SOCIAL SERVICE AT PUSHKAR

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During my good old college days when I was a member of the Social Service League, we used to participate and contribute in Social service activities, under its banner. One of the activities was social service at the annual fair being held at Pushkar, near Ajmer city. This is a small religious town having a holy lake, famous for cattle fair, rose plantations, only Brahma temple in the world and now a tourist’s centre. This town is mainly built around the holy lake. It has several bathing Ghats (places). The main Ghat is named as “Gau Ghat”. This fair is normally held in winter months for several days. Devotees come from far off places. They start reaching the Ghats from early morning hours say 0400 AM onwards for performing Puja (worship) and taking a dip in the holy lake. A team of volunteers including myself reached Pushkar one day before and we were allocated duties individually. Dressed in white cotton shirt and pent, (even in the severe cold conditions existing in the early morning hours of that winter period) I took charge for controlling the traffic of the devotees at the main Gau Ghat. Using demarcating ropes we kept one side for those going to the Ghat and the other for those returning from the Ghat after completion of the formalities. We had to handle and manage the big rush of persons continuously and thus keep the flow smooth.  Faithfully I had taken charge at 0400 AM and continued for some hours without break and then I was substituted by another volunteer for some time, so that I could have a break, and return again for this assignment.  Thus our group continued to assist the local administration for this period. It gave me opportunity of volunteering for a social work, learning team work, punctuality, patience and responsibility, even at the cost of personal inconvenience. It was a unique experience. Thereafter I have visited Pushkar several times but the pleasant memories of my first visit continue to linger on in my mind even now. Pushkar has in the meantime developed a lot, as a special tourist centre, with many hotels and programmes being organized for the tourists. It is like an oasis amidst desert. Earlier Pushkar was connected only by road for bus and taxi services, but now it is connected by rail as well.

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About vijaiksharma

OVERALL BRIEF PROFILE: An engineer cum management professional from Jaipur, India. Has been active as freelance writer, reviewer, trainer, examiner and translator. Has interests in Management, Quality, Meditation and Yoga. Has jointly written 6 books, besides about 185 articles, book-reviews, case studies, interviews and translations etc. published in foreign in Indian publications & 24 radio talks broad cast on All India Radio. A book-reviewer, an abstract writer and one of the “Writers of the month” for Jan 2007 on www.shvoong.com. Has won President of India award in 1968, Fellowship award in 1992 and H K Firodia award in 1996, Colvin Medal in 1957, besides other appreciation letters. Has been abroad 6 times to USA, Europe, Bulgaria and Egypt. Also writes blogs with following links www.vijaiksharmaspeaks.blogspot.in, www.vijaiksharma.webs.com, www.sthavir.blogspot.in,

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