachers who have left an indelible imprint in the life of thousands of Hindus in Mauritius. He was a living legend.

He has traveled to the nook and corner of the island to spread the great values and virtues of Hinduism.

He toiled tirelessly and selflessly for the last fifty four years to make the Hindu society here firmly rooted in their culture and tradition.

This is work that has to be sustained and supported by all who want to leave a legacy of true culture to our children. 'They are battered on all sides by superficial values which are presented in a very attractive, commercialised form whether in matters of dress, food habits, behaviour amongst themselves and with respect to their families and others.

In such an environment, the efforts of elders and dedicated messengers such as Swami Purnanand ji must be multiplied at all levels of society so as to give the present and coming generations a sense of direction for their survival with heads held high in this jungle that we call modern civilization.

To mark his 75th birth anniversary and completion of 40 years of yeomen service to the Hindu community of Mauritius, a Dharma Jagaran Abhiyan was held at more than 10 places. Stone - laying ceremony of Bharat Mata Mandir at Vacoas was done at the hands of by Mahamandaleshwar Vishweshwaranand ji.
Golden Jubilee of spiritual service celebrated in 2012th

A National Committee was formed to mark his 86 birth anniversary and completion of 50 years of yeomen service to the Hindu community of Mauritius. A 10-day Ram Katha was performed by Pujya Sant Atul Krishna Bharadwaj ji of Brindavan, Mathura, Bharat.

He left for Heavenly Abode in the early hours of 22 July 2016 at Triolet Ashram.

Humble prostrations to this karma yogi.

May his Soul Rest in Peace.


HSS Newsletter Issue No. 1

Dear All
Please find attached our first Newsletter for your attention.  Click here to view/download: HSS Mauritius Newsletter Issue No. 1
Kindly forward by email to all the well wishers of HSS Mauritius / distribute to the Swayamsevaks of your respective Shakha.
Shikshaks- Please use the Geet and Shubhashita in your Shakha.  
Have a nice reading.
Vishwa Dharma Ki Jay.
Best regards
Krishna

Swami Vivekananda - posters

Swami Vivekananda

Script of Song in YouTube Video of HSSUSA SV 150 Posters


Invitation: Swami Purnanand ji Felicitation programme

2012 Invitation for Swami Purnanand Felicitation Programme

Mauritius has been blessed by the visit and guidance of many saintly persons. The most famous was Mahatma Gandhi who visited the island in 1901 and gave valuable advice to the then oppressed Indian indentured labourers. We are all well aware how taking the right cue from his advice the Indian community rose up against the colonial British Empire and ultimately achieved independence from the tyrannical regime in 1968.

 

Over the years, since, many torch bearers from our ancestral motherland, India, have come to spread the message of Vedic Dharma amongst the Indian population here. They stayed for variable lengths of time, and set up or helped to set up associations or formal institutions to carry on their work.

 

Many Hindu sects and missions have established themselves in Mauritius. Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission, Divine Life Society are a few of them which were set up by the visit of religious preachers or Swamis. They are all actively contributing in strengthening and promoting our culture and religion here.

 

Unique contribution:

But, the work and mission of Swami Purnanandji is unique. He has created an indigenous mission in Mauritius. He arrived in Mauritius in the pre-independence period in 1962. He had a clear vision about the mission ahead.

 

He adopted the till then unpopular katha and bhajans to arouse the Hindu society. As expected, the bhajans and kathias soon mesmerized the Hindu community in Mauritius. In fact, it is common knowledge that bhajan and kjrtan singing groups have increased and are present in all localities, and are very active. Swami ji has performed hundreds of such kathas in so many remote villages apart from the bigger ones and towns in Mauritius

 

He established the Sarvodaya Ashram to begin with. Instead of going back to Kenya, from where he arrived here, he decided to personally continue the work in his own style of bhajan singing. This was no doubt the most appropriate method at a given period in our social and religious evolution.

 

His several ashrams in Mauritius have guest-houses where numerous religious and socio-cultural workers have stayed from periods ranging from days to years.

 

Swami ji has paid special attention to our suffering womenfolk especially the widows and those abandoned from their homes. He is considered as an elderly patriarch in thousands of families. He visits them regularly always bringing the Thakurji to bless their homes. He is always with them; whether joy or grief.

