Shri Ganga Sabha (Reg.), Haridwar
In the year 1914, the British Government decided to construct a dam near Bhim Goda in Haridwar and tried to block the free flow of water towards Har Ki Pauri. This act of Britishers had agitated the Tirth Purohits and Mehants of Haridwar and under the leadership of Bharat Ratna Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya a huge protest was carried out against the damming of the river, soon this protest gained momentum and a mass movement was sparked against the British Government.
Eventually, under the immense pressure from this movement, the British Governor agreed to dismiss the project and categorically assured that the current flow towards Harki Pauri Brhamkund and nearby Ghats will remain uninterrupted and in future as well no decision will be taken without the consent of Hindu society in this regard. Surely this was an unforgettable victory of Hindu community against the British Government.
However, after few days, the assurance given by the Governor was ignored and construction of the dam was again started by the British Irrigation Department without the consent of Hindu society. This act of deception by the British Government reignited the mass movement and soon a nationwide protest broke out against the British Government. As a result after two years of continuous protest the British Governor Sir James Meston Dole was forced to find a solution to this agitation and on 18-19 December 1916, a huge conference was organized in Haridwar under the leadership of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, where a large number of affluent people assembled to make an agreement with the British Government officials to ensure the free flow of Ganga Water. It is believed that this is the first water movement of the world against the British Government.
With the efforts of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya British Government finally signed a written agreement on the following points.
(1.) In future, the incessant flow of Ganga will never be interfered with. (1916 Agreement, clause 32, Para-1)
(2.) No decision on Ganga will be taken without the consent of Hindu community. (1916 Agreement, clause 32, Para-1)
Soon after this instance, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya recognized the need of an organization which communicates the feelings of pilgrims and Hindus to the Government and finally Shri Ganga Sabha (Reg.) Haridwar was formulated by him in the year 1916 in the presence of the Governors, the Kings and His Highness of Gwalior, Jaipur, Bikaner, Patiala, and Alwar.
Shri Ganga Aarti
The world famous Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri was started by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1916 and since then Ganga Aarti is being organised by Shri Ganga Sabha two times in a day, Mangala Aarti at sunrise and Shringar Aarti at sunset. Everyday, a large number of people gather on the both banks of river Ganges to perform Ganga Aarti. Shri Ganga Sabha invites all the devotees to experience this amazing spiritual experience of a lifetime.
Shri Ganga Sabha Information and Broadcast Centre along with hundreds of volunteers proactively manages the smooth crowd movement during all major festivals and mass gatherings. Every year our lost and found center reunites thousands of missing pilgrims with their loved ones. It also helps the pilgrims in resuming their valuables lost during Ganga Arti, fairs and festivals.
CLEANING OF GHATS
Ghats around Har-Ki-Pauri are actively managed & maintained by Shri Ganga Sabha. A dedicated team of volunteers is deployed by Shri Ganga Sabha to maintain 24/7 cleanliness all around Har-Ki-Pauri. Ganga Sevak Dal of Shri Ganga Sabha also conduct mass awareness drives to boost the clean Ganga campaign.
CHARITABLE MEDICAL CENTER
Health care and medical facilities are provided free of cost to persons who have limited incomes by Shri Ganga Sabha health care facilities. Our charitable dispensary at Har-Ki-Pauri, Jwalapur and Kankhal provides free medicines to the needy people. We also provide 24*7 free ambulance service that can be used by anyone in case of medical emergencies. Several medical and yoga health camps are also organized by Shri Ganga Sabha for the awareness of general public.
Krishan Kumar Sharma
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