Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 1 August 2014

 

1.    Flood Relief:

Odisha: Following heavy rainfall, some areas of Jajpur district were affected by flood.  Many mud-houses were destroyed and agricultural lands inundated.  Kothar centre immediately started primary relief.  The centre distributed 5000 kg chira (rice flakes), 2500 kg chattu (gram flour), 1300 kg gur (molasses), 2500 kg salt, 5104 packets of biscuits and 25,200 matchboxes among 2500 affected families of 20 wards in Jajpur district from 25 to 28 July.

Uttarakhand: Continuing its primary relief in Chamoli district, Dehradun centre distributed 53,800 kg rice, 10,760 kg dal (lentils), 10,760 litres edible oil, 4304 kg salt, 200 blankets and 460 solar lanterns among 2152 families of 32 villages from 27 June to 9 July.

West Bengal: In the wake of inundation and water logging caused by high tides in South 24 Parganas district, Manasadwip centre served cooked food (rice, dal and vegetable curry) and distributed 1940 kg muri (puffed rice), 665 kg sewai (vermicelli), 332 kg sugar, 66 kg milk powder and 66 kg dry fruits among 2110 families of 25 villages in Mousuni (Namkhana block) and Sagar Island from 22 to 31 July.

 

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2.    DroughtRelief: Rajasthan: From 26 June to 27 July, Khetri centre distributed 4,10,000 litres of drinking water among 1360 families facing acute water scarcity.
3.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, shown against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Antpur: 506 saris and 100 dhotis from 12 to 22 July.

(b)  Belgharia: 400 dhotis, 721 lungis, 2130 sets of assorted garments and 400 steel buckets in the month of June.

(c)  Naora: 443 textbooks among 182 students on 28 and 29 June.

The centre also distributed 100 children’s garments, 175 saris, 100 dhotis and 35 lungis on 27 July.

(d)  Ulsoor: 1,00,000 notebooks, 1580 slates, 15,000 pens, 13,500 pencils, 13,500 erasers, 13,500 pencil sharpeners and 5400 geometry boxes among 19,437 students of 151 schools in Bangalore Rural, Chikkaballapur and Tumkur districts of Karnataka from 16 June to 7 July.

4.    Economic Rehabilitation: Malda centre distributed 2 sewing machines and 10 bicycles to needy people on 6 July.

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda : 01 August 2014

The following centres held various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.  (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)

Bhubaneswar: A seminar on Value Education for Parents & Professionals on 27 July which was attended by about 400 parents and professionals.

Delhi: Three three-day workshops between 30 June and 23 July in which 208 teachers were trained for conducting value education programmes in schools.

The centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for implementing its ‘Awakened Citizen Programme’ in which teachers will be trained in imparting value education to students adopting a three-year teaching module developed by the centre.

Hyderabad: ‘Vivekananda Centre for Counselling and Positive Thinking’ started in January 2011 has so far attended to about 1000 cases pertaining to the problems of children, youths, women, etc.

Itanagar: A youth convention on 19 July in which about 400 youths took part.

A spiritual retreat on 20 July which was attended by about 300 devotees.           

Mangalore: A two-day national seminar on Education – The Challenges and Solution in the Light of the Teachings of Swami Vivekananda on 11 and 12 July in which about 250 college students participated.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: A classical dance programme by Pandit Birju Maharaj (Brijmohan Mishra) on 21 June which was attended by about 450 people.

On the centre’s initiative, three public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata on 22, 26 and 30 June.  In all, about 1350 people attended the programmes.

Vivekananda University: With the help of a number of organizations, the University conducted 52 value education programmes for professionals from various fields from 14 November 2013 to 15 March 2014 in which about 15,000 people took part.  During the same period, 44 value education programmes for parents and teachers were also held in which nearly 12,000 people participated.  All these programmes were spread out in 19 districts of West Bengal.

A two-day value education workshop for medical professionals was conducted at the Institute of Culture, Kolkata, on 15 and 16 February in which about 300 doctors, nurses and paramedical staff participated.

News of Branch Centres : 01 August 2014

Viveknagar (Tripura) Ashrama organized a blood donation camp on 29 June which was inaugurated by Sri Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura. A total of 76 persons donated blood in the camp.

On the sacred occasion of Ratha Yatra, Puri Math conducted a medical camp from 29 June to 7 July in which about 700 patients were treated. The Ashrama also served lemonade to 25,000 pilgrims. Books on religious topics were distributed among 1000 students.

Puri Mission Ashrama served lemonade to about 5000 pilgrims and distributed 7000 pouches of drinking water during the Ratha Yatra festival. In the medical camp organized on this occasion 106 patients were treated. The centre also served lemonade to pedestrians throughout the summer.

Vivekananda University held its ninth foundation anniversary celebration and the annual convocation at its Belur campus on 4 July. Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, was the Guest-in-Chief and delivered the convocation address. The General Secretary, who is also the Chancellor of the University, presided over the meeting and awarded the certificates, degrees and diplomas to 123 students who successfully graduated from the Belur, Narendrapur and Ranchi faculties of the University.

 

The newly constructed ‘Vivekananda Cultural Centre’ at Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House) of Chennai Math was declared open by Ms J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, on 8 July through video conferencing.

 

The General Secretary inaugurated the newly started ‘Ma Sarada Vocational Training Centre’ at Baghbazar centre on 11 July.

Nagpur centre has launched Jnana Vahini, a mobile bookstall. It was flagged off by Swami Smarananandaji on 17 July.

On 20 July Swami Smarananandaji released a CD containing the archives of 56 years of Jivan Vikas, the Marathi monthly published by Nagpur centre.

