A retail unit for the sale of building materials, hardware, sanitary goods, paints etc. was later started to support the ‘Santhigiri Aroodasuddhi’ activities.
The first housing complex for the Ashram inmates was inaugurated in March, 1996, and is commonly referred to as the ‘LIG’ and ‘MIG’ complex. This initiative of the Ashram was supported by HUDCO, a public sector unit under the Urban Development Ministry, Govt. of India. Ashram inmates are given free accommodation in the ‘LIG’ and ‘MIG’ complex.
Alongside, the Ashram also took up the construction of the first rainwater harvesting project to meet its need for fresh water. On the Guru’s directions, an unused quarry in front of the Ashram was converted into a rainwater harvesting area with a capacity of 50,000 litres. Called ‘Karuna Suddha Jalam’, this project not only served to end the water shortage in the Ashram but also helped to recharge the groundwater level in the surrounding areas.
Buoyed by the success of this initiative, which received an award from HUDCO, the Ashram has developed ‘Karuna Suddha Jalam –II’ with a storage capacity of 10 million litres at Research Zone.
Apart from the Ashram’s construction activities Santhigiri Arooddasuddhi also undertakes the design and construction of devotees’ houses. These houses are built as per instructions received from Guru for the family concerned. A house plays a very important role in the life of a family and its fortunes. It is thus essential that it be situated in an appropriate location. It should also be designed properly, keeping in consideration the particular needs of the family, especially on the spiritual plane. The staff includes qualified architects, engineers and supervisors.