Kandhara:The well and Mahima dharma of Bhimabhoi.


On the way to Baudh from Rairakhol in Odisha state of India, a lesser known place of Kandhara.A small Mutt and the famous well there.From inside the well the famous lines of Bhimabhoi once uttered, now written on the walls of United Nations…… A Mahima sanyasi at the Mutt there narrates me the teachings of Bhimabhoi.

In 1850, Bhimabhoi also known as the Blind poet and Santha kabi was born in a Kondh clan of Jatesingha, now in Subarnapur District of Odisha.Being from a very poor family, in search of livelyhood, once he reaches to Kandhara village.He plead for a job in front of the landlord there.After initial reluctance,the landlord later agreed to keep him as the care taker of the cattle folk.Bhimabhoi would take the cattles to the jungle for grazing and return in the evening.He was blind since birth.Once while coming back, he fell into a well.Cattles returned back to the village,but one calf didn’t.The calf stayed there at the well, waiting for Bhimabhoi to come out.The landlord sent someone to find out the missing calf.The man reaches to the calf and found Bhimabhoi inside the well.The villagers reaches to the spot and tried to bring Bhimabhoi out.But Bhimabhoi refused to comeout….who had made me fall here only( he meant God) will take me out…he insisted. Failed to pursuade Bhimabhoi ,finally the villagers returned back, leaving him inside the well.

The famour well at Kandhara.

Seeing the pain, God himself went to the well to take out Bhimabhoi.God extended his right hand into the well but Bhimabhoi again refused.How can I believe you without seeing you my God…..Bhimabhoi told.There are many who had come here to help me come out.You may be one among them.But I want him to help me who had made me fall here.

Bhimabhoi being blind since birth could not see.He asked God to give him eyesight, so that he could see himeself and believe.God agreed and gave him eyesight.Bhimabhoi, then agreed to hold God’s right hand and come out of the well……but he immediately requested God to take back the eyesights…and uttered the famous lines…..

…….witnessing the plethora of plights on earth how one could bear with; let the world get redeemed at my cost” ( ପ୍ରାଣୀଙ୍କଆରତ ଦୁଃଖ ଅପ୍ରମିତ ଦେଖୁ ଦେଖୁ କିମ୍ବା ସହୁ ମୋଜୀବନ ପଛେ ନର୍କେ ପଡ଼ିଥାଉ ଜଗତ ଉଦ୍ଧାର ହେଉ।)The lines are now written on the walls of United Nations.

Mahima Dharma: Swami Mahima Gosain was the original founder of Mahima Dharma.But the credit of spreading it to places around Odisha, Andhrapradesh,Assam,Bengal, goes to Bhimabhoi.He would narrate the messages through catchy poems and his four followers, Basudev Panda,Harihara Panda,Markanda Dash and Dharmanada Dash would write them.Bhimabhoi himself had no formal education,but his teachings are now tought in Universities.Recently Sambalpur University has introduced a separate chair for study on Bhimabhoi.His teachings narrates extensively on socioeconomic,caste and religious discrimination prevailing in society those days.He tought the idea of one God, one religion,one society.God is present everywhere,in every thing. His idea was to take out the society out of this discrimination and thus wrote many poems which helped the Mahima Dharma spread among the opressed and discriminated sector of the society.United Nations and santhakabi Bhimabhoi.

Kandhara: The place can be reached by road from Rairakhol,15 Kms towards Boudh.Odisha,India.There is no hotel/lodge available.However one can stay and have food as prasad(offering) in the Mutt.


Rakhya Bandhan: Taliban needs to learn the respect for Sisters.


Rakhya Bandhan is the Hindu festival of brothers and sisters, but spread across all religions,cast and class in India as well as South Asian.In the months of August(Srabana in Hindu calender, on the day of Rakhya Bandhan the sisters tie a red thread on the right wrist of her brother.The brother in return gifts his sister dress, sweets and vows to protect her at every steps of life.Sister banks upon her brother in every time of crisis.This is India and its culture.

A sister tying Rakhi on his younger brother.

Taliban Culture:. Taliban teaches otherwise.The Taliban religion ( not Allah’s teachings) consider covering of face of their sisters is ultimate protection.The Taliban men covers their sisters with Burka from head to toe.In stead of chocolate as gift ,the Taliban men put a bullet on the head of his sister.

