Ten Second Takeaway

The Charity Bird Hospital follows the tenets of Jainism and treats injured and sick birds that are admitted by people from across the city. They set these birds free post-treatment, after the creatures have regained their health.

Charity begins in a hospital

Situated inside the Digambar Jain Mandir in Chandni Chowk, the bird hospital takes in upto 60 birds a day and treats them free of cost. Birds of all kinds, including parrots, crows, pigeons and koels are harboured here. Only in very special cases do they provide treatment to birds of prey, keeping in mind the Jain aversion to killing. But we did find a large number of crows, falcons and eagles, kept in custody for treatment nonetheless.

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Donating some love

The people around the area bring in birds and these feathered patients are given medicines, treatment and a nutritious diet {most of which is also donated by well wishers}. What really feels great about the place is that the birds aren’t returned to their owners {for fear of being confined, of course}. In fact, every Saturday, a part of the roof is opened up and the healthy birds are set free.

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How can you help?

You can visit on any day and spend time with the feathery folks like we did. Since this is a charitable hospital, you can always donate money, or seeds and food for the birds. You will be provided with a receipt for all donations and also when you bring in a bird for treatment. One can bring in corn, chickpea, millet, mung bean, wheat, jowar, urad and mustard seeds. The place insists that these be whole grains and unadulterated, anything else can be harmful. We are so excited to be pitching in. Are you?

Where: Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Chandni Chowk, Opposite Red Fort

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Timings: 8am – 9pm

Contact: 011 23288084


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