Uttarakhand Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Project

(As on 25 November 2014)

 

As the massive cloud burst and flash floods hit a major portion of Uttarakhand in June 2013, unprecedented devastation followed causing severe damage to life and property. In the wake of such human sufferings, the Ramakrishna Mission plunged in to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected people from 23 June 2013 onwards.

Primary Relief: The Kankhal and Dehradun centres of the Ramakrishna Mission undertook relief activities in 332 villages at Rudraprayag, Sonprayag, Guptakashi, Uttarkashi, Ukhimath, Pandukeshwar, Govindghat and Niti block areas. They distributed food items, assorted and winter garments, solar lanterns, utensils and other essential items catering to 20,768 families. Besides, school uniform and other supplies were also distributed to 12,839 students from 225 schools in Joshi Math area.

 

Rehabilitation: The Ramakrishna Mission, then took up rehabilitation project in the area. The girls’ hostel of the Annusuya Prasad Bahuguna Govt. Post Graduate College at Agastyamuni (Dist. Rudraprayag) was severely damaged by the flood. The Ramakrishna Mission considered that building a girls’ hostel for this college will be a great service to the undeveloped Kedar Valley, especially to the girls seeking their much deserved education.

The Ramakrishna Mission, through its Dehradun centre, took up the construction work of a new hostel building and a new educational block at the Govt. P. G. College, Agastyamuni as a part of its rehabilitation project. The three storied Girls’ Hostel with kitchen and dining hall and a three storied P. G. Block of the college is being constructed with a total covered area of 28,442 square feet. Accordingly the foundation stone was laid on 29 August 2014 by Swami Tanmayanandaji Maharaj of Kankhal.

After completion of soil excavation for the foundation of the two buildings, PCC work for the total area has also been completed. Rod binding work for the rafting and the columns are in progress.

 

News of Branch Centres : 01 November 2014

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Durga Puja (in image) was celebrated at the following 24 centres: Antpur, Asansol, Barasat, Contai, Cooch Behar, Dhaleswar (under Agartala), Ghatshila, Guwahati, Jalpaiguri, Jamshedpur, Jayrambati, Kamarpukur, Karimganj, Lucknow, Malda, Medinipur, Mumbai, Patna, Port Blair, Rahara, Shella (under Cherrapunji), Shillong, Silchar and Varanasi Advaita Ashrama.

The newly built lower primary school building of Cherrapunji centre’s school at Maraikaphon was declared open on 27 September.

Ramharipur centre conducted a devotees’ convention on 12 October in which 800 delegates took part.

Khetri centre held an orientation camp for SGVEP (Sustained Graded Value Education Programme) students on 14 and 15 October.  About 1500 people, including 1357 students, attended the camp.

See photos here

In the first phase of the Annual Vivekananda Competition held by Delhi centre this year about 86,000 students from 157 schools participated, and in the second phase of the competition held on 17 October, 654 students from 132 schools took part.

At Delhi Ashrama a chair lift has been installed to help the elderly and physically handicapped persons reach the prayer hall of the temple.  The facility was inaugurated on 19 October by Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built kitchen-cum-reception block at Mayavati Ashrama on 22 October.

Ulsoor (Bangalore) Math conducted a spiritual retreat on 26 October which was attended by 111 devotees.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the renovated Dilaram Bungalow (sanctified by Swami Vivekananda’s stay in 1892) at Vadodara centre on 28 October.

A student of our Rahara college has secured first rank in the B.Ed. Examination 2014 conducted by West Bengal State University. 

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura

July to October

1517

137

268

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Jamshedpur

12 to 30 October

76

63

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   3 Khetri

October

126

50

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   4 Lucknow

October

1432

187

Our Lucknow hospital
   5 Madurai

19 October

93

1

12

An eye hospital in Madurai
   6 Naora

12 October

209

121

70

An eye hospital in Kolkata
   7 Porbandar

28 Sept & 10 Oct

154

40

A hospital in Porbandar
   8 Rajkot

October

259

43

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
   9 Salem

21 Sept, 5 &12 Oct

415

93

34

A hospital in Salem
 10 Saradapitha

Jul, Aug & Sept

618

88

Two hospitals in Kolkata
 11 Ulsoor

October

272

110

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                                                        

Jamshedpur

28 Jul to 14 Oct

1973 children of 18 schools in Jamshedpur

201

 2                                                        

Lucknow

October

2409 children of 6 schools in 3 districts

35

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Durga Puja (in image) was performed at Mauritius Ashrama and the following eleven centres in Bangladesh: Baliati, Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Faridpur, Habiganj, Jessore, Narayanganj and Sylhet, and also at the Narail sub-centre of Jessore Ashrama.

At Dhaka centre, Begum Rowshan Ershad, Opposition Leader of Bangladesh National Assembly; Mr Mirza Abbas, Convenor of Bangladesh Nationalist Party for Dhaka city; Sri Goutam Chakraborty, former Water Development Minister; Dr Kamal Hossain, former Law Minister; Sri Pankaj Saran, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, and several other distinguished persons attended the Durga Puja celebration.  On the Ashtami day, nearly 15,000 people witnessed the Kumari Puja and were served cooked Prasad.

The renovated Vivekananda Grove at the Olema Retreat of San Francisco (USA) centre was inaugurated on 31 August.  The grove has been serving as a memorial to Swami Vivekananda and as a site for meditation since 1963.  Its meditation platform contains a number of stones brought from different places in America which were visited by Swamiji.  As a part of renovation, a statue of Swamiji has been installed in the grove.

