What would we do in Wardha?

1. Sevagram Ashram: Bapu Kuti (where Mahatma Gandhi lived for about a decade), other structures in the Ashram which are historic. Gandhi Exhibition – information on Gandhi’s life and message. Nai Talim School – Basic Education concept based school. Participation in Prayer Meeting. Meeting several ashramites, discussions with some of the experienced people in Gandhian movement. Book Stall, Khadi and Village industries stalls (people can purchase literature and articles), Organic farming in the Ashram, Goshala – cow based agriculture.

2. Magan Sangrahalaya: A centre of rural industries exhibition, Khadi production, natural dyes, place where J.C. Kumarappa lived (famous Gandhian Economist who developed rural industries). This was established and developed by Devendrakumar Gupta who was a Vice Chancellor of Gandhigram Rural University. His wife, Prabha Gupta lived in Pinakini Satyagraha Ashram for some time and is closely associated with Nellore.

3. Centre of Science for Villages: A place where rural technologies were developed and used – hand made paper, biogas technology, Medicinal plants, Pottery, Nonviolent-Honey, low cost irrigation systems etc.

4. Housing Technology Centre: low cost housing technology, sanitation technology, drinking water and other technologies

5. Pavnar Ashram: This is where Acharya Vinoba Bhave lived and worked. Presently there is a goshala, publication centre and other activities.

6. Gopuri: Centre for rural industries – Khadi, Oil Ghani, production of Charkhas – both Ambar Charkha and Peti Charkha. Bajaj Exhibition

7. Gosamvardhan Goras Bhandar: An enterprise based on cow running for over 70 years which brings value addition to the farmers and consumers. They have high quality dairy products providing Rs.17 per litre of cow milk to the farmers and supplying to consumers at Rs.20 per litre. Perhaps no dairy unit in the country runs on such low margins for the administration and profits.

8. Viswa Santhi Stupa: A Monmument depicting the importance of peace and nonviolence. A buddhist shrine.

9. Gitai Mandir: Another important tourist place in Wardha.

There are other places that can be included depending on time availability. The important aspect of this visit should be to spend more time on understanding the Gandhian concept of Truth & Nonviolence and how a society based on these principles can be built. We will have more time to internalise, reflect and discuss Gandhian perspectives and how they can be helpful to our work.

Should you need any further information please let me know.


A trip to Wardha, Gandhi Ashram

Hello Friends,
There is a plan to go to Wardha, an Ashram built by Jamnalal Bajaj and looked after by Vinoba Bhave. Gandhiji asked Vinobaji to take care of this Ashram by the earnest request of Sri Jamnalal Bajaj. Gandhiji’s policies are implemented here and they are doing many activities.
You can go through the following urls:
We will be going on 29th August, will be there in Wardha on 30th and 31st and will be back on Sep 1st morning.
I need the following details to book the tickets:
Name, Sex and Age
2707  +A P SMPRK KRNTI  *KACHEGUDA  16:50 NAGPUR  02:10
AP Express starts in the morning. So we have only two options. Nizamuddin and AP Sampark Kranthi. In 2707 train, we have RAC. In 2721, we have waiting list.
There is a plan to submit a request to railway authorities asking that we are going on a study tour and to confirm us the tickets. We will try from our known circle.
Sri GVVSDS Prasad is General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Sarvodaya Mandal. Prasad garu (of Sarvodaya Mandal) is very happy when I told him that all of us are coming. He said that everyone would definitely enjoy the trip. I will be meeting him tomorrow evening. I can mail the detailed itenerary by Thursday (21st) evening. He said that the fare would be Rs. 500 (to and fro) (if direct to Sevagram) and the accommodation, food and roaming in and around Sevagram would cost Rs. 750 at the max per head. So it would be Rs. 1250 per head.
I can assure you that this would be a fantastic trip. Do join if you are interested. We may go any time individually but collectively that to with members of different groups, it is a rare opportunity.
Finally, would like to share a mail sent by Major Kiran.
Dear Prashanti
Happened to go to Wardha and Sewagram about 2 months back.  It is a wonderful place to visit and experience the spirit of Gandhiji.
Have a good trip.   
Maj Kiran
As of now 25 members are confirmed. You can come with your family members and/or friends as well. But please confirm to me by this evening. You can send a mail to me or sms with your name.
Please confirm by this evening.

Thank you.

with regards,
When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.