Pune... maternal house of traditional values, knowledge and land of pious.
This is an effort to discover the course of evolution of Pune Upasana Kendra(Center) with the divine blessings of Sadguru Shri Aniruddha (Bapu) in the city of Pune which inherits matured traditional values and culture of Saints from ages.
Pune Upasana Kendra started on 6th September 1997 on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi in Sai Mandir at Ashok Nagar in Khadki, Pune in the presence of 17 devotees. Then in mere two months the upasana was shifted to Modern High School on Junglee Maharaj road. Today also the upasana is held at Modern High school. Todays count of bhaktas(devotees) attending the upasana is 4000. This is a humble effort to express the journey from 17 devotees to 4000. This is a journey of deepening of the roots of Bhakti.
Param Pujya Bapu says, "Discipline is the core of our organization while Bhakti (devotion) is its base". Accordingly Pune Upasana kendra is walking on this solid and firm path of Bhakti with the blessings of Param Pujya Bapu. Below are following points of this journey:
On 20th September 1997 in presence of Pujya Sameer Dada the weekly Saturday Upasana commenced which consisted of discourse given by Sadanandsinh Vartak on Param Pujya Bapu. The first utsav (celebration) given by Param Pujya Bapu to Pune Upasana Center is Safala Ekadashi... a true festival of Bhakti and Bhaktas.
First Safala Ekadashi was celebrated on 25th December 1997 at Modern High School in presence of Pujya Sameer Dada, Sadya Pipa Dada Appasaheb Dabholkar (grandson of Hemadpant) and Late Sow. Meena Vaini. On this day, Bhaktas got the opportunity to take darshan of extremely pious Nirgun Padukas of Shri Sai Nath, Sai Baba's Trishul, Shaligram, Rudraksha garland and 2silver coins. Approximately 350 bhaktas were present on this event.
Every year there was increasing response from people. On the 5th anniversary of Safala ekadashi in the year 2001, an exhibition on information about Param Pujya Aniruddha Bapu and His activities for Bhakti and Seva was organized along with discourse given by Dr. Keshavsinh Narsikar. Approximately 10000 bhaktas attended this event. This should give us an idea about the response received in this period of 5 years. Till this date, Safala ekadashi is celebrated in Pune Upasana kendra as an vital event with increasing response from bhaktas.
On 18th January 1998, event organized for Sai bhaktas was fruitful to Pune Kendra. On this occasion, discourse from Sadanandsinh Vartak on Param Pujya Bapu's greatness and experiences was organized. This event was attended by Shri Appasaheb Dabholkar. Few days after this event, as per the consent from Param Pujya Suchit Dada, audio recording of Param Pujya Bapu's discourses on Vishnusahasranaam started playing at the kendra...
On 30th June 1998, after the padya poojan (worshipping the feet) of Param Pujya Bapu Himself, chinmaya Padukas arrived at Pune upasana kendra and after that Paduka poojan celebration started.
Paduka poojan celebration is an effective medium of spreading the work related to bhakti. In entire Pune city and suburbs paduka poojan celebration helped spread the word quickly. Also every bhakta doing the paduka poojan had started developing firm faith that the Padukas are Bapu Himself. Even till this date, Paduka poojan is organized in Pune kendra.
Bhaktas and Karyakartas who regularly participate in activities in Pune get the opportunity to do seva on several festive occasions such as Aniruddha Poornima, Guru Poornima, Ram Navami in Mumbai. Likewise these bhaktas and karyakartas get the blessed opportunity to do aarti and aukshan of beloved Bapu, Nandai and SuchitDada which in turn reflects in the increased participation of the bhaktas and karyakartas in Pune kendra seva activities.
The secret ingredient for successful development of Pune kendra is transparency in work ethics which is as per Param Pujya Bapu's principles.
Bapu has appointed a team of 52 karyakartas which consists of 1 pramukh sevak, 3 up-pramukh sevak, 2 S.O members. The total number of karyakartas in Pune kendra is 450. In order to establish proper communication and coordination in between the karyakartas there are monthly meetings organized. In these meetings everyone can express their ideas and thoughts freely. This helps accelerate the Kendras activities. On similar lines there are bi monthly meetings between the 52 members appointed by Bapu. The speciality of Pune kendra is proper execution as per thoughtful plan.
The blessings of Param Pujya Bapu, Nandai and Suchit Dada along with priceless timely guidance, inputs and aid received from Pujya SameerDada and Mumbai Office team have been responsible for successful evolution of Pune Upasana Kendra and one cannot forget this. Visits received from Pujya SameerDada out of compassion to Pune kendra have been backbone for success of Pune Kendra. Simillarly visits made by Dr. Yogindrasinh and other respected people of Bapu family have helped guiding the kendra and nourishing the roots of Bhakti.
Pune Upasana is conducted at Modern High School, Junglee Maharaj road, Shivaji Nagar Pune . For this, Kendra receives best cooperation from Chairman of Progressive Education Society, Dr. Gajanan Ekbote, Sow. Jyotsna Ekbote and other members of the society.
In the journey from the time of establishment of Pune Upasana Kendra till today, the several visits offered by Param Pujya Bapu has been the root of development and success of the Kendra. Only due to such visits and Love received from Bapu, Pune kendra has come so far.
As per the direction received from Param Pujya Bapu and guidance from Pujya Sameer Dada, all bhaktas and karyakartas are committed to the vision of establishing first Aniruddha Dham in Pune. It is everyones deepest wish to make this happen at the earliest and for this we offer our Aniruddha prayers to the lotus feet of Param Pujya Bapu, Nandai and Suchit Dada...