Dera Sacha Sauda is a socio-spiritual organization that preaches and practices humanitarianism and selfless services to others. The main center of the ashram is located in Sirsa (northern India). More than forty million people around the world are faithful followers of the organization. Dera’s devotees learn to meditate and follow the principles laid down by Dera.
His Holiness Beparawah Mastana Ji Maharaj established Dera Sacha Sauda on April 29th, 1948 to encourage spiritual awakening among the masses, to uplift humanity, and to create a better world. HE hailed from Baluchistan, part of presentday Pakistan. With devotion and hard work, Maharaj Ji transmuted the barren land of Sirsa into a spiritual garden and imparted the glorious method of meditation to HIS followers. The slogan “Dhan Dhan Satguru Tera Hi Asra,” which Dera’s devotees chant at the Ashram, elucidates the kindness of God Almighty as our saviour. His Excellency Guruji preached about following the path of truth, humanity, and hard work. In 1960, HE handed over the reins of Dera to HIS spiritual successor, Param Pita Shah Satnam Singh Ji Maharaj. Mastana Ji Maharaj merged with the divine light on April 18th, 1960.
Param Pita Shah Satnam Singh Ji Maharaj made the ground of Sri Jalalana Sahib a holy site by incarnating Himself there on January 25th 1919. His Holiness served mankind for thirty years (19601990) and enlightened many people on the path to emancipation by showering the blessings of Gurumantra upon them. HE composed myriad hymns and wrote several holy books.
At Dera Sacha Sauda, marriages without dowry are endorsed and solemnized with parental consent. Apart from this, people get inspired here to connect with the true Almighty God without any special arrangements, rituals or gimmicks. His Exalted Holiness passed the Divine apostleship of Dera Sacha Sauda to revered Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan on September 23rd, 1990. Shah Satnam Singh Ji Maharaj shed His human attire and proceeded back to “NijDham” (eternal abode) on December 13th 1991.
Most revered Hazoor Pita Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan glorified the vicinity of Shri Gurusar Modia (District SriGanganagar, Rajasthan) and made it the most hallowed place by incarnating Himself as a human being on August 15th, 1967.
The present Master has been instrumental in leading the humanitarian endeavors. During HIS apostleship, Dera has scaled glorious heights as per the holy sermons of Beparawah Mastana Ji and Param Pita Ji. For the holy congregations several branches of Dera have been established worldwide. Presently, Dera has been undertaking around 72 social welfare activities starting with helping in road accidents and extending to the protection of daughters from heinous fetal murder and solemnizing the marriages of harlots by inspiring them to quit this abhorrent profession. Dera has set up educational institutions to provide materialistic, spiritualistic, and holistic knowledge as well.
Furthermore, Dera is running three specialty hospitals in Sirsa and one in Sri Gurusarmodia too, where health services are provided to the indigent free of cost. Ashram has the largest international eye bank named ‘Poojaneeya Mata Kartar Kaur Ji International Eye Bank’. This organization teaches to unlock the powers of the soul and that is without changing religion or quitting normal life. This is a confluence of all the religions, and offers due regards to every one of them. Devotees from various faiths, be it Hinduism, Muslim, Christian, Sikhism, or Judaism, all visit Dera Sacha Sauda frequently with all respect and devotion.
This paramount institution extends all types of help and cooperation to the deprived and dejected ones. His Excellency Guruji has composed hundreds of enchanting hymns and two books have been published encapsulating those holy songs. Beautiful, heart piercing rhymes bring ecstasy to the readers. Each of these is replete with Divine intoxication. One of the most impressive facts about Guruji is that HE sings these sacred songs on the spot without any prior practice or rehearsal. The exhilarating state thus obtained by the listeners is immeasurable and ineffable.
In Dera Sacha Sauda 25th of January is celebrated annually as the birthday ceremony of Shah Satnam Ji Maharaj. Guruji presents memento of affection to the volunteers who are involved in selfless services. As billions congregate, there is a rapture of joy bursting forth in their innate sense of celebration. It is amazing that on this day, food is served to nearly three million people within a half an hour.