Visit Experience

2015 – Bharat Parmar from London visited Adhoi and Chaparda in December 2015.

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Having attended few BEHT fundraisers in London I was very keen to visit their sponsored centre in Chaparda near Junagadh in Saurashtra, Gujarat. But the visit would be futile without Param Pujya Shri Muktanandji Bapu’s Darshan who was in Adhoi, Kutch were I went first. I received Bapu’s blessings around 5pm when he holds the court and one can see the respect he commands from the visitors, especially the local village folk.

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2015 – Harshni Shah from London spent few weeks in August helping out in the schools and the girls boarding house in Chaparda.


In Chaparda the majority of my time was spent in the Girnar English medium school. This school runs form nursery to standard 8, and I was able to spend time in every standard, taking classes myself and teaching individuals who needed more help. The head teachers’ idea behind the school is for children to not have examinations and reduce the competitive nature that has developed in many schools. The school did not just focus on studies, it has a wide range of extracurricular activities including assembly shows, yoga, arts, and sport.

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Shenal Shah’s Chaparda experience in July 2013

teaching_kathakIn Summer 2013 I travelled to Chaparda to volunteer at Brahmanand. It was my first visit to rural India and Brahmanand so I did not know entirely what to expect or how I would cope with living there. Upon arrival in Brahmanand however, it immediately became clear to me that it is an idyll compared to the stark realities of life and living conditions in the surrounding villages that I briefly witnessed on the drive to Chaparda and, together with the warm welcome I received, any apprehensions I had were instantly lifted

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Aarti & Panasha


I decided to travel to India after I finished my degree. As tempting as it was to lie on a beach in Goa and passively observe the hustle and bustle of India pass by, I wanted to absorb the culture by getting involved. Teaching English in Charparda gave me the perfect opportunity to do this. The experience was new to me and to the school so it was difficult to know what to expect. All I knew was that I would be teaching English to pupils of all ages up until sixteen.

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Ravi & Stefan


In June 2004, we went to the school in Chaparda to teach English and sport to the students. After a long journey, we were greeted at Rajkot airport by 2 of Bapu’s disciples, who accompanied us on the final leg of the journey – a three hour drive through small villages and unkempt roads – to the Ashram at Chaparda, which was to be our home for the next 3 weeks. Having both grown up in London, our first impression of Chaparda was one of amazement, as we tried to take in our surroundings. Chaparda is a remote rural village, with the closest city being 30km away.

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Arti Mistry


Every trip I take to India is not complete without a visit to Pujya Muktanandji Bapu at Charparda. Regardless of how busy my traveling schedule is, each time I visit Bapu, I spend a few days with him at his ashram. Days are spent listening to stories and learning a lot about life and its challenges. Therefore, each visit with Bapu always seems too short to me. I leave with a “glass-half-empty” feeling, yearning for more time with him to make it full.

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Kirit & Meena Modi

Brahmanad Vidya Mandir is a remarkable school and everyone who has been involved in its development or has supported it can be proud of what has been achieved. It is now appropriate for the school to move to the next stage of its development. The excellent and ambitious vision of Pujya Muktanandji Bapu can now be attained if the school changes from its current traditional approach to a modern one. Making this change will take time and will require strong leadership. With the current commitment of staff and supporters alike this will no doubt be achieved sooner rather than later.

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Roshni Malde


After finishing my third year studying dentistry at university, my summer vacation seemed like the perfect opportunity to visit the Brahmanand Vidya School in Chaparda and discover the life first hand, which I had always heard about from various other family members who had already been. Taking classes about basic oral hygiene and dietary advice allowed me to fill the gap in teaching the young children something that they had not been taught before at school.

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Bhavna, Philip and Anisha’s experience of Chaparda – March 2014

Over the years we have supported BEHT on various fund-raising activities and heard about the development in Chaparda through BEHT newsletters and Ajay and Meera Gudka. However, seeing it all during our first visit to Chaparda was a great experience. Our recent trip to see the various projects brought home the scale of the work that has taken place over the years. It was truly an amazing experience to see the different projects…

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Hasmita’s visit in December 2013

Chaparda – a Yatra place? I hear you all say. We’ve all heard of Palitana, Samedshikhar, Shatrunjay, Girnar… but Chaparda?? Well, in my opinion,Chaparda is another one to add to your list. Let me try and tell you why.

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Kiran Kara


About 2 years ago my Mum and I visited India. We had been told of a spiritual teacher, a Self-Realised man of our times, living in Gujarat. Neither of us are easily led or quick to follow a trend, nonetheless we went out there with an open mind to meet Pujya Muktanandji Bapu. We went to an Ashram in Chaparda, a small village near Junagadh, a place of true peace and tranquillity. Bapu himself lived at the Ashram.

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Veeral Dhanani


I was lucky enough to spend a week in Chaparda during the summer of 2005. My parents had told me about the school and I had visited the web site, but I still wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. The idea of a charity funded school that provides education, accommodation and provisions to more than eight hundred underprivileged boys from rural Gujarat just seemed a little bit weird, a little bit too good to be true.

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Iwona Macalka


I spent my Christmas break 2008 in Chaparda. It was my first trip to India and an enjoyable experience. For a long time I was looking for something different. I wanted to do something meaningful and worthwhile. Finding the Beht website and learning about the project in India was exciting and helped me to make the decision to go there.

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Omi & Mahendra Sodha


Thank you very much for organising our visit to the Ashram. We were received and looked after very well by all the members. We spent a lot of time with Bapuji and enjoyed his frank and enthusiastic approach to the development of the school and the activities around the school. We were 4 of us, with different interests, but we were all impressed by the varied activities and projects that are supported under the same umbrella. The organisation and management under Bapuji is very good and the use of the modern technology was very evident in all the activities.

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Shaila Lambert


I arrived at Rajkot not sure what to expect. I had heard about BEHT from friends and the little I knew of the place’s philosophy appealed to me.I’m keen to make a contribution in India, but I was not interested in working with a big organisation as I wanted to make a difference directly and witness change. This is admittedly perhaps self-fulfilling; for me seeing the difference I would help make would give me a greater sense of accomplishment and pleasure. Furthermore, it meant that any money I raise would go directly to the cause rather than to bureaucracy and admin charges.

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Sandhya Pandya


On my recent visit to Charparda, I was fortunate enough to call on the part of the Ashram where old people, who have nobody to look after them, were housed. My mother visits the Chaparda Ashram every year and knows the old people there and as such I was able to talk with them about their lives and experiences and under what circumstances they made the decision to come and live in a Vrudh Ashram. One thing was made obvious – that they were not wanted by their so called ‘families’.They were a ‘surplus’ to their own family unit i.e. husband, wife and children.

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Dhanani family


In October 2005, the Dhanani family of the Late Nemchandbhai Dhanani remembered him by holding an eye-camp for 150 patients in Chaparda. Over 3 days, the patients were operated and then cared for. Also an animal camp was held and just under 1000 animals were treated. On the date of his death anniversary, 12th October 2005, over a 1000 children and elderly were treated to a delicious meal.

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