Seventeen students of Ramharipur school have been selected for National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship, 2013.

The results obtained by the students of our Palai college at the different examinations held by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, this year are as follows:

Exam

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Star Marks*

Class 12 (Prak-Shastri-II)

25

7

12

4

BA-III (Shastri-III)

8

7

1

1

 

*Star Marks: 75% or more in the aggregate; 1st Div: 60% or more; 2nd Div: 45% to 59%; 3rd Div: Less than 45%

 

All the 21 students of Rahara hostel who appeared in the Madhyamik (class 10) examination conducted by West Bengal Board of Secondary Education this year passed with first division marks, 20 of them securing star marks (75% or above in the aggregate).

 

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre Dates of camps Patients checked / treated Specs given Surgeries
No. Performed at

1

Chennai Math* 29 Jun & 20 Jul 217 101 36 Two hospitals in Chennai

2

Khetri July 160 43 An eye hospital in Jaipur

3

Lucknow July 1556 150 Our Lucknow hospital

4

Madurai 20 July 256 2 46 An eye hospital in Madurai

5

Naora June & July 293 21 A hospital in Kolkata

6

Porbandar 11 July 50 11 A hospital in Virnagar (Dt. Rajkot)

7

Rajkot July 55 47 Our eye care centre in Rajkot

8

Salem 29 Jun & 13 Jul 213 41 13 A hospital in Salem

9

Sargachhi June 403 7 13 A hospital in Berhampore

10

Silchar July 150 3 45 Two hospitals in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 2598 underprivileged children of 4 schools in Lucknow district and free glasses to 71 children with refractory errors in the month of July.

Personalia : 01 August 2014

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Kamarpukur and Jayrambati from 8 to 24 August.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Cossipore Math on 4 August after his tour of Tamluk, Chandipur and Contai.  He will be visiting Guwahati from 16 to 22 August.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 4 August after his stay at Baghbazar centre.  He will be visiting Kathmandu (Nepal) from 11 to 16 August and Bankura from 24 to 28 August.  He is keeping well.

Communication Addresses : 01 August 2014

Email ID:

Faridpur (Bangladesh) centre has got email facility with id <rkmfpur@gmail.com>.

Websites:

Gadadhar Ashrama : www.rkmgadadharashrama.org

Netherlands centre : www.vedanta-nl.org

Obituaries : 01 August 2014

 

Swami Prabuddhanandaji

Swami Prabuddhanandaji

Swami Prabuddhanandaji (Raghunandan Maharaj), Head of San Francisco centre, USA, passed away at Kaiser Hospital, San Francisco, on 2 July at 4.51 am local time (2 July at 5.21 pm Indian Standard Time). He was 85 and had been suffering from lung cancer, congestive heart failure and old-age ailments for the last few years. Initiated by Swami Virajanandaji Maharaj, he joined the Order in 1951 at Bangalore Math and had Sannyasa from Swami Shankaranandaji Maharaj in 1960. He was appointed Head of Bangalore Math in February 1966. In June 1970 he was sent to San Francisco as an Assistant Minister and was appointed Head of that centre in November 1970. He served the centre with outstanding ability for 44 long years. He was highly respected for his saintly life, sterling monastic qualities, calm demeanour and dignified manners. He served as a source of inspiration for the monks and devotees in the West. In him the Order has lost a precious member among those serving in the West.

Swami Damodaranandaji

Swami Damodaranandaji

Swami Damodaranandaji (Shrinivas Maharaj), aged 95, breathed his last on the morning of 13 July. Till the previous evening he was quite happy and followed his daily routine cheerfully. On the 13th, he was missing from his room in the morning. After a search his dead body was found floating on the Ganges near Swamiji’s Ghat at about 9.45 am. An initiated disciple of Swami Virajanandaji Maharaj, he joined the Order at Bangalore Math in 1940 and had Sannyasa from his Guru in 1950. Besides his joining centre, he served at Lahore and Rangoon Society centres (formerly our branch centres), Delhi (for a short period), Vrindaban and Singapore centres. Thereafter, he was sent to Fiji centre in 1976 as an assistant. In 1985 he was appointed head of that centre and served there till 1999. Subsequently, he was engaged in preaching Vedanta in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, etc for about 8 years (2000-2001 and 2004-2011). He had been living a retired life at Ulsoor and Belur Math for the last three years. Meticulous in his monastic routine, he endeared himself to all by his cheerful and sweet nature.

Flood Relief at Sagar Island through our Manasadwip Ashrama

Due to breaking of embankment on Battala and Hatania Doyania rivers in front of Bay of Bengal several villages were flooded by huge rush in of  waters. From 22nd July 2014 Rice, Dal and vegetables etc. are distributed to 4500 beneficiaries from 867 families from four villages in Moushami area under Namakhana Block and 5596 beneficiaries from 1110 families from 21 villages in Muriganga and Sumatinagar area under Sagar block.

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Recent Relief Services : A Brief Report as on 01 July 2014

FLOOD RELIEF: Uttarakhand: From June to August 2013, our Kankhal and Dehradun centres completed extensive primary relief work among thousands of affected families in the districts of Rudraprayag and Chamoli. In the present year, the centres initiated the 2nd phase of primary relief work as a follow-up service.

