M/s. Vinobaniketan Ashram

  • 1997
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development & Welfare of Women And Children

Vinobaniketan Ashram is a women's institution serving humanity on Gandhi-Vinoba lines for the past 43 years with the objectives of World Peace and Universal Brotherhood.

The foundation was laid by Swami Tapasyananda of Shri Ramkrishna Mission,Thiruvananthapuram.and opened by a dalit girl. The hut was built through Shramdan (voluntary manual labour).

Vinobaji stayed in the Ashram hut in 1957 during his historic Padayatra. When the Bhoodan-Gramdan Movement gained momentum in the country, Vinobaniketan inspired the entire State with its spiritual vision. Several young men and women voluntarily came forward to serve the nation. For a few years the Ashram remained a spiritual powerhouse sending out trained workers to different parts of India directly guided by Late Dhirendra Mazumdar, Vallabhaswami and Krishnadas Gandhi.

Offered the first ‘gramdan' in Kerala. Organized the first cluster of gramdan villages and sponsored a Farmer's Co-operative Society and Gamdan Co-operative Society during Vinoba's yatra in Kerala.

Vinobaniketan was declared open as an international women's institution in 1975.

The centres under Vinobaniketan are pioneering the Gramaswaraj works in the area. The Sevika are all trained social workers from Vinoba Niketan.

Vinobaniketan's activities comprise Gandhian constructive programmers with special focus in the uplift of the weaker sections of the society through social, economic, educational, cultural and inter-religious activities like ‘Vishwamandir' for deserted, new-born baby-creches in the interior villages, Nursery Schools, Upper primary schools, Literacy classes, Extensive khadi work, weaving workshop for Tribal women, agricultural experiments, mini-irrigation, dairying and gobar-gas plant, Ayurveda clinic and Herbal garden etc.

Vinobaniketan P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram District,
Kerala - 695 542
Tel: 0471 – 267356 / 2856263