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 November 2014

 

1.    Hudhud Cyclone Relief: Andhra Pradesh: The devastating cyclone Hudhud which struck a major portion of the coastal Andhra Pradesh in the month of October left widespread destruction in its wake.  Visakhapatnam centre conducted primary relief work in the affected areas as per details given below:

Sl.

No.

Items distributed

Areas

No. of Families

Duration

1

Supply of nearly 94,000 litres of drinking water

Uppada, Bimli, Jalari Peta, Relli Veedhi, Vasavani Palem, Pedda Waltair and Satgal Nagar localities of Visakhapatnam city

380

16 to 19 October

2

1500 kg rice, 300 kg onions, 240 kg edible oil, 300 packets of rusks, 150 kg detergent powder and toiletries. Pudimadaka village near Visakhapatnam

300

16 October

3

1500 kg rice, 300 kg lentils, 300 kg flour, 150 kg sugar, 300 litres of edible oil, 600 packets of biscuits, 300 bed covers and 20,000 litres of drinking water Gangavaram village near Visakhapatnam

300

19 October

4

3710 kg rice, 530 kg lentils, 265 kg sugar, 265 kg salt, 530 litres of edible oil, 1060 packets of biscuits, 530 bars of washing soap, 530 matchboxes and 530 bed covers 16 villages in Madugula Mandal area of Visakhapatnam district

530

22 October

2.    Flood Relief:

(a) Assam: From 27 to 29 September Cherrapunji centre distributed 770 kg milk powder, 1500 packets of biscuits, 558 polythene sheets, 1500 buckets, 1500 packets of mosquito-repellent coils, 3000 matchboxes and 7200 candles among 1500 families of 18 villages in Balijana and Agia blocks of Goalpara district in Assam affected by severe floods.

(b) Jammu & Kashmir: Jammu centre continued its relief work among the victims of flash floods and landslides in the state.  The centre distributed 3000 corrugated sheets, 850 bags of cement, 260 iron pipes (20 feet each) and 85 blankets among 150 families of 74 villages in Rajouri, Reasi and Udhampur districts on 28 September and 6 October.  The centre also distributed 540 blankets and an equal number of shawls and jackets among 540 families in Poonch and Rajouri districts on 17 and 18 October.

In spite of its own precarious condition following the floods, Srinagar centre conducted relief work in its adjoining areas.  The centre distributed 10 kg rice, 2 kg lentils, 1 kg tea powder, 2 kg salt, 4 litres of edible oil, 4 kg assorted spices, 3 utensil-sets, toiletries, assorted clothing, etc among eight neighbouring poor families and provided medical care to 291 flood‑affected patients.

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

India:

(a)  Cherrapunji: 410 saris and 657 sets of garments from 30 September to 12 October.

(b)  Gadadhar Ashrama (Kolkata): 105 saris on 29 September.

(c)  Garbeta: 275 saris, 215 dhotis, 320 sets of children’s garments, 25 lungis, 35 vests, 20 shirts and 20 pants from 23 to 30 September.

(d)  Jalpaiguri: 400 saris on 23 September and 200 mosquito-nets on 26 October.

(e)  Malliankaranai: School uniforms, pens, pencils, erasers and scales among 293 students on 9 October.

(f)   Manasadwip: 600 saris and 100 dhotis in the month of September.

(g)  Naora: 900 saris, 200 dhotis, 800 children’s garments and 89 solar lanterns in the month of September.

(h)  Silchar: 2295 saris, 1328 dhotis and 500 chaddars in the month of September.

Bangladesh:

(a)  Dhaka: Saris, dhotis and lungis to 650 families in the month of October.

(b)  Dinajpur: 991 saris, 513 dhotis and 32 chaddars in the month of October.

(c)  Jessore: 200 dhotis and 50 saris on 29 September.

4.    Winter Relief: 1200 blankets were distributed to poor people through the following centres:

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

1

Cherrapunji

500

30 September to 12 October

2

Jamtara

250

25 and 26 September

3

Khetri

50

26 October

4

Ranchi Morabadi

400

28 to 31 August

Total

1200

 

Besides, Cherrapunji centre distributed 380 shawls to poor people from 30 September to 12 October and Khetri centre distributed 242 sweaters to poor children on 29 September.

5.    Rehabilitation: West Bengal: Naora centre built a shed and 11 low-cost toilets and sunk a tube well at Bhangar-I and Canning-II blocks in South 24 Parganas district and handed over 2 cycle rickshaws to needy people.

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda : November 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: Dr S C Jamir, Governor of Odisha, inaugurated the seminar on education on 19 October which was attended by 400 teachers, professors and others.

Cherrapunji: 103 youth counselling programmes in 7 states in the Northeast from 3 August to 28 September which were attended by 1128 youths.

Rahara: A students’ convention on 11 September in which 898 students participated.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: Two public meetings at the centre on 10 and 16 October which were attended by 1400 people.

On the centre’s initiative, two public meetings were held at two places in Kolkata on 22 and 30 September.  In all, about 650 people attended the programmes.

