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CHENNAI, INDIA, December 30, 2013 (New Indian Express): Swami Satyamitranand Giri, an octogenarian from Haridwar who has followers across the globe, is planning to start more service-oriented programs in the coming months. This is in addition to the number of service activities that are already going on through the Samanvaya Kutir and Satyamitranand Foundation founded by him.
In an interview with CE, the Swami who is Chennai till December 31, said recently that he had started a program for children who had lost their parents in the Kedarnath tragedy in June when the flash floods and landslides killed many. So far, 20 children have been adopted by the Swami's ashram. "They are all around 12 years old. The ashram will provide education, boarding and lodging and everything they need for about eight years till they can stand on their own legs," he said.
The Swami further said his ashram had identified many villages in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where there was a lot of scope for service activities. Around 500 youth will engage themselves in this program. On the first day they will clean up the surroundings in the villages and during the second day, there will be meditation and yoga classes. On the third and concluding day, there will be mass feeding where people from all walks would take part. The Swami is also planning to start a program to protect cows.