An organisation that believes that serving the destitute is akin to worshiping God
As I waited at the entrance of the Bharatpur-based Apna Ashram, the words on a sign board at the reception, made me quite uneasy. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But I soon learnt that this is no ordinary home for the destiute – it’s an organisation that believes that serving the destitute is akin to worshipping God. Infact, they refer to their beneficiaries as Prabhuji, which is the Hindi word for God.
There’s a separate building for destitute men and women.
Apna Ghar (Our Home) was set up in 2000 by Dr. Bhardwaj and his wife Dr. Madhuri.
Dr. Bhardwaj was born into a farming family in Sehroli Village, Uttar Pradesh. He distinctly recalls the incident, though it happened when he was just 12 years old, that prompted him to spend the rest of his days serving the needy. There used to be an 80 year old Chiranjeev Baba, who took cows of the entire village for grazing. Chiranjeev Baba had no family of his own. One day, Chiranjeev Baba had a fall and his injuries prevented him from walking. As he was not able to take the cows for grazing, the entire village learnt of his fall.