The Great Volunteer & Donor

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In Runmochan, Gadge Baba was much distressed to see the plight of the pilgrims and decided to put an end to it by constructing a ghat ( a stone paved platform ) along the bank. He was only to announce his decision and money streamed in from all auarters in to his coffer, the pilgrims contributing their mite to the fund. Surprisingly Sahukar Tidke who was once the enemy of the family had veered round in repentance, thanks to Gadge Baba’s widespread reputation as the man in the service of God and Tidkess was the biggest donation. The dharmashala was significantly named after the saint Chokhamela, who was mahar by caste. Chokha was a contemporary of the great Dyananeshwar and also his close companion. He was the torch bearers of the bhakti ideology in the 12th and 13th centuries A.D.Dnyaneshwar and Namdeo were the leading figures among them.

Educational work
During his wandering’s, Gadge Baba had seen with his own eyes how children in the villages were deprived of even elementary education. First because there were no schools in the villages and secondly their parents could not afford to keep them in the towns where educational facilities available. Resolving that he must do something for the education of the children in the rural areas, Gadge Baba launched a massive programme of opening schools and building hostels for the rural children. It is to the credit of his tremendous driving force and organizing capacity that he set up as many as 42 educational institutions in different parts of maharashtra catering to the needs of the rural people. These include high schools in larger towns, ashram shalas ( residential schools) for children of the tribal and nomadic communities and hostels for boys and girls. In 1952 , he created a trust, named “ Gadge Maharaj Mission”, to look after the management of these institutions. A detailed list of the schools and hostels managed by the trust is given in the Appendix I.
Once during his visit to pandharpur Gadge Baba saw an old man lying by the road side in most abject and pitiable condition. The man had starved for many days and was very ill. He was asking for water to the people who passed by him but nobody even cared to look at him. Gadge Baba with his hand of volunteers picked the man and lodged him in one of his cottages, there after so long as Gadge Baba was in Pundharpur he nursed the sick old man, cleaned him and even disposed of his urine and excreta. The man did not however survive long and died of his illness. Gadge Baba had come a cross many such old men who due to their old age and senile illness were a burden to them selves and their families. Many of them found impossible to adjust with their young people so far as special homes for such old people was a social necessity. Gadge Baba is the pioneer in this field, he built a home for the old and infirm at Valgaon way back in the forties, the example set by him has not however received much attention either of the government or public bodies for few such homes have come up since.
December 20, 1956 Death at Valgaon on way to Nagarwadi, December 21, 1956 cremation at Amravati.