Photo from Google
Photo from Google

On this Rakhya Bandhan day I wish good sense prevails in the Talibanies and their supporters, Pakistanis in perticular.May the Pakistanis who are well acquainted with the Indian teachings of Love & Respect for the sisters can teach their Talibani friends in Afghanistan.

I wish the teachings of Rakhi reach the Taliban.Wish the sisters are protected , not butchered by Talibans.Rakhya Bandhan-An Indian festival.

A Rakhi on the wrist of brother

Rakhya Bandhan-An Indian festival.


Rakhya bandhan, a festival of love, affection and a pledge for protection of the sisters.A Hindu festival, but observed accros the religion in India.Also celebrated in some parts of Asia.Falls in the month of August(Shravana in Hindu calender) the festival is known in different names like Rakhi and Silonu in different areas.

Rakhya Bandhan, a Sanskrit name means “Bond of Protection.On this day the sisters, tie a red thread on the wrist of their brother expecting him to be the protector from every evils .In return, the brother gifts her with dress ,sweets chocolates.

Rakhi-The sacred thread of protection.

Social significance: The brother and sister shares a special bond of affection and love while they grow together. Typically the sister marries and settles in her in- laws house.The brother remains in the parental house,takes care of the elderly parents.On this day, sister comes to her parents house and the Rakhi festival is celebrated.Jointly the entire family celebrates the occasion,shares the sweets and remembers the good times of the past.The sister gets some good times with her parents and relatives.After few days stay, the brother accompany the sister to drop her to her in-laws house.In this way ,the brother becomes a bridge between the both families.In the times of difficulty, the sister banks upon his brother for help and protection.

The function is not confined to blood relation only.Even a brother- sister relationship is created by tying the Rakhi around the wrist of a man cutting across the division of religion ,caste and creed.

A sister tying the Rakhi to her younger brother

Hindu mythology: In Hindu texts of Bhavishya Purana,Lord Krishna mentioned, the tying of Rakhi by Royal priest(Raj Purohit) on the right hand wrist of Yudhisthira.Even today, during Yagyan(worship, offering) the priest ties a red thread as Rakhi on the wrist of all present.

In India ,the Rakhi festival or Rakhya Bandhan is an occasion to bring the families Offers an opportunity to take out some quality time from the busy schedule for the family.Reminding the responsibility of brothers to their families, sisters and elderly parents.Bridges the gap between religion, cast, creed and class.

A lesson for the Talibans: On this day I pray for the sisters of Afganistan.May this Rakhi bring a hope for the sisters.Wish the Taliban learn to protect the sisters.

Jaugarh Fort:Major Rock edicts of Ashoka.


Also known as the Kalinga fort, the Jaugarh Fort derives its name from Jau means Lac and Garh means Fort.Firstly documented by a team from Heldenberg University, the Jaugarh or Samapa in earlier days was once a fortified provincial capital of Kalinga soon after its conqure by Ashoka. The walls were made of lac, being slippery provided protection from climbing by enemy.The square shaped fort now without any signs of Lac walls,however still attracts many scolars and tourists for the Rock edicts of Ashoka present inside the fort.Protected by the Archeological Survey of India,the edicts are found to be written in Prakrit language in Pali scripts.


The Rock edicts describes the changed and compassionate Ashoka the great.A total of 14 edicts except the 13 th are available.After the carnage of Kalinga war, Ashoka followed Buddhism but never imposed it upon followers other religions.Often he would invite religious heads of other religion to discuss on welfare of its people.

Jaugarh is situated at 35 kms from Berhampur.Other tourist attractions are the Tara Tarini temple on the way and thee Shiba temple, 2 kms away from Jaugarh.

Mode of transport: Car/taxi

Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

Nearest railway station: Berhampur.

Tibet Settlement in India- Jirang Monastry- Mini Tibet of Odisha-My travel story to Buddhist sites of Odisha


About the Place:

Thousands of miles away from Tibet, a place in Odisha popularly known by the Tibetians here as “Phuntsokling”- the land of plenty and happiness.Surrounded within 5 km radius, it has the settlement of Tibetians in 4 camps at Chandagiri, Labarsing, Mahendragarh and Tanklipadar.A n important Buddhist religion followers and Buddhist site of Odisha.

