Baba Kali Kamliwala

This happened during the time when Rishikesh was surrounded by a dense forest. During that time many saints and sages were dwelling in and around Rishikesh but there was no arrangement for their food. They had to leave their solitary places and to travel far in order to have something for their food. Some of the saints managed to live upon fruits in the surrounding forest.

When Kali Kamliwala first came to this area, he decided to serve the saints in a novel way. He started collecting food articles from the public and then distributing them in remote and solitary places. This activity proved to be of immense help to the saints as they were able to concentrate on their sadhana without much thought about their livelihood.

As the time passed by, Baba Kali Kamliwala extended this service for the poor, downtrodden, students, widows, ill and handicapped also. Later on it took the form of Kali Kamliwala Institution where thousands of people are given free food for their sustenance.

As if this was not enough, Baba Kali Kamliwala also started a dispensary, library, water fountains, Sanskrit College, Spiritual guidance center and Cow-shelters. On an average about thousand plus Sadhus use these facilities daily and 500 plus people use the raw material for their food. During the Yatra days, these numbers increase manifold.

One more noteworthy contribution by Baba Kali Kamliwala of which most of the people hardly have any knowledge, is the reconstruction of the Laxman Zoola bridge. During those days the famous Laxman Zoola bridge was made of strings and was very difficult for the tourists to cross as the force of Ganges is tremendous at that place. Baba Kali Kamliwala decided to improve the bridge and at the same time he met a rich person namely Soorajmal Zoonzoonwala who wanted to donate some money. Babaji told him that the best use of his money was to build a permanent bridge across the Ganges. The Seth Soorajmal agreed and the Laxman Zoola Bridge, as we now know it, came into existence.

In the year 1880, he traveled to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yanunotri. He saw lots of people facing hardships. His heart melted and at once he decided to do something for them. He traveled to big cities like Meerut, Delhi, Calcutta and asked rich people to donate generously. As a result of Baba Kali Kamliwala's efforts, enough funds were collected. He used it to build guesthouses, libraries, food distribution centers and solitary places for spiritual aspirants to stay. Later on this activity spread to Haridwar, Ramnagar, Kurukshetra, Praygraj, and Kankhal etc.

Baba Kali Kamliwala was born in 1831. His original name was Biswasinh. He was married but when he was 32, he decided to renounce the worldly duties and devoted his remaining life for the benefit of the masses. He was named as Vishuddhanand after sanyas. He used to have black shawl around his shoulder so he became popular by the name of Baba Kali Kamliwala.  One can get immense inspiration as a karma yogi from his life.



0 #5 J P Mantri 2012-12-10 14:36
Please give address and phone no of your Kolkata branch.

[We do not have any branch in Kolkata - admin]
0 #4 Ashwani K Arora 2012-01-11 11:24
How come you people do not print the early life of baba jee? I found out that you have the original book of Baba kali kamliwalley jee.I have the copy as well. Soon i will like to write a book about baba jee life, i will need your help.
0 #3 Ashwani Kumar Arora 2011-09-05 10:21
I would like to create a website on Baba jee's early life. My grand father, Sardar Kishan Singh was the older brother of Sardar Vasava Singh (Baba Kalikamli Waley). You put a wrong name Biswasinh. The real name of baba jee was Sardar Vasava Singh. This can be inquired by a priest in Haridwar. We are pahuja which comes from Arora.
+1 #2 Gopal. K. Menon 2010-07-08 23:02
Sir, I would like know in full the life and teachings of the Great Baba Kali Kamliwala. Can you enlighten me please.
Thanks & best regards.
0 #1 Rajit Biswas 2009-04-23 21:44
Does the feeding of sadhus still continue in Kali Kamliwala's footsteps in Rishikesh ?

[To the best of my knowledge, yes. - admin]

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