Charitable Hospital at Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati
Advaita Ashrama at Mayavati, apart from being a monastery, also runs the Mayavati Charitable Hospital which serves nearly 1400 villages in this remote and backward region of the Himalayas, free of charge. The helplessness of the people here would touch any heart if only it were known. The hospital depends upon public charity for its maintenance. Quite a large number of patients come here daily across hills and dales, sometimes trudging a distance of 80 or 100 km for medical help. And they are provided prompt and sympathetic medical treatment with modern and tested medicines collected from distant places with great care. The treatment is provided absolutely free of cost.
In addition to the regular facilities offered by the Hospital, periodic medical camps to handle special cases are also being organized: A free Eye Camp was organized at Mayavati from 14 to 19 October 1995 in which 35 people were operated on for cataract. A free Dental Camp was organized on 25 and 26 September 1998 which benefited 30 patients. As and when possible, the Hospital avails of the expertise of doctors and physicians who visit the Ashrama as guests. For their part, the visiting doctors take great pleasure in rendering free service as part of their spiritual practice at the monastery.
On some occasions they also relieve the resident doctor to enable him to go on a short leave. Recently, efforts have been made to upgrade the Hospital and the number of patients has steadily increased. The camps held for poor patients during 2007-08 was well attended and apart from a resident doctor there is another senior doctor, serving on voluntary basis.
In course of time, the number of beds increased to 35 of which 25 are endowment beds. A X-Ray Unit, Dental Chair and a Pathology Lab were added in 2007-8. Eye camps, ENT camps, Dental camps and Surgery camps were also held. The Hospital has been receiving donations from the general public, business houses and institutions, and the Ashrama is grateful to all benefactors for their help.