12 March 2016

Raja Ram Tiwari or "Lost and Found Tiwari":

  • Mr. Raja Ram Tiwari, 86, who has helped 10,00,000 adults and 20,000 children, reunite with families at Kumbh Melas.

  • He set up his first Khoya Paya Shivir (Lost and Found) camp in 1946 and has covered five Maha Kumbh festivals (which fall once in 12 years), six half-Kumbh and 56 Magh melas that are held every January

  • As the huge throngs come for a holy dip at the confluence of three of Hinduism's holiest rivers - the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati - thousands get separated from their family. Mr Tiwari's job is to unite them with their families.

"I first came here in 1945 with my friends to have a look around. There was no facility then, and few visitors. Since then I have covered 11 Kumbh Melas and 51 annual fairs," Mr Tiwari says.
When he set up his first camp during the fair in 1946, 870 people were separated from their families. During the last festival in 2001, the number had risen to 122,766 people.

  • Better known as "Bhule Bhatke Tiwari" or "Lost and found Tiwari", he has so far helped more than 633,000 lost people find their families again.

Source: The man who reunites families

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