Personalia : 01 November 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 11 November after his visit to Mayavati and Delhi.  He will be visiting Karimganj and Silchar from 21 November to 8 December.  He is in good health.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Cossipore on 4 November after his visit to Vadodara and Limbdi.  He will be visiting Kankurgachhi Math on 11 and 12 November, Itanagar from 15 to 22 November, and Mumbai and Pune from 29 November to 9 December.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Lucknow from 7 to 10 November, Naora from 19 to 22 November, and Chittagong from 28 November to 6 December.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Headquarters : 01 November 2014

Durga Puja 2014

Durga Puja was celebrated at Belur Math from 1 to 4 October with due solemnity and joy. The weather was fine on all the four days and about two lakh devotees attended the Puja to receive the blessings of the Divine Mother. The Kumari Puja performed on 2 October drew huge crowds, and the Sandhi Puja on that day was also attended by many devotees. The Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Smt J Manjula Chellur, attended the Puja on the Ashtami day. As in the previous years, Doordarshan Kolkata telecast live the Puja at different times on all the days. The Kumari Puja was telecast by several private channels also, and the entire four-day celebration was streamed live on Belur Math website. Cooked Prasad was served to about 49,000 devotees on Ashtami day and to about one lakh devotees during the four days.

Obituaries : 01 November 2014

We are sorry to announce the passing away of two of our brother-monks.

 

Swami Bhaktirupananda

Swami Bhaktirupananda

 

 

Swami Bhaktirupanandaji (Saroj Maharaj), who had gone to Assam on a lecture tour, passed away at Lower Assam Hospital & Research Centre, Bongaigaon, on 1 October at 10 am owing to acute renal failure.  He was 70 and had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension for some years.  Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji, he joined the Order in 1967 at Saradapitha and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1977.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata), Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Narottam Nagar and Coimbatore Mission centres as an assistant, Medinipur centre as school headmaster, Fiji centre as an assistant and, later on, as head, and Kanpur centre as head.  He also participated in flood relief and rehabilitation project at Gunupur (Orissa) in 1981-82 and at Purulia in 1992-93.  After relinquishing the headship of Kanpur centre, he had been touring different places in India.  The Swami was soft-spoken and amiable by nature.

 

Swami Shantidananda

Swami Shantidananda

 

 

Swami Shantidanandaji (Kanta Maharaj) expired on 14 October at about 2.45 am at Seva Pratishthan hospital, Kolkata.  He was 78 and had been suffering from various old-age ailments for some years.  Initiated by Swami Shankaranandaji, he joined the Order in 1955 at Kamarpukur centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Madhavanandaji in 1965.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Saradapitha (Belur) centre as an assistant, and Agartala, Garbeta, Manasadwip and Barasat centres as head.  He had been living a retired life for the last one year mainly at Barasat.  Affectionate and amiable by nature, he endeared himself to all who came in contact with him.

 

Hud Hud Cyclone Relief by Visakhapatnam centre

Hud Hud Cyclone Relief in Andhra Pradesh by Visakhapatnam centre

As on 20 October 2014

 The very severe cyclone Hud Hud made landfall in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 12 October 2014, leaving a trail of distress. In the wake of this devastation, the Visakhapatnam centre of Ramakrishna Mission started to provide necessary relief to the affected.

A detailed survey of the requirements of the afflicted populace was made on 15 October and accordingly from 16 October the Visakhapatnam centre started providing drinking water which was in great demand.

A total of 94,000 litres of drinking water (30,000 litres and 64,000 litres on 16 & 17 October respectively) was distributed to the affected families in Uppada, Bimli, Jalari peta, Relli Veedhi, Vasavani Palem, Pedda waltair and Satgal Nagar areas in and around Visakhapatnam.

A family kit, each containing 5 kg rice, 1 kg onion, 80 gm oil, 1 packet rusk, 1 bag other essentials (i.e. soap, tooth brush, oil, tooth paste, detergent powder etc.), was distributed to 300 families at Pudimadaka village (about 60 km from Vishakhapatnam) on 16 October. These families are hutment dwellers residing at the seashore whose houses were heavily damaged by the cyclone.

On 18 October, our centre distributed a kit containing 5 kg rice, 1 kg dal, 1 kg wheat flour, 500 gm sugar, 1 litre oil, 2 packets biscuits, 1 thick bed cover etc. to 300 families at Gangavaram about 38 kms from Visakhapatnam. Also 20,000 litres of drinking water was distributed to the affected families in the village.

Efforts are on to extend the relief services to other areas. Further reports awaited.

 

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Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 October 2014

1.    Flood Relief:

Jammu & Kashmir: In the wake of the devastation caused by flash floods and landslides in a major portion of the state, Jammu centre distributed 1700 kg flour, 1385 kg dal (lentils), 264 kg edible oil, 60 loaves of bread, 50 bottles of pickles, 1180 packets of biscuits, 601 kg sugar and 1000 bars of washing soap among 694 families of 11 villages in Marh, Khour and Halwal blocks of Jammu district from 8 to 17 September.

Odisha: Puri Math conducted medical relief operations in 9 villages of Puri district in the month of September in which 750 patients were treated.

West Bengal: Naora centre distributed 500 kg chira (rice flakes), 167 kg sugar, 45 kg biscuits and 3 kg milk powder among 580 families of 6 villages in South 24 Parganas district from 17 to 24 August.

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

India:

(a)  Belgharia: 482 saris, 82 dhotis, 408 lungis, 157 shirts, 55 pants, 179 frocks and 248 blankets among 711 families in the month of September.

(b)  Chandipur: 128 dhotis and 14 vests from 27 July to 2 September.

(c)  Karimganj: 150 saris and 150 dhotis on 2 September.

(d)  Malda: 1000 saris and 100 children’s garments.

(e)  Manasadwip: 1800 saris, 1500 dhotis and 500 lungis from 14 to 27 September.

(f)   Narottam Nagar: 1014 notebooks, 210 school bags, 240 pens and an equal number of pencils, erasers and sharpeners among 240 students from 15 July to 17 September.

