Sringeri Sarada Peetadhipathi Swami Bharati Theertha will inaugurate “Sri Virinchi Vanaprastha Ashramam” (home for aged) in Rajahmundry on Saturday. A group of doctors, eminent lawyers and charted accountants together formed Sri Virinchi, a non-profitable non-government and charitable institution and proposed the home for the aged about three years ago.

According to T.V. Narayana Rao, eminent urologist and chairman of the trust and managing trustee Madduri Siva Subba Rao, leading advocate, the 6,700 square yards in the heart of the city was given by Sringeri Sarad Peetham and they have constructed two-storied building at Vanaprastha Ashram on the advice of Jagadguru Bharati Theertha. “Tolerance and compassion are becoming rare and typical scenario is of the old people left alone to fend for themselves,” said Mr. Subbarao. “To fill the gap between expectations and realities oldage homes are the emerging answer,” he said. The Vanaprstha Ashram will accommodate 30 people from the first week of March. The number of inmates will go up to 100 by the year-end. The trustees are making arrangements for modern kitchen for which machinery was already brought from Coimbatore and hi-tech washing machines will be installed. “We want to utilise the services of the old-age people, who retired from different services like teachers, accountants, technicians and engineers,” said Mr. Subba Rao.