Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Scientists Eradicate Rinderpest Virus; Second in History After Smallpox


The Rinderpest virus is the second virus to have been eliminated by humans, according to a BBC report. tT know more about Rinderpest virus please click on the following link or the above mentioned link i.e.  the word itself (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinderpest)

A virus that affected cattle, domestic buffalo, and some species of wildlife, it was quite deadly, causing 80 percent of infected livestock to die. It’s also the first animal virus to be eliminated in the wild.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization called it the “Biggest Achievement of Veterinary History,” reports The Guardian. The first disease that humans eradicated was smallpox.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has 17 “neglected” tropical diseases in its sights.

In a report entitled, “Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases” are plans to control these tropical diseases by 2015, and possibly eliminate them with the help of pharmaceutical drug donations. (Note: One can click on the following the link or the link above to find the above mentioned report http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900sid/EGUA-8A8LFJ/$file/WHO-NeglectedTropicalDiseases-2010.pdf?openelement)

“The evidence is now overwhelming. Existing interventions, including safe, simple and effective medicines, are having an impact,” said WHO director-general Margaret Chan in a statement. “By expanding coverage, we can actually prevent many of these diseases. This is a first-time opportunity for some very ancient diseases.”

Climate change and other factors have caused diseases like dengue fever to spread to areas that were previously thought to be disease-free. The changing conditions have provided optimal breeding conditions for the mosquitoes to bite in more areas throughout the world. One nation with an answer? Malaysia, which will be the first country in Asia to release genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue fever.

(Note: Some of the data and the picture in the above update has been taken from http://www.smartplanet.com)


Sunday, October 24, 2010

500 DMVs Thoroughly Trained in Fire Fighting By Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management


It takes me a pleasure to bring to notice of all the readers that Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management has recently completed training of close to 500 DMVs (Disaster Management Volunteers) from its various local branch centres (Upasana Centre). I felt extremely privileged to be selected for this training. All the DMVs have been thoroughly trained both theoretically and practically during the practice sessions. The entire programme was supported by Cinemax India Ltd. who are pioneers as cinema exhibitors in India, which provided its facilities to DMVs to be trained practically. The training programme was overseen by Respected Swapnilsinh Dattopadhye and conducted by Shri. Pramodsinh Angre, an ex-serviceman who has worked for Indian Navy in Submarine Fire Safety Cadre.

Following are the points that were covered in the theoretical training session. It will help you with all the details all wanted to know about Fire Extinguishers and Fire Fighting:

There are 7 basic points to be learnt in fire fighting:

1) Causes of Fire

2) Basic Chemistry of Fire

3) Classes of Fire

4) Types of Fire Extinguishers

5) Safety Methods of Fire Extinguishing Operations

6) Fire Alarm Systems

7) Evacuation


1) Lets first see the Causes of Fire:
Fire is mainly caused due to three factors

i) Negligence
ii) Carelessness
iii) Sabotage

2) Next lets see Basic Chemistry of FireIn this section we will see what it takes for fire to ignite, sustain and rage. Fire depends on 3 factors for it ignite, sustain and rage

i) Buring Material OR Fuel
ii) Oxygen (Air)
iii) Heat (Temperature above 59°C)
These three factors are feature in fire triangle. If any side of this equilateral triangle in broken and taken away i.e. if we take away anyone of these factors from fire then it will not sustain and hence won't rage.

3) Classes of Fire
Fire is classified in 5 categories

i)
Class 'A': Solid Fire
This fire results from burning of any solid object like furniture, paper, upholstery, wood, etc.

ii)
Class 'B': Liquid Fire
This fire results from burning of liquids like oil, turpentine, spirit, oil paint, alcohol, petrol, diesel, kerosene, etc.

iii) Class 'C': Gas Fire
This fire is sub-divided in further in 2 major sub-categories
a) LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Fire
b) CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Fire

a) LPG Fire
The fire which erupts because of LPG  generally referred as Cooking Gas  used in most of the kitchens these days. LPG has Propane (Sulphur content) and Butane (Lead content) added to composition that makes CNG and hence LPG is more dangerous that CNG. Also addition of propane and butane makes LPG gas heavier and hence unlike CNG which escapes through air LPG stay near ground level.

LPG cylinders blast only when empty or partially filled as it gives room for pressure to increase (which may be because of heat).