(g)  Vrindaban: 42 pressure cookers, 27 cooking vessels, 7 pots, 13 plates, 17 tumblers, 8 tiffin carriers, 17 buckets, 27 LPG cylinders, 8 stoves and 29 trunks among 100 poor widows on 14 September, and 1000 kg rice, 1000 kg flour, 250 kg lentils, 250 kg edible oil, 500 kg salt and 125 kg sugar among 500 poor widows on 14 and 23 September.

Bangladesh:

Dhaka: 450 kg flour, 450 kg suji, 450 kg sugar, 450 litres of edible oil and 450 saris among 450 families on 28 September.

3.    Rehabilitation:

(a) Uttarakhand: The Headquarters, through its Dehradun centre, has undertaken reconstruction of the girls’ hostel building of Anusuya Prasad Bahuguna Government PG College in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand, which was damaged by floods in June 2013, and construction of a new postgraduate block for the college.  The foundation stones for the two buildings were laid on 29 August.

(b) West Bengal: Naora centre arranged for the renovation work of three huts of poor families in Canning-II and Bhangar-I blocks in South 24 Parganas district.

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

On 10 September, a bronze bust of Swami Vivekananda was unveiled in front of the Maison de L’Inde (House of India) at Cité International Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) in Paris.  CIUP is a private park having a number of prestigious buildings and offices and is located close to the place where Swamiji had stayed in 1900 while attending the World Congress on History of Religions.  The bust was donated by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.  Mr Marcel Pochard, President of CIUP; Mr Arun Kumar Singh, Ambassador of India to France; Mr Bikas Sanyal, Director, Maison de L’Inde; and Swami Vitamohananda, Minister-in-Charge, Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Gretz, France, among others attended the ceremony.

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: Two three-day workshops in Chennai and Hyderabad between 2 and 11 September in which 135 teachers were trained for conducting value education programmes in schools.

Fifty-four puppet shows on Swami Vivekananda in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states from 8 August to 6 September, and eleven shows in USA and Canada from 19 to 28 September.

Kadapa: A youth convention at Proddatur in Kadapa district on 26 August in which 1400 youths participated.   

Kalady: A value education programme on 19 September which was attended by about 500 students and teachers.

Pune: A two-day youth convention on 13 and 14 September in which 400 youths took part.

A state-level seminar on “Unity in Diversity” on 27 September and a regional interfaith dialogue on 28 September in which respectively 375 and 350 people participated.

Rajkot: A daylong seminar on ‘Harmony of Religions’ on 11 September which was attended by 600 people.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: A public meeting at the Ashrama on 11 September which was attended by 350 people.

On the centre’s initiative, seven public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata from 23 August to 17 September.  In all, about 6150 people attended the programmes.

Vadodara: Six group-counselling sessions at different educational institutes in Vadodara, Bharuch and Ahmedabad districts from 15 July to 23 August in which altogether 1900 students took part.

A seminar on ‘Positive Thinking and Youth Counselling’ on 4 August in which about 600 youths participated.

Seven seminars on ‘Effective Parenting’ at Vadodara, Bharuch and Ahmedabad districts from 6 August to 7 September which were attended altogether by 1450 parents.

A public meeting on the theme ‘Positive Thinking and Swami Vivekananda’ on 24 August which was attended by about 400 people.

News of Branch Centres : 01 October 2014

Visakhapatnam centre conducted the following programmes: (1) a youth convention on 21 August at Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district in which 800 youths took part, (2) a workshop on value education for teachers from 12 to 14 September at the Ashrama which was attended by 60 teachers, and (3) release of a DVD on the Ashrama’s history and activities by Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, on 25 September.

Salem Ashrama conducted a spiritual retreat on 24 August which was attended by 230 devotees.

Sri Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture, Government of India, inaugurated Vivekananda Kisan Chhatravas (Vivekananda Farmers’ Hostel) at Ranchi Morabadi Ashrama on 26 August.

Vivekananda University’s newly started Faculty Centre for Computer Science Applications and Research under the School of Mathematical Sciences at its Coimbatore Mission campus commenced a five-year integrated M.Sc. course in Computer Science and Applications on 7 September.  Students of this course will be provided with a facility to gain work experience in computer industries, along with their regular studies.

On the occasion of its platinum jubilee, Visakhapatnam Ashrama held a written quiz contest on Swami Vivekananda in which about 18,000 students from 125 schools took part.  The final round of the contest for the 100 qualified students was held on 7 September.

Mangalore centre conducted the following programmes:

(1) “Prajna”, a value education programme for college lecturers on 9 September, in which 450 college lecturers participated.

(2) “Medha”, a workshop on value education for B.Ed. students on 10 September, which was attended by 500 B.Ed. students.

(3) “Shraddha”, a seminar on values for postgraduate students on 11 September, in which 550 postgraduate students took part.

Hyderabad Math observed the 14th foundation day of its Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence by holding youth conventions on 10 and 11 September in which respectively 600 and 800 youths took part.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, unveiled the new nine-foot fibreglass statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Salona campus of Deoghar Vidyapith on 11 September.

In commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s historic address at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago on 11 September 1893, the following centres held special programmes on 11 September 2014 as given below:

Coimbatore Mission centre held recitation competitions on Swamiji’s teachings for the students of its educational institutes.  A separate competition was also held for hearing impaired students who participated in the competition using sign language.  A total of 728 students participated in the competition.

The Institute of Culture, Kolkata, held a public meeting in which Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, and Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, among others participated.  The Chief Minister also inaugurated the mobile awareness campaign unit of the Institute.

