Tributes poured in at the passing away of the Head of Nirankari Mission Mata Savinder Hardev. The end came at home at 5:05 pm this evening in Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, Sant Nirankari Colony, in New Delhi.
A guiding light to many, the graceful Mataji as she was fondly called by those who knew her, even as she had relinquished her responsibilities, on 18th July, to her youngest daughter Sudiksha. She will henceforth be called Satguru Mata Sudiksha Savinder Hardev.
The passing away of Savinder Hardev has sent a wave of sorrow not only among the Nirankari Mission but those who knew her for her kindness. Mata Savinder had a close connect to Mussoorie, having been an alumnus of Waverley, Convent of Jesus and Mary School Mussoorie. She took the reigns of the Nirankari Mission on the tragic passing away of her husband, Nirankari Baba Hardev in a car accident in the United States two years ago in 2016.
Her love for Mussoorie knew no bounds. Her gift to the hill station was when she lent the strength of the Nirankari presence here in turning simple village boys into traffic managers in summer months; the numerous cleanliness drives and helping the all and sundry. Of course lesser known are her generous donations to the marginalised Hindi medium School. The Nirankari ambulance and hearse, that are oftener than not taken for granted now, were her contribution to the hills of home.
Hailing from Farooqabad in Uttar Pradesh she was married Hardev Singh in 1975. And ever since was seen accompanying her husband to every congregation home and abroad sitting on his right side, getting an equal love and respect from their followers.
Mata Ji’s body has been placed for Antim Darshan by devotees in Samagam Ground No.8 from 10.00 p.m. this evening and will continue day and night for followers to come and pay their respects to the dearly departed.
On Wednesday i.e. August 8th, 2018 the final farewell will be at the Nigam Bodh Ghat CNG Crematorium at 12.00 Noon. An era has passed. Mussoorie shall miss her gentle presence always.