Precautions to be Taken:
i) In case regulator on top of the cylinder catches fire then we should put water on cylinder not the regulator as putting water on cylinder would control the temperature from rising. This way the fire would gradually stop when the burning material is exhausted without the spreading of fire.

ii) We should put thick wet cloth on regulatory so that fire will be suffocated of oxygen and this will also keep temperature under control.

iii) We should avoid crowding of things around the cylinder in general where we store our cylinder.

iv) We should also take care that that we are not storing any items above our gas stove / cooking range. This care is to be taken as this will avoid our clothes (especially loose and long clothes like chunnis and dupattas) from catching fire unknowingly.

v) We should avoid serving food while it is on stove / cooking range. This care is to be taken as while serving the food may fall on on the rubber pipes that carry cooking gas from cylinder to stove / cooking range. The dropped food attracts rats and other rodents which can damage these pipes by their nibbling which may result in gas leak and ultimately fire.

vi) Daily we should turn-off regulator of the gas before going to sleep so as to avoid accidental gas leakage.

vii) We should strictly avoid any kind of usage of electric appliances if we smell LPG gas leak as the spark that is generated everytime we switch-on electric appliances is enough to cause a huge explosion which can rip apart atleast 4 - 5 flats on your floor along with our own house.

viii) We should open doors, windows and curtains of our house to allow the gas to escape easily.

ix) We should strictly avoid opening of refrigerators in our houses.

x) We should immediately turn-off Electrical Mains of our house.

xi) We should also inform our neighbours about the gas leak immediately so that the above precautions can also be taken by them.

v) Class 'D': Metallic OR Industrial Fire
This fire results from burning of components used in industries like potassium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, etc.

v) Class 'E': Electric Fire
This fire results from electrical short-circuits.

Precautions to be Taken:
i) Always use a 3 plug pin as this pin has earthing in it.

ii) Insulation tapes which are used in sealing the electrical wires have a life of only 6 months which may be maximum used for 9 months. Hence we should take care to replace these tapes regularly as and when then expiry date in reached.

iii) We should use Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker. (For more details about this devices refer this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_leakage_circuit_breaker OR http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5017259_earth-leakage-circuit-breakers-work.html

iv) We can also use Main Circuit Breaker (For more details about this devices refer this link::  http://electrical.about.com/od/panelsdistribution/a/mainbreakers.htm) in place of Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker but Main Circuit Breaker is expensive than arth Leakage Circuit Breaker and hence not preferred. Though technically it is more safer.

v) We should avoid using all the heavy appliances in our house like washing machines, geysers, heaters, air-conditioners, etc. together so as to avoid over loading.
The fact that most of the people are unaware about is that victims that get killed in fire incidences are not because of fire directly but because of suffocation arising out of Carbon Monoxide emission from burning material.


4) Types of Fire Extinguishers

As like fire, fire extinguishers are also classified in 5 categories respective to the fires.

We should take utmost care that a particular class fire extinguisher is used only for the corresponding class of fire. Inter  (wrong) usage of the extinguisher may result in major accident which in few cases can be fatal or cause disability.

The type of fire extinguisher is always mentioned on the container.
i) Class 'A' Fire Extinguishers: For Solid Fire


These are used in cases of solid fire (resulting from burning of any solid object like furniture, paper, upholstery, wood, etc.)

The extinguisher cylinder contains 9 litres of water which is sprayed on fire with pressure-driven force. It has a CO2 or Carbon Dioxide cartridge at the mouth of the cylinder to build pressure for spraying of water with force.

We should change water in this cylinder every 3 months which prevents the water from corroding.

We should not keep this (Class A Fire Extinguisher) near electric boards and in kitchens as under panic it may be used in cases of fire which may result in accident because of wrong use. These are generally used stores and warehouses.

This extinguisher cannot be reused as it exhausts all the contents in it once it is opened at one go.


ii)
Class 'BC' Fire Extinguishers: For Solid, Liquid, Metallic and Electric Fire


These are called Dry Chemical Powder (DCP) Fire Extinguishers.

These are used in cases of  liquid and gas. This fire results from burning of liquids like oil, turpentine, spirit, oil paint, alcohol, petrol, diesel, kerosene, etc. or Gas fires. It can also be used in cases of solid fires but only in case the burning object is heavy in nature e.g. furniture (It should not be used on in case the burning material is light weighted like paper, cloth etc).

This fire extinguisher is composed of Potassium Bicarbonate or Sodium Phosphate.

The powder which is sprayed through this extinguisher has leaves and sticky trail behind which is not washable and hence is generally not used on electrical appliances as it causes renders the appliances useless. It has a CO2 or Carbon Dioxide cartridge at the mouth of the cylinder to build pressure for spraying  of powder with force.