In 1959 when Chinese invaded Tibet, large population fled to diffrent countries. India offred settlement camps at different places including Chandagiri.In 1963, the first batch of Tibetian refusee arrived in Chandagiri and stayed here ever since in 4 settlement camps, in and around Chandagiri.Generations passed and they made it their home, adding the colour of their culture and simplicity to the existing picturesque hills and forests of the eastern ghats range.The fluttering colourful flags and chanting sounds of Buddhist mantras from the Gompas and stupas have been spreading the essence of peace and attracting large numbers of tourists to this place, every year.

A monastry at Jirang.

Here in Jirang near Chandagiri,the largest monastry of East India is a place of worship and study of Buddhism visited by monks from all over India and nearby countries.His Holiness The Dalai Lama inagurated the monastry in 2010. Mahapadmasambhaba, considered as the second to Lord Buddha, is worshiped here.I was told that Mahapadmasambhaba was the adopted son of King Bibhutipati.Mahapadmasambhab went to Tibet on the invitation of the King there and established Buddhism and Lamaism in Tibet.It is also believed that father of Mahapadmasambhaba,the King Bibhutipati was ruler of Sambal, the present days Sambalpur in Odisha on the banks of Manad or Mahanadi.Mahapadmasambhab is credited with the establishment of Tantric sect of Buddhism in Tibet before wiping out the evil spirits existed there, for which the King of Tibet has invited him.Since then the scholars of Buddhism always regard India and Sanskrit with high esteem and source of inspiration.

Monks of Jirang monastry

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Jirang monastry

My Travel story:

After a week long cloudy weather,it was a sunny morning of 24th july2021, an weekend holidays, with my cameras and light breakfast in a bag, I started at around 7.30 AM , in my Tata Nexon, a distance of slightly more than 80 KMs and 2 Hrs journey from Berhampur,Odisha.After a couple of stops for tea at the road side shops, I reached to the destination at Jirang.The road from Berhampur till Taptapani was straight with not much traffic.After Taptapani, the hilly drive started with sharp turns. Adventurous and scenec beuty of the road upto Jirang and a stop at the Taptapani Hot water spring is enough for a weekend jollytrip with family and friends.Although I was travelling alone but, will definitely go for another trip with family.I have a craze for local vegetables and fruits from road side vendors while travelling.And this time too I didn’t miss to buy few local vegetables and also some fruits for lunch.Before reaching to the Jirng monastry, I met with some Tibetians and talked to know about their life here and also about Buddhism.


After a day stay here, I decided to return back at 5 PM.One may include a trip to sea beaches of Gopalpur when come back to BerhampurGopalpur Beach-A tourist destination-Gopalpur on Sea.

Travel Advisory:

Jirang monastry is accessible by all wether roads from Berhampur and Bhubaneswar .Road conditions is good but hilly terrain needs experienced driver.On the way, one can enjoy a dip in the hot springs of Taptapani.Local as well as Tibetian foods are available. Photographer s can enjoy taking some close snaps of Black Bucks at the outskirt villages of Berhampur city. #buddhism#jirang

Buddhism and Pargalpur,Odisha-

The Balgur dish and Childhood memories at Government school at my village.


This morning after a long time, Dalia was on the breakfast menu. Dalia is a dish prepared from cracked paraboiled wheat. It is boiled with milk and little sugar. The aroma was something similar to the Balgur I had during my school days and it reminded me of those childhood times spent with one of my friend Amar, now a successful man, a father, a father in law, well settled in Angul. But, we both were best friends since then. The Balgur was of immense interest for my friend Amar, but not that much for me. This morning, when I took a spoonful of Dalia, remembered the Sal leaf, Amar, the Balgur and those childhood days.