Puri Mission Ashrama conducted a youth convention in which 400 students from different colleges participated.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built lower primary and upper primary school buildings of Cherrapunji centre’s school at Ladmawphlang on 12 September.

The annual convocation of Vivekananda University for the faculties of Disability Management and Special Education (DMSE) and General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (GAPEY) was held at the University’s faculty centre at Coimbatore Mission on 13 September, in which 222 successful candidates of the above two faculties were awarded certificates and degrees from diploma to doctoral levels.  Dr Jayanti S Ravi, Commissioner, Higher & Technical Education, Govt of Gujarat, was the guest of honour, and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, who is also the Chancellor of the University, presided over the meeting.

The water treatment plant with a capacity of 2000 litres per hour installed by Rajahmundry centre at Rampachodavaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh for the local tribal people was inaugurated on 14 September. On the same day, Rajahmundry centre conducted a medical camp at Rampachodavaram, in which 1106 patients were treated.

Cooch Behar Math conducted a devotees’ convention on 19 September in which 212 delegates took part.

Hyderabad Math held a special meeting on “How to overcome fear of tension, worry and anxiety in everyday life” on 21 September, which was attended by about 1700 people.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed electrical sub-station building at Hatamuniguda Ashrama on 23 September.  On the following day he laid the foundation stone for the proposed vocational training centre and inaugurated the newly constructed hostel building for senior boys at the Ashrama.

A booklet “Alasinga Perumal: A rare disciple of Swami Vivekananda” authored by Swami Tathagatanandaji, Minister-in-Charge of the Vedanta Society of New York, USA, was released on 28 September.

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*

31 August

56

24

5

A hospital in Chennai
   2 Garbeta

Jul, Aug & Sept

743

112

146

Our eye care centre in Garbeta
   3 Kanpur

31 August

110

8

   4 Khetri

September

165

50

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   5 Lucknow

September

1662

202

Our Lucknow hospital
   6 Madurai

21 September

206

4

41

An eye hospital in Madurai
   7 Mayavati

2 to 5 Sept

486

139

Our Mayavati Hospital
   8 Naora

3 Aug & 6 Sept

372

112

156

A hospital in Kolkata
   9 Porbandar

12 September

42

14

A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot
 10 Rajahmundry

14 September

141

19

11

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 11 Rajkot

September

259

53

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 12 Salem

31 Aug & 7, 9 Sept

455

123

45

A hospital in Salem
 13 Sargachhi

August

556

11

26

A hospital in Berhampore
 14 Silchar

September

276

59

Two hospitals in Silchar
 15 Ulsoor

September

306

141

A hospital in Bangalore

* through Chengalpattu centre

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

Lucknow

September

2508 children of 4 schools in Lucknow district

183

 2

Salem

3 September

236 children of a school in Namakkal district

32

A teacher of our Asansol school was presented with Shiksha Ratna Samman by Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, on 5 September, Teachers’ Day.  The award comprised a shawl, a certificate and a sum of 25,000 rupees.

The results obtained by the students of our Raipur students’ home in various examinations held by Pandit Ravishankar University, Raipur, this year are as follows:

Course

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

B.Com. 3rd Year

1

1

B.Sc. 3rd Year

3

1

2

M.Com. 2nd Year

2

2

M.Sc. (Geology) 2nd Year

1

1

1st Div: ≥ 60%;  2nd Div: ≥ 45% & < 60%

Dharampeth Education Society, Nagpur, conducted a competition on essay-writing, PowerPoint presentation and quiz on Swami Vivekananda among the students of 11 districts of Vidarbha region in Maharashtra on 11 September.  Each team consisted of two students.  Among the 60 teams that had participated, a team from our Nagpur hostel won the first prize, comprising a certificate and a sum of 5000 rupees, in the PowerPoint presentation contest.

Personalia : 01 October 2014

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

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 6 to 11 October, and Delhi and Mayavati from 19 October to 12 November.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Vadodara and Limbdi from 26 October to 6 November.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting the Institute of Culture, Kolkata, from 19 to 31 October.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Communication Addresses : 01 October 2014

New Mission Sub-Centre

A sub-centre of the Ramakrishna Mission, Jessore, has been started at Narail, Bangladesh.  Its address is “Ramakrishna Mission, P.O. Ratanganj, Dist. Narail 7500, Bangladesh”.

Communication Addresses

Phone & Email: Madurai centre has discontinued its telephone connection 2681181.  The centre has got an additional email id <madurairkm@gmail.com>.

Websites: Limbdi centre has changed its website address from <www.rkmlimbdi.org> to <www.rkmlimbdi.in>.

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

Chittagong (Bangladesh)

<www.rkmctg.org>
Visakhapatnam <www.rkmissionvizag.org>

Obituaries : 01 October 2014

We are sorry to announce the passing away of two of our monastic brothers.

 

Br. AnandaChaitanya

Brahmachari AnandaChaitanya

Brahmachari Anandachaitanya (Orval / Dell), aged 93, passed away at Eskaton Care Center Manzanita, Carmichael, California, USA, on 12 September at 2.35 pm local time (13 September at 3.05 am Indian Standard Time).  Initiated by Swami Ashokanandaji, he joined the Order in 1949 at San Francisco centre.  In 1951, he shifted to Sacramento centre, where he spent the rest of his monastic life.  He was instrumental in the construction of the shrine and other buildings there.  He had Brahmacharya from his Guru in 1959.  All who came in contact with him were drawn by his gentle, quiet and unassuming manners and his utter dedication to the work of the Order.  He had expertise in a wide range of works.  Although he never underwent Sannyasa ordination, he was devoted to Vedanta till the end of his life.
 

