SREE PARTHISAI

DHARMASALA

Service to man is service to God

ACCOMODATION

Presently there are 4 blocks, besides to the one for a canteen; each block has 2 dormitories, one block is double storey, thus 10 dormitories in all, which accommodate about 500 people.

Each block is provided with toilets and bathrooms with hot water provision.

People  staying here are provided with a clean mat, washed bed sheets, pillow, locker etc. at a nominal maintenance charge.

CANTEEN

The canteen provides nutritious South Indian food which is cooked for guests in a state of the art kitchen and served in a dining hall.

A separate kitchen is provided with stove and gas at no charge for those coming from Northern or Eastern States and may like to cook their own food at their own taste.

MASS MARRIAGE

 2004 also saw the beginning of another service project.

In India marriages are a very lavish affair, usually beyond the means of the poor. March 4th 2004 witnessed the first group marriage at the Dharmasala. The SreeParthi Sai Trust covered all expenses. On December 9th 2008, 108 couples were married.

The tradition of mass marriages for the under privilege continues to be an annual or biannual affair. Each couple could invite up to fifty guests. The couples are provided with clothing for the marriage as well as gifts of basic household items. All were served breakfast and lunch prepared on site. This service ensures that even the poorest of the poor can celebrate this important milestone with dignity.

December 1st 2010 witnessed the marriages of one hundred and twenty couples.

The mass marriage in now firmly establishes as an annual event.

Due to the Dharmasala ability to cater for very large numbers it has become a popular venue for private marriages and other private functions.

NARAYANA SEVA

Narayana seva (feeding the under privilege) became a regular activity. Since Gurupoornima 2003 Narayana seva is held every Thursday and the organization bears the costs for feeding 600/800 people. Narayana seva may be conducted on other days by request of a donor.

In 2004 Puttaparthi and its surrounds were hit by drought. Food and water became scarce. The canteen prepared food for over 400 children every Monday. This project continued for twelve months until the government announced the midday meal scheme, which continues to this day.

OTHER SERVICES:

Free in house ambulance service, solar heated water, pure drinking water, small shop and twenty-four hour security are provided.

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