Gandhinagar: Social & Religious Life
Sindhi population at Gandhinagar is around 25,000, In the recent years more than 10,000 Sindhis have shifted their residential place in the Kolhapur city in various regions like Tarabai Park, Rajarampuri, Shivaji Park, Ruikar Clony, Market Yard etc. There is Sindhi Central Panchayat at Gandhinagar which also look after the Dharamshala, where visitors can have rooms for stay on paid bases. Sindhi shifted to Kolhapur city have started their separate Sindhi Panchayat "Kolhapur Sindhi Samaj" which is likely to construct a grand social community hall in very near future as land for the proposed building has been purchased already.
Religiously Gandhinagar [Kolhapur] is active to such a great extent that many of saints says that name of the place should be "NAMNAGAR". Here birthdays of Sri Guru Nanak, Swami Shanti Prakash Or Baba Hardev JI are celebrated with same joy & enthusiasm as of the cheti-chand the new year of the Sindhis. On the occasion of Gurunanak Jayanti and Sindhi New Year day - Cheti Chand wholesale and Retail Market of Gandhinagar remains close.
Religious organisations of Sindhis such as Prem Prakash Mandal, Sant Nirankari Mandal , Radhasoami Satsang, and Shri Paramhans Advait Mat [Anandpuri] are having well working branches here. There is Jhulelal Mandir beside the some of the Guru Dwaras of Sri Guru Nanak Dev JI. A temple of Bhagat Kanwar Ram Sahib will be constructed in very near future, Sacho Satram Mandal is working hard for it.
You will find here numerous groups who are celebrating Ganesh Festival & Navratra beside being engaged in numerous social activities. On the horizon of education Gandhinagar [Kolhapur] Sindhi community is not for behind from the others, here you will find two education societies established and managed by Sindhi community and running two English Medium Primary Schools, Two High Schools & One Sindhi Medium High School & Jr. College , Namely : -
Sadhu Vaswani High School & Jr. College
Gandhinagar High School
St. Shanti Prakash High School
Shahid Hemu Kalani Primary School
Swami Sarvanand Primary School
Sindhi people of Gandhinagar Kolhapur are also leading on front of economic institutions as there is "Sindhu Nagari Pat Sanstha" at Gandhinagar, managed by Sindhis. About two decade back "Rotary Club of Gandhinagar" [R I Dist. 3170] was also functional here.