Once forced to beg due to circumstances, now inspires others to give up begging: (Shravan Singh)
Shravan Singh was born in Lucknow, to a family considered as ‘low-caste’in the society. His parents used to sell vegetables. Shravan had three sisters and two brothers. The parents died when Shravan was around 10. One of his sisters, who had already gotten married, then took her brothers away to her in-laws’, where Shravan and his brothers were ruthlessly made to work in the fields and treated inhumanly.
Frustrated, they escaped Lucknow and started selling water bottles at a railway station to earn a living. But the struggle of making a living, coupled with the loss of family left a traumatizing mental impact on Shravan. As a result, he came under bad influence and got addicted to harmful intoxicants. The mental trauma and the effect of the intoxicant substances took a massive toll on his health and his ability to work; his body had started giving up.
One day, he came to learn that food and monetary assistance were being distributed among the needy at a nearby temple. In a completely helpless situation, he was left with no other option that to reach there to get some help. Gradually he started becoming completely dependent on
alms and donations and his body lost the little zeal left in him. Approximately around that time, in 2015, Shravan Singh met Sharad at the Hanuman Setu temple.
“Since the age of 10, my days were spent on the footpath. Even the police
would shoo us away. It was Sharad bhaiya and Mahendra bhaiya who
took me to a hospital where I was diagnosed with pancytopenia. My
blood was at a level of 3.1. But at present, I am completely cured;
these days I have been earning a living by selling lemon tea, water and
other soft drinks. Doing this, I manage to save around Rs. 250 a day.
But presently I have been helping in the maintenance of the organization’s
rehabilitation centres which fetches me a montly fee of Rs. 6000.
Folding his hands into a polite Namaste, 34-year old Shravan Singh smilingly says “ Now, social service is an important part of my life, I extend
as much help as I can. If I can provide water to a thirsty man or can
take a needy person to a hospital for treatment, that really feels like an
For people like Shravan, Sharad is no less than God. “If it weren’t
for him, I would not have been alive today,” Shravan says, in a tone of deep