In this second phase of relief work, from 1 March to 22 April, our Kankhal centre distributed 1,22,732 kg rice, 5000 kg dalia (broken wheat grains), 54,320 kg flour, 45,472 kg dal (lentils), 5128 kg sugar, 220 kg chira (rice flakes), 400 kg gur (molasses), 10,000 kg potato, 4457 kg milk powder, 11,831 kg salt, 5044 kg candles, 21300 matchboxes, 2,17,000 halogen tablets, 3124 kg tea powder, 4008 litres edible oil, 1060 kg puffed rice, 49.4 kg turmeric powder, 49.4 kg chilli powder, 4080 packets of biscuit, 3340 dhotis, 1840 saris, 7795 sweaters, 1000 skivvies, 4425 chaddars, 13,416 metres of fabric, 11,490 blankets, 13,505 sets of school uniforms, 15,822 ready-made garments, 1575 suits, 428 quilts, 4000 pressure cookers, 1825 kg tawa (griddle), 6905 kg kadahi, 126 sets of utensils (each set containing 3 vessels, a plate, 2 bowls, a tumbler and a kettle), 765 kg buckets, 576 mugs, 60 spoons, 12,231 kg assorted utensils (plates, tumblers, kettles, bowls, etc.), 1670 dictionaries, 176 kg assorted agricultural equipment, 2500 torchlights, 4500 umbrellas, 3504 solar lanterns and 500 trunks among 5714 families belonging to 47 villages and 9259 students belonging to 195 schools in Guptakashi and Agastya Muni areas. Besides, 1847 flood-affected patients were treated in our medical camps.

On the other hand, from 8 February to 31 March, our Dehradun centre distributed 7273 blankets, 2000 ladies garments, 7772 sweaters, 5100 shawls, 6100 jackets, 2000 mattresses, 4000 quilts, 3000 school bags, 100 books, 2100 utensils, 1400 solar lights, 1000 torches, 2100 doormats, 2000 woolen caps, 500 sets of track-suits, 1500 pants, 52 cushions, etc. among 4413 families in 95 villages and 3580 students in 30 schools of Ukhimath, Joshimath and Rudraprayag areas.

Rehabilitation – Moreover, we are considering a proposal to undertake rehabilitation work at the Govt. P.G. College for women at Agastya Muni in Rudraprayag district. The rehabilitation work, which will be undertaken through our Dehradun centre, will involve the construction of a new hostel building (with kitchen and dining block) and a new educational block at the college. Needless to mention, this rehabilitation project will prove to be extremely beneficial to the cause of women education in this area.

FIRE RELIEF: Odisha: From 30 April to 8 May, Bhubaneshwar centre distributed 1200 kg rice, 600 kg dal (lentils), 226 kg salt, 113 kg edible oil, 250 kg sugar, 226 saris, 226 lungis, 226 towels, 113 stoves, 113 torches and 113 utensil sets (each set containing 2 cooking vessels, a kadahi, a kalasi (water-pot), 2 buckets, 2 plates, 4 bowls, 2 mugs, 2 tumblers, a jug, a vegetable cutter, etc.) among 113 families whose houses had been gutted in a fire at Banki town. Moreover, our Puri Mission centre distributed 50 kg chira (rice flakes), 5 kg sugar, 40 packets of biscuits, 20 saris, 17 lungis, 6 pairs of garments, 22 towels, 10 bed-sheets, 10 mosquito-nets, 10 mats, 10 tarpaulin sheets, 8 sets of study materials and 10 sets of utensils (each set containing a bucket, 2 cooking vessels, a ladle, a plate, a bowl, a tumbler and a spoon) from 28 April to 3 May among 10 families whose houses were gutted in a fire at Brahmagiri block of Puri town.

DROUGHT RELIEF: Rajasthan: Our Khetri centre distributed 2,40,000 litres of drinking water from 24 May to 25 June among 600 families facing acute water scarcity.

SUMMER RELIEF: In the month of May, our Chennai Mission, Pune and Salem centres distributed buttermilk to thousands of wayfarers.

Thanks & Gratitude 

            Needless to mention, we could undertake such a massive primary relief work only with the help of unstinted support and cooperation from large-hearted people and benevolent organizations.

May the blessings of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna be showered upon all !

 

July 07, 2014                                                                     Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                         Assistant Secretary

 

ALL DONATIONS WILL BE THANKFULLY RECEIVED & ACKNOWLEDGED

PHOTO GALLERY

Uttarakhand Flood Relief (through our Kankhal Centre)

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Uttarakhand Flood Relief (through our Dehradun Centre)

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Odisha Fire Relief (through our Puri and Bhubaneswar Centre)

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Rajasthan Drought Relief (through our Khetri Centre)

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 July 2014

Flood Relief: Uttarakhand: Dehradun (Kishanpur) centre distributed 1045 mattresses, 52 cushions, 1500 pants and 500 tracksuits among the flood-affected families from 8 to 29 March.

DroughtRelief: Rajasthan: Khetri centre distributed 2,00,000 litres of drinking water from 29 May to 25 June among 600 families facing acute water scarcity.

Summer Relief: The following centres distributed buttermilk to wayfarers in the month of May:

Centre Total quantity
Chennai Mission Ashrama 21,000 litres
Pune 21,700 litres
Salem 6000 litres

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda : 01 July 2014

Headquarters: An all-India convention of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhava Prachar Parishads was held at Belur Math on 16 and 17 June.  Swamis Smarananandaji and Prabhanandaji, Vice-Presidents of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Gautamanandaji, Head of Chennai Math, and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, chaired the different sessions.  There were discussions on the achievements and scope of Bhava Prachar Parishads and on Swami Vivekananda.  About 1400 delegates representing the different Bhava Prachar Parishads and their member-ashramas took part in the convention.

Photo Gallery Day 1 | Photo Gallery Day 2

An all-India volunteers’ orientation camp was held at Belur Math on 18 June in which about 2400 volunteers associated with Belur Math and branch centres participated.  Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, delivered the welcome address and Swamis Smarananandaji and Prabhanandaji, Vice-Presidents of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, and Swami Gautamanandaji, Head of Chennai Math, presided over a session each in which several monks and a few selected delegates spoke.

