Thursday, October 15, 1998
Postman with a healing touch
Raju Ram needs no introduction. He is posted at Jwalamukhi Sub-Post Office as a postman. An energetic personality with a charming smile, he wields respect among the old and the young alike.
Raju lives in his small cottage situated on the Jwalamukhi-Dehra Road, 2 km away from the city. He has been blessed with the healing touch to cure without medicines those persons who are bitten by snakes. Hundreds of men, women and children can be seen visiting him for treatment, specially during the rainy season when snakes are active.
A simple person, Raju is a devotee of Lord Shiva. He learnt the theory of healing from his "guru"at an early young age. His "guru"also taught him to serve people without charging anything.
Raju believes that he is doing everything with the blessings of God. "Divine power helps me function smoothly", he comments. He says so far nobody has died at his doorstep. During the treatment period, he never takes food or water nor does his patient. Both do not sleep, day or night, till the patient recovers from the snake bite.
As per his treatment style, he treats the patient with a "mani". "Mani" is mostly worn by a snake on its hood. It is believed that the snake with a "mani" never dies and takes foods every day and mostly drinks milk. According to the Hindu mythology, such a snake is worshipped and people called it the "naag devta". Raju says snakes are not dangerous. They attack people only in self-defence.
Raju places the "mani" in the wound caused by a snake bite. The "mani" extracts the poison. After that he gives the patient boiled water, rice and "desi" ghee as food. It is a record that during the past 42 years nobody has died at his doorstep or gone back without satisfaction.
More than 500 persons were treated by him without any assistant during this season.
Drawing Rs 500 to Rs 700 per month as salary from his job of a postman, most of the money is spent by him in the worship of God and other daily needs. Food and lodging facilities are provided by him to his patients. This is the biggest achievement of his life and an example of self-less dedication and brotherhood.
Mrs Reena Nagrath, Principal, DAV Public (Senior Secondary), School, Ambala City, has been presented with the Bharat Scouts and Guides Thanks Badge Award. She was given the award by the Haryana Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, at ceremony held at Raj Bhavan on September 11 last. The award has been given to her for her efforts to promote the activities of Bharat scouts and guides among students. Mrs Nagrath says it is rare that a public school has been chosen for such an award.
Earlier, she was awarded by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, for promoting excellence in education. The district administration has also honoured her for her role in the field of education.
Mrs Nagrath says ever since the school was granted affiliation by the CBSE, students have been securing top positions in examinations for 10 plus one and two classes, apart from extra-curricular activities.
In the inter-state competition for schools at Abohar recently, the school got the first prize in the overall competition for seniors.
A student of class XI of the school, Indivar Verma, recently won scholarship in the National Mathematics Olympiad.
A passport issued in the name of one Sandeep Kumar, son of Surinder Kumar, resident of Ward No 10, Gahoon Road Balachaur, by the Passport Office, Jalandhar bearing No 6082283, dated August 31, 1998, is a unique case. The passport bears the office seal of the Superintendent, Passport Office, Jalandhar, on two pages, but has not been signed by the superintendent or any issuing authority.
Mr Surinder Kumar, who showed this correspondent the unsigned passport, said his son could be put behind bars for producing an unsigned passport.
Contributed by Bijender Sharma, Jai Parkash Mann and Subhash Joshi.
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