Sadhu Girwar Dass Mahant was originally from India and came to Fiji during the indenture system, to work as an indentured laborer. The growth of the sugar industry led to an increase in the arrival of Indians in the nineteenth century.
Sadhuji, who was a religious and cultural person, started the establishment of the “Dharam Shala” at Vunimono in 1912.
The “Dharam Shala” started off as a school with the mission of providing the girls education. The school was registered as Vunimono Sanatan Dharam Primary School, in 1916. Sadhuji was a committed, diligent worker and his love for his culture and religion saw the Dharam Shala to develop as the center for the celebration of the religious Indian festivals.
Sadhuji’s vision has led to the foundation of the Sanatan Dharam Mahamandal.