The Kripanidhi Trust was formed in the year 1985 by a group of entusiastic Vaishnavas of Surat who wanted to increase the expanse of our Pushtimarg.Even today this trust is functioning very actively not only for the betterment of Pushtimarg but also for the upliftment of the needy who are neglected by many in the society.This page is a brief introduction to the activities taken up by this Trust :
The Kripanidhi Trust
has published many books on different subjects of Pushtimarg for spreading
Besides these the trust also publishes monthly and a bi-monthly magazines for giving important knowledge to Vaishnavas on Pushtimarg.In Gujarati the trust publishes Vaishnav Dharam Pataka,a monthly magazine which deals with the present day problems faced by the Vaishnavas of Pushtimarg.In Hindi it publishes Ashray,a bi-monthly magazine which gives useful information on many important granthas and other important topics of Pushtimarg.Both these magazines have a combined membership of about 2500 members with Ashray being more popular in the Hndi speaking vaishnavas while Vaishnav Dharm Pataka is spreading the Sampradaya amongst the vaishnavas of Gujarat and some parts of Maharashtra.The aim of the trust is to raise this figure to over 5000 members.
The trust runs a Homeopathic dispensary at Shri Govindji Maharaj Mandir where a doctor treats the patients daily between 4-6p.m.On an average 95-100 patients are treated by this dispensary.
The trust also conducts Acupressure camps,Diabetes camps,blood donation camps,etc. from time to time to meet the demands of the needy.
In 1999 the trust organised a blood donation camp at the Varachha road area in Surat during the Purushottam masa(Adhik masa) so that the poor and needy could get blood donation.More than 300 bottles were supplied by the trust to the local authorities.
The tust is also actively taking part in the above mentioned social activities.It keeps on organising a variety of programmes for the deaf,dumb and crippled people whereby these people are supplied the required things or equipment totally free.
In 1993 a programme for the deaf & dumb was held at Moti baug,Jada khadi area in Surat which was attended by about 700 deaf & dumb persons.In 1999 the crippled were given bicycles and other such equipmets totally free.The trust also gave away railway passes to such crippled persons so they could travel safely in the trains.300 persons were given such passes.
From the year 1987 the trust regularly donates food on the utsav of Shri Mahaprabhuji at the school for the blind.
The trust also publishes notebooks at very reasonable prices so that even the poor can purchase them.In 1999 it gave away notebooks to the poor and crippled children free of charge.Till now the trust has donated more than 50000 such notebooks.
The trust visits the homes for the old regularly and fulfills the requirements of these senior citizens.Recently,the trust organised one such visit on 28.8.1999 to Ashaktashram in Surat and supplied these elderly people with the things of daily use.
The trust has started many branches of the Girdhar Bal Pathshala for giving Pushtimargiya knowledge to the children of the vaishnavas.These pathshalas (schools) have been started in the memory of late Shri Girdharlalji Maharaj of Kamvan.Vaishnavas volunteer ti become teachers in these pathshalas.These pathshalas run on every Sunday for 1 hour.This pathshala has 15 branches in the different parts of south Gujarat with the maximum number (9) in Surat while others are spread in the surrounding towns such as Navsari,Valsad,Bardoli,etc.About 500 students are getting Pushtimargiya knowledge from this effort of the trust.
Pushtimarg is a path of beauty and arts.All the 64 Kalas (arts) have a place in Pushtimarg.Shriji has gifted at least one art to each and every vaishnava.So,the trust organises sewa shibir and other such activities so that the vaishnavas can fully develop their art and use it to perform the sewa of Shriji in a better way.
Sewa Shibir : In these shibirs(camp) subjects related to the griha-sewa and the sewa pranalika are taught to the vaishnavas.All the details of the sewa are shown practically so that the vaishnavas can understand the pranalika in an easier manner.Recently,5 such shibirs were held at different places.
Phool-ghar Shibir : In these shibirs the vaishnavas were shown the different ways in which they could make malaji for Shriji.Recently,12 such shibirs were held in different places.
Vastra shibir : How to stitch the Vastras(clothes) and shringars for Shriji were taught in these shibirs.The trust organised 12 such shibirs recently.