It was in late seventies and early eighties. I was in class 5th in a rural Government school. We were about 50 students in the school,upto 5th standard. In my class we were 10 students. Those days all Government school were being supplied with the Balgur and a metal-canned cooking oil. Like these days mid-day meals, the boiled Balgur was a very important item, all of us in Government school would be waiting for. As I and Amar were in class 5th and were bit healthy to lift the bowl full of boiled Bulgur from kitchen to serving area, we were in-charge of preparation. I don’t remember any cook in the school,those days. At around 10 AM, we would be given with 8-10 kgs of Balgur and a cup of oil. The Balgur and the oil were being supplied to India by USA as an aid those days. So, we had a privilege of having some foreign food since childhood. I and Amar would collect the items and reach to the kitchen, an abandoned room at a distance from the school. Dry leaves and woods would be collected. Now Amar would teach me how to ignite the Chullah(Hearth). After around half an hour struggle in our teens, we would finally be ready to start cooking. A big aluminium pot, never seen its exact colour but black, would be filled with water till we both can lift it. If we could not lift,we would again drain some water out of it. Then we would add the cup of oil in the water and wait till it boils. The the Balgur will be added to the water till it is cooked, sometimes half cooked and sometimes gets overcooked. The Bulgar is same like the Dalia, but the size of crushed wheat differs. The size is bit finer in case of Dalia. Now the time would be around 12 noon and everyone in the school would be waiting for me and Amar. We both would lift the cooked Bulgar in that aluminium pot to the serving area of school. Drenched in sweat,we both would return with immense pride as if had won a war.Then Amar would go to the rear side of the school to pluck some Sal Leaves to be used as plates. Till Amar comes back, I would guarding the cooked food. Then all students would relish the delicious Bulgar. Sometimes, I used to bring a spoon full of sugar from home in a folded paper. I and Amar would share that sugar with Bulgar. The taste and flavour was not of that appealing to me, but the company with others and specially Amar, was something I still adore till today.

Childhood in a government school, Balgur, the sal leaves, and Amar are not only beautiful memories but also practical lessons, of team spirit, of hardships and struggles, of friendship…..

(for all of then who had a schooling in rural Government schools in eighties and had tasted the Bulgur.Please share your comments if you are a student those days)

Basudeb Foundation And Members of Odisha Union of Journalists (OUJ) at Deogarh- Extending medical aid.


Journalist is known for its pen.Rightly said pen is mighter than sword.But oxygen concentrators, therometers and oxymeters in the hands of journalist, ready to help the needy at the remote villages, is something which is not only a great moral booster to the medicos but also an inspiration to everyone in the society to come forward.Obviously the message can reach faster and effectively to many through the pen of the journalists themselves.

Basu Foundation was founded by Sri Pratyus Panda from Brajarajnagar,Odisha in the memory of his father Sri Basu Panda.During the pandemic,the Foundation could able to arrange oxygen concentrators to many health centers, specially the rural areas.The idea was to lessen the load on hospitals ,by making available concentrator for mild patients at home isolation.The first foray into rural area started by placing two concentrators at Rairakhol along with some cylinders at an Oxygen bank.

The news reached to the journalists of Deogarh and to Sri Ashok Nanda, a resident of Deogarh.A journalist and social worker,Sri Ashok Nanda is also the General Secretary of Odisha Union of Journalis.Deogarh is a not so economicaly developed area of Odisha and has equally not so good medical facilities.The medical facilities at the remote areas are even poor.Then Sri Nanda messaged Basu Trust to come forward.Basu Trust which has already supplied around 70 concentrators till now, readily agreed to the proposal.Two oxygen concentrators,some pulse oxymeters,IR therometers and some masks were sent to Deogarh.Under the supervision of Sri Nanda the medical equipment were handed over to remote areas at Chatabar and Barkote community health centers.


The community health centers are the backbone of rural health care system.The medical aid provided by the Trust will strengthen the hands of medicos there in delivering health care to the poor rural patients.The journalist volunteers will distribute the mask and create awareness among the mass to fight the pandemic.

I always belive in public participation and this is an example when journalist in form Covid volunteers joins hand with donors and medicos to upgrade the healthcare system in the remote rural areas.More such effort from the public can bring improvement in every field of development.

………keep reading and sharing good news.It improves immunity.

(You may also say thanks Basu Trust on whatsapp number

Tapping the Youth power For Bird conservation-The Chadhei Club of Sambalpur

The ChadheiClub.Email: chadheclubsbp@gmail.com

Chadhei club, a group of birders envisioned the idea of conservation of bird species,under the leadership of Sri Surendramohan Pradhan.He was a school teacher and a great birder and photographer.

In the early 2010,the Chadhei club was formed and members were not so active baring some.Some species were recorded and activity in conservation were being taken up.The idea of involving maximum from the public was thus thought upon ,so as to impregnate into the minds of the youth,the message of birds and environmental conservation.

