Jammu and Kashmir is regarded as the crown of Bharatmata. This state, located in the northern hilly ranges of Himalayas, has earned a lot of significance from tourist and spiritual point of view. Snow-clad peaks of Gulmarg, mountain ranges of Sonmarg depicting the confluence of snow and eye-soothing greenery, unique Dal lake and historic Shalimar Garden add to the beauty of the region. Every year, lakhs of devotees throng the shrine of Maa Vaishno Devi, the Goddess of the mountains. Baba Barfani (Lord Amarnath) has also blessed the region. However, the attacks by Pakistani and Muslim terrorists causing the migration of Hindus, intrusion of China through Tibet and Laddakh and the recent loss of life an property due to cloudburst are some of the blots stuck to this crown. The entire life of this region has scattered due to to strange geographical, political and social set up. Because of the immense cold and snowfall, maximum number of people from Kashmir and Laddakh come to Jammu and stay for over half a year. Terrorism has forced Hindus to take shelter at the rehabilitation camps located in Jammu and other lower regions. The plight of terror-hit brethren is very grave. The paucity of infrastructure and other facilities has added fuel to the fire.Due to the lack of schools and colleges in appropriate number, percentage of illiteracy is more in this state. A single school serves the educational need of students from a number of villages. Moreover, being a mountainous region, students have to cross several hurdles for reaching the school. This causes spurt in dropout rate and the children engage themselves in traditional business. Not much avenues are available for higher education; hence those who want to study further have to migrate. Same is the plight of health sector also. Government hospitals, private hospitals and doctors are constrained only up to cities and towns. Villages located in the far-flung regions lack good doctors and hospitals. Sub-standard and even bogus doctors have polluted the rural health of J & K. Terrorism has endangered the security of common man. Lack of social harmony and mutual co-operation is a common scenario. Ethical values are being eroded. People are moving away from their glorious culture. Cultural and social life of J & K people is getting swept away in the wave of terrorism.Even under all such passive circumstances, some non-governmental voluntary organizations are working hard to restore the lost glory of the region among which Seva Bharati secures a leading position. The foundation for this organization was laid in Jammu in mid 80s when terrorism was at its peak. In the initial period, Seva Bharati carved a niche in the hearts of people through its various social and health related works. Its Seva Kunj office is now located in the premises of Ved Mandir situated in the central locality of Ambaphala. The activities of Seva Bharati and the other related organizations function through this office which also comprises of computer training centre, tailoring training centre and a library. Also, due to the various projects such as Ved Mandir Pathshala, Bharatiya VIdya Mandir School, Swami Vivekanad Medical Mission Hospital, Vedadhyayan Kendra, etc, the entire surrounding atmosphere has filled with an aroma of seva.Total 417 Seva Bharati projects are being run in Jammu at present. Out of these, a maximum number of 313 projects are education-related. Next to it come social and cultural projects that amount to 57. In addition to this, 30 health projects and 17 projects related to self-reliance are also running in full swing.Out of the 313 educational projects, 298 projects are related to primary education and vocational training is provided at 15 centres. Educational centres comprise of bal sanskar kendras, adult education classes, ekal vidyalayas, hostels, libraries, computer and tailoring training centres, etc. Disha hostel located at village Kadamal situated in the outskirts of Katra (Maa Vaishnodevi’s shrine) is a part of this project only. Food collection centres, bhajan mandalis, various utsav samitis, saptahik seva kendras and cultural camps for children form a part of 57 social and cultural projects that are being run in state. Health projects comprise of activities such as organizing health check-up camps, running dispensaries, neurotherapy centres, creating awareness about AIDS, looking after the patients at government hospitals, ambulance, blood donation camps, etc. Creating awareness about education and agriculture, rehabilitation centres, practicing organic farming, sapling plantation drives and self-help groups are the features of 17 self-reliance projects that are being run by Seva Bharati.Seva Bharati work is progressing in multiple directions because of the physical, moral and economic support from various organizations and kind-hearted donors from the society. Inspired by the profound guidance by Seva Bharati J&K, Himachal Prant Seva Pramukh Jaidev Ji, Seva Bharati J&K chief Ramlalji Gandotra, Mahamantri Krishnalalji Kachru, seva project coordinator Anasuyaji Khosa and all other karyakartas have tightened the waist for marching towards the path of excellence.Contact1) Ramlalji GandotraChief, Sewa Bharati Jammu-KashmirVed Mandir premises, Ambphala, Jammu-18 00 01Jammu-Kashmir (India)Mobile no: 094192242982) Anusuyaji KhosaProject co-ordinator, Sewa Bharati Jammu-KashmirMobile no: 094191128413) Krishnalalji KachruMahamantri, Sewa Bharati Jammu-KashmirMobile no: 09419281380How to reachBy air: Jammu airport is well connected with many major airports in the country, including Delhi, Srinagar and Leh. Almost all air service providers operate regular flights from Jammu. By train: The major railway station in Jammu is Jammu Tawi. Jammu Tawi is connected to all major cities in India including the southern most Trivandrum Railway station.By bus: Jammu is well connected by bus services. It is connected to many neighboring cities through private tourist buses including Manali, Shimla, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ambala, and Delhi. Delhi to Jammu is about 684 km.
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