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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015

AADM Services at Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnagiri on 09th December 2014



At the request of Shreedev Temple Trust, Ganpatipule and Police authorities of Jaigad Police Station, Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM), offered assistance in controlling crowd, on the auspicious day of Angarki.




 


Thousands of devotees thronged to pay obeisance to their beloved Ganapati at the Shreekshetra Ganpatipule.

A total of 93 Disaster Management Volunteers (DMVs) from Ratnagiri and other 8 “Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Centres” participated in offering seva on this day.

The gathering of devotees was estimated to be around 40,000.



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

AADM SERVICES AT SHREE MAHALAXMI TEMPLE, MUMBAI during Margashish month

According to the Hindu Calendar, the month of Margashish is considered to be auspicious. It is for this reason that Shree Mahalaxmi Temple Trust of Mumbai made special arrangements for the devotees to worship Goddess Shree Mahalaxmi on all the 4 Thursdays ( 5th, 12th 19th and 26th) of the month of December 2014.

Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM) was requested  to deploy their volunteers for crowd control and line management  by the authorities of the Trust and Gamdevi Police Station.
Accordingly, AADM offered their assistance for controlling crowd and traffic by deploying 295 Disaster Management Volunteers (DMVs), on all four thursdays of   December 2014.
The AADM services were further extended on the last Sunday of Margashish, i.e. 29th December 2014 on a  special request by theTemple Trust.
 A total of 46 DMVs participated on this day.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Events



Following is the summary of some of the significant events undertaken by AADM in the past. 




Civic Festivals
 
Ashadi Ekadashi Fair

The Event: Ashadi Ekadashi Fair
Location: Shree Kshetra Vitthl Mandir, Wadala - Mumbai
Significance: A huge turnout of people every year to pray and take blessings of Lord Vitthal
AADM support: AADM provides a team of dedicated, active, expert DMV’s from local Upasana centers attached to SAUF and head office, event coordinator, qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers from nearby area.
Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, dispensing free drinking water to the people in the queue and providing emergency medical aid

Statistics





Angnewadi Fair
 
The Event: Angnewadi Fair
Location: Malvan, Sindhudurga - Maharashtra
Significance: A two day fair at a local temple which has a huge turnout of people every year.
AADM support: AADM provides a team of dedicated and skilled DMVs, qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers from nearby area for this 2 – day event.
Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, dispensing free drinking water to the people in the queue and providing emergency medical aid

Following is the no. of DMVs attending the Anganewadi Seva (yearwise):




Angaraki Chaturthi
 
The Event: Angaraki Chaturthi
Location: Shree Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai
Significance: Angaraki Chaturthi is a festival of Lord Ganesha which is celebrated twice every year. During this occasion, there is a huge turnout of people at the temple to pray and take blessings of Lord Ganesha
No of DMV’s involved: 1450 DMV’s are deputed during each event
AADM support: AADM provides a team of dedicated and skilled DMVs, from all over Mumbai for this event.

No. of DMVs attending the seva every year: 



Services performed: The service is rendered for 32 hours in four equal shifts. Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, dispensing free drinking water to the people in the queue and providing emergency medical aid and maintaining Cleanliness around the temple









Jyotiba Temple Fair


The Event: Jyotiba Temple Fair
Location: Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Significance: One out of the 12 jyotirlinga’s of Lord Shiva is enshrined in this temple. “Jyotiba Dandgai Fair” is celebrated for 2 days on “Chaitra Shudha purnima”.

AADM support: A team of dedicated and skilled DMVs, qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers from nearby area participate and offer seva for this 2 – day event.

No. of DMVs attending the seva every year:


Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, providing emergency medical aid and preparedness for fire fighting and rescue







Kumbh Mela - Nashik
 
The Event: Kumbh Mela - Nashik
Location: Nashik - Maharashtra
Significance: Kumbh mela is considered as the most important Hindu spiritual gathering in India which takes place once every 3 years in Allahabad, Ujjain, Haridwar and Nashik consecutively. The event is attended by more than 3.5 million people from across the country.

AADM support: AADM has provided active and skilled DMVs and qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers for this grand event.

A total of 264 DMVs, Medical and Paramedical volunteers of AADM from all over Maharashtra participated in this event.