Photo Gallery

Besides, the following centres held various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.  (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)

Delhi: Thirty-one puppet shows in north-eastern states from 1 March to 9 April.

A three-day value education programme for 76 teachers at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, on 25, 26 and 27 June.

Hyderabad: A three-day value-orientation youth camp from 27 to 29 June which was attended by 267 youths.

Puri Mission: A classical music programme (vocal and instrumental) on 8 June which was attended by about 350 people.

Rajkot: Vivekananda Rath (Vivekananda carriage) launched by Rajkot centre visited 49 places in Anand and Kheda districts of Gujarat from 18 May to 16 June.  Nearly 80,000 people participated in the programmes which included a procession with Swami Vivekananda’s statue, an exhibition and talks on the life and teachings of Swamiji.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: Two public meetings on 27 May and 18 June in which altogether 700 people took part.

On the centre’s initiative, a public meeting was held at Kalighat temple, Kolkata, on 28 May which was attended by 500 people.

News of Branch Centres : 01 July 2014

Guwahati centre conducted a free medical camp during Ambuvachi Mela near Kamakhya Temple from 22 to 25 June in which about 4600 patients were treated.

The results obtained by the students of our schools and hostels at the Secondary (Class 10) and Higher Secondary (Class 12) Examinations, 2014, conducted by different education boards are as follows:

Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination

Classes 10 & 12 Exam Students appeared 1st Div. 2nd Div. 3rd Div. Failed Star Marks*
Chennai Mission Ashrama Matriculation School
Class 10 86 86 77
Chennai Sarada Vidyalaya Matriculation School
Class 10 13 12 1 5
Class 12 23 22 1 14
Chennai Students’ Home School
Class 10 50 48 2 41
Coimbatore Vidyalaya High School
Class 10 49 49 44
Coimbatore Swami Shivananda Higher Secondary School
Class 10 208 199 8 1 157
Class 12 240 233 6 1 175

*Star Marks: 75% or more in the aggregate; 1st Div: 60% or more; 2nd Div: 45% to 59%; 3rd Div: Less than 45%

 

Some Other Boards:

Classes 10 & 12 Exam Students appeared 1st Div. 2nd Div. 3rd Div. Failed Star Marks*
Bhubaneswar School (Odisha Board of Secondary Education)
Class 10 62 45 17 22
Kalady School (Kerala Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination Boards)
Class 10 182 149 29 3 1 70
Class 12 162 143 14 5 95
Silchar Hostel (Assam Board of Secondary Education)
Class 10 8 5 3

*Star Marks: 75% or more in the aggregate; 1st Div: 60% or more; 2nd Div: 45% to 59%; 3rd Div: Less than 45%

 

The following centres conducted summer camps for students. The programme included chanting, bhajans, yogasanas, value education programmes, etc.

Sl. No. Centre Duration of the camp Participants
1 Chennai Mission Ashrama 4 to 25 May 63
2 Hyderabad 27 April to 25 May 1500
3 Porbandar 1 to 31 May 80
4 Rajkot 5 to 30 May 75

 

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl. Centre Dates Patients Specs given Surgeries
No. of camps checked / treated no. performed at
   1      Bankura Apr, May & Jun 1255 240 282 Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2      Darjeeling 08-Jun 98 16 3 A hospital in Siliguri
   3      Khetri June 272 60 An eye hospital in Jaipur
   4      Lucknow June 1247 143 Our Lucknow hospital
   5      Madurai 15-Jun 182 2 42 An eye hospital in Madurai
   6      Mayavati 2 to 6 June 532 131 Our Mayavati Hospital
   7      Porbandar 20-Jun 71 30 A hospital in Porbandar
   8      Rajkot June 264 87 Our eye care centre in Rajkot
   9      Salem 15-Jun 85 25 4 A hospital in Tiruchengode, Dt. Namakkal
 10     Saradapitha April & June 318 74 Two hospitals in Kolkata
 11     Sargachhi May 414 5 22 A hospital in Berhampore
 12     Silchar June 226 5 61 A hospital in Silchar
 13     Ulsoor June 379 173 A hospital in Bangalore
 14     Vadodara 18 May & 25 May 54 29

Personalia : 01 July 2014

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Nagpur and Hyderabad from 14 to 29 July.  He is keeping well.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Tamluk, Chandipur and Contai from 17 July to 4 August.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 3 July after his visit to Jayrambati and Kamarpukur.  He will be visiting Jorhat (in Assam) from 16 to 25 July and Baghbazar centre from 30 July to 4 August.  He is keeping well.

Communication Addresses : 01 July 2014

Phone number:

Deoghar centre has got an additional telephone connection with number (0) 87970 66678.

Email ID:

Tamluk centre has changed its email id from <rkm.tamluk@sify.com> to <rkm.tamluk2014@gmail.com>.

Website:

Sikra Kulingram centre has changed its website address from <www.rkm-sikrakulingram.org.in> to <www.rkmsikrakulingram.org.in>.

Ganga Puja 2014 : Photo Gallery

 

 

Folk Theatre on Swami Vivekananda

A telling of the story of the life of Swami Vivekananda, using the popular folk theatre, Jatra.

