“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” – Joseph Campbell
We come across many heroic stories every day but this story is something different and much great than many. This is the story of Sindhutai Sapkal, the mother of thousands of Orphans as she is famously known to the world. She used to beg on streets so she could feed every orphan she came across and we cannot imagine any heroic more than this. Sindhutai faced a lot of difficulties throughout her life but she overcame all those with her hard work and dedication.
Early Background of Sindhutai Sapkal
Sindhutai Sapkal was born on 14 November 1948 at Pimpri Meghe village in Wardha district of Maharashtra. Her life started with a tag of an unwanted child as her parents wanted a boy rather than a girl child. She always wanted to study but her family’s financial crisis never let that happen. She was so keen to study that she used Bharadi tree leaves to write as her family could not afford a slate. However, her life worsened when she was married to a 30-year old man at the tender age of 10. This event changed her life and ended her dream to study.
“I was told there are only two processions in a woman’s life, once when she gets married and the other when she dies. Imagine my state of mind when they took me in a procession to my husband’s home in Navargaon forest in Wardha.” – Sindhutai Sapkal
Sindhutai would have never thought that her life would be hell after marriage. Her 30-year old husband started beating her for no reason and threw her out of the house when she was nine-months pregnant and that too at the age of 20. With no one to support, she gave birth to a baby girl outside their house on the same day in a cow shelter by cutting her umbilical cord with a sharp-edged stone lying nearby. After that, she walked a few kilometers along with the baby girl to her parent’s house but her mother refused to give shelter to her.
She was so much hurt by these incidents that she tried to commit suicide. However, she tried hard and came back from her depression. She started begging at railway platforms for food to look after her daughter. However, while begging she realized that there are many orphans who are facing a lot of difficulty with no one to support. She could feel their pain and decided to adopt them. She started begging for her adopted children to feed them. This was just the starting of her greatness and it continued till the no. of adoptions increased and she emerged as the “Mother of orphans”.
“When I was out myself on the streets begging for food and fighting for survival each day, I realized that there are so many orphans who have nobody to go to. I decided to take care of them and raise them as my own” – Sindhutai
She has nurtured around 1400 children till today and helped them to get the proper education along with their marriage. She treats every child as her own and some of them are now lawyers, doctors, and engineers. Many years later, her husband came back and apologized for his dreadful deeds. She forgave him and accepted him as her child, as she can only give motherly love for all now. She introduces her 80-year old husband as her eldest child. She has gathered a family of 207 sons-in-law, 36 daughters-in-law, and over 1000 grandchildren. She uses her communication skills to earn her daily bread and butter and also investing all her awards money to construct home for her children.
“By God’s grace, I had good communication skills. I could go and talk to people and influence them. Hunger made me speak and this became my source of income. I give many speeches at various places and this gets me some money which I use to take care of my children” – Sindhutai
It is not easy to become selfish in this world. This unusual story of Sindhutai is truly an inspiration of being determined in every situation and to live life for others. It gives a strong feeling that no one can stop you to do anything good for people around you. You just need to initiate a good change and other things follow up. Her story is a classic example of what a woman can do. It is only the motherly figure of a woman who can do so much of sacrifices. We salute the heroic shown by Sindhutai and hope other people also follow her and make their contribution bringing a positive change in the society.
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers” – Rudyard Kipling
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