Bahadapur- An ideal village.
In the state of Gujarat, in a tehsil, there is a village named Bahadapur.
Bahadapur is a financially as well as socially secure village. The people of this
village focus on health as well being helpful & kind to each other. Most of the
people in this village are literate & educated & are proud, for working in
different parts of India.
There is a 50 year old Gita temple in this village. After school children of
this village go to the Gita temple & read the holy Gita & Ramayan for 1 hour.
Even the other villagers young as well as old go to the temple regularly.
The raas mandali (performing art group specializing in dandia) is very well
known, whatever amount of money is collected is donated to the temple & the
rest is used for development of the village.
A water tank has been constructed for the animals from which they can
drink water. And with a good management sense a library has also been
constructed on top of the water tank. An R.O plant has also been installed which
would supply pure & safe drinking water all over the village. Rs 2.50 per 20
liter are charged for the villager who purchases this water. Rs 2.50 are used for
the R.O plant’s maintenance.
Chabutra’s are found in most of the villages in Gujarat, but a different kind
of chabutra which is found in a village named Kathiyawad is found here, in
Bahadapur too. In Bahadapur there are 3-4 ways in which the grains for the
birds are collected:-
On the festival of colors Holi, the villagers come together & give
whatever quantity of grains or birdfeed they wish to offer to the birds.
Some villagers go for a morning walk (Prabhat pheri) everyday &
collect some birdfeed & put it on the chabutra.
On happy occasions like a wedding or birth of a child, etc. also the
villagers offer grains to the birds.
On the occasion of Janmashtami, a cultural event is organized by the
raas mandali & the villagers offer water to the birds; & whatever
amount of money is obtained from the event is used to buy birdfeed &
fodder for the cows. The villagers maintain the chabutra.
In the primary school the teachers do a good job by providing the children
the theoretical knowledge of the book as well as general knowledge. Many new
books are being brought in the school for the children & everyday each student
has to ask 10 good questions. Every student’s record is maintained in a file
format in school which mentions all the work a student has done. The 2-3
students who come up with very good questions are rewarded, & this motivates
the other students as well to perform better. Extra- lectures are also conducted
for the students who are weak in studies. English is taught through a medium of
many fun games.
When an annual cultural event is organized in the village; the villagers who
are working in some other city also come & attend the event & take part in the
cultural, social & historical & traditional activities like bhavai, Raas, garbha,
etc. they also offer some donation which is used to sovle any problem in the
One person has been made in charge for keeping the village & the water
tank clean. All the villagers contribute toward his salary. A proper sewage
system, cow shed & garden has been constructed by the villagers.