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HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj with Tribals

Tribal Care


The benevolent activities of the BAPS have spread even among society's tribal classes. Untouched by the progress of modern society, the tribal natives cultivate their isolated and hilly terrain with great difficulty and little rewards.

In Gujarat, 14.23% of the population consist of tribal people. Spread throughout the State, the tribal territories occupy nearly 200,000, stretching from Ambaji to Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad, Dang and Dadra-Nagarhaveli. It is mostly rocky, sparsely populated and bereft of modern facilities.

  • Since 1972, under the inspiration of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, sadhus and volunteers of BAPS have visited the tribal areas of Gujarat. Superstition and hard-core addictions were widespread. They faced many difficulties, but did not give up.
  • The BAPS has regularly given clothes, educational help, farming help, and medical help. Children Centers and Youth Centers have been opened.

Today, BAPS has 209 centers in these tribal areas with 30 mandirs and cultural complexes. BAPS volunteers travel from hut to hut, village to village, covering the whole of the tribal area. From tribal villagers living in Dadra- Nagarhaveli to Panchmahal and Vadodara, the saints and volunteers of BAPS help these people become literate, educated and cultured, free from addictions and superstitions.

The majority of these neglected people are illiterate, spending their money on cheap drugs, alcohol and gambling. The volunteers give them moral understanding, teach them about family values, childcare and how to save money to build better homes and life. Literacy classes have also helped bring considerable change. The changes are dramatic. One finds solid brick homes that have replaced the once common mud huts. Fields which once had only fruitless weeds, now have healthy crops. Thousands more have been freed from superstition and addictions.

© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith