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.

 

 

Belur Math Festival Calendar : 2014-2015

List of Celebrations 2014-2015  [Download PDF]

List of Celebrations
2014-2015
( According to the Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac )

BIRTHDAYS

Sri Shankaracharya

Vaishakha Shukla Panchami

4

May

Sunday

2014

Sri Buddhadeva

Vaishakha Purnima

14

May

Wednesday

2014

Guru Purnima

Ashadha Purnima

12

July

Saturday

2014

Swami Ramakrishnananda

Ashadha Krishna Trayodashi

24

July

Thursday

2014

Swami Niranjanananda

Shravana Purnima

10

Aug

Sunday

2014

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Shravana Krishna Ashtami

17

Aug

Sunday

2014

Swami Advaitananda

Shravana Krishna Chaturdashi

24

Aug

Sunday

2014

Swami Abhedananda

Bhadra Krishna Navami

17

Sep

Wednesday

2014

Swami Akhandananda

Bhadra Amavasya

24

Sep

Wednesday

2014

Swami Subodhananda

Kartika Shukla Dwadashi

4

Nov

Tuesday

2014

Swami Vijnanananda

Kartika Shukla Chaturdashi

5

Nov

Wedesday

2014

Swami Premananda

Agrahayana Shukla Navami

30

Nov

Sunday

2014

Sri Sarada Devi

Agrahayana Krishna Saptami

13

Dec

Saturday

2014

Swami Shivananda

Agrahayana Krishna Ekadashi

18

Dec

Thursday

2014

Christmas Eve

24

Dec

Wednesday

2014

Swami Saradananda

Pousha Shukla Shasthi

27

Dec

Saturday

2014

Swami Turiyananda

Pousha Shukla Chaturdashi

4

Jan

Sunday

2015

Swami Vivekananda

Pausha Krishna Saptami

12

Jan

Monday

2015

Swami Brahmananda

Magha Shukla Dwitiya

22

Jan

Thursday

2015

Swami Trigunatitananda

Magha Shukla Chaturthi

23

Jan

Friday

2015

Swami Adbhutananda

Magha Purnima

3

Feb

Tuesday

2015

Sri Ramakrishna Deva

Phalguna Shukla Dwitiya

20

Feb

Friday

2015

Public Celebration

1

Mar

Sunday

2015

Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu

Dol Purnima

5

Mar

Thursday

2015

Swami Yogananda

Phalguna Krishna Chaturthi

10

Mar

Tuesday

2015

Ramanavami

Chaitra Shukla Navami

28

Mar

Saturday

2015

 

PUJA CELEBRATIONS

Shodashi Puja

Vaishakha Amavasya

28

May

Wednesday

2014

Snana Yatra

Jyeshtha Purnima

13

Jun

Friday

2014

Sri Sri Durga Puja

Ashwina Shukla Saptami

1

Oct

Wednesday

2014

Sri Sri Kali Puja

Ashwina Amavasya

23

Oct

Thursday

2014

Sri Sri Saraswati Puja

Magha Shukla Panchami

24

Jan

Saturday

2015

Shiva-Ratri

Magha Krishna Chaturdashi

17

Feb

Tuesday

2015

 

EKADASHI DAYS (Rama-Nama-Sankirtanam)

2014

April                    

25

Sep

5,19

 

May

10,24

Oct

5,19

 

Jun

9,23

Nov

3,18

 

July

9,22

Dec

2,18

 

Aug

7,21

 

2015

Jan

1,16,30

Mar

1,17,31

Feb

15

RELIEF WORK : A Brief Report as on 01 April 2014

1.   Winter Relief: The following centres distributed blankets to poor people:          

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

INDIA

1

Aalo

650

24 December to 23 March

2

Agartala

400

30 November to 28 January

3

Asansol

925

16 November to 13 February

4

Baranagar Mission

150

4 November to 19 February

5

Belgharia, Kolkata

117

February and March

6

Bhubaneshwar

400

23 December to 17 January

7

Chapra

835

3 February to 14 March

8

Contai

450

18 November

9

Darjeeling

222

22 January to 30 March

10

Delhi

700

9 December to 4 March

11

Gol Park, Kolkata

570

1 November to 30 January

12

Hatamuniguda

150

10 February

13

Jamshedpur

300

16 November to 20 February

14

Kamarpukur

500

24 to 31 January

15

Kothar

300

1 and 5 December

16

Narottam Nagar

290

March

BANGLADESH

1

Dinajpur

213

7 March

Total:

7172

Moreover, our Darjeeling centre distributed 71 jackets and 71 pairs of gloves among poor and needy people from 22 January to 23 March.

2.    Drought Relief: Bangladesh: Our Dinajpur centre set up a tubewell in Amoir village of Dinajpur district.

3.    Fire ReliefBangladesh: In order to help 76 families, whose shops had been gutted by a fire, our Dinajpur centre distributed from 20 January to 13 February, a wide range of merchandise to them to restart their businesses.
4.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, shown against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Darjeeling: 71 pairs of shoes, 71 pairs of socks, and 47 bags from 22 January to 23 March.

(b)  Jalpaiguri: 350 saris on 23 February and 23 March.

(c)  Kothar: 300 saris, 148 adults’ garments, 344 children’s garments and 12 bed sheets on 1 and 5 December.

5.    Economic Rehabilitation: Gujarat:

(a) Our Limbdi centre handed over 46 cows to needy people.

(b) Our Porbandar centre distributed 11 sewing machines among economically backward women on 18 March.

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

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:

Cherrapunji: A value education programme for parents at Shella sub‑centre on 1 March in which 400 people took part.

A regional youth convention at Imphal, Manipur, on 7 March in which about 700 delegates took part.  Sri Vinod Kumar Duggal, Governor of Manipur, inaugurated the convention.

Concluding programme of the state-level youth conventions of Assam state was held at Gauhati University on 14 and 15 March.  It was inaugurated by Sri Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Governor of Assam, and attended by about 1200 delegates.

Concluding programme of the northeast regional youth conventions was held at Gauhati University on 18 and 19 March.  It was inaugurated by Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, and attended by about 1900 delegates.

A value education programme for professionals in healthcare and education fields was conducted on 21 March.  About 350 delegates attended the programme.

Dehradun (Kishanpur): A music programme on 22 and 23 March which was attended by 400 people on each day.

Hyderabad: Youth conventions in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh from January to March in which 10,470 youths took part.

Institute of Culture, Kolkata:  A music conference on 1 and 2 March in which leading vocalists and instrumentalists from different music traditions of India such as Hindustani, Carnatic, Folk and Popular took part.  About 1000 people attended the programme on both the days.

A students’ convention and cultural competitions on 23 March in which 1100 students took part.

Jaipur: A classical music programme and a mono act performance from 18 to 20 March which were attended by about 3000 people.

Limbdi: Vivekananda Ratha launched by Rajkot centre visited Limbdi from 16 to 18 January.  On this occasion our Limbdi centre arranged processions, cultural programmes and talks at different places in and around Limbdi.

Lucknow: A state-level seminar on Religious Harmony on 8 & 9 March in which 1100 delegates participated, and a classical music programme from 6 to 9 March which was attended by about 1000 people.

Muzaffarpur: An interfaith dialogue on 23 February in which about 200 delegates participated.

A youth convention on 24 February which was attended by 550 college students.

A music programme on 24 February which was attended by about 300 people.

Narendrapur: Five tribal conventions were held at four districts of West Bengal in November and December.  Each convention comprised procession, cultural competitions, seminar, exhibition on tribal and folk art, and narayana seva (feeding poor people).  In all, about 5000 tribal people took part in the conventions.

A series of programmes was conducted on the Ashrama premises from 11 to 16 February.  The programmes consisted of a procession in which 3232 children from five districts of West Bengal took part, cultural events including tribal dance, exhibitions, seminars on Application of Agro Bio Technology and Preservation & Protection of Tribal & Folk Culture, a quiz competition, a mela (fair) and narayana seva.  About 10,000 people visited the mela each day.

Pune: A classical music concert on 9 March which was attended by about 400 people.

Puri Mission: A state-level devotees’ convention on 8 and 9 March in which 182 devotees took part.

Rajahmundry: A music programme on 4 March in which many musicians of repute gave performances.  About 650 people attended the daylong programme.

A state-level seminar on Religious Harmony on 5 March in which around 750 people participated.

Ranchi Morabadi: The Ashrama held the following programmes to mark the conclusion of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary:

Felicitation of a number of organizations and educational institutions on 25 February for their efforts in celebrating Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary.  Around 1200 people attended the programme.

A children’s rally on 25 February in which 300 children took part.

A district-level youth convention on 25 and 26 February which was attended by 722 youths.

A teachers’ conference on 26 February which was attended by 48 teachers.

Village fairs at three places from 27 February to 1 March; around 1000 people visited the fair in each place.

Cultural programmes from 26 February to 3 March which were attended by about 1000 people each day.

A laser show on Swami Vivekananda on 4 March which was watched by 700 people.

Salem: Valedictory function of the two-year-long personality development programme for college students on 1 March which was attended by 50 students.

Valedictory function of the three-year-long Vivekananda Swasthya Parisheva Prakalpa (VSPP) on 9 March which was attended by 110 students and 5 teachers.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: Reenactment of the two lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda in Kolkata, at Shovabazar Rajbari on 28 February 1897 and at Star Theatre on 4 March 1897.  The reenactments were held respectively at Shovabazar Rajbari and the centre’s premises on 28 February 2014 and 14 March 2014 and were attended altogether by about 1500 people.

On the centre’s initiative, five public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata from 23 February to 19 March.  In all, about 2650 people attended the programmes.

Vadodara: A drama on Swami Vivekananda on 5 March which was watched by about 1000 people.

Vivekananda Gujarat Ratha Yatra which was jointly launched by our Gujarat centres and Gujarat Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhav Prachar Parishad on 12 January 2014 covered 42 villages in south Gujarat until 12 March.  More than 70,000 people attended the processions and about 43,000 people attended the public meetings.  The entire programme was coordinated by our Vadodara centre.

Visakhapatnam: A youth convention on 28 February in which 1200 youth delegates took part.

Vrindaban: A seminar on Enhancement of Values in Medical Profession – In the Light of Life and Teachings of Swami Vivekananda was held for medical personnel on 23 March.  Nearly 400 delegates comprising doctors, nurses and paramedical staff participated in the seminar.

Centres outside India:

Dinajpur (Bangladesh): A peace rally on 5 March in which nearly 4000 people joined.

An interfaith meet on 5 March which was attended by about 800 people.

A spiritual retreat on 6 March in which 350 devotees took part.

A seminar on value education for teachers on 7 March which was attended by 400 teachers.

Special programmes comprising worship, havan and speeches were organized at 13 places in 9 districts from 4 to 20 March.  On an average 2000 devotees attended the programmes in each place.

Cultural competitions for students in which around 200 students participated.  

Personalia : 01 April 2014

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

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, returned to Belur Math on 23 March after his visit to Jaipur.  He will be visiting Delhi from 5 to 7 April, and Midnapore and Garbeta from 16 to 29 April.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, returned to Belur Math on 25 March after his visit to Malda.  He is scheduled to visit ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Vadodara from 5 to 9 April, Institute of Culture (Kolkata) from 16 to 20 April, and Cherrapunji and Shillong from 22 to 30 April.  He is keeping well.

 

Headquarters : 01 April 2014

 

The birthday (tithi puja) of Sri Ramakrishna was celebrated at Belur Math on Monday, 3 March.  Cooked prasad was served to about 22,000 devotees.  Swami Shivamayanandaji presided over the public meeting held in the afternoon.  The public celebration held on Sunday, 9 March, drew more than a lakh of visitors who thronged the Math throughout the day.  Cooked prasad was served to about 40,000 persons on that occasion.

Photo Gallery :  Sri Ramakrishna (03 March 2014)  Titipuja at Belur Math

Photo Gallery : Public Celebration (09 March 2014) at Belur Math 

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated Rasik Sadan (staff quarters) near water treatment plant at Belur Math on 28 March.

 

 

 

News of Branch Centres : 01 April 2014

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Shilpayatana of Saradapitha has been converted from a government-sponsored Industrial Training Centre to a self-financing institution with effect from November 2013.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly set-up physiotherapy unit at Bhopal centre on 15 February.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed Vivekananda Bhavan, a three-storey building for conducting medical and educational activities, at Karimganj centre on 20 February.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the golden jubilee celebration of Shilpayatana (Saradapitha) on 23 February.

Cooch Behar Math conducted a spiritual retreat on 2 March in which 220 devotees took part.

Tamluk Ashrama celebrated its centenary from 3 to 9 March.  Special worship, homa, public meetings, procession and cultural programmes were conducted and a commemorative volume was released.

In a function held at the Institute of Culture, Kolkata, on 10 March, Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, presented two awards of the Institute: (i) Vivekananda Award, comprising a cash award of one lakh rupees and a citation, to Dr Narendra Kohli for his six-volume Hindi novel based on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, and (ii) Vivekananda Medal, comprising a gold medal, a cash award of one lakh rupees and a citation, to Nishtha, an organization working for women’s empowerment in West Bengal.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, consecrated the newly built Sri Ramakrishna Temple, with a marble image of Sri Ramakrishna, at Jaipur centre on 20 March, the sacred birthday of Swami Yoganandaji.  Swami Smarananandaji, Swami Vagishanandaji, Swami Gautamanandaji and many other distinguished persons addressed the public meetings.  A procession and many cultural programmes formed part of the three-day function held from 18 to 20 March.  In all, 240 monastics and about 3000 devotees attended the celebration.

Swami Gautamanandaji unveiled the newly installed eleven-foot bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda at Khetri centre on 22 March.

Patna Ashrama conducted a devotees’ convention on 23 March in which 300 devotees participated.

The newly constructed primary school building at Malliankaranai centre was inaugurated on 26 March.

Ramharipur high school received Nirmal Vidyalaya Puraskar – 2013, Bankura District, from the School Education Department, Government of West Bengal, in recognition of its commendable efforts in advancing water sanitation & hygiene.

Five students of Class 11 and two students of Class 12 of Narendrapur school secured the prestigious Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Scholarship – 2013.  (KVPY is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students to pursue basic science courses and career in research.)

Thirty-four students of Viveknagar (Tripura) school won prizes for their excellent performance in Scholarship and Talent Reward Test (STaRT) – 2014, a national level competition for school students conducted by Resonance Eduventures Pvt Ltd, Kota, Rajasthan.  Besides, the school won the Best School Award (Rs. 50,000/-) and was ranked second in the list of top ten best schools of the country; the Principal of the school was presented with the Best Principal Award (Rs. 31,000/-).

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at
   1 Bankura

March

542

85

216

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math*

23 Feb & 16 Mar

314

145

31

A hospital in Chennai
   3 Garbeta

March

450

50

42

Our eye care centre in Garbeta
   4 Jamshedpur

11 Feb to 14 Mar

218

129

A hospital in Jamshedpur
   5 Khetri

February

167

38

A hospital in Jaipur
   6 Lucknow

March

1191

 378

Our Lucknow hospital
   7 Madurai

16 March

224

5

38

An eye hospital in Madurai
   8 Mumbai

2 March

306

163

70

Our Mumbai hospital
   9 Rajkot

March

96

58

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 10 Saradapitha

Jan to March

949

244

A hospital each in Kolkata & Uttarpara
 11 Sargachhi

March

539

17

33

A hospital in Berhampore
 12 Silchar

Jan to Mar

807

15

109

A hospital in Silchar
 13 Ulsoor

March

297

110

A hospital in Bangalore
 14 Vadodara

9 March

164

31

A hospital in Bharuch district
 15 Varanasi Sevashrama

16 to 27 Feb

367

352

Our Varanasi hospital

* through Chengalpattu centre

Lucknow Sevashrama provided Vitamin-A capsules to 374 underprivileged children of 4 schools in 3 districts and free glasses to 12 children with refractory errors in the month of March.

Porbandar Ashrama conducted a free Ayurvedic medical camp on 14 March in which 42 patients were treated.

Darjeeling centre conducted a free medical camp on 23 March in which 116 patients were treated.

News of Branch Centres (outside India)

Several distinguished persons including the Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh Dr (Mrs) Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, Education Minister Mr Nurul Islam Nahid, Cultural Minister Mr Asaduzzaman Noor, and State Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs Mrs Meher Afroz Chumki spoke in the meetings organized by Dhaka centre as a part of its five‑day-long Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday celebration from 3 to 7 March.

Swami Sarvadevanandaji returned to Hollywood (USA) after his six-week visit to India.

Swami Aparokshanandaji, Head of Fiji centre, reached Belur Math on 9 March on a four-week visit to India.

Swami Vedaswarupanandaji, who had been posted to Seattle (USA) centre as an Assistant Minister, reached there on 20 March.

On 2 March, Chicago (USA) centre launched Chicago Calling, a quarterly eZine (electronic magazine).  It can be accessed through the centre’s website < www.chicagovedanta.org>.

Communication Addresses : 01 April 2014

 

Phone numbers:  Patna centre has got two additional telephone connections:

0612-2721512 (central office) and 0612-2721514 (dispensary).

EmailID: Garbeta Ashrama has changed its email id from <rkmgarbeta@gmail.com> to <rkmathgarbeta@gmail.com>.

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

Dinajpur (Bangladesh)

<www.rkmdinajpur.org>
Indore <www.rkmindore.org>
Saradapitha (for its Shilpayatana)  <www.itirkmbelur.ac.in>