Then came the pandemic of 2019 and much of the otdoor activities could not be carried out.Then the idea to involve the youth in online platform was thought upon.Fortunately, Dr Biswamohan Jena, a greatly admired teacher among the youth and among NSS volunteers in particular came forward.His love for Bird species and environment brought him closer to the ChadheiClub after his interaction with the members during the inaugural function of the Logo of ChadheiClub.Chadhei club logo was inagurated on the World Environment day,5 th Jun 2021.

An online interaction with around 60 youth was palnned on 9 th Jun2021.President of ChadheiClub Sri Ashis Pradhan and Secretary Sri Prasant Pradhan interacted with the volunteers over the zoom platform.The idea was to create interest among the youth about different species and their names and how to report on e-birding platform.

During an online interaction

The response was awsome and a hope created in all of us to involve more such youths, in this mission.

Previously we have lost some of the species due to, not much awareness among the youth.Presently the youth is informed ,tech savy and filled with abundance of energy.The energy needs to be channalised for a better cause.Creating intrest to identify and record the local birds will serve the purpose of conservation of their habitat and thus the environment.Once the energy is channalised into the fantastic world of birding, much of the work is already done for environmental conservation.

The loss of much of the population of ground nesting birds is due to the forest fire apart from other reasons as well.The forest fire not only destroy the trees but also variety of rare species of fauna.Another instance of destruction of ground nests near Hirakud is the unrestricted movement of humans in the nesting area.The nests and eggs are being destroyed unknowingly.One such example is the nests of Little Pratincole and Oriental pratincole. Oriental Pratincole migrates from shores of Australia to this place.The Little Pratincole is a native bird.Both nests on the ground.

Oriental Pratincole
Little pratincole on the nest
Little pratincole

Bringing awareness among the youth will help us saving the forest fire and the environment degradation.

With this aim in mind The ChadheiClub Sambalpur will involve more and more youth in its mission.More like Dr Jena are needed in this mission.

(ChadheiClub can be reached with its e-mail: chadheiclubsbp@gmail.com.Chadhei means Bird in odia language)

Chadhei Club – Birders of Sambalpur and the Birdman.


Sambalpur and the adjoining area has always been a bird’s paradise. Thanks to the green environment with a plethora of flora and the huge waterbody of Hirakud reservoir. Although some industrial units have come up since the last couple of years with their complementary polluting outputs contributing to the destruction of birds’ habitats, there are many breeding and feeding habitats still left for the birds to survive. Though some species are less visible now a days, no particular species has depleted to the extent of extinction. In such a situation,a group of individuals vowed to revive the birders club – Chadhei Club Sambalpur.

The Club was initially founded by Late Sri Surendra Mohan Pradhan in early 2010. Also fondly known among the birders of Sambalpur as the “Birdman of Odisha”, he made a wide range of documents on birds and their habitats. An avid birder and a school teacher, he spent a major part of his life documenting the birds. Spending on costly equipment for birding from own’s pocket was not easy. Since no sponsors were available in those days, he devised his own equipments to collect data or to take snaps of birds. Before his demise, he was able to gather many important documents on birds apart from authoring a book on the nestings of birds. The book was jointly authored by his only son Sri Ashis Pradhan and another Sri Nayar. The book was widely appreciated among bird lovers after being published by the Government of Odisha.

The Birdman of Odisha, Surendra Agyan(Sir) was not only a birder but also a great motivator towards bird conservation. He was able to motivate many poachers to stop poaching and join for the cause of conservation. As narrated by Ashish Pradhan, once during their birding on the banks of river Mahanadi, they noticed a group of teens searching for eggs laid by birds. They were regularly collecting the eggs for food and therefore were a source of information about the nesting sites. Surendra Agyan immediately offered the teens an alternate. He motivated them to refrain from harming the nests and stop collecting eggs. Instead he would offer them eggs purchased from the market.The teens were happy enough and became his friends for lifetime. Later on, the teens became a major source of information about nests and were actively associated against poaching.

After his demise, the club he had envisioned stopped its activities due to the lack of motivation. Efforts to register the club as a society were foiled by a lack of followups and red tapism. Interestingly, once even the official who had come for verification of the club address, didn’t get convinced and insisted on showing the birds. He misunderstood the club as some thing to be a zoo. However, the club was finally registered.

The members of the Chadhei Club again started gathering in remote areas in the outskirts of the town in search of birds. The vigour was slowly returning back with new members joining the club. Regular visits to different sites and creating awareness in the society, the members were tirelessly putting in their efforts to take the Club to a new height. And then, the pandemic of Covid-19 struck upon them. Site visits of the club were again hampered. But the doors were not yet closed.

One of the most important events was pending since long – the launching of a Logo for the club. A logo was finalised by the club which was decided to be inaugurated in a grand manner.A young creative artist Ms Sriya Sibadarshini designed the logo for the club. Struggling against lockdowns and pandemics, the club finally inaugurated the logo. Although a physical gathering was not possible but all members and guests joined on a virtual platform to inaugurate the Logo online.

And finally, on the 5th of Jun, 2021, on the occasion of World Environment day, the logo of Chadhei club was inagurated to the public eye. It was also posted on the social media of Chadhei Club. Chadhei Club with the new logo can now be followed on Koo, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Logo
Inagurating the logo on zoom platform

The aim of the club has not changed from what it was envisioned as by the founder and Birdman of Odisha Sri Surendra Agyan. He had left behind him a team of dedicated bird lovers, who in this inaugural function again repeated their vows towards conservation of birds and their habitats.

(The club can be contacted by mail to: chadheiclubsbp@gmail.com. The club can be followed on Twitter, Koo, Insta and Fb)

Tapping the Youth power For Bird conservation-The Chadhei Club of Sambalpur

Parichaya Group-Giving a new identity to the mentally challenged.


Sambalpur is a place of many organisations working for social cause. Just a phone call away in case of requirement of blood or for rescue of a destitude or arranging the last rites of an unclaimed deadbody. Utsarga, Limserian, Swaichha, Sambal and many more….give a call and some Dada or Kaka will reach for your rescue. One such group is Parichaya. Located in Hirakud area, they do not have a permanent office but work over phone to reach in the time of need. Parichaya – meaning ‘identity’- the group of dedicated samaritans known specially for rescue of mentally challenged people from the road or arranging shelter for old age people left on the streets.Before writing this I came across one young friend who is associated with Parichaya, Sri Abhinash Mishra and he narrated to me a story of success.The satisfaction in him while narrating the story was even more inspiring for me, enough to write a blog on Parichaya – Bringing back the identity of a mentally challenged person.

In 2018, one Sri Debashis,was roaming around in Maneswar area of Sambalpur when members of Parichaya came to know about him. The condition of this mentally challenged person can be imagined from the photo here.

before the rescue

The team members rescued him and gave him a bath and foods before arranging to send him for Gandhi Niwas, Bhubaneswar.

Thanks to the Gandhi Niwas as well for treating him well,before sending him back home in 2019.

After recovering.

Suddenly, one fineday, Sri Abhinas got an unknown call. As usual Abhinas responded….”Hello. Dada, I am Debashis speaking from…how are you ?Can you recognise me?”. Abhinash responded…”No dear”….Abhinash had already forgotten about the incident and was expecting some one in need of blood or so, for which is the call might be . Then Debashis asked ..”do you remember the man you had rescued from Maneswar?”; “Yes….yes…yes….your name I am forgetting but I could remember you”…Abhinash responded. “How are you and where? Any help required?”. Debashish replied “I am completely ok Dada(brother) and had returned home.Presently working in a cycle repair shop, Dada.”

The conversation was going on for sometime and the feeling of satisfaction that Abhinas was experiencing during that time was …..only Abhinash can feel. It is beyond my words to narrate. The next part of conversation was even more satisfying and inspiring. Members of Parichaya had given him the identity which Debashish had lost. From a mentally challenged to a Samaritan Debashis, he had now transformed with a new Parichaya(identity) to him.

When Abhinash enquired the reason of calling, Debashis responded…”Actually Dada ,one mentally challenged person is roaming in my area and I thought you could help him…and thus I called you.”The goosebumps in Abhinash can only be be experienced and no words can narrate it.

(Parichaya can be contacted on the mobile of Sri Bipin Bihari Panda,President Parichaya.Mobile no +919438030524 or Abhinash Mishra, Secretary Mobile no 7790037300.Members of Parichaya has so far rescued approximately 250 mentally challenged and 150 old age homeless individuals before sending them to old age homes or rehabilitation centers.Some are still in old age homes or rehabs and many have returned home after treatment. )

(Note: Name of the mentally challenged individual is changed for privacy concerns. Debashis is not his original name.)