Charities – Social Welfare
This program began in 2001 with the first donation 500 handicapped tricycles. SSGT continues to provide handicapped members of society a way to actively participate and make a difference in their lives and to society. Since then, thousands of these tricycles have been given out. During Christmas 2008, SSGT and its chairman Sri Kaleshwar donated over 1000 tricycles to the physically handicapped.
Mass Marriage for the Poor
- Who cares if a person has incredible powers? You have to understand people’s pain and their love. When your heart is open for them, then you are a big healer. You are a healer. The healing energy is bleeding from your heart. It is bleeding from your soul. Whatever disease, sickness, or emotional problems the person has, you can easily heal that person with your love.
- Sri Kaleshwar
- Mass marriage for couples that can not afford it
- New sewing machine for each couple
In the Indian tradition, a wedding is a celebration into one of life’s most important chapters. Marriage is sacred and an essential part of human integrity and right of passage for many into family life. For those who cannot even afford this fundamental ceremony, SSGT has sponsored hundredss of couples to come together for this singular event. At a recent function, over 60,000 attendees, family members and guests participated in this mass marriage celebration where over 500 couples entered into matrimony. All 60,000 guests were fed for this occasion.
In 2007 over 500 additional couples were married on the SSGT premises. As a gift of support, all newlyweds received a new sewing machine from the Trust so that a financial livelihood could be provided to the new couple, and benefit would be provided for their community.
In 2007, Sri Kaleshwar and SSGT inaugurated a veterinary hospital in one of the remote areas of the state. For farmers and herders, the health and well being of their livestock directly affects their crops and livelihood. Understanding the needs of the common farmers of this country, SSGT created this veterinary hospital to serve their local community.
Temple Construction & Renovation
Shirdi Sai Global Trust, its chairman and trustees are committed to preserving and building India’s spiritual heritage. Over the past 10 years, SSGT and chairman Sri Kaleshwar have built new temples and renovated older abandoned buildings, instilling a sense of rejuvenation and interest in this country’s deep spiritual roots. Here are only some of the temples which benefited from this works:
- Chaudeshwari Ammawaru Temple (Bukkapatnam Village)
- Valmiki RamaTemple (Bukkapatnam Village)
- Umamaheswara Swamy Temple (Galiveedu Village)
- Shirdi Baba Temple (Madakasira Village)
- Shirdi Baba Temple (Guttur Village)
- Bhabhia Ursu Masjid (Penukonda – 2000 people fed)
- Sri Kalahasti Temple (Gyanana Prasunamba Goddess)
- Sri Madvirat Veera Bramhanda Swami Temple (Kalyanamandapam)
- Sitaramanjanaya Temple (Mangapuram)
- Sri Channakesava Swamitemple (Pamadurti)
- Baba temple (Nallamada)
- Baba Temple (Guttur)
- Bandimetta Anjanayula Swami Temple
Temple Broadcast Speaker System
- Distributing microphone set to head of village
On August 28, 2008, Sri Kaleshwar distributed free microphone sets for numerous temples in 65 different villages throughout the Andhra Pradesh. In his speech, Sri Kaleshwar said:
“Where ever there is peace, stability and spirituality, such places will become well developed, as the part of developing 100 village temples. These free distribution of broadcast speakers will be distributed to the 65 village”.
“This microphone distribution is intended to make all the people in each village, listen to God’s words every day; keeping aside all the misunderstandings among each other and turn towards God and develop spirituality among them. This will help maintain peace in these villages”.
Social Welfare Articles
“If you’re not respecting the humanity, you can not respect the God. If you’re not serving to the humanity, you can not serve the God. Imagine if you lost your two legs, how your life will be. Today you’re seeing hundreds of thousands of people — God has given you all angles of the health. Let’s pray, yourself, pray for the humanity.” — Sri Kaleshwar
Courtesy of The new Indian Express, Andhrabhumi, Andhraprabha, Andhrajyoti, Eenadu, Sakshi, Vartha, Praja Shakti
On January 2nd, 2009, Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar’s anniversary, he invited and distributed over 1,000 tricycles to the poor and physically handicapped people from 100 villages.
In his speech, Sri Kaleshwar reiterated that he would not enter into politics; rather, he preferred to continue helping the poor and needy through his social service activities.
He also commented that to serve people one did not need to enter politics, affiliate with any politician or political party. He loves to serve people, and feels that he was one amongst them. Helping people is the best thing to do in one’s life; nothing is better than this.
Each and every person should contribute to society as much as they can; at least a little bit by sharing their belongings with others who are in need. In doing so, one can feel a deep sense of joy and satisfaction in their lives, which is not easily found through other means.