No of DMV’s involved: 130 DMV’s have imparted their Devotional Service
Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue and providing emergency medical aid
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Mahalaxmi Temple
 
The Event: Mahalaxmi Temple
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Significance: Mahalaxmi temple is one of the most popular shrines of goddess Mahalaxmi. There is a huge gathering of people for 9 days during the eve of Navaratri every year


AADM support: AADM provides active and skilled DMVs and qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers for this 9 – day event.



Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue and providing emergency medical aid











Selfless Service on the path of Bhakti



Introduction

The Philosophy of "Selfless service on the path of Bhakti" along with careful implementation has prevented any disastrous incidents from occurring during their supervision. Over the years, AADM has been offering its Devotional Services to many such events held across the state without charging any cost to its beneficiary. In fact, AADM has been the preferred choice of all NGO's for providing competent support to the core emergency services due to their efficiency in managing huge masses during festivals and public events. This includes both preventing disaster or to carry out relief measures during disasters.

Role of AADM - Back-end protocol


Introduction

AADM simply demonstrates the physical ability and mental preparedness of DMV's. The devotion and dedication of every participating DMV enables him or her to impart efficient onsite services with delight.

The same stands true for those DMV's who are actually involved in meticulous planning and organization of work while preparing for any mega event. The AADM response begins with an appeal from the event organizers to provide support to control crowd, manage the queue and provide other purposeful services such as distributing drinking water amongst the people and to facilitate emergency medical aid.

The backend protocol begins with
  • Conducting pre-event meetings along with the local host, police authority and/or government authority to primarily comprehend the layout of the venue, multitude of the expected people, the route selected for their flow and movement, the alternative arrangements, inevitable bottlenecks in and around the venue along with potential fire hazards.
  • All this information is documented after a detailed inspection of the venue.
  • After estimating the number of DMV's required to perform the task, a list of these DMV's is prepared and team leaders are appointed for executing the plan of action
  • A special team of volunteering doctors and paramedics are allocated to provide emergency medical aid
  • Proper control and communication system is established using walkie talkies.
  • Last minute inspection is done on the night before the event
 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Re-Immersion of Ganesh Idols


Introduction
 
Every year, Lord Ganesha festival is celebrated by Hindu's with zeal, faith, love and devotion across the world. An idol of Lord Ganesha is worshipped for 10 days and then it is immersed in water (preferably sea) with a heavy heart and devotion by the devotees. In India and especially in Maharashtra, there are many social groups which perform festivities on very huge idols of lord Ganesha. This religious festival was initiated by Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak during the pre-independence era of India

Since the idols are primarily made of plaster of paris, they do not dissolve in the water on immersion. Heaps of flowers, garlands (Nirmalya) and decorative materials lie scattered across the beach. On the subsequent day of immersion, the remains of the idols are washed back on the sea shore. This unpleasant sight is distressing for those who worship the idols with love, faith and devotion.

Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management took voluntary charge of this spiritual disaster. Every year for the past 8 years, AADM along with other allied initiatives like Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak, conduct a massive re-immersion drive across 9 beaches of Maharashtra.


Objective
 
The objective of this drive is
  • Cherishing the spiritual essence of the festival
  • Cleaning of beaches after immersion
  • Spreading awareness of cleanliness and hygiene among the citizens

Resources
 
Disaster Management Volunteers equipped with trucks, boats along with gloves and mask.


Methodology
 
The preparations for re-immersion and beach cleaning begin 2 months prior to the festival. The concerned authorities like the Municipal bodies, Police, Fishermen have a vital contribution in this drive. The partly dissolved remains of the idols are re-immersed deep into the sea with the help of boats. The garlands, flowers and other waste is collected and then handed over to the Municipality for disposal. This re-immersion activity is carried out every year on the 3rd, 7th & 11th day after the immersion of Ganesh idols. The beaches are cleaned up with infrastructural support from the Municipal authorities like garbage vans, equipments, etc.






Implementation
 
The idols which are lying on the sea shore are collected in a boat and then re-immersed deep into the sea. Nirmalya, plastic bags and other waste is then handed over to the Municipality for further disposal. A team of DMV's is always ready with their rescue kit. The beach coordinators communicate with each other through walkies-talkies and an updated report is communicated to the Director of the Cleanliness and Hygiene wing regularly

The re-immersion activity of AADM is being appreciated by the media (various newspapers like the Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, Loksatta, Lokmat), government of Maharashtra and Police Authorities. Even local residents who stay around the beaches have appreciated the work done by AADM.