Jatra : Asit Basu, Paikpara, Akhor

Co-Director and Executive Producer : Abhijit Dasgupta

Director and Producer : Rajiv Mehrotra

A Production by Public Service Broadcasting Trust

supported by the

Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Relief Work : A Brief Report As ON 1 June 2014

1.    Flood Relief: Uttarakhand:

(a) Kankhal centre distributed 1,22,732 kg rice, 5000 kg dalia (broken wheat grains), 54,320 kg flour, 45,472 kg dal (lentils), 5128 kg sugar, 220 kg chira (rice flakes), 400 kg gur (molasses), 10,000 kg potatoes, 4008 litres edible oil, 49 kg turmeric powder, 49 kg chilli powder, 11,831 kg salt, 4080 packets of biscuits, 1060 kg puffed rice, 4457 kg milk powder, 3124 kg tea powder, 5044 candles, 21,300 matchboxes, 2,17,000 halogen tablets, 3340 dhotis, 1840 saris, 1575 sets of shirts and pants, 1000 skivvies (high‑necked long-sleeved garments), 7795 sweaters, 10,958 school uniforms, 17,838 assorted garments, 4425 chaddars, 13,400 metres of cloth, 9990 blankets, 428 quilts, 4000 pressure cookers, tawas (griddles), kadahis, 126 sets of utensils (each set containing 3 cooking vessels, a plate, 2 bowls, a tumbler and a kettle), 765 buckets, 576 mugs, 1670 dictionaries, assorted agricultural equipment, 2500 torches, 3504 solar lanterns, 4500 umbrellas and 500 trunks among 5714 families of 47 villages and 9259 students of 195 schools in Guptakashi and Agastyamuni areas from 1 March to 22 April.

(b) Dehradun centre distributed 100 shawls, 2000 jackets and 100 books among the affected families on 30 and 31 March.

2.    Fire Relief: Odisha: (a) From 30 April to 8 May, Bhubaneshwar centre distributed 1200 kg rice, 600 kg dal (lentils), 226 kg salt, 113 kg edible oil, 250 kg sugar, 226 saris, 226 lungis, 226 towels, 113 stoves, 113 torches and 113 utensil sets (each set containing 2 cooking vessels, a kadahi, a kalasi (water-pot), 2 buckets, 2 plates, 4 bowls, 2 mugs, 2 tumblers, a jug, a vegetable cutter, etc) among 113 families whose houses had been gutted in a fire at Banki town.

(b) Puri Mission centre distributed 50 kg chira (rice flakes), 5 kg sugar, 40 packets of biscuits, 20 saris, 17 lungis, 6 pairs of garments, 22 towels, 10 bed-sheets, 10 mosquito-nets, 10 mats, 10 tarpaulin sheets, 8 sets of study materials and 10 sets of utensils (each set containing a bucket, 2 cooking vessels, a ladle, a plate, a bowl, a tumbler and a spoon) from 28 April to 3 May among 10 families whose houses were gutted in a fire at Brahmagiri block of Puri town.

 

3.    DroughtRelief: Rajasthan: Khetri centre distributed 40,000 litres of drinking water from 24 to 28 May among 400 families facing acute water scarcity.

4.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, shown against their names, to needy people:

India:

(a)  Cherrapunji: 50 saris on 14 February.

(b)  Vrindaban: 900 kg rice, 900 kg flour, 225 kg dal (lentils), 225 kg mustard oil, 450 kg salt, 112 kg sugar and 450 bars of soap among 450 old widows on 2 May.

Bangladesh:

Dinajpur: 200 notebooks, 200 pens and 206 sets of utensils (each set containing a plate, a tumbler and a bowl).

5.    Winter Relief: Cherrapunji centre distributed 403 blankets from 10 to 25 December and 327 blankets from January to March to poor people.

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda : 01 June 2014

 

The following centres held various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.  (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)

Centres in India: Delhi: Four three-day workshops from 1 to 15 May in which 318 teachers were trained for conducting value education programmes in schools.

Kochi: A four-day workshop on The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda from 1 to 4 May in which 40 youths took part.

Rajkot: Gujarat Ratha Yatra organized by the centre was launched on 11 May.  It is scheduled to cover nearly 250 talukas of 28 districts in Gujarat.

Ranchi Morabadi: A seminar on “Agriculture: the gateway to prosperity” was held on 4 May in which about 200 delegates comprising scientists, university professors, government officials, farmers and others took part.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: Two youth conventions, one at Sundarban area on 25 April and the other in Kolkata on 3 May.  In all, 700 youths took part.

A cultural programme on 6 May which was attended by nearly 650 people.

On the centre’s initiative, a devotees’ convention and three public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata from 27 April to 11 May.  In all, about 1400 people attended the programmes.

Thrissur: A two-day state-level seminar on Unity in Diversity on 14 and 15 May which was attended by about 400 people.

Centres outside India: Japan: On 25 May, the centre held the concluding function of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary celebration, comprising speeches and cultural programmes, which was attended by about 400 people.  Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, the Ambassadors of India and Nepal to Japan, and some other distinguished speakers including Christian and Buddhist priests addressed the gathering.  A few books related to Swami Vivekananda and a special issue of the centre’s bimonthly magazine were also released.

Personalia : 01 June 2014

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 7 June after his visit to Sargachhi.  He will be visiting Baghbazar centre from 18 to 30 June.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 12 June after his visit to Agartala. He will be visiting Jayrambati and Kamarpukur from 20 June to 2 July.  He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 June 2014

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

On the initiative of our Colombo (Sri Lanka) centre, a 3½-foot bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda was unveiled on 1 May 2014 at Sri Ponnambala Vaneshwarar temple in Colombo which had been visited by Swamiji in 1897.

 

 

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The results obtained by the students of our schools at the Secondary (Class 10) and Higher Secondary (Class 12) Examinations, 2014, conducted by different education boards are as follows:

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education: Class 10

Sl.

No.

  School

Students

appeared

1st 

Div.

2nd

Div.

3rd

Div.

