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In 1908, on a visit to Pandharpur, Sri Maharaj requested permission to give up his body
before the idol of Pandharinath as his work was accomplished. Anticipating this
eventuality, a trust was formed with 12 trustees on the 12th of September, 1908 in the
presence of Sri Maharaj. A condition was laid that the managing trustee would continue
to be from the same lineage. The trustees are not paid any remuneration.
The total donation collected was used for building the temple at a cost of Rs. 27,806
and 10 annas. The temple complex houses two shrines, one being the Samadhi of Sri
Gajanan Maharaj and the other being the Sri Ram Mandir where the Padukas are
worshipped. Five Aartis are performed by five priests at specific times – at 5 a.m. in the
morning, at sunrise, noon, sunset and at night. Along with the Aarti, Abhishek, Puja,
Archana and Namsmaran are also performed with devotion. 

  The rules followed in the Sansthan, laid down by Sri Gajanan Maharaj on 11.4.1909 are
as follows:1. The Samadhi of Sri Maharaj will not be touched 

2. The women devotees will use the western entrance and the men will enter from
the east 

3. Women devotees will not stay overnight in the temple complex and no devotee
will be allowed to stay for more than three days 

4. Trustees are neither expected to handle nor to accumulate money, and also to
ensure that pilgrims continue on their journey 

5. Sevaks will be appointed to fetch water for devotees and they should be paid Rs.
3 as honorarium per month 

In all, there were 9 such rules and all of them were accepted unanimously. 

Since the formation of the trust, all resolutions were passed unanimously. All
functionaries of the Sansthan work voluntarily. 3500 sevadharis offer their services
gratis, while 2500 are paid an honorarium. About 3000 reserve volunteers wait to
participate in the Sansthan’s activities, as they consider it an opportunity to serve Sri
Gajanan Maharaj. Each of the sevadharis and sewaks discharge their duties with
dedication and without any expectation. 

About the Sansthan
  How the Sansthan functions:The wealth of the Sansthan is piousness and devotion. The service rendered by the
growing number of devotees contributes to this religious atmosphere. There is no
expectation of comfort or pleasure.
Pilgrims visit the Sansthan with faith and reverence. Appreciating their heartfelt
devotion, the Sansthan treats every visitor to the temple as their own. Therefore, there
is no commercial motive involved in the support and assistance provided to the pilgrims 

who visit the temple.
Considering the needs of the pilgrims, the Sansthan provides accommodation at
nominal rates. Pilgrims are charged only the cost of the stay, while all other possible
amenities are provided. The Sansthan treasures the devotion of the pilgrims. As the
entire establishment that is seen today has come up from the donations of the pilgrims,
the Sansthan is conscious that it has to offer services without having any motive of 

generating profits. 


The motto of the Sansthan is “May all beings be happy” and selfless service is the tool
by which this is achieved. This promotes the true aim of religion. 

  The religious activities of the Sansthan are promoted by incurring expenditure asfollows: 
  For the Financial Year 2010 Р2011, the total budget is Rs. 70 crore of which the
establishment expenses account for 15 %, expenditure on religious activities is 5%,
expenditure on new projects is 10% and the balance 70 % will be spent with the
objective of serving devotees. There are a total of 42 activities undertaken by the
Sansthan concerned with development and promotion of religion, education and health.
  There are around 20,000 pilgrims who are given the Mahaprasad every day, free of
cost. In 5 centres of the Sansthan spread over two states, 55,000 devotees take the
Prasad every day.
  Every year, 3 festivals are celebrated in which 4 crore devotees participate with fervorand for which all necessary arrangements are done by the Sansthan. 
  The Sansthan has been actively providing health services for the last 25 years.
Allopathic, Homeopathic and Ayurvedic dispensaries are being run by the Sansthan,
which have together dispensed free medicines and treatment to around 1.3 crore
patients. There are also special facilities to cater to physically disabled patients. Eye
camps and eye surgeries have been performed for around 10,000 patients with the
Sansthan subsidising 90% of their expenses.
  The Sansthan is actively engaged in spreading education through its engineering
college, an English medium school and the Ashram Shala. Special needs of mentally
challenged children are also taken care of by the Sansthan. For the education of
warkaris, a separate school has been established. Around 5000 students study in these
institutions and scholarships are also provided to many as per the government and
Sansthan rules.
  SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: The Sansthan provides support to various welfare programmes
carried out by other organizations including rain water harvesting, environmental
awareness, cottage industries and other socio-economic development schemes.
  INFRASTRUCTURE: There are 9 complexes having 3000 guestrooms and 6
dormitories to accommodate 6000 devotees at any given point of time. Anandsagar and
a meditation hall have been constructed to provide recreational facilities in a spiritual
atmosphere for visiting pilgrims. Anandsagar is spread over 165 acres of land andshowcases the icons of different religions as all different paths lead to one divine entity. 
  FINANCIAL ACTIVITY: The different departments of the Sansthan are run on the
principles of service and welfare of devotees. There is total transparency in financial
transactions. Daily collections are displayed to the general public. The accounts are
maintained in the SAP ERP system, the Sri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the first and
the only charitable institution which has implemented a SAP system.
  DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS: The developmental goal is to ensure that present
activities of the Sansthan continue to exist permanently. Medical reimbursement
scheme is proposed to be expanded with a view to cover adjoining districts. The
Sansthan plans to utilize the 700 acres of land available with it to provide services to
devotees. The Anand Sagar project would be expanded and completed on the
remaining 150 acres of land. The issue of farmers’ suicide has been proposed to be
tackled by implementing suitable welfare schemes.
  The religious goals of the Sansthan:
  1.The Sansthan drives the economy of the region. The annual expenditure of Rs.
70 crore translates into a 150 crore turnover for the village. This aggregates to
Rs. 220 crore for the region, generating employment for over 15,000 people.2. The floating population of the devotees determines the income and consumption
of services of the Sansthan. 

3. Only a minimum balance of 3 months’ expenditure remains with the Sansthan.¬†

4. Sri Maharaj’s instruction that no money should be accumulated is followed
religiously by the Sansthan. Whenever there is an increase in donation, the
charges normally levied are decreased even further. Thus the objective of the 

Sansthan is achieved. 

5. While the Sansthan does not accumulate money, it is extremely conscious that
the purpose of its existence is to cater to the needs and requirements of its

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