 

In recognition of the service of Swamiji the Mauritian government has rightly granted him Mauritian nationality. Swamiji was born in Bharat, grew up in Kenya, acquired British citizenship but worked all his life for the well being of the Hindu community in Mauritius. We are honoured that he belongs to us.

 

Late Ma. Bhide ji and Ma. Jagdish ji Sharda commenced visits to Mauritius in early 60’s and from then on Swami ji has nurtured a special relation with visiting pracharaks, adhikaris, karyakartas, swayamsevaks of Sangh or affiliated organizations from Bharat or other countries.

 

Late Ma. Madhavrao Banhatti who was pracharak from 1977 to 1989 in Mauritius stayed at Sarvodaya Ashram throughout.

 

Golden Jubilee of Spiritual Service

Swami ji has served Mauritius for fifty long years. Swami Purnanand ji is just not an individual He is an institution. He is among the foremost religious preachers who have left an indelible imprint in the life of Hindus in Mauritius. He is a living legend.

 

Felicitation to mark the Golden Jubilee of spiritual service

To mark the 86th birth anniversary and his 50 years of yeomen service to the Hindu community of Mauritius, it has been decided to honour this noble soul for his contribution. Since the real honour for Swami ji would be to revitalize our society with the virtues of our culture, it has been decided to organize a unique Ram Katha by Pujya Sant Atul Krishna Bharadwaj ji of Brindavan, Mathura, Bharat.

 

The purpose of the felicitation is to honour the tradition of selfless service to religion, culture and traditions which is a hallmark of Hindu society. We are enjoying the fruits of labour of our ancestors.

 

The felicitation is meant no doubt highlight the contributions of Swamiji in uplifting and propagating vedic dharma in the country. At the same time, it will be an opportunity for Hindus to reflect on the long way they have travelled since their ancestors were brought over to work in the cane fields, the dire conditions under which the latter laboured to make a living with their meagre earnings and to bring up their families, the oppressive regime to which they were subjected, their sacrifices and the tenacious spirit which made them brave obstacles to preserve their culture against all odds.

 

Pujya Sant Atul Krishna Bharadwaj ji

Pujya Sant Atul Krishna Bharadwaj ji is the founder of Mangal Bhavan Trust at Brindavan, Mathura. He is very young and is gifted with a supreme and divine talent in performing Ram Katha.

 

He has performed numerous Ram Katha in Bharat and last year organized one at Ashok Vatika at Sri Lanka. In April 2012 he travelled to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and performed Ram Katha aboard a cruise.

 

He was a pracharak of Sangh for some years and has drawn the lessons of rashtra bhakti and dharma bhakti from Sangh.

 

Along with the traditional message of Ram Katha Pujya, Sant Atul Krishna Bharadwaj ji will also be addressing the Hindu society on various contemporary issues that confront us today.  Visit http://www.mangalbhawan.com/

 

In a way, this felicitation through a Ram Katha will be a unique one as it is held to mark the Golden Jubilee of spiritual service of Swami of Purnanand ji who was the pioneer of the katha tradition in Mauritius.

 

Dharma Bhushan Awards

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Mauritius) had in the past awarded the Dharma Bhushan Awards in 2001 and 2003. The first was on the occasion of Vishwa Dharma Prasar Yatra and the second on the occasion of Dharma Jagaran Abhiyaan held to commemorate the Amrut Mahotsav of Swami Purnanand ji.

 

The 3rd Dharma Bhushan Awards to ten selfless and silent social workers from different linguistic, social and professional backgrounds is also being planned to honour them for their contri­bution to the Hindu society. It is the work, of such selfless individuals that has nurtured and sus­tained our cultural heritage over thousands of years.

 

This will give an opportunity to reflect on the noble values practiced by our ancestors and also to pass to our younger generation the treasurers of our culture. This will be the humble tribute to Swami ji for the 50 glorious years of contribution that he has offered to the Hindu society of Mauritius.

A committee has to be constituted with Heads of all major national socio-cultural-religious organizations and previous awardees to select / suggest names for the D B Awards.

 

National Organising Committee

A National Organising Committee is to be constituted comprising of all the national socio-cultural and religious Hindu organizations of the country to make them aware of the importance of this event.

 

Ram Katha will be held at the Sarvodaya Ashram at Triolet and a Special Function will be held at  RTI on June 16th where concluding ceremony and felicitations will take place and D B Awards given.   