Sri Kaleshwar shared a personal story, which inspired him to start these handicapped programs:
“Once when I was traveling in a car, at a railway crossing, I saw a physically handicapped beggar who had just been involved in an accident, fallen down and was suffering with severe pain. Looking at him I felt a deep sorrow within my heart. It was at this moment that I decided to help these poor, physically handicapped people.”
Through giving these tricycles to those who need them, I feel a deep sense of satisfaction and peace.
He further expressed his readiness to donate an additional 10,000 tricycles for the many remaining handicapped individuals located throughout the entire Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh.
The presentees during the event were the Shirdi Sai Global Trust members Mr. Bhaskar Reddy, Mr. Nagi Reddy, Mr. Jagdish, Mr Ravi, the Sai Kaleshwar Seva members, staff and devotees from all around the world.
As a result of Sri Kaleshwar’s activites, many other organizations and government agencies have implemented similar handicapped programs. In the town of Kadiri, tricycle distribution was also organized by the local MLA Mr. Jonna Ramaiah, Nallamada MLA Mr. Kadapala Mohan Reddy, Zillaparishad Vice-Chairmen Mr. Narasimhulu, the Municipal Chairmen Mr. N.M. Muzafar Ali and many others.
All these members praised Sri Kaleshwar for his kind heart towards poor people and helping the poor through his social service and charitable activities, including conducting mass marriages for the poor, organizing free eye treatments at the Navyashree Eye Hospital, constructing and engineering college for poor students and now tricycle distribution for the physically handicapped.
Courtesy of Sakshi, Eenadu, Surya, Vartha, Andhrajyoti
- Distributing microphone set to head of village
A beautiful message of unity, caring and co-operation came to Andra Pradesh today as free microphone sets were distributed for temples in 65 different villages. The donations came from Sri Kaleshwar of Penukonda.
Swami in his speech said that “where ever there is peace, stability and spirituality such communities will become well developed and happy”. As part of his new project to develop 100 villages in the local area, local temples of all faiths received free microphone sets. Already, 65 villages have received these gifts, the remaining villages will receive their new sets very soon. Now with the new microphone all the people in each village can listen to God’s words every day, keeping aside all the misunderstandings among each other and turn towards God. Developing spirituality helps the communities in maintaining peace and harmony in their villages".
Swami’s heartfelt concern dedicated action goes to all the 100 villages he has adopted. He said that of the 100 villages which he adopted, 62 villages were badly in need of drinking water facilities. He said that the drilling of new bore-well’s had been finished and the new motors to pump water and new pipes had also been distributed for each and every village. The remaining villages will also be provided with drinking water facilities very soon.
Courtesy of Surya, Vaartha, Eenadu, Andhrabhumi, Andhrajyoti, Jan 8th, 2008
The Andhra Pradesh State Agricultural Minister, Mr. Raghuveera Reddy, attended the birthday function of Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar and praised him for his charitable activities.
Even though Sri Kaleshwar faced many obstacles during his youth, he still continued his spiritual & charitable activities without hesitation. The Agricultural Minister acknowledged and mentioned several of his recent charitable activities such as: The Free Food Distribution Programs for the state’s hunger stricken; Free Eye Camps where cataract operations are performed on hundreds of patients; Free Medical Camps where diagnosis, treatment and medication are offered to thousands that attend; Rehabilitation of old abandoned & neglected temples; New construction of buildings for educational development; Mass marriages for couples so poor that they are otherwise unable to afford these ceremonies.
In the interest of the most needy, Sri Kaleshwar, along with many of his students around the world, have donated millions of rupees for the benefit of these charitable activities.
The Agricultural Minister has further promised that his Government will support Sri Kaleshwar in the construction of a “Super Speciality Hospital” and Medical and Nursing College through direct donation of government lands specifically earmarked for this project.
M.L.A. Mr. Pamudurti Ravindra Reddy who attended his birthday celebration, said that “Swami Sri Sai Kaleshwar was a role model for society. Through his charitable activities, such as adopting 100 of the poorest villages in the district, he is inspiring people to think and act in a more socially and spiritually conscious way.”
Mr Pamudurti Reddy commented that “Swami never speaks of himself as a God; rather, he only refers and gives credit to Shirdi Sai Baba, his master”.
Reported by The Hindu on Monday, Dec 4, 2006
ANANTAPUR: Sri Shirdi Sai Global Trust of Penukonda is planning to conduct 1,008 mass marriages on the campus of Shiva Sai Mandir from March 1 to 8, 2007. In a statement, spiritual leader Sai Kaleshwar, said on Sunday that interested couples can enroll their names with the trust after getting their age-proof certificates from the MROs concerned. — Staff Reporter