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During the course of the relief operations, Swami Ahandananda picked up two helpless boys who were cut off from parents and were on the verge of sure death. Thus, the foundation of an orphanage of Sargachi Ashrama was laid by Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj and started an orphanage at a temporary residence (thatched hut) at a village named Mahula, on the 31st of August 1897. Gangadhar Maharaj (as the Swami was fondly known) lived there for two years. It was the first Ashrama in our Ramakrishna order.

Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj was an embodiment of the ideal of service to god in the poor and the afflicted – an ideal he inherited from both Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda.  Swami Akhandananda - a saint – a wondering monk – a patriots – a enthralling story teller – a writer with a facile pen, but above all, - a lover of man – one that “sees” God in every human form and worship Him by loving service.

When the relief operation in Mahula was over, Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj decided to open a permanent orphanage. Madhusundari Barman, a rich landowner, was impressed with Akhandanandaji’s work, so she donated one and half acres of land to him for the Ashrama, and offered him her office building in Shivnagar near Sargachi in 1899. Tthe Ashrama continued its service from here for 14 years.

Swami Akhandananda had started a lower-primary school and a night school in order to educate those who could not attend the school in the Ashrama premises in the year 1900. An industrial school with weaving, sewing and carpentary sections also functioned for several years.

When the relief operation in Mahula was over, Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj decided to open a permanent orphanage. Madhusundari Barman, a rich landowner, was impressed with Akhandanandaji’s work, so she donated one and half acres of land to him for the Ashrama, and offered him her office building in Shivnagar near Sargachi in 1899. Tthe Ashrama continued its service from here for 14 years.

Swami Akhandananda had started a lower-primary school and a night school in order to educate those who could not attend the school in the Ashrama premises in the year 1900. An industrial school with weaving, sewing and carpentary sections also functioned for several years.