Auspicious-time hurdle solved with a priest on site


The residents of Sawaniya village in Ghatol panchayat of Banswara district in Rajasthan were aware of the Tajo Vaghad campaign which was the local name for Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G) in Banswara district.  They agreed to have toilets in their homes so the village could be free from open defecation.

However, construction of toilets was postponed indefinitely, their excuse being that they could not find an auspicious (muhurat) time.  When the District Collector (DC) visited the village to review the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, he held discussions with the community and he too heard about their ‘muhurat’ hurdle.  He tried to persuade them that good work does not have to wait for an auspicious time.  But his efforts were in vain.

It was the Nigrani committee that came up with the idea of bringing a pandit to the site.  They brought a religious leader to the site of toilet construction.  As he sat there, foundation and digging of pits commenced.  One after the other; all the toilets were gradually completed – in the presence of the pandit.  The people could not object any longer as the work was being done was under the watchful eye of the priest.

In fact, the people forgot all about ‘muhurat’ time and wholeheartedly engaged in construction work.  The DC expressed his appreciation for the creativeness of the Nigrani committee to come up with such a novel idea.


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