Sant Hirdaram, known for his philanthropic endeavours in Bhopal and around, died at the age of 101 year at his hermitage in Bairagarh township here on Wednesday. He had been ill for sometime. His mortal remains was placed for public viewing at his Ashram after 9.00 am on Thursday. He was cremated at his ashram later on in the afternoon. The entire Bairagarh township was shut on Thursday and all business activities there remained closed. Sant Hirdaram came from Ajmer in 1962, settled here and took to social work, public welfare, charity and service of poor.
He worked under the banner of Jeev Sewa Samiti, a registered social service organization based in Ajmer, Rajasthan. With an aim to uplift the poor and needy of the society, he focused his activities mainly on the areas of morality, culture, education and health. Sant Hirdaram founded institutions like Seva Sadan Eye Hospital, Arogya Kendra and a number of schools for learning of poor children.
As the news of his demise spread in the Bairagarh township, a pall of gloom descended upon the locality and people rushed to the Sant Ashram to confirm the news of his death. Sant Hirdaram had worked tirelessly to establish hospitals, maternity homes, educational institutions and homes for widows in Pushkar and Bairagarh. With his blessings, several eye camps, urological operations as well as mass marriages are conducted on big scale at the aforesaid places.
In recognition of his work, the Madhya Pradesh Government has officially changed the name of Bairagarh to Hirdaram Nagar.Sant Hirdaram, who was unwell for the past couple of months, passed away last night, ashram sources said. Several dignitaries, including Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Central Minister of State Personnel Suresh Pachauri, paid homage to Hirdaram.