According to the Bhagvadgita when an individual completes the worldly responsibilities undertaking of the Char Dham pilgrimage is important to attain Moksh. Unfortunately, many elders in our country are unable to complete this Yatra due to their financial conditions or their children being busy with their own mundane life, and are unable to accompany their parents on such yatras.
Manav Aastha Foundation positions itself as a modern day Shravan by taking care of the entire needs of these elders who wish to complete the Char Dham yatra. ‘Moksh Yatra’ will cover the Char Dham Yatra i.e Badrinath, Rameshwaram, Jagannath Puri & Dwarka from September 24th which is considered extremely important in our Hindu scriptures. The first yatra organized by the foundation got an overwhelming response, where approximately 5000 applicants from across the state applied for this, out of which 51 yatris were selected for their Yatra. The entire ground work and verification of the applicants was undertaken by Shri Nitesh Rane’s NGO Swabhiman Sanghatana.
Shri Suraj Samat of Manav Aastha who is also the man behind this unique idea says, “We at Manav Aastha constantly strive to get a positive change in the society. Moksh Yatra is just one such initiative that fulfills the wishes of a person who wants to make this journey but has been deprived of it due to several reasons. Therefore, we take inspiration from Shravan Kumar who left no stones unturned just to perform the duties towards his parents with regards to their spiritual journey. We shall do everything and make all possible arrangements for all those who cannot afford these yatras. Fortunately, we have many corporates coming forward to help us with this noble cause and soon expect the government also to support and make the necessary amendments with regards to pilgrimage subsidies. “
Shri Rajesh Tope the Education Minister applauding the effort of the foundation said, “I congratulate Manav Aastha Foundation for conceptualizing and executing such a unique initiative called ‘Moksha Yatra’. I am sure many underprivileged citizens can fulfill their dream of visiting places of religious and spiritual significance through this noble cause. My best wishes to all the members of Manav Aastha Foundation and Shri Suraj Samat.”
The foundation will be taking the Moksh Yatra one step further by requesting the government to start subsidy for the Hindu pilgrimage. The foundation has received letters from Chief Minister Shri Prithiviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Ajit Pawar of Maharashtra, Shri Nitesh Rane Founder and Chairman of Swabhiman Sanghathana and Milind Deora - Member of Parliament extending their support to this noble cause.
Currently Manav Aastha’s initiative is only across the state but by early next year they plan to take this idea further across the country and internationally. The foundation has tied up with Kesari tours for the entire travel and stay package which includes local transport, 1 Stroller bag and Pooja thalis. Other than Kesari, there are many other corporates like Pratibha Industries and Patel engineering who have come forward to support this noble cause in various capacities.
About Manav Aastha Foundation
The Manav Aastha Foundation is conceptualized by Shri Manohar Samat with the constant support of Mrs. Neeta Samat. It was formed in 2010 and has been engaged in several social service activities like arranging blood donation camps, free medical, dental & eye check ups, counseling camps, etc. Mr. Suraj Samat, son of Shri Manohar Samat, a Trustee of the foundation noticed that in India no government, political body, spiritual / dharam guru, NGO has undertaken to arrange religious pilgrimages for Hindu. It is under his tutelage that “Moksh Yatra” is being launched to fulfill this vacuum. Manav Aastha is initiating to arrange monthly visits to places of religious significance for a group of 51 people, beginning with Char Dham – Dwarka, Badrinath (also Kedarnath), Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram, in the month of September 2011.They are also getting financial support from numerous Corporates in India who believe in the cause and are as passionate as they are.