Swami Jinananda

Swami Jinananda

Swami Jinanandaji (Amal Maharaj) breathed his last on 30 September at 8.45 pm at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  He was 97 and had been suffering from cardiac disease and other old‑age ailments for some years.  Initiated by Swami Virajanandaji, he joined the Order in 1948 at Delhi centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Shankaranandaji in 1957.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Belur Math and Rahara, Deoghar, Purulia, Jayrambati, Asansol, Bhubaneswar, Kalimpong (formerly our branch centre), Chandipur (for a short time), Shillong, Taki, Puri Math and Varanasi Home of Service centres.  He had been living a retired life mainly at Belur Math since 1991.  The Swami was simple and amiable by nature.

Sri Sri Durga Puja 2014 : Programme Details

Belurmath-Durga-Puja-2014-Programme

 

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September 29, Monday : Panchami

Bodhan : 6:30 pm (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

September 30, Tuesday : Shashthi

Amantran and Adhivasa : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 1, Wednesday : Saptami

Puja begins : 5:30 am

Sandhyarati : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 2, Thursday : Mahashtami

Puja begins : 5:30 am

Kumari Puja : 9:00 am to 9:50 am

Sandhi Puja : 11:44 am to 12:32 pm

Sandhyarati : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 3, Friday : Mahanavami

Puja begins : 5:30 am

Homa : 9:00 am

Sandhyarati : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 4, Saturday : Vijaya Dashami

Puja Begins : 6:00 am

Immersion : 7:00 pm

Durga Puja will be live streamed here :

http://new.livestream.com/belurmathorg/durgapuja2014

 

 

Flood Relief in Jammu and Kashmir by our Jammu centre

(Report Updated : 10 October 2014 )

 

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The state of Jammu & Kashmir has been terribly affected by a devastating flood in September 2014 resulting in loss of human lives and property.

In the wake of this tragedy, the Jammu centre of Ramakrishna Mission rushed to provide relief services to the flood victims since 8th September 2014.

Accordingly, food items including 1,700 kg flour, 1,445 kg pulses, 90 packets bread (240 gm each), 60 bottles pickles (250 gm each), 1,180 packets biscuits, 289 kg edible oil, 609 kg sugar and 1,000 cakes washing soap are being distributed to about 694 families in 11 villages in Jammu district:

Sl. No.

Name of Villages

Block

No. of Families

Total no. of Beneficiaries

Items Distributed

1

Raipur Jagir

Marh

20

115

100 kg flour, 90 packets bread (240 gm each), 60 packets biscuits (150 gm each) and 60 bottles pickles (250 gm each).

2

Sandhwa

27

135

3

Ghomanasha

18

96

4

Sajwal

Khour

14

126

85 kg pulses, 17 kg mustard oil and 17 kg sugar.

5

Sudan Dubbya

3

18

6

Hamirpur Kohna

Khour

272

1008

560 kg pulses, 800 kg flour, 112 kg mustard oil, 272 kg sugar, 320 cakes washing soap and 320 packets biscuit

7

Kalka Nagar

Marh & Halwal

160

1000

5 kg flour, 1 kg sugar, 2 cakes washing soap and 2 packets biscuits to each family

8

Nawi Basti

9

Lower Muthi

10

Udheywala

11

Jaswn

Marh

180

1080

5 kg pulses, 1 kg mustard oil, 1 kg sugar, 2 cakes washing soap and 2 packets biscuits to each family

Total

694

3578

 

 

The centre also distributed 85 blankets to 85 affected families.

Under ‘Build Your Own House’ scheme, the Jammu centre also distributed building materials including 3,000 corrugated tins, 850 bags cement and 260 iron pipes (length of 20 ft. each) to 150 families in 74 villages in Rajouri, Reasi and Udhampur districts.

No. of Villages

Block

District

No. of Families

Items Distributed

6

Mahore

Reasi

32

1,700 corrugated tins and 850 bags cement

23

Budhal

Rajouri

53

45

Ghordi

Udhampur

65

1,300 corrugated tins and 260 iron pipes (length of 20 ft. each)

74

Total

150

 

 

Efforts are underway to extend the distribution in other affected areas.

Further reports awaited.

(Report Updated : 30 September 2014 )

The state of Jammu & Kashmir has been terribly affected by a devastating flood in September 2014 resulting in loss of human lives and property.

In the wake of this tragedy, the Jammu centre of Ramakrishna Mission rushed to the provide relief services to the flood victims since 8th September 2014.

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Accordingly, food items including 1,700 kg flour, 1,445 kg pulses, 90 packets bread (240 gm each), 60 bottles pickles (250 gm each), 1,180 packets biscuits, 289 kg edible oil, 609 kg sugar and 1,000 cakes washing soap are being distributed to about 694 families in 11 villages in Jammu district:

Sl. No.

Name of Villages

Block

No. of Families

Total no. of Beneficiaries

Items Distributed

1

Raipur Jagir

Marh

20

115

100 kg flour, 90 packets bread (240 gm each), 60 packets biscuits (150 gm each)and 60 bottles pickles (250 gm each).

2

Sandhwa

27

135

3

Ghomanasha

18

96

4

Sajwal

Khour

14

126

85 kg pulses, 17 kg mustard oil and 17 kg sugar.

