Swayambu: How a temple built a community
The Swayambu temple of Sacorda - a sacred place of worship, was constructed in 1956 by S. Kantilal and company – an eminent construction firm. Besides a place for spiritual gatherings, the temple was initially run as a village school by Mr. Sakharam Morajkar aka ‘Guruji’ in the village. ‘Guruji’ conducted the school activities for over 100 students from the village of Sacorda from 1956-62. To maintain this unique idea, each house in the village contributed Rs 5 towards maintenance of the ‘school’.
Since its early beginnings as a school, the temple has become the heart of the community. The temple has been the ‘place’ for spiritual solace, celebrations of births and weddings and informal meetings. A grand celebration of the Ganesh Utsav takes place each year at the Swayambu temple and involves the participation of the entire village.