 

Visit of 10 to 12 families from Bharat

About 20 families from Mumbai and Delhi are arriving to participate in the Ram Katha and be apart of the felicitation and also enjoy the spiritual beauty as well as the scenic beauty of Mauritius.

 

Delegation consisting visiting dignitaries along with Pujya Atul ji will pay visits to institutions and meet with meet VIPs

The following is the list of institutions, offices and individuals that are proposed to be met.

 

  1. PM
  2. President
  3. High Commission of Bharat
  4. Arya Sabha
  5. Temple Federation
  6. Hindu Maha Sabha
  7. Ramkrishna Mission
  8. Chinmaya Mission
  9. Ramayana Centre
  10. Human Service Trust
  11. MGI / IGCIC
  12. Chitrakoot
  13. HSS Shakha
  14. VHP / HSS baithak

 

Programmes

Ram Katha - June 8 to 14, 2012 – 7 to 9 pm at Triolet Sarvodaya Ashram.

Public Felicitation Programme – Saturday 16th June 2 to 5 pm at MGI.

 

APPEAL:

Swami Purnanand ji arrived in Mauritius from Kenya. BSS adhikaris, karyakarta and awayamsevaks have long been in touch with his Naker family there.

 

The later generation of Naker family moved to UK and have established themselves in the printing business and made a mark in the industry. They have also left indelible imprints in the thousands of families, friends and well wishers connected with Sangh / Samiti / VHP / Sewa in UK because M/s Chatham Printers owned by Naker family have printed the souvenir magaziness on the occasion of 1997 Bradford Hindu Marathon and 1989 Virat Hindu Sammelan held at Milton Keynes.

 

Swami ji has also established 4 ashrams in Mauritius and is willing to give the same to VHP to further the cause of establishing Hindu awakening and consolidating solidarity.

 

In view of this background it is very essential that a senior functionary of VHP attends the function to deliver Keynote Address.


Vedic Mathematics Lecture Invitation

Hindu Swyamsewak Sangh

( MAURITIUS)  Reg.No.10598 (www.hssmru.org)

Cordially invites you and your friends to the lecture (Presentation) on

“VEDIC MATHEMATICS”


By Prof. RAVI  KUMAR  IYER ( Mumbai, INDIA)

Date: Monday,1st Aug.2011 ,

Time : 2pm to 3pm,

Venue: University of Mauritius (Lecture theatre)

“Let The Noble Thoughts Comes To Us From All Sides”( Rig veda)


Report May 2011

Shri Raghoonath Deeal Ji and Shri Shankar Rao Tatwawadi ji

The month of May 2011 was marked by the visit of the ex-Vishwa Vibhag Samyojak  Shri  Shankar Rao Tatwawadi ji. He was joined by the senior Karyakarta Rameshji Subramaniam. They visited the shakhas at Vallée des Prêtres, Long Mountain, Petit Paquet and Triolet, They met the Executive Committee of Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad and also, the Directors of Shishu Niketan.  The most important part of the meetings was with the parents of Swayamsewaks and Sevikas at night. They also met Swami Purnanandji Maharaj, who has always supported HSS and VHP regularly.

Ramesh Subramaniam Ji (Ex-Pracharak Mauritius Swayamsewak Sangh) and Swami Purnanandji Maharaj

Shri Tatwawadi ji, wherever he went, he laid emphasis on the character building of our young and youth. He said that our Swayamsewaks and Sevikas around the world, have set examples of praiseworthy characters at home, at school and at their site of work. He gave examples of Swami Vivekanand and Lord Ram.

He laid emphasis that great man is not born out of a sudden. They have to undergo years of constant practices to achieve perfection. He said this is like a process of Abhishek, where constant flow of drops of water pleases the deity. Shri Tatwawadi ji quoted a poem of Shri Rabindranath Tagore with a small modification, “Not the strokes of the hammer, but the dangling drops of water give perfection to the pebbles found in the bed of the river.” He meant that we do not have to impose on our youth, harsh disciplines or force them to do ‘this and that’, it is through love of Hindu Dharma that we have to, constantly, generate in them the gems of our rich Hindu values and culture.

He stressed that Right Thinking, Right Action and Good Character will easily bring success and fame in life and our swayamsewaks and sevikas will, surely, set example to other countrymen to follow and make our country a model state in the world.

