Place Category: Hindu Temples
Sadhu Vaswani Center Dracut
Our mission is to maintain, preserve and propagate the teachings of our founders SADHU VASWANI and DADA J P VASWANI. SVC holds Satsang’s on about 14 Sundays in a year, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM followed by Langar Prasad.
Kumari Shanti Maghanmal was a devout disciple of Sadhu T.L Vaswani. At her behest, her father offered a hall where Sadhu Vaswani could hold his satsang (fellowship meetings). In those days it was known as the Sakhi Satsang.
In the early days of the Sakhi Satsang, it was largely composed of women. For in an age when the woman’s place was considered to be largely confined to the kitchen, Sadhu Vaswani was a visionary who believed that women had a great potential – a great shakti – which could be utilized for the betterment of the society and the nation.Sadhu Vaswani believed that service and sacrifice were the most vital aspects of the spiritual life. Under his guidance the satsang was a dynamic organization, rendering service to the community of Hyderabad –Sind.A monthly magazine called Sant Mala published by the satsang carried beautiful articles by SadhuVaswani on the lives and teachings of Saints.
The welfare department of Sakhi Satsang soon opened a shop called Sakhi Stores meant exclusively for women and managed by women too – a truly revolutionary idea for its times, and for the conservative society of Hyderabad-Sind! The shop sold stationary, articles of daily use and swadeshi cloth, and was highly popular among the womenfolk.
Wholesalers and distributors gave articles and textiles to the shop at cost price, for they knew that they were contributing to a worthy cause. All profits from Sakhi Stores were spent in the service of the poor and needy.
The activities and departments of the Sakhi Satsang grew rapidly. More and more sisters came forward to offer their services in the noble cause undertaken by the association. These women gave of their time and effort freely, generously and in the true spirit of love and service advocated by their beloved Master. In so doing, they found a new meaning in their own lives, and began to know what fulfillment was like.
On 4th June, 1933, The Mira School for girls was inaugurated in rented premises. The school was the cornerstone of the Mira Movement in Education. It was the vision of Sadhu Vaswani to create a school for girls, based on the ideals of new education.
In the 1990s, restoration of the beautiful building became overdue. There was a need to ensure structural safety of the ancient building and also to expand the Mira Hall where thousands of devotees gathered for Satsang.
The renovation work was scheduled to start on August 12, 1999. Volunteers helped in the task of shifting the relics of Sadhu Vaswani.
The sacred kutiya was shifted to the ashram; Dada J PVaswani’s personal collection of books was shifted out to be numbered and catalogued by the Librarian of St. Mira’s College.
The satsang hall was shifted to Naam Nagar – at the Runwal Regency Building just opposite the Mission. The devotees could just step across the road, to visit the sacred Samadhi as usual, before and after the satsang !
Four showrooms on the ground floor of Runwal Regency had been donated for the use of the Mission by Shri. Chandru Budhrani for the purpose of holding satsang and the other departments of the Mission.