Sant Hirdharam Sahib Ji - Bhopal Saint
If Sindh was renowned as the land of Sufis, Saints and Fakirs, Indian cities with Sindhi population have gained fame of being the working ground of one or more famous sindhi saints, especially after the partition in 1947 when like other Hindus, most Sindhis were forced to migrate.
It is over a century since one of the most renowned Sindhi Saints was born on 21st September 1906 at a small village Bhirya, of Nawabshah district, Sindh as the son of Indumati and Shri Sahajram Ji. As usual news of birth of a boy child brought a smile to the faces of family members, who were not aware that destiny had brought this soul on earth to make thousands and thousands of people had cheerful. The baby boy was named Ramchand.
Child Ramchand was not a normal human being. At the tender age of 14 years he was not finding worldly pleasures attractive and intending to move on the spiritual path of self realization, he became a disciple of famous saint Baba Hariram Sahib Ji . This was his thrust to know self and serve humanity which resulted in taking Sansyas (renunciation) at the early age of just 18 years. His dedication to serve the master forced Baba Hariram Sahib to help and guide him to develop the attitude of understanding spirituality in the true sense.
Looking at the faith of Ramchand in Lord Rama, Baba Hariram Sahib Ji suggested a new name Hirdharam (Jiske Hirday Mein Ram Ka Niwas Ho - Person having lord Rama in his heart) for him. During these years he along with Baba Hariram Sahib visited Haridwar several times, this gave him a strong urge to serve the deprived, and a genuine concern for Indian culture & ‘Sanskaras’. In 1948 Hirdharam Sahib Ji migrated to India and started his fieldwork at Jodhpur but soon shifted to Ajmer, eventually to Pushkar , by the year 1950 a small cottage at Pushkar became the activity centre of Sant Hirdharam Sahib.
In the year 1962 Sant Hirdharam Sahib Ji visited Bairagarh a small township of migrated Sindhis, close to Bhopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh and was highly impressed by the love and dedication of local people. Native Sindhis requested for permanent stay of Sant Ji at Bairagarh Bhopal. In the year 1965 Sant Hirdharam Sahib Ji shifted to Bairagarh Bhopal. As a token of respect to his silent and sincere service to society the government of Madhya Pradesh agreed to and announced new name Sant Hirdharam Nagar to this area on 5th of June 1995.
At Bairagarh Bhopal Sant Hirdharam Sahib Ji took initiative for the foundation of an NGO, which is presently known as Sant HIRDARAM SHIKSHA EVAM SAMAJIK VIKAS SAMITI, for the purpose of conducting educational, cultural and social works, with the vision of organized groups of local residents, both women and men, responsible as controller of their resources.
“Sacrifice is eternal whereas seeking material pleasure is root of all sufferings.” is the best expression for the enlightenment acquired by Sant Hirdharam Sahib Ji. All the teachings of Sant Hirdharam Sahib were central to the thought of serving the Lord Rama (God) in the form of suffering, needy and deprived class of human being. Entire life Sant Ji concentrated on working towards helping the deprived by appealing to the privileged to extend a generous helping hand for various benevolent activities in the field of health, education, patriotism and culture.
At the age of 101 years, on the 21st December 2006 Sant Hirdhram Sahib Ji left the physical world at own Ashram in Bairagarh Bhopal.