Star

Marks*

Highest

Marks#

    1

Asansol

103

103

100

669

    2

Baranagar Mission

188

188

182

654

    3

Jayrambati

168

105

35

28

54

665

    4

Kamarpukur

106

90

16

56

682

    5

Malda

114

114

111

672

    6

Manasadwip

95

67

26

2

39

678

    7

Midnapore

114

112

2

95

670

    8

Narendrapur: (a) Vidyalaya

113

113

111

660

(b) Blind Boys’ Academy

10

10

2

549

    9

Purulia

90

89

1

89

673

   10

Rahara

232

228

4

189

671

   11

Ramharipur

119

107

11

1

52

654

   12

Sargachhi

100

82

16

2

49

647

   13

Sarisha: (a) Boys’ School

129

124

5

88

661

(b) Girls’ School

164

149

15

76

665

   14

Taki

67

66

1

43

678

* Star Marks: 75% or above in the aggregate; # Marks out of 700

West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education: Class 12

Sl.

No.

School

Students

appeared

1st

Div.

2nd

Div.

Compart-mental

Failed

Star

Marks*

Highest

Marks#

1

Malda

94

90

3

1

51

462

2

Medinipur

56

55

1

46

458

3

Narendrapur: (a) Vidyalaya

76

76

70

469

(b) Blind Boys’ Academy

10

9

1

4

384

4

Purulia

52

52

46

457

5

Rahara

100

93

7

60

468

6

Sarisha

74

61

9

4

31

473

* Star Marks: 75% or above in the aggregate; # Marks out of 500

Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination: Classes 10 & 12

Exam

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Failed

Star Marks*

Chennai Math Girls’ School

Class 10

130

76

38

4

12

45

Class 12

110

61

41

2

6

25

Chennai Mission Ashrama Matriculation School

Class 12

83

70

13

34

Malliankaranai

Class 10

72

67

3

2

46

*Star Marks: 75% or above in the aggregate

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education): Classes 10 & 12

Sl. No.

School

Exam

Students appeared

1st

Div.

2nd

Div.

3rd Div.

Compart-mental

Failed

Star

Marks*

1

Along Class 10

177

89

76

7

5

21

Class 12

159

86

54

11

8

29

2

Deoghar Class 10

76

76

76

Class 12

62

62

60

3

Hatamuniguda Class 10

28

25

3

6

4

Katihar Class 10

64

63

1

41

Class 12

17

9

1

6

1

2

5

Narottam Nagar Class 10

35

31

4

24

Class 12

25

25

19

6

Viveknagar (Tripura) Class 10

72

71

1

53

Class 12

73

68

4

1

48

*Star Marks: 75% or above in the aggregate

Some Other Boards: Classes 10 & 12

Exam

Students

appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Compartmental /

Supplementary

Failed

Star Marks*

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

81

46

22

1

8

4

23

Class 12

79

51

13

3

3

9

15

Cherrapunji School (Meghalaya Board of School Education)

Class 10

71

62

9

26

Class 12

80

30

43

4

3

1

A class-10 student of the Cherrapunji school has secured first position in the General Merit List of Meghalaya Board of School Education.

Nine other schools (at Bholaganj, Laitdiengsai, Laitryngew, Mawmluh, Mylliem, Nartiang, Nongwar, Shella & Sohbar) under Cherrapunji centre (Meghalaya Board of School Education)

Class 10

169

22

67

47

33

2

Jamshedpur (ICSE Board, New Delhi)

Class 10

172

136

33

3

74

Class 12

65

54

11

19

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

156

156

153

Narainpur (Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 12

99

64

27

2

5

1

21

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

(Telugu Medium)

42

34

6

2

19

Class 10

(English Medium)

22

22

21

* Star Marks: 75% or above in the aggregate

Chennai Math conducts several free coaching centres for the benefit of poor students in rural areas.  In the class-12 examinations held by Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination this year, 959 out of the 1016 students of the coaching centres that had appeared in these examinations have passed.

The new allopathic department of Cooch Behar dispensary was declared open on 7 April.

For the first time in its history, our Guwahati centre launched a quarterly journal in Assamese language, entitled Vivek Bhaskar.  It was released by Swami Shivamayanandaji on 1 May.

A 35-bed pediatric ward, staff quarters and a medical store at our Itanagar hospital were inaugurated on 14 May.

Justice H L Dattu of the Supreme Court of India released the fourth volume of the book A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism by Swami Harshanandaji at Bangalore Math on 25 May.

On 26 May, Salem Ashrama felicitated 60 students of 31 Government schools in the rural areas of Salem district for their excellent performance in the class-10 examinations conducted by Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination.

The following centres conducted summer camps for students.  The programme included chanting, bhajans, yogasanas, value education programmes, etc.

Sl. No.

Centre

Duration of the camp

Participants

      1

Aurangabad 6 days (22 to 27 April) 145 children

      2

Delhi 15 days (16 to 30 May) 57 children

      3

Kadapa 7 days (29 April to 5 May) 220 students
7-day residential camp (19 to 25 May) 265 students

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at
   1 Chennai Math*

27 April & 18 May

152

35

21

A hospital in Chennai
   2 Khetri

April & May

227

93

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   3 Lucknow

May

1416

177

Our Lucknow hospital
   4 Madurai

18 May

164

3

31

An eye hospital in Madurai
   5 Porbandar

9 May

55

9

A hospital in Virnagar (Dt. Rajkot)
   6 Rajkot

May

52

31

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
   7 Silchar

May

321

4

33

Two hospitals in Silchar
   8 Ulsoor

May

413

170

A hospital in Bangalore

* through Chengalpattu centre

 

Communication Addresses : 01 June 2014

Email  ID:

Jayrambati centre has changed its email id from <ssmmandir@vsnl.net> to <matrimandirjbt@gmail.com>.

