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Unforgettable Visit to Mavtar Vrudhashram (Old Age Home) at Virpur

Few visits do live a print-mark on our mind that you keep thinking about it even after few days. Such one visit was to ‘Mavtar Vrudhashram’, an old age home situated on the banks of a beautiful pond in the town of Virpur, the town worldly known for the saint Jalaram Bapa.

Anand Nagar Mavtar Vrudhashram, Virpur

Anand Nagar Mavtar Vrudhashram, Virpur

This visit was a part of AFS Rajkot Chapter activity, where the three students who are hosted in Rajkot this year (2011-12), viz Eleonora, Mona and Regina, were taken as part of social visit. This visit was organized by Ajay Mehta, Lecturer at P.D.M. college, Rajkot, who also happens to be the AFS Volunteer.

I have visited couple of old age homes prior to this, but this old age home differs from others by some of its unique characteristics, such as its very humane care-taker Mulubhai Dabhi, attach toilets, limited number of old people in one room, neat & clean ambiance(ground, kitchen, rooms, lobby), no strict rules for admission of old people, no strict in-house rules to be followed by the old people,  feeling of healthy atmosphere all around and much more.

Mulubhai Dabhi

Mulubhai Dabhi

Mulubhai is the care-taker and trustee of this old age home. He is such an interesting and humanitarian persona. He is doing this out of his passion to do something for the needy. He is a financially capable person and now devoting his time in serving the old people. By nature, he is spiritual. He is a harmonium player too. During our meeting, he sang some of the very meaningful Bhajans (spiritual Gujarati songs), with explaining its meaning. He is a fine dedicated person and looking forward to strengthen and develop this old age home further & further. One of the many interesting things about him is that, he doesn’t ask for HELP or DONATION, rather he shows you everything with pure feeling and then it’s us who has to decide whether we want to / can help, and if yes, in what way. But yes, looking at the kind of fine management he is doing, I feel that this is the most right place if you really want to help in monetary way. Don’t go by my word. Visit the place and decide by yourself (address and contact number given at the end of this article).

Exchange students and AFS Rajkot volunteers with female residents of Mavtar Vrudhashram Old Age Home

Exchange students and AFS Rajkot volunteers with female residents of Mavtar Vrudhashram Old Age Home

Exchange students and AFS Rajkot volunteers with male residents of Mavtar Vrudhashram Old Age Home

Exchange students and AFS Rajkot volunteers with male residents of Mavtar Vrudhashram Old Age Home

This old age home has residents from different parts of India such as Rajkot, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Nasik etc. and one resident is from London. We met the maximum number of residents we could meet. Each one of them has a different story to tell. Some are very tragic ones. Actually, most are tragic ones only, but few do really melt your heart. One of them I do still remember is of a old lady from London. She had two sons. In a car accident her both sons died. At that time, they were just eight and ten years old. After few years of this incident, her husband too died. This tore apart her life. She then couldn’t manage to live among her family members, as it constantly used to remember her about her dear sons. Then she decided to move to such a place where she knows no body, and thus she ended up reaching to his old age home.

I was surprised to meet one old lady of 75 years old, who lives in this old age home with her mother who is 96 years old! I mean, if you dig further in their story, you will come across some of the real and most sad stories you have ever heard in your life. Some were rejected by their son where as some have come to live here by choice.

Me talking with an old person

Me talking with an old person

The old person in the above photograph that you’re seeing shared a very funny story with me about an incident that happened during his trip to Haridwar, due to his excessive desire to smoke a Bidi. As it’s not allowed to smoke on railway-station, and as he is a chain smoker, he couldn’t get hold of it for a longer time and stepped down from the train to find for a cigarette. Fortunately, he was noticed by one of the old age home volunteer before the train started!



Mavtar Vrudhashram
Ranbag, Nr. Khodiyar temple
Virpur. Dist. Rajkot
Contact person: Mulubhai Dabhi. Cell: +91 98793 24738


Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

12 thoughts on “Unforgettable Visit to Mavtar Vrudhashram (Old Age Home) at Virpur

  1. Jayesh rajvir says:

    Good one sir. I am a area manager in pharma co. And i try my level best by visiting old age home at kalavad road on sunday ask every body about health problem and give medicine accordingly. Thanks to one my friend sandip jani who has started this activity.

  2. દિગંબરભાઇ સ્વાદિયા says:

    માવતર ધામનો લેખ અને અમેરિકન અતિથીઓનો અનુભવ વાંચીને આનંદ થયો. આવા
    વિનિમય કાર્યક્રમોથી વિભિન્ન સ્તરના લોકોને સરવાળે ફાયદો થતો હોય છે. વ્રુધ્ધાશ્રમોનું
    સંચાલન પણ સદભાવપૂર્વક થાય તો તેમાં જીવનસંધ્યા વીતાવનારાઓની ઉત્તરાવસ્થા
    ઉત્તમાવસ્થા બની રહે.

    1. boricha hardik says:

      good activity

  3. afsa says:

    good activty

  4. Vijay Desai says:

    I am vijay from California, currently in Surat as my hometown is surat , i would like to know if anyone know about any old age house in surat , as i was on web and only one i could find was http://www.2nd-innings.com/, I have seen good reviews , but would like second opinion from you if you know the place and any more detail if you can provide . Looking forward for same as its very important to know before i make any decision.
    Thank you

  5. Jayshree says:

    I read this article really heart touching, I would like to offer myself to this mavtar vrudhashram. Kindly reply me. Thanks

  6. Jayshree Damani says:

    I would like to join in this, what’s the procedure for it, pl. tell me I am 58yrs.old lady. Hope for your kind cooperation pl.reply immediately. Thanks in advance.

  7. Raj patil says:

    I am proud of your vrudhashram control team. God absolute bless you. Sir i also wants creat shripadraja social group for anath🌺vrudhas 🌺farmers🌺and also for growing trees. Wants blesses from you

  8. Chahana Rajput. says:

    I visited mavtar vrudhashram and found that treatment given to old age persons was rude and respectless. They were forced to work. There were no staff to clean ashram. Old age persons have to wash their clothes and clean utensils and ashram compound. They have to wake up at 4.30 a.m.for no reason.

  9. Anuradha says:

    I would like to join this…I’m widow48yrs old….want to beating my lonliness…spreading positivity…n love😚Thank you…

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