Late Purushottam Narsinhbhai Patel (Guruji) (1896-1976)
"The children of poor families, inspite of their capibilities and desire, can not study because of money. More over, in to-day's education system, where is the thought of character,life building and personal development? I will do something in this direction. " - Guruji (from his diary)

P. N. Patel, popularly known as GURUJI was born on May 23, 1896 at Sojitra, Gujarat. Obtained B.Sc degree in Botany from Bombay University in 1920. Remained managing trustee of Brahmachryashram established by Motibhai Amin for six years and then as a disciple of shri Arbindo at Pondichary from 1926 to 1940. During his stay at Pondichary, while sitting in Yoga, he realized the real mission of his life. Came Ahmedabad and worked with Swami Bhikshu Akhandanand for some time and then came to Anand and started 'Ashram' with six students in a farm, known as Vivekanand Vadi, belongs to Late Shri Natvarlal Dave. With the help of Shri Maganbhai Shankerbhai Patel, Dr. Jivraj Mehta and other persons of Bakrol village he got nine-vigha unused land of chara of Bakrol village from Shrimant Gaekvad of Vadodara in 1948.

With the physical help of the students he cleaned the land and build the residential houses for them and thus his life mission began in form of "Vallabh Sevashram" after the name of great iron man of the country. He worked as founder managing trustee of the Ashram and stayed in the Ashram as Sanyasi putting Bhagva clothes till his last day of his life.