Bhagat Puran Singh, Indian publisher, environmentalist, and philanthropist was born on 4th June 1904. He dedicates his life to the selfless service of humanity.
He was born as a Ramji Das in Rajewal Ludhiana, Punjab into a Hindu family. Later, he has renamed Puran Singh when he converted to Sikhism in 1923. He was a self-regulated person who made service to humanity his routine task. He worked all his life to provide the last hope to the mentally and terminally ill patients.
Puran Singh is best remembered for the home he founded in Amritsar, India, named Pingalwara. Besides this, he was also an environmentalist who spreading awareness about environmental issues. Along with Davinderpal Sandhu, he founded Spring Dale Senior School in 1980.
In 1981 he was awarded the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri by the government of India. As a mark of paying tribute to a great self-regulated person, India Postal Department has issued 500 Paise (5 Rupee) commemorative postage stamp in 2004.
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