Seeks to revive the past glory of Panchabati Ashram

A desperate cry for help, recounting the past glory and the present crisis facing Panchabati Ashram in Guwahati, with the hope that someone reading this will come for- ward to help, and together we shall be able to rescue and revive the precious ashram.

Today Panchabati Ashram is a pale shadow of its glorious past. The
only visible remains are the still impressive gate and a stately temple.
Located along one of the busiest thorough- fares of the city, between Guwahati
Club and Silpukhuri, it is hard to imagine today how it must have been a
hundred years ago.

The ashram was established by my father’s moha – Jogeswar Kataki, who had come to work at the Deputy Commissioner’s
office at Guwahati, in the 1880s. He was married to Hirabati Devi, daughter of
Padmavati Devi Phukanani, and granddaughter of the renowned Ananda Ram Dhekial
Phukan of Nagaon. Though he was diligent in his work and rose to become the
head clerk, Kataki’s growing religious fervour forced him to take premature
retirement and establish an ashram.

Kataki became a full-time sanyasi, calling
himself Swami Sureshananda. As his fame as a mystic spread, so did his disciples. Swamiji attracted a large number of Bengali devotees, some very affluent and
high-ranking government officials from Calcutta, present-day Bangladesh and Assam.
Such was the standing of Panchabati Siddhashram then that on Swamiji’s death in 1925, Assam’s first Chief Minister, Gopinath Bordoloi and
other eminent persons such as Kamakhya Ram Barua and Tarun Ram Phukan
established a Trust to keep the ashram going.

Swamiji’s wife,
Hirabati Devi, also known as Mataji, kept the ashram going as
best as she could with the help of a handful of disciples that still remained.
By the time Mataji died in the 1960s, the ashram had shrunk – she had sold some parts of the ashram, other parts she had allowed disciples to build small homes to live
in. My father, Munin Barkotoki, came to live in the ashram when he was doing his IA, in 1935. He continued to live in the ashram for most part of his life, but when he got married, Mataji gave him a plot of land where they built the Assam-type house where
I spent my childhood.

Baba took over
the responsibility of the maintenance of the ashram in the
1970s. He was still formally a Trustee, but it is not clear whether the Trust
was still functional then. The ashramhouse was rented out to some offices for short
periods but the mandir remained largely unused. Over time, the mandir became the meeting point for a motley crowd – tantriks, drug addicts or plain drunkards. To stop that, sometime in the
1980s, it was decided to instal a Shiva linga in the mandir, and the Shiva temple is functional till today.

My mother, Renuka Devi Barkataki, who was instrumental in setting up
the Shiva temple, would bathe the linga every
morning she was in town, for the rest of her life. She took over the
maintenance of the ashram after Baba passed
away in 1993. By then the ashram
land that remained unoc- cupied had shrunk even
more – from more than six bighas to less than half of that size. More people had
settled down there. The original Trust had become defunct by then. The land was
still in the name of Hirabati Devi, so there was no one who had the legal authority
to stop further encroachment. Nor was there anyone to pay rent to. Also, there
wasn’t anyone who could renew the leases that had long expired.

My mother continued to pay the land tax and to oversee the day-to-
day maintenance of the ashram property. She often spoke of converting the
vacant plot at the back into a public park for senior citizens, and the ashram house into a centre where older people could come together to
meditate or hold philosophical and religious discussions. But every move of
hers was met with resistance.

Once, last year, unable to stop one of the residents from cutting
down a tree – the last of the original five trees left in the ashram – she went to meet the DC. She tried to explain her fears to him.
Before he could take any action, she passed away.

I have grown up in the ashram, and I
have no other wish but to ensure that the ashram not only
continues to exist, but flourishes for all time to come. But how does one
ensure that?

Talks with all the other ashram residents
to try to find a way forward have been futile. Efforts have been made to form a
committee to over- see the everyday running of the ashram – without much headway.

Today, besides the Shiva temple and the ashram house, there is only a square plot in one corner with a pond in the
middle. The physical skeleton of the ashram is still
there, but the soul has long been eaten away by termites that feed on greed,
jealousy, fear and mistrust. Is this what an ashram is
supposed to mean? Panchabati Siddhashram, established more than a century ago,
is an important part of the cultural and religious heritage of our city and of
our State. We should do something in the ashram that will
carry forward Swamiji’s legacy in a meaningful and constructive
manner, for the wider good of the people, for all time to come.

All suggestions and offers to help are welcome in order to realize
some of the many dreams at least, so that the ashram lives on
forever, and what is more, that it regains some of its earlier dignity and
serenity, where people come to find peace and quiet and a whiff of Nature, if
nothing else, in the middle of this loud, crowded and frenetic city.