5

Sudan Dubbya

3

18

6

Hamirpur Kohna

Khour

272

1008

560 kg pulses, 800 kg flour, 112 kg mustard oil, 272 kg sugar, 320 cakes washing soap and 320 packets biscuit

7

Kalka Nagar

Marh & Halwal

160

1000

5 kg flour, 1 kg sugar, 2 cakes washing soap and 2 packets biscuits to each family

8

Nawi Basti

9

Lower Muthi

10

Udheywala

11

Jaswn

Marh

180

1080

5 kg pulses, 1 kg mustard oil, 1 kg sugar, 2 cakes washing soap and 2 packets biscuits to each family

Total

694

3578

 

 

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The centre also distributed building materials including 1,700 corrugated tins, 850 bags cement and 85 blankets to 85 families in 29 villages in Rajouri and Reasi districts.

No. of Villages

Date

Village

Block

District

No. of Families

6

28/09/2014

Tajahar, Neosi, Malass, Kunderdhan, Chana, Kotli

Mahore

Reasi

32

23

Dramman, Shahpur, Phalani, Kadei, Samote, Rajnagar, Bohrote, Beji, Sum, Jhori, Trun, Shergari, Irun, Sayari, Gubbar, Bethain, Jaglanoo, Hayan, Behrate, Neelimathi, Chakkal, Baddaan, Kandra

Budhal

Rajouri

53

29

Total

85

 

Efforts are underway to extend the distribution in other affected areas.

 

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Report on 12 September 2014 :

The state of Jammu & Kashmir has been devastated by the recent unprecedented floods and resulting landslides causing immeasurable loss of human lives and property.

In the wake of this tragedy, the Jammu centre of Ramakrishna Mission rushed to provide relief services to the flood victims. A team of two monks and a few volunteers went on a survey to the affected areas in some remote villages (Raipur Jagir, Sandhwa, Ghomanasha) in Jammu district. It was found that the people living there, belonging to poor Gujjar community, are in immediate need of dry food-items. Accordingly, Aata (wheat flour), bread loaves, biscuits and pickle were distributed among 65 such families on 8th September.

Moreover, our team travelled to the Sajwal, Sudan Dubbya and Hamirpur-Kohna villages, situated along the international border, in the Khour block of Jammu district and distributed pulses, edible oil and sugar among 129 affected families on 11th September.

Relief services are going on and further reports are awaited.

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda : 01 September 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.)

 Aurangabad: The centre, in collaboration with Pune Math, organized different programmes during the Vivekananda Ratha Yatra (procession with Vivekananda carriage) in Aurangabad city and 6 talukas of Aurangabad district from 4 to 25 August.  During that period, 84 lectures were held in different educational institutions which were attended by about 24,000 persons.

Delhi: Five three-day workshops in Bhopal, Delhi and Kolkata between 30 July and 30 August in which 314 teachers were trained for conducting value education programmes in schools.

The English version of the puppet show on Swami Vivekananda was inaugurated on 31 July at the Ashrama by Sri Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism.  Nearly 700 people watched the show. 

Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata: A special programme comprising lectures and devotional music on 22 August which was attended by about 400 people.

Hyderabad: A three-day all-India youth convention from 8 to 10 August in which nearly 1000 youths from 13 states participated.

Madurai: Puppet shows on Swami Vivekananda at 8 places in and around Madurai from 19 to 22 August which were watched by about 5000 people.

Ponnampet: Seven value education programmes for school and college students, lecturers and journalists between 12 and 17 August.  In all, about 1400 people participated in the programmes.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: Three public meetings on 24, 28 and 29 July which were attended by altogether 1150 people.

On the centre’s initiative, five public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata on 22, 27 & 28 July, and 6 & 7 August.  In all, about 2250 people attended the programmes.

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 September 2014

 

1.    Flood Relief:

(a) Odisha: Some areas of Bhadrak district were flooded owing to heavy rainfall and consequent overflow of rivers.  Many mud houses were destroyed and the standing crops inundated.  Our Kothar centre served cooked food (rice and dalma) and distributed 400 kg biscuits among 1660 affected families of 9 villages in Kothar and Kashimpur gram-panchayats from 6 to 10 August.

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Puri Mission centre distributed 11,600 kg wheat flour, 2000 kg chira (rice flakes), 2940 kg chattu (gram flour) and 5792 packets of biscuits among 5379 flood-affected families of 38 villages in Ganeshwarpur, Rahangagorada and Nuakholamara areas of Puri district from 10 to 26 August.

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(b) Uttar Pradesh: In the wake of heavy floods in Balarampur district, our Lucknow centre distributed 10,100 food packets (puri, curry and pickles) among an equal number of flood‑affected people and 1105 saris, 783 dhotis and 449 lungis among 733 families belonging to 7 villages of Harraiya Satgharwa block in the district from 20 to 30 August.  The centre also provided medical assistance to 3350 flood-stricken patients belonging to 17 villages of Harriya, Satgharwa and Gainsaria blocks in the Balarampur district during the same period.  

(c) West Bengal: As heavy rainfall caused severe inundation in a major portion of South 24 Parganas district, our Naora centre served cooked food (khichri) to 580 affected families of 6 villages in the district from 20 to 24 August.

2.    Drought Relief:

Rajasthan: From 28 July to 5 August, Khetri centre distributed 32,000 litres of drinking water among 1320 families facing acute water scarcity.

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

(a)    Agartala: 404 mosquito-nets among malaria-affected families in Kanchanpur sub‑division of North Tripura district on 20 and 21 August.

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(b)   Chandipur: 100 saris from 20 to 27 July.

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(c)    Ichapur: 10 kg rice, 1 kg chira (rice flakes), 3 kg flour, 200 saris and 200 dhotis from 1 to 31 July.

