It is believed crematoriums are home to ghosts and evil spirits and hence should never be entered, but now people come for picnics at the crematorium of our village!
The crematorium of Achvadiya village of Banaskantha’s Diyodar block was heavily infested with gaando baval trees. The village community decides to remove those, plant valuable trees, and turn the crematorium into a green oasis. They came together and incurred the cost of cleaning and fencing the site with barbed wire and boundary wall.
The barbed wire fencing was costing a little more than the community could mobilize, hence we contributed a part of it along with procuring and planting trees, setting up the drip irrigation system, and appointing a vriksh mitra, a person to care for and nurture the trees. The result of these combined efforts of the villagers and support from our respected Shri Krishnakant Mehta and Indira Mehta has been the creation of Sanjeev Upvan with the plantation of 7500 trees at Achvadiya crematorium.
“Ben, the crematorium comes alive with bird songs by numerous bird species living on and around the trees at the crematorium. Apart from the birds, snakes, mongoose, and hare have also made this woodland their home,” families living around Achvadiya shared.
The villagers of Achvadiya have not just made their life better but also brought well-being to the lives of numerous other beings. We are sure mother Earth and Almighty will be showering their blessings for this act of kindness.
If each village chooses to do its bit towards giving back to nature and raise 15000 to 20000 trees around their town, it would sure change the natural landscape for good.
Let us create an understanding, share a bit of our income, contribute to nature’s favourite jobs, and provide our Earth with a greener future.
‘સ્મશાનમાં ભૂત પલીત વસે એવું સૌ માને એટલે કારણ વગર સ્મશાનમાં કોઈ પગ ન મુકે.. પણ હવે અમારા સ્મશાનમાં લોકો પીકનીક કરવા આવે છે’
વાત છે બનાસકાંઠાના દિયોદરના અછવાડિયાની. ગામનું સ્મશાન ગાંડાબાવળથી ભરેલું. ગામના લોકોએ ભેગા મળીને સ્મશાનને અન્ય વૃક્ષોથી હરિયાળુ કરવાનું નક્કી કર્યું ને એ માટે સફાઈ, તારની વાડ, દિવાલ વગેરે માટે ગામે સારો એવો ખર્ચ કર્યો.
તારની વાડમાં થોડો ખર્ચ કરવો પડે એમ હતો એમાં અમે મદદ કરી,સાથે વૃક્ષો લાવી ખાડા કરી વાવવાનું, ડ્રીપથી પાણી આપવાનું ને વૃક્ષોને સાચવવા વૃક્ષમિત્રોને પગાર આપવાનું અમે કર્યું. જેના લીધે સ્મશાનમાં 7500 થી વધુ વૃક્ષો અમે અમારા પ્રિય આદરણીય ક્રિષ્ણકાંત મહેતા અને ઈન્દિરા મહેતા તેમજ ગ્રામજનોની મદદથી વાવ્યા.
આમ સહિયારા પ્રયાસથી સંજીવ ગ્રામવન(ઉપવન) ત્યાં ઊભુ થયું.
અછવાડિયા આસપાસના ગામના લોકો કહે, ‘બેન સાંજના અછવાડિયાના સ્મશાનમાં જઈએ તો પક્ષીઓનો કિલ્લોલ સંભળાય. હજારો જીવો ત્યાં રહેતા થઈ ગયા. સસલા, સાપ, નોળિયા, મોરના ઘણા પરિવારો ત્યાં વસવા માંડ્યા.’
ટૂંકમાં અછવાડિયાના લોકોએ પોતાની સાથે અન્ય કેટલાય જીવોને આશરો આપ્યો. તેમના આ માનવતાભર્યા કાર્યને જોઈને મા ધરતી અને ઈશ્વર બેઉ રાજી થતા હશે..
દરેક ગામ આવું સમજણું થઈ જાય ને પોતાના ગામમાં ઓછામાં ઓછા 15000 થી 20,000 વૃક્ષો ઉછેરે તો ગામનું વાતાવરણ બદલાઈ જાય..
બસ સૌ સમજણ કેળવીએ ને ધરતીને હરિયાળી કરવા કુદરતના ગમતા આ કાર્ય માટે આપણી કમાણીમાંથી થોડું બાજુએ કાઢીએ…
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