This extinguisher can be reused as it doesn't exhaust all the contents in it once it is opened i.e its flow can be stopped once the fire is doused.

We should avoid using DCP extinguisher at place where we store food items or in kitchen as t may lead  to food wastage. In these situations CO2 extinguisher is preferred.

iii) Class 'ABC' Fire Extinguishers: For Solid, Liquid and Gas Fire

These are used in cases of solid fire (resulting from burning of any solid object like furniture, paper, upholstery, wood, etc.) or burning of liquids like oil, turpentine, spirit, oil paint, alcohol, petrol, diesel, kerosene, etc. or Gas fires or even in case of metallic fires (fire resulting from burning of components used in industries like potassium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, etc.) or electric fires.

It is composed of Mono-Ammonium Phosphate or Map 90. It has a pressure gauge at the very top of the cylinder which should be periodically calibrated and its pressure pointer should always be seen in the green range of the meter. As like the once we have seen earlier this extinguisher contains Pressure Gauge rather than cartridge for building pressure to spray with force. The pressure indicated by the pressure gauge would be proportional to the powder contained in the extinguisher.

This extinguisher can be reused as it doesn't exhaust all the contents in it once it is opened i.e its flow can be stopped once the fire is doused.

We should always tie a handkerchief on our mouth while using this extinguishers as it may cause throat irritation or in few cases choking.

iv) CO2 Fire Extinguishers: For Solid, Liquid, Gas, Metallic and Electric Fire:

 This fire extinguisher is charged and filled with CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) at -17°C. At such low temperature the gas when inside the cylinder is in solid state.

The most important care the handler has to take while using this extinguisher is to hold the extinguisher only by its grip-pins. As the temperature is so low the when we actually use the extinguisher and in case if we place our hand at any other area other than grip-pins we would end up suffering from Cold Burn which would permanently disable our hand as it would have to be operated upon. This may happen even if we hold the extinguisher at wrong area for 6 - 7 seconds. To avoid this problem handler may use gloves but it is not a practical solution considering the spontaneity with which any fire mishap strikes.

We should avoid using DCP extinguisher at place where we store food items or in kitchen as t may lead  to food wastage. In these situations CO2 extinguisher is preferred.

 iv) HCFC (Hydro Chloro Fluoro Carbon) Fire Extinguishers: For Solid, Liquid, Gas, Metallic and Electric Fire (All Fires)


This fire extinguisher is also called Clean Agent. It can be used on any type of fire. It also as very vey high shelf life period i.e. it needs refilling in only once in 5 years. But the major problem about this fire extinguisher is its cost. a 2 kgs extinguisher costs around INR 15, 000/- which is very high and hence this extinguisher is seldom used.






Types of Fire Sprinklers


A fire sprinkler is the part of a fire sprinkler system that discharges water when the effects of a fire have been detected, such as when a predetermined temperature has been reached. To know more about fire sprinklers please click on the following link: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_sprinkler)

There are 5-6 main types of fire sprinklers which are known by the colour of their glass bulbs. Every sprinklers has a different temperature at which they discharge water. Following are the details of it:


a) Red Color - 68 °C
b) Pink Color - 57 °C
c) Purple Color - 98 °C

d) Dark Blue Color - 138 °C
e) Black - 350 °C

Smoke Detectors

A smoke detector is a device that detects smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. Commercial, industrial, and mass residential devices issue a signal to a fire alarm system, while household detectors, known as smoke alarms, generally issue a local audible and/or visual alarm from the detector itself. To know more about smoke detectors please click on the following link: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_detector).

Smoke detectors run on supply of 24 volts and are connected to central control panel. When they detect any fumes or smoke they raise a loud alarm. Hence to silence them there is a silent switch. They detect any fumes or smoke in the radius of 3 meters. A functional smoke detector always continuously blinks.

Heat Detectors

A heat detector is a fire alarm device designed to respond when the convected thermal energy of a fire increases the temperature of a heat sensitive element. The thermal mass and conductivity of the element regulate the rate flow of heat into the element. All heat detectors have this thermal lag. Heat detectors have two main classifications of operation, "rate-of-rise" and "fixed temperature." To know more about heat detectors please click on the following link: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_detector)

These are generally used in kitchen or pantries. They can sense heat in the range of 3 - 3.5 meters. This is connected to fire panel with hooter.

7) Evacuation

Evacuation is the final and the most important part of fire fighting. It involves relocating people who are stuck because of fire and are already affected or may get affect in near future.

