Mumbai: To mark the
birthday of renowned social worker and community leader Appasaheb
Dharmadhikari Sunday, more than 15,000 of his followers will come
out on Mumbai roads to undertake the country's single biggest
community cleanliness drive, an activist said.
The drive will be initiated from 6 a.m. from Dahisar-Nariman
Point, Mulund-Colaba and Mankhurd-Dadar, representing the three
boundaries of Mumbai, as the Arabian Sea is on the west.
"They will clean up more than 400 kms of Mumbai roads, and convey
Appasaheb Dharmadhikari's message that service to society is
service to mankind. Similar community services shall be undertaken
across Maharashtra to mark his birthday May 12," a spokesperson
Appasaheb Dharmadhikari is the present head of the family and of
the Shree Samarth Adhyatmik Prasadik Seva Samiti, that has
dedicated itself to social awakening and community service since
The title "Dharmadhikari" was bestowed on the family by the
erstwhile ruler of Alibag kingdom, Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre nearly
three centuries ago. Today, the family has millions of followers
in India, US, Europe, Australia and Arabian Gulf countries.
"Since the past eight generations, the Dharmadhikari family has
continued its social-community traditions uninterrupted for the
people of the coastal Konkan region and rest of the state," the
Hailing from Revdanda fishing village in Raigad district,
Dattatraya Narayan alias 'Appasaheb' took over the reins of the
community movement from his illustrious father, the late Narayan
Vishnu, alias 'Nanasaheb' Dharmadhikari after his demise in 2008.
Appasaheb Dharmadhikari's teachings include inculcating moral
values among men and women, emancipation of women, national
integration, eradicating social ills, education and training for
children and adults, eco-conservation, watershed techniques, etc.