Sindhu Tai Sapkal Biography – The Mother Teresa of Maharashtra, work, age, awards

Sindhutai Sapkal, affectionately known as “Mother of Orphans”, is an Indian social worker and social activist best known for her work in educating orphaned children in India. She obtained a Ph.D. in Literature from DY Patil Institute of Technology and Research in 2016. Here is the detailed Sindhu Tai Sapkal biography.

Sindhu Tai Sapkal Biography

Intro  Indian social worker 
Work Social worker 
Country India 
Gender  Female 
Birth  14 November 1948, Maharashtra 
Death 4 January 2023

 Birth and education of Sindhutai Sapkal

Sindhutai was born on November 14, 1948, in the village of “Pimpri Meghe” in the Wardha district of Maharashtra. Her father was called “Abhimaan Sathe” who was a Charava (herding animal).

Because she was a daughter, Sindhutai wasn’t liked by everyone in the house (because she was a daughter, not a son) so they called her “chindhi” (a torn piece of cloth) in the house. But her father wanted to teach Sindhu, that’s why he sent Sindhu to school against Sindhus’ mother

Because of the mother’s opposition and the economic situation of the house, Sindhu’s education continued to be interrupted. When she passed the fourth-grade exam, she had to stop going to school due to economic conditions, household duties, and Break off child marriage. 

Sindhutai Sapkal Marriage and Beginning 

When Sindhutai was 10 years old, she was married to “Srihari Sapkal”, 30 years old. She was the mother of 3 children at the age of 20.

Sindhutai complained to the village chief’s district officer that She did not charge the villagers. To avenge their insult, Mukhiyana Srihari (Sindhutai’s husband) was instigated by the villagers to kick Sindhutai out of the house while she was 9 months pregnant.

The same night she gave birth to a girl in Tabelle (cows and buffaloes). When she went to her mother’s house, her mother refused to accept her alone (her father died, otherwise he would have kept her daughter). Sindhutai was staying with her daughter at the train station. Praying to fill her stomach and stay in the cremation at night to protect herself and her daughter.

In her fight, She realized that there are so many orphans in the country who need a mother. From that moment She decided that any orphan who came to her would become her child.

Sindhu Tai Sapkal Biography

Sindhutai Sapkal Work

Sindhutai has dedicated her whole life to orphans. That is why her name is “Mai” (Mother). They adopted 1050 orphans. She had 207 sons and 36 daughters-in-law in her family till today. She has over 1000 grandchildren.

Her daughter is a lawyer and many of the adopted children are doctors, engineers, lawyers and many of them also run their own orphanages. Sindhutai has received a total of 273 national and international awards, including the Maharashtra State “Ahilyabai Holkar Award” for social workers who work for women and children.

Use all that money from the orphanage price. Her orphanage is located in Pune, Wardha, Saswad (Maharashtra). In 2010 a Marathi film based on the life of Sindhutai was shot “Mee Sindhutai Sapkal”, which was shortlisted for the 54th London Film Festival. Sindhutai’s husband turned 80, he came to live with them.

Sindhutai accepted her husband as a son, saying that she is just a mother. Today he tells with great pride that he (her husband) is their eldest son.

Sindhutai also writes poetry and her poems have the full essence of life. 

Sindhutai Sapkal Organization

  • Sanmati Bal Niketan, Bhelhekar Vasti, Hadapsar Pune 
  • Mamta Bal Sadan, Kumbharwalan, Tasteful 
  • My Ashram Chikhaldara, Amravati 
  • Abhiman Bal Bhawan, Wardha 
  • Gangadharbaba dormitory cavity 
  • Saptasindhu Women’s Adhar Balasangopan and Educational Institution Pune 

Sindhu Tai Sapkal Awards 

  • 2015 – Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize for the Year 2014 
  • 2014 – Basava Bhushan Award 2014 Award from and with Baswa Seva, Pune. 
  • 2013 – Mother Teresa Award for social justice. 
  • 2013 – The National Award for Ionic Mother. 
  • 2012 – Real Heres Award, from CNN – IBN & Reliance Foundation. 
  • 2010 – Ahilyabai Holkar, Award is given by the Government of Maharashtra. 
  • 2008 – Woman of the Year Award is given by Loksatta. 
  • 1996 – Adoption Mother Award. 
  • 1992 – Leading Social Contributor Award. 
  • Sahyadri Hirkani Award 
  • Shivlila Women Gaurav Award. 

Sindhutai Sapkal Movie

There was also a Sindhutai based Marathi movie in 2010, “Mee Sindhutai Sapkal” which was based on a true story. And the film was also shortlisted for the 54 London Film Festival.

“Do not be afraid of small crises, go on and learn to befriend the crisis,” says Mother Teresa of Maharashtra and Mother Sindhutai Sakpal of the orphans. Perhaps because of these thoughts and spirits, today she was able to overcome the difficult stage in her life that a normal person cannot imagine.

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9 thoughts on “Sindhu Tai Sapkal Biography – The Mother Teresa of Maharashtra, work, age, awards”

  1. Think she didn’t completed her PhD degree, but she conferred with an Honorary doctorate in 2016 – by the Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Engineering, Pune. Please check and correct it

    • She had a daughter who was given to a family so that the orphans won’t think they are not loved, she became impartial and gave her biological daughter to a family in pune.

  2. Think she didn’t complete her Ph.D. degree, but she was conferred with an Honorary doctorate in 2016 – by the Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Engineering, Pune. Please check and correct it

    • Matru Deobavah! The illustrious Sindhu Tai Sapkal will be remembered for ever through her great deeds which is the need of our time all over the world. Her sacrifice will inspire and remove darkness to uphold the Truth, all life matters!

  3. It is wrong ti call her Mother Teresa of Maharashtra. Like Teresa her job was not conversion. SinduTai’s work is purely selfless one the only motivation being wellness of the human. It is an insult to compare her with Teresa

    • She got the children when she was begging near the railway station to feed her daughter. She saw around 10 to 12 children begging in the same railway station with same condition, so she decided to adopt them and beg for them together.

  4. Sindhu Tai Sapkal indeed is a great women she reminds me of popular saying ‘Where there is a will there is a way’.


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