Three organizations join hands to help Archakas and Purohits suffering due to lockdown

The lockdown has been a particularly difficult time especially for professions like Archakas and Purohits most of whom earn on day to day basis. To help such people, USA-based Viswa Veda Parayana Brindam, Hyderabad-based Veda Vyasa Varadhi, and Tarani distributed Swayampakam’s kits to Archakas and Purohits in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana during the crisis.

Swayampakam kit is a package of 15 different essential commodities to survive during the covid times. The Swayampakam kit is a reusable bag that consists of 7-8 kgs of rice, sugar, different dals, tamarind, oil, and other essential commodities.

The drive took place in 20 districts where 1800 kits each valued at Rs. 1000 were distributed to the needy families of temple Purohits and Archakas. These three organizations have now shifted their focus to remote rural areas from urban areas they were focussing on earlier. Their target is to distribute 3000 Swayampakam kits to the needy Purohit families so that they can get back to normalcy.

R Sunder Lakshman, secretary, and treasurer of three organizations said, “We have set ourselves a target of at least 50 kits per district in both the States. In AP, we have covered Krishna, West Godavari, and a few places in East Godavari till date.”

He explained, “our organizations are the bridge between donors and beneficiaries. When we made our intentions clear on different fora, there was an overwhelming response and several people came forward to help the poor Archakas and purohits from across the two States and abroad.”

According to him, they have collected from Rs.500 to 1 lakh and above from the donors. The entire process of distribution of kits to the collection of donations is done in a transparent manner. M. Chandramouli an NRI who hails from Nandigram of Krishna district has supported 100 people from his native. He has been doing this for the past five months.

Lakshman said that Tarani was started by retired IAS officer PVRK Prasad in 2012. The objective of the organization was to protect and promote Sanatana Dharma. The organization presently headed by Siva Ram, a chartered accountant from Guntur has sought measures to help poor Archakas and Purohits.

It is worth mentioning that Tarani has spent 9 lakhs to support the Archakas and Purohits. They have also started self-employment schemes for single women and widows to set up their business spanning from tailoring to photography.

Viswa Veda Parayana Brindam is an organization that was started by Raghu Chunduri in 2019. It was started to promote Santana Dharma and Vedic education. With the help of NRI’s in the USA namely Naga Chadalapaka, Raj Julakanti, Sadasivam, Sunil Vakkalanka, Mahesh Puducheri, Srinivas Aluri, Sridhar Tadepalli, Prabhu Narumanchi, Chalapathi, Jitendra Khandrika, Chandrasekhar Gannavarapu, Raghu has been working hard for the upliftment of Archakas and Purohits.  The organization supports 140 Vedic students studying in 6 different Vedic institutions.

Similarly, Veda Vyasa Vidya Vignana Varadhi has been providing scholarships worth Rs. 1.5 crores to 350 students in the last 10 years.

(Featured Image Source: The New Indian Express)


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