Seeks to revive the past glory of Panchabati Ashram Seeks to revive the past glory of Panchabati Ashram Reviewed by feedvalley on January 17, 2019 Rating: 5


  1. Главный сервис Яндекс такси даёт возможность вам вызвать автов любую точку города. Произвести заказ машины можно через спец приложения на телефоне, заказав машину у оператора(позвонив ему) или на сайте Я.такси Самара. Полагается написать время когда нужна автомобиль, собственный номер сотового, местоположение.

    Заказывают Яндекс такси с детским креслом для перевозки деток, вечером после посиделок лучше всего прибегнуть к Я. такси, чем, например, сесть в авто нетрезвым, на вокзал или в аэропорт комфортнее воспользоваться такси и даже не думать где оставить свой транспорт. Оплата производится наличным или безналичным переводом. Время прибытия Я. такси составляет от трех до десяти минут примерно.

    Преимущества работы в нашем такси: Быстрая регистрация в приложение, Небольшая комиссия, Выплаты мгновенные, Постоянный поток заказов, Диспетчер круглые сутки на связи.

    Для работы в Yandex такси автовладельцу нужно зарегистрироваться самому и автомобиль, это займет пять мин. Процент агрегатора будет составлять не больше тридцати % отдохода. Вы можете с легкость получать оплату за работу когда вам нужно. У вас всегда будут заказы. В случае проблем можно установить связь с постоянно работающей службой поддержки. Я. такси даёт возможность людям быстро доехать до нужного места. Заказывая современное Я. такси вы получите шикарный сервис в нашем городе.

    яндекс такси самара вакансии = работа в такси самара без личного

  2. This Cleaning international company is giving attention professionalismall our own employees and monitors the timely growth of their qualification. To our professionals in their field by virtue of the most difficult works, all will ensure the cleanliness of the most inaccessible places.
    Select optimal just for you work schedule - day, evening or night.

    Coming maid is private assistant, which comes at convenient for client time and does the list previously of the stipulated works. Today it is fashionable service, which can allow to maintain office, apartment, house, or other housing in complete order, and not wasting all free from work times of Day on the decision homemade problems. Ifyou need temporary servant Carnegie Hill, our employees provide maid for your firms.

    Us you can easily order service maid Hells Kitchen two times in one week . Housekeeper will coming to you in advance agreed time , and produce preset list of work . Customer remains only evaluate high quality doneservices and use clean and cozy housing .

    Full time maid service NY : Maids Manhattan

  3. This Cleaning production company is giving great attention professionalismtheir employees and tracks the timely increase of their qualification. To all our to specialists available the most labor-intensive works, all can help restore cleanliness everywhere and where in townhouse.
    You can choose suitable for your enterprise mode - day, evening or night.

    Maid is personal housekeeper, she comes at suitable for client time and does the list before sounded works. Today it is popular service, allowing to maintain apartment or house in order, and not spending all unoccupied your time on the decision homemade problems. Whenyou required coming worker Midtown East, we provide servant for you personally.

    Us you can order worker- "maid service" Bowery several times in one week . Housekeeper will coming to you in advance approved time of day, and bring in executionspecified list of tasks . to you personally enough only then already give an assessment quality completed work and use clean and comfortable home .

    Maid business Manhattan - Maid service NYC

  4. Бомбейски!

  5. Вис на турнике незаменим школьникам. Он помогает разгрузить позвоночник после длительного сидения за партой, а также снять болевые ощущения. Ортопед может порекомендовать его в качестве завершающего этапа лечебной физической культуры при сколиозе.
    Комплектация детских спортивных комплексов (ДСК) разнообразна, каждый производитель устанавливает отдельные элементы, наиболее популярными выступают:

    - турники, брусья, доска для пресса.
    Материал уголка : 1. Каркас комплекса — сосна. 2. Перекладины — древесина твердых пород ясень, клен, бук.

  6. Детский спортивный комплекс для дома BabyWood.
    Регулярные занятия на детском спорткомплексе это:

    Детский Спортивно-игровой уголок для детей Кроша с палаткой. Палатка-любимая игровая зона для детишек. Спортивный уголок легко превращается в домик.
    Хоккейные корты.

  7. Canada Pharmacy Online Viagra Sumenta Order Levitra levitra shipped from us How To Order Viagra No Prescription Que Es Cialis Vs Viagra

  8. Achat Cialis Ligne Suisse Can You Drink While Taking Keflex generic levitra 40 mg no prescription Generisches Cialis Soft


Powered by Blogger.