After his departure, Ramesh Subramaniam ji stayed for another fortnight and met with different personalities personally to initiate other cultural activities, such as; spoken Sanskrit, works of Sewa International and swayamsewak exchange programmes within the region. He also promised to open a branch of Sanskar Bharti. He will be sending a group of Ram Lila and two experts in August holidays to train Ramayan Mandalis to perform Ram Lilas during the days preceding Divali.

View pictures  by clicking on: http://www.hssmru.org/2011/06/visit-of-shankarrao-tatwawadi-in-mauritius/

 


April Activities

Report April 2011

April 2011 has been a very fruitful month for Hindu religious and cultural events because of the number of festivals held during the first fortnight. There has been a massive participation of youth because of the of Easter holidays falling during that time.

On April, 4, 2011, our Hindu brothers originating from Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra celebrated Yugadi and Guddi Padwa with great fervour to welcome the Khar Samvatsar. In the morning, Telegu folks took their holy bath and visited their temples and listened to the predictions of the Panchangam. They decorated their house with mango leaves and beautiful Rangolis. They shared Pacchadi with their friends and relatives. In the afternoon they gathered at the Telegu Sanskrutic Kendram for a cultural programme and national rejoicing. The government of Andhras Pradesh government sent a cultural group on that occasion to enrich the cultural programmes. The Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam delivered his Yugadi message to the public gathered on that occasion.

The Maratha brothers and sisters also took their morning bath and paid tribute to Lord Brahma, who created the universe on that day. They shared the two opposite tastes of chutney, representing good and bad as ups and downs in life of the year. In the afternoon, they also gathered in the village of l’Esperance, Quartier Militaire to celebrate Guddi Padwa on a national level. Here also, the Prime Minister of the country, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam, delivered his New Year’s message to the Maratha community.

Hindus of North Indian origin, the majority of the population, started the Navratri Puja with much zeal and fervour. Usually, the Chaiti Navratri is dedicated to Lord Ram in Mauritius, where eight days Ram Katha is organised every night. Being a period of Easter holidays, a large number of youth participated in all these activities. On Ram Navmi, the Avatar anniversary of Shri Ram, on the ninth day, Hindu civil servants and other officers are given two hours time-off by the government and the local authorities to participate in the Pujas held in the temples of the vicinity of their site of work. Mahaprasad and sweet dishes were distributed to all members present in the Puja.

The Arya Samaj brohers and sisters celebrated the Arya Samaj Sthapna Diwas with great fervour on April 4, 2011 at Goodlands on national level and in other Arya Mandirs on regional level on different days. A Mahayaj was held and Mahaprasad was distributed to the members present.

On April 14, 2011 brothers and sisters originating from Tamil Naddu, celebrated their Khar solar New Year with same fervour and devotion. They also took the morning holy bath and visited the Kovils of their locality to listen to the predictions of the Khar New Year. In the afternoon, they attended the national programme at Phoenix where the Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam delivered his New Year message.

Days before Hanuman Jayanti, which fell on April 18, this year was celebrated with much enthusiasm. The Mauritius Sanatan Dharma Temples Federation organised a Hanuman Chalisa Chanting Competition on a national level in which some twenty Mandalis participated and interesting prizes were given to the winners. There were many children and youth participating in the competition.

The Easter Holidays was historical for Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh too. Yugadi is celebrated on national level by HSS (Mauritius). It is also an occasion to elect the new executive committee of Sangh. This year, it was celebrated at the hall of Maheswarnath Mandir at Triolet. After the Adi Sarsanghchalak Pranam, report of the past year, the Vishwa Sangh Shibir activities and the pre-Shibir and post-Shibir Atul Bharat Darshan tour were given by the Sanghchalask, Ragoonath Deeal. Calendar of activities of the current year were chalked out and each member present talked on the weakness of Shakhas and how to consolidate them.

The Easter holidays were rich in activities. Sangh held Hindu Heritage camps in three different localities of the country; Curepipe, Candos and Long Mountain. In each camp, some twenty youth of the locality and neighbouring villages and some of their parents took part. As activities, there were some intellectual games, team spirit activities, kaun banega Ramayan expert, drawing competitions, yogasanas, pranayam and moral stories by parents. This programme had a big success. Parents and youth were motivated to open new Shakhas and also consolidate the existing Shakhas. We also had a two day-training of Shikshaks Varga at Triolet during the holidays.