(d)   Nagpur: 1207 sets of school uniforms, 4060 notebooks, 1500 pens, 135 geometry boxes and 65 school bags to poor students of 27 schools from 9 July to 12 August.

(e)    Ponnampet: 9043 notebooks, 1406 pens, 880 pencils, 263 scales, 880 erasers, 90 slates, etc among 2049 poor students of 17 schools and 3 colleges.

4.    Rehabilitation: Our Dinajpur (Bangladesh) centre constructed a school building comprising two classrooms and one office-cum-library room in Karnai area of Sadar Upazilla (sub-district) in Dinajpur town to cater to the educational needs of poor children of the area.  The building was handed to the school authorities on 21 May.

Personalia : 01 September 2014

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

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunji and Kankurgachhi (Kolkata) from 2 to 17 September, and Purulia from 22 to 27 September.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Silchar and Haflong from 3 to 19 September.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Asansol and Deoghar from 5 to 14 September, and Baghbazar Math, Shyampukur Bati and Gadadhar Ashrama from 20 to 28 September.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

News of Branch Centres : 01 September 2014

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Ponnampet Ashrama conducted a summer camp for children from 27 April to 4 May, in which 120 boys took part.

Salem centre conducted a free dental camp on 16 July in which 87 students were examined and were also given toiletries.

A value education programme for youths was conducted by Salem centre on 24 and 25 July at a college in Namakkal district.  About 200 students took part in the programme.

Bangalore Math held a teachers’ convention on 2 August on the subject “Sri Ramakrishna – the ideal teacher” which was attended by 170 teachers.

Narottam Nagar centre conducted a free medical camp on 3 August on its campus.  A total of 492 patients were treated by 6 specialist doctors.

Medinipur centre conducted a medical camp on the premises of a school in Kalshibhanga, a predominantly tribal area under Salboni block in Paschim Medinipur district, on 15 August.  Thirteen doctors, including two pediatricians, a gynecologist and a dentist, examined 922 patients, all of whom were treated free of cost.

The newly constructed Vivekananda Vidyarthi Nilayam (hostel building) was inaugurated and a statue of Mother Saraswati Devi was installed on the Sitanagaram campus of Vijayawada centre on 15 August.

Cooch Behar centre conducted two free medical check-up camps for cleft-lip and cleft-palate patients on 23 August.  In all, 80 patients were examined, out of which 46 will undergo free plastic surgery at a hospital in Varanasi.

The new emergency block of Vrindaban hospital was inaugurated on 30 August.

Madurai Math conducted a dental camp on 31 August in which 119 persons had free consultations and checkup.

‘Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment’ has awarded Best Eco Club Award for the year 2013 to the higher secondary school of Kozhikode (Calicut) centre.  The award carries a sum of one lakh rupees.

The results obtained by the students of our Chandigarh students’ home at Class 12 examinations held by the Central Board of Secondary Education this year are as follows:

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

Star Marks

26

25

1

22

1st Div: ≥ 60%;  2nd Div: ≥ 45% & < 60%;  Star Marks: ≥ 75%

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Ghatshila

26 June

237

139

33

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   2 Khetri

August

91

39

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   3 Lucknow

August

1062

103

Our Lucknow hospital
   4 Madurai

17 August

184

3

33

An eye hospital in Madurai
   5 Medinipur

15 August

92

24

A hospital in Medinipur
   6 Porbandar

8 August

45

15

A hospital in Porbandar
   7 Rajkot

August

149

31

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
   8 Ranchi Sanatorium

13 Aug

46

16

An eye hospital in Ranchi
   9 Salem

27 Jul & 17 Aug

240

63

27

A hospital in Salem
 10 Sargachhi

July

396

6

16

A hospital in Berhampore
 11 Silchar

August

105

79

Two hospitals in Silchar
 12 Ulsoor

August

714

287

A hospital in Bangalore

Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 3154 underprivileged children of 6 schools in Lucknow district and free glasses to 122 children with refractory errors in the month of August.

 

News of Branch Centre (Outside India)

On the initiative of our Chicago (USA) centre, a plaque was installed at Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, on 16 August 2014 where Swami Vivekananda had delivered a lecture on “Religions and Customs in India” on 27 February 1894.  The plaque bears the likeness of Swamiji and a short description of the event.

New Math Sub-Centre : 01 September 2014

 

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Narail, Bangladesh, has been made a sub-centre of Ramakrishna Ashrama, Jessore, Bangladesh.

Its address is “Sri Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, P.O. Ratanganj, Dist. Narail 7500, Bangladesh”.

Narail is associated with ‘M’ (Sri Mahendra Nath Gupta), Bhairavi Brahmani and the ancestors of Swami Akhandanandaji.

Communication Addresses : 01 September 2014

 

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

Cooch Behar <www.rkmcoochbehar.org>
Medinipur (for its higher secondary school) <www.rkmvmidnapore.org>

Obituary : 01 September 2014

 

Swami Purushananda

Swami Purushananda

 

We are sorry to announce the passing away of Swami Purushanandaji (Dulal Maharaj) on 24 August at 7.25 am at Arogya Bhavan, Belur Math.  He was 84 and had been suffering from various old‑age ailments for some years.  Initiated by Swami Shankaranandaji, he joined the Order in 1952 at Deoghar centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vishuddhanandaji in 1962.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Puri Mission, Manasadwip, Purulia, Lucknow, Balaram Mandir, Tamluk and Kankurgachhi centres as an assistant and Barasat Math as head.  He also served Swami Nirvananandaji for about two years.  He had been living a retired life mainly at Kankurgachhi, Barasat and Belur Math for several years.  The Swami was simