Hindu Ashrams and Hindu Organizations

Vaswani  Ashram

What is Vaswani Mission?
The Sadhu Vaswani Mission is a spiritual organization, working towards the welfare of the society as a whole. The mission was initially started in the year 1931 in Hyderabad, Sindh (now in Pakistan). The founder of the Vaswani Mission was Sadhu T. L. Vaswani, who was dedicated towards alleviating the sufferings in the world. After the partition of India, the Headquarters of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission was shifted to Pune in 1950.

Sadhu Vaswani Ashram, Pune
Sadhu Vaswani Ashram at Pune serves as the headquarters of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in India. A number of institutions are located within the complex of the Vaswani Ashram, namely….

  • Shanti Vidya Mandir (Kindergarten, English Medium)

  • St. Mira's Bal Bhavan

  • St. Mira's College for Girls

  • St. Mira's English Medium School (Primary and Secondary)

  • St. Mira's High School (Sindhi Medium)

  • St. Mira's Primary School (Sindhi Medium)

Mira Movement in Education
Sadhu Vaswani also started the Mira Movement in Education in the tear 1933. The headquarters of the movement is at the Sadhu Vaswani Ashram, Pune. The endeavor of this movement is to provide education to all. There are at least six educational institutions, under the Mira Movement, in Pune itself, that impart spiritual, social and moral values to individuals.

Sadhu T. L. Vaswani
The founder of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in India, Sadhu T. L. Vaswani was born on November 25, 1879 in Hyderabad, Sindh. He started his career as a professor in Metropolitan College (now Vidyasagar College) of Calcutta. He joined the freedom struggle, along with Mahatma Gandhi and during that period, he made considerable contribution to literature. After independence, he withdrew from active politics and devoted himself entirely to the field of education.

The Philosophy
As per Sadhu Vaswani, religion was nothing but serving God, through the service of the poor and needy. He believed that God resides in each and every individual and when we serve the deprived, we serve God. God cannot be found in isolation or in temples and churches. In his own words…
"You will meet Him in the sweat and struggle of life, in the tears and tragedies of the poor. Not in decorated temples, but in broken cottages is the Great God, - wiping the tears of the poor and singing His new Gita for the New Age!"

Activities of Sadhu Vaswani Mission

  • Dada Bhandara (Feeding the Poor)

  • Digging of irrigation wells

  • Education

  • Jiv Daya (Loving Animals and Birds)

  • Meatless Day Campaign

  • Medical Relief and Health camps

  • Millennium Camp

  • Promotion of The Sindhi Language

  • Provision of drinking water

  • Sadhu Vaswani Mission Newsletters

  • Satsang (Religious Discourses)

  • Soil conservation

  • Tree plantation drives

  • Village Upliftment

  • Vocational training classes

How to Reach Sadhu Vaswani Ashram, Pune

By Air
Pune airport is situated about 12-km from the main city. There are direct flights from Pune to most of the major cities in India.

By Rail
Pune has excellent train services, connecting it with all key cities.

By Road
An extensive network of roads link Pune with the rest of the country. There are daily bus services between Pune and Mumbai.