The most important thing that we have to keep in mind is to avoid using lift when we are evacuating ourselves or others because when the fire brigade personnel arrive they first disconnect the mains and hence there is a grave danger of we getting trapped in lift. But we can use escalators, The evacuation should be carried out taking the charting of escape routes of any place into consideration. As far as possible we should alaways prefer crawling in cases of accumulation of condensed smoke.

But the single most important aspect of evacuation is to assure people that you are with them till the end and that all would be out of this problem, safely i.e. installing confidence in the masses  and assuring them of your help and involvement till the end.
The fact that most of the people are unaware about is that victims that get killed in fire incidences are not because of fire directly but because of suffocation arising out of Carbon Monoxide emission from burning material.

All the DMVs were also trained practically on use of fire hose at various locations of Cinemax.


A fire hose is a high-pressure hose used to carry water or other fire retardant (such as foam) to a fire to extinguish it. Outdoors, it is attached either to a fire engine or a fire hydrant. Indoors, it can be permanently attached to a building's standpipe or plumbing system. It was invented by Hero of Alexandria in the basis of Ctesibius' double action piston pump. To know more about fire hose please click on the following link: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_hose)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Indian Military Transport Undergoes Modernization


Marietta, Ga. - The first of six C-130J Super Hercules for India took to the skies for its maiden flight yesterday. The aircraft will now complete a series of company and customer flight tests prior to delivery in December. The second and third aircraft are due to fly within the next few weeks.

(Note: The Lockheed Martin C-130J "Super" Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. The Hercules has outlived several planned successor designs, most notably the Advanced Medium STOL Transport contestants).

(The following extract has been taken from ASDNews: http://www.asdnews.com)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Importance of Navratri Festival as Told by Param Poojya Aniruddha Bapu


The day starting from Friday, 8th of October 2010 has marked the starting of the extremely holy period of Navratri (Ashubhankarnashini) which would culminate with the celebrations of festival of Dasara (Dussehra). on Sunday, 17th October 2010. During His Marathi discourse on Thursday 7th October 2010 at Shri Hari Guru Gram Param Poojya Aniruddha Bapu described the importance of Navratri and also explained everyone the upasanas (worship) that should be performed in this period. Bapu said that during this period maximum sacrosanct and extremely holy waves and vibrations are being transmitted throughout this universe. Hence taking this fact under consideration Bapu described the few points as under.

Bapu initially stressed on the presence of word 'Ratri' in the word Navratri and hence further stressed on the importance attached to all the nights that fall in this period. Bapu urged everyone to  do Jagran i.e. staying up till late night atleast once during the period of nine nights. But while we do jagran we should do recitations of Ashubhanashini Stavanam, Shubhankara Stavanam, Ram Raksha, Shree Gurukshetram Mantra, etc without counting the number  of recitations and / or perform reading of Matruvalsalya Vindanam or Ram Rasayan (both these books are authored by P. P. Bapu Himself). One can even keep reciting just the word "Aai" from the bottom of his heart and call "Her (Aadi Mata)". These recitations or readings should ideally begin from 9:30 pm at night and should end not before 2:30 am in the morning. But it would be best to stay up for the entire night. But while we observe jagran we should take care that the others around us are not disturbed for which we should refrain from creating any noise or being vocal. Bapu completely ridiculed and criticized the practice of playing cards under the name of Jagran and the waste of time that is associated with it. Bapu also criticized the wrong way in which this holy festival is now-a-days celebrated in the society (where people drink alcohol and participate in the Navratri festival, dandiya and processions, involve in immoral activities under the name of garba or dandiya and offer non-vegetarian foodstuffs and alcohol to Goddess by considering it to be a holy offering).

Bapu also said that when a devotee reads Matruvalsalya Vindanam, during that time Aadi Mata Mahishasurmardini Herself sits right next to him. Now its natural for the a child to follow his mother and hence where there is Aadi Mata Mahishasurmardini would be there, there would be Bapu. Bapu promised everyone that He would stand behind every devotee and most importantly promised everyone that He Himself would help them to perform these recitations and readings in every possible way.

To make one successfully stay up and awake for the entire night or even partially and avoid napping and yawning we should include foodstuffs which have a bitter tinge in them and also take care that the last morsel that we swallow should also be of the a bitter foodstuff. Curry leaves (kari patta) which was described by Bapu is His discourse on Ram Rajya as anti-carcinogenic (antidote against cancer) is also bitter to taste and hence can  help in avoiding unnecessary sleep. Hence it should always form part of our diet and especially should be included in the food we have on the night on which we plan to stay up late. 