Websites:

Manasadwip centre has launched a website with address <www.rkmmanasadwip.org>.

Port Blair Ashrama has changed its website address to <www.portblairrkm.org>.

Obituary : 01 June 2014

Swami Madhusudanananda

Swami Madhusudanananda

 

We are sorry to announce the passing away of Swami Madhusudananandaji (Gopal / Harinarayan Maharaj) on 22 May at 1.48 pm at our Vrindaban hospital.  He was 82 and had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease, hypertension and coronary artery disease for several years. Initiated by Swami Shankaranandaji, he joined the Order in 1953 at Taki centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1966.  After serving at his joining centre for six years, he spent the rest of his monastic life at Vrindaban centre.  Soft spoken and austere by nature, the Swami was a good singer.

 

 

 

Sri Buddha Deva Jayanti 2014 : Photo Gallery

Celebration of Sri Buddha Deva Jayanti at Belur Math.

 

 

Sri Shankaracharya Jayanti 2014 : Photo Gallery

 

 

 

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda : 01 May 2014

The following centres held various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.  (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)

Baghbazar: A devotees’ convention and a youth convention on 5 and 6 April respectively, in which about 800 devotees and 700 youths took part.

Delhi: A three-day workshop for 16 master trainers (who will be training school teachers) of the Ashrama’s value education programme from 10 to 12 April.

Three three-day workshops between 21 and 30 April in which 240 teachers were trained for conducting value education programmes in schools. 

Guwahati: A value orientation programme for parents and teachers on 12 April which was attended by 350 people.

A youth convention on 13 April in which 350 youths took part.

Kozhikode: Classical music concerts and lectures on 29 and 30 March which were attended by about 900 people in all.

Jalpaiguri: Cultural competitions on 6 April in which around 900 students took part.

Nagpur: Cultural competitions in which 549 students participated.

The centre organized Vivekananda Ratha Yatra (procession with Vivekananda carriage) in 13 districts of Maharashtra and 2 districts Madhya Pradesh from 23 January to 6 April.  Discourses and exhibition were held and an animation film on Swami Vivekananda was screened at many places.  The Ratha evoked tremendous response at every place of its visit.  The concluding function held at Nagpur centre on 6 April was attended by thousands of devotees.

Rajahmundry: Value education programmes for parents at the Ashrama and at Kakinada on 29 and 30 March respectively.  In all, about 2100 parents attended the programmes.

Rajkot: A state-level value education project from May 2013 to March 2014 in which school children answered a workbook after studying a few selected books on Swami Vivekananda.  About 3,80,000 students of 7444 schools from 26 districts of Gujarat participated in the programme.

Shillong: A three-day state-level seminar on ‘Unity in Diversity’ from 26 to 28 April which was attended by about 2000 people including 1000 youths.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata:  A day-long seminar at the Ashrama on 30 March in which 600 people participated.

A devotees’ convention at the Ashrama on 5 April in which 700 devotees participated.

Two youth conventions, one at Kolkata on 12 April and the other in Sundarban area on 19 April.  In all, 800 youths took part in the conventions.

A cultural programme comprising three short dramas on Swami Vivekananda at the Ashrama on 16 April.  About 600 people attended the programme.

On the centre’s initiative, five public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata from 23 March to 18 April.  In all, about 2650 people attended the programmes.

News of Branch Centres : 01 May 2014

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly constructed medical centre building and the newly built first floor on the value education building at Rajkot Ashrama on 9 February.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built lecture hall at Vadodara Ashrama on 8 April.

Sri Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh, declared open the newly constructed hostel building at Narainpur centre on 15 April.

Narainpur centre held a six-day sports meet from 13 to 18 April in which 1500 students from 23 schools of 2 districts in Chhattisgarh participated.  The event was inaugurated by Sri Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh.

The newly constructed non-formal school building at the old campus of Vrindaban centre in Panighat was declared open on 15 April.

The results obtained by the students of our Jamshedpur schools at the Secondary (Class 10) Examination, 2014, conducted by the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) are as follows:

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Star Marks (75% or above in the aggregate)

323

271

50

2

86

Cass-10 students of our Purulia school secured the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th ranks in the State Level National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), 2014, conducted by the Government of West Bengal.

Two students of class 11 of our Purulia school secured the prestigious Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Scholarship, 2014.

BSc (Honours) students of our colleges in West Bengal secured the following all-India ranks (within the first twenty) at the Joint Admission test for MSc courses (JAM) in the various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) held this year:

College

Mathematics

Statistics

Physics

Chemistry

Microbiology

Narendrapur

1, 3, 5, 7, 11 & 13

6

16

N.A.

Vidyamandira (Saradapitha)

14 & 16

N.A.

13

3, 8 & 13

8

BSc Physics (Honours) students of Vidyamandira (Saradapitha) secured the 5th & 10th all‑India ranks (within the top twenty) at Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST), a common qualifying test for admissions into the PhD and Integrated PhD programmes in premier research institutes in India.

Vidyamandira college has been re-accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with Grade ‘A’.

Vidyamandira college has been awarded the status ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ for a further period of five years, from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019, by UGC (University Grants Commission).

The Department of Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal, has awarded the Microbiology Department of the Vidyamandira with ‘BOOST 1’ status.  (‘BOOST’ stands for ‘Biotechnology-based Opportunities Offered to Science & Technology departments’.)

Two children trained in the Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Centre of our Rajkot Ashrama secured the first prizes in the national level competitions in recitation and elocution conducted for children with special needs by the Department of Youth, Culture & Sports (Bal Pratibha Vibhag), Government of Gujarat, at Bhavnagar, on 26 March.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at
 1 Khetri

March

216

47

A hospital in Jaipur
 2 Lucknow

April

1712

268

Our Lucknow hospital
 3 Madurai

20 April

175

1

34

An eye hospital in Madurai
 4 Porbandar

14 Mar & 18 Apr

137

38

A hospital each in Virnagar (Dist. Rajkot) and Porbandar
 5 Rajkot

April

312

88

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 6 Silchar

April

133

48

Two hospitals in Silchar
 7 Ulsoor

April

350

168

A hospital in Bangalore

The following centres conducted Child Eye Care Programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl.

Centre

Dates

Children checked / given vitamins and medicines

Specs given

  1  

Chandigarh

March

1174 children of 2 schools

147

 2

Khetri

3 February – 24 April

10,288 children of 27 schools

1264

 3 

Lucknow

April

1400 children of 4 schools

 56

Khetri centre conducted a medical camp at the Ashrama on 30 March in which 9 doctors treated 723 patients.

Narottam Nagar centre conducted three medical camps, one at the centre and the others at two places in Assam, from 19 to 21 April.  A total of 596 patients were treated by 7 specialist doctors. Besides, the doctors gave talks to create cancer awareness among local people.

Personalia : 01 May 2014

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, returned to Belur Math on 29 April after his visit to Medinipur and Garbeta.  He will be visiting Narendrapur from 9 to 18 May, and Sargachhi from 30 May to 7 June.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, returned to Belur Math on 30 April after his visit to Cherrapunji and Shillong.  He is scheduled to visit ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Antpur from 8 to 14 May, Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 20 to 26 May, and Agartala from 30 May to 12 June.  He is keeping well.

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 May 2014

 

1.    Flood Relief: Uttarakhand: Dehradun (Kishanpur) centre distributed 854 garments, 5516 sweaters, 2332 jackets, 3323 shawls, 2000 caps, 3573 blankets, 1000 quilts, 116  mattresses, 1600 doormats, 2767 school bags, 150 solar lamps, 437 torches, 665 utensils, etc among 2042 families of 34 villages and 2767 students of 20 schools in Ukhimath, Joshimath and Rudraprayag areas of Uttarakhand from 8 to 29 March.
2.    Fire Relief:

(a) India: On 28 April, our Silchar centre distributed 9 dhotis, 9 chaddars, 4 saris, 5 mosquito-nets, 50 kg rice, 10 kg dal (lentils) and 15 plates among 5 families whose houses were gutted in a fire in the town.

(b) Bangladesh: Our Dinajpur centre distributed 110 kg rice, 23 saris, 22 chaddars, 22 mosquito-nets, 22 baskets and 46 bars of soap among 23 families whose houses were damaged in a fire accident at Jashai Para village of Thakurgaon district in April.

3.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, shown against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Antpur: 40 sets of weaving machine accessories (dhadda), 250 kg health drink powder, 500 packets of biscuits, 112 dhotis, 342 saris and 1500 bars of soap in March.

(b)  Guwahati: 120 mosquito-nets on 13 April.

(c)  Sarisha: 38 educational kits consisting of textbooks, geometry boxes, exercise books and school bags from January to March.

4.    Winter Relief: Our Antpur centre distributed 500 blankets in March and our Garbeta centre distributed 59 winter garments from 16 to 28 February among poor and needy people.
5.    Economic Rehabilitation: Assam: Our Guwahati centre distributed 5 sewing machines to needy people on 13 April.

New Math Sub-Centre : 01 May 2014

A sub-centre of Germany branch has been started in Berlin.  Its contact details are as follows:

Postal Address: Vedanta Gesellschaft, Mohnweg 18a, 12357 Berlin, Germany.

Phone number: 0049-30-6646-4797; Fax number: 0049-30-6646-4799.

Communication Addresses : 01 May 2014

 

Phone numbers: The editorial office of Prabuddha Bharata at Mayavati Ashrama has got a new telephone connection with number (0) 96909 98179.

The telephone numbers of Ramharipur centre have been changed as follows:

 

Old Number

New Number

Central Office

03241-201097

(0) 81599 92080

-do-

03241-201096

(0) 81700 98235

EmailIDs: The central office of Bangalore Math has now only one email id <rkmfive@gmail.com>.

Vidyarthi Mandiram (hostel) of Bangalore Math has changed its email id from <srvm@vsnl.com> to <vidyarthi.mandiram@gmail.com>.

Belur Math / Headquarters has now only one email id <mail@belurmath.org>.

Websites: Mangalore Ashrama has changed its website address from <www.mangaloremath.org> to <www.mangaloremath.in>.

The following centres have launched websites with addresses mentioned against their names:

Obituary : 01 May 2014

 

Swami Harishananda

Swami Harishananda

 

We are sorry to announce the passing away of Swami Harishanandaji (Manatosh Maharaj) on 21 April at 1.50 pm at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  He was 67 and had been suffering from diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease for some years.  Initiated by Swami Nirvananandaji, he joined the Order in 1974 at Saradapitha, Belur, and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1984.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Malda, Asansol, Almora, Karimganj, Jayrambati and Cooch Behar centres.  Owing to ill health, he had been living a retired life at Belur Math for about five years.  The Swami was simple, quiet and austere by nature.

 

Foundation Day of the Ramakrishna Mission : 1st May 2014

The 118th Foundation Day of the Ramakrishna Mission was celebrated at Belur Math on 1 May. Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Mission, chaired the meeting, and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, delivered the welcome address.  Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Mission, and a few others addressed the gathering.