|It is our duty to not
forget the Great Sikh Social warrior,
Sardar Bhai Puran Singh ji
and keep his
Pingalwara up and running. If you want to contribute, Please send
your donations, or for more information contact.
For Information regarding the Ongoing projects of Pingalwara and other information please Visit Pingalwara home page www.pingalwaraonline.org
Literal meaning of Pingalwara is "a home for the handicapped". However, this institution caters to the needs of the crippled, the insane and the terminally sick. It is primarily a rescue-home for the poor, helpless and maimed. The promotor of the Pingalwara was Bhagat Puran Singh, a selfless and dedicated Sikh. He was born in Lahore and used to do voluntary service at Gurdwara Dera Sahib.
He would clear the streets of Lahore and cremate the unclaimed dead. He took care of the destitute and took the sick to the hospital for treatment. After the partition of India in 1947, Bhagat Puran Singh set up a centre at Amritsar. First, he had a few tents to accommodate the poor and the sick. Soon he got a plot of land and constructed a three story building to house 250 patients. The unclaimed bodies of those who die in Pingalwara are taken to the local medical college for teaching anatomy.
Pingalwara receives grants from the government, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committe, Amritsar and similar charitable institutions. Sikhs, both in India and abroad, collect funds and send them to the Pingalwara. Bhagat Puran Singh is an institution in himself. He is an unassuming and dedicated Sikh, who reminds one of Bhai Kanhiya, a Sikh of the Tenth Guru. Puran Singh is a true Sikh in the old tradition and has won public esteem for his humanitarian work all over India. He is called by various epithets - 'Mother Tereasa of Punjab', 'the bearded saint of Amritsar', 'Bhai Kanhiya of the twentieth century'.
Bhagat Puran singh ji were nominated for the Nobel Peace price in 1991. Bhagat Puran singh ji had won many prizes for his humanitarian work, he always invests all the money for better causes. He has a printing press where literature about success stories and about Sikhism is published and freely distributed. It is our duty to not forget the Great Sikh Social warrior, Sardar Bhai Puran Singh ji and keep his Pingalwara up and running. If you want to contribute, Please send your donations, or for more information contact. Pingalwara G.T. Road Amritsar, Punjab, India.