This was followed by a huge gift to everyone by Bapu. He said that this Navratri should be very special in lives of all the Shraddhavans. Generally on each day of Navratri only one form of Aadi Mata is active respectively. But during this Navratri all the 9 forms (Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati, Raktadantika, Shatakshi, Shreeram-Vardayini, Garbhadahini, Dattamangala Chandika, Mantramalini) and 3 avatars (Gayatri Mata, Anusaya Mata and Mahishasurmardini Mata) of Aadi Mata would be functional and active on all the 9 days simultaneously and this happens only once in 1000 years. This state would also be there for Shubhankara Navratri falling next year on 16th March 2011 and lasting again for 9 nine days till 24th March 2011.

Finally before ending His discoursed Bapu again urged all the Shraddhavans to seriously observe the night recitations and reading and also visit Shree Aniruddha Gurukshetram and take darshan of both the forms of Aadi Mata (Anusaya Mata and Mahishasurmardini Mata) and offer our love and worship whole heartedly to the Goddess. Moreover He again stressed on the point that the the statue of Mahishasurmardini Mata at Shree Aniruddha Gurukshetram is actually not just a statue but the Goddess Herself.

(Note: Over the years it has also been observed that many times P. P. Bapu, P. P. Nandai and P. P. Suchitdada Themselves attend the aarti and grace the devotees with their darshan).

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Unique and Holistic Ganpati Festival Under Aegis of P. P. Aniruddha Bapu



Ganapati Festival is the most celebrated festival in the state of Maharashtra and the state capital, city of Mumbai celebrates the festival with special pomp, vigour and excitement. Moreover, Lord Ganesh called by masses as Bappa with love is the most revered deity of Indians.This festival has created such a fervor that approximately ten to fifteen lakh households and sarvajanik Ganesh mandals together (this figure is only for Mumbai) celebrate Ganesh Utsav in Maharashtra.

Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu has a tradition of celebrating the Ganpati festival at his home in the most pompous, holistic and unique way. Moreover under the guidance of P. P. Bapu, Sadguru Aniruddha Upasana Foundation organizes activities and projects holistically towards management of Ganesh Festival which begin from making eco-friendly Ganapati idols, to managing crowd control operations on the days of immersion and also undertaking re-immersion of idols which fail to immerse in water bodies and are washed to the surface in defaced state. So right from the making of idol i.e. from inception of the festival to end the Foundation contributes to the social good

Eco - Friendly Ganesh Idols Project



These days most of the Ganesh idols are made of PoP (Plaster-of-Paris). When these PoP idols are immersed in sea or inland water bodies such as lakes and streams, they dissolve slowly, and gradually release its harmful components and toxins. The water experiences a rise in acidity as well as gets laced with traces of heavy metals. The toxic waste kills biological (plant) and zoological (animal) life in the water. The best and the most illustrative example of this has been instances of dead fish being washed ashore after the immersion of idols.

In 2004, under the holy guidance of Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak started the activity of making eco-friendly Ganesh Idols from Ram Naam books which are generated and collected from Aniruddha’s Universal Bank of Ramnaam.  This not only makes the idols eco-friendly but also makes them more pious and sacred. In this eco-friendly method Idols are made using paper pulp and other bio-degradable additives (e.g. natural gum, whitener, etc). Moreover non-hazardous eco-friendly paints are used to paint these idols. 

Idol making activity which was initially carried out from Bandra, Mumbai from 2003, is now being  done  at 46 places all over  Maharashtra, including Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, etc  Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak has trained more than 1600 volunteers have successfully made more than 5000 idols this year with the biggest idol of 8 feet in height being created. The organization has imparted free training to all interested people, organizations and schools who want to help save the environment.

Managing Crowd Control Operations on the Days of Immersion


 

Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management or AADM has been the largest contributor of forces towards managing the humongous crowds  for any religious or social activities. AADM has been assisting the police and  administration authorities and para-military forces, etc in crowd control and even search  & rescue operations.

Hence its natural for AADM to also provide DMVs (Disaster Management Volunteers) to assist government authorities in conduction the immersion ceremony successfully, peacefully and orderly. As mentioned earlier AADM the most proud aspect and one more 'feather in the cap' for Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management is to be the highest contributor in terms of forces for managing this festival. This year AADM has provided more than 4, 000 of its trained and committed DMVs. AADM is providing assistance at more than 84 immersion spots in just Mumbai alone . Taking into consideration just one spot of Girgaum Chowpatty we find that more than 15 lakh people congregate at Girgaum Chowpatty during the evening of Anant Chaturdashi (The last day of immersion) we can understand
the importance of the service that AADM renders.
Moreover it is also observed that Consul Generals and Envoys of almost 45 foreign countries attend the Immersion ceremony at Girgaum Chowpatty and hence the government uses this festival to project Mumbai and this festival on the globally platform to attract tourism and enhance Mumbai’s image internationally which ultimately emboldens and enhances India’s image globally and showcases the discipline in the Indian masses.

 
These two facts underline the importance of the work that AADM performs.

Re-immersion of Idols


As mentioned earlier most of the idols of  Lord Ganesh these days are usually made of Plaster-of-Paris and, therefore, take a long time to get completely dissolve in water. Consequently, these idols are washed back to the shore, which is a very unpleasant and heartbreaking sight.

Hence Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation, Aniruddha Samarpan Pathak and Aniruddha Academy of Disaster Management, undertake the re-immersion of such undissolved and broken idols in the deeper waters with the help of boats every year. The beaches are also fully cleaned and spruced up by all volunteers. This devotional service is carried by the Organization at all major immersion spots in Mumbai like Juhu, Mahim, Versova, Girgaum Chowpatty, etc on the next day after the major immersion days viz., Gauri-Ganpati Visarjan and Anant Chaturdashi.


This year the re-immersion activity was carried out at 7 major beaches across Mumbai, in which 2,545 idols of Lord Ganesh which did not dissolved and were washed on the ashore where re-immersed. 12 trucks of nirmalya or (used flowers) were also disposed off. Here we also need to take notice of a very important fact that 1, 132 DMVs participated in the re-immersion seva even though it being a working day and the day just next to the immersion day when all these DMVs were out in full force and for long hours for crowd control seva.

Celebration of Ganpati Festival at Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu's Residence  


If I have ever seen the most unique, mammoth and fun-devotion filled celebration of Ganapati festival then it is at Sadguru Bapu's place. The uniqueness starts right from the idol. I haven't seen the Bal Ganesh idol with Lord Dattaguru in background anywhere. The eyes and the idol itself gives you the feeling of a real and live Lord Ganesh sitting in front of you. The arrival of the Lord happens in style with a sizable  procession. The festivities last of two and half days and lakhs of people visit Bapu's place even though this is a house-hold celebration that is organized by Bapu's personally. Sadguru Param Poojya Aniruddha, Bapu along with Param Poojya Nandai and Param Poojya Suchitdada Themselves greet the visitors. Poojya Samirdada himself monitors the preparation and operations of the celebration.



On the 3rd day the immersion ceremony starts with a procession which is the biggest anyone would have ever seen in this world for Ganapati visarjan. The procession also has special Lezhim troupe which performs extremely eye-catching and attractive Lezhim. The procession also features 3 - 4 huge DJs which plays some of the best, youthful and electrifying bhakti songs. Everyone in the procession just throngs and dances to the mesmerizing music which is heavenly and thrilling. The people, paedestrians, residents and motor-borne people who happen to see this thunderous and rousing procession are left completely wonder struck and  watch the whole procession in awe. A beautifully decorated chariot carries the idol of the Lord Ganesh which features right in the middle of the procession and makes it appear as a beautiful diamond studded in the middle of a necklace of gold. The procession also features huge cut-outs of P. P. Bapu interspersed at regular intervals in the kilometer long procession which clearly articulate promises of Bapu that He has made towards upliftment and enlightenment of common masses and establish Ram Rajya by the year 2025.

S
adguru Param Poojya Aniruddha
Himself along with Poojya Samirdada, respected Swapnilsinh and respected Paurassinh participate in the procession. Finally the procession ends at Juhu Chowpatty in the loud chants of "Om Namas Chandikayey!" and "Avdhoot Chintan! Shri Gurudev Datta!". The visitors are served sumptuous and extremely tasty dinner at the end at of the procession at Happy Home and most importantly the fact that most of the times this dinner has been served over the years by Param Poojya Nandai and Param Poojya Suchitdada Themselves. Finally all devotees depart with heavy hearts but fun filled and ecstatic minds.

The above right-up is just the tip of the iceberg. To really experience and enjoy it and feel the thrill of the festivities (in Marathi it is called 'ह्याचि देहि,  ह्याचि डोळा') one has to get involved in the festivities whole heartedly. But all the activities described above are just a pointer to the holistic nature of the activities that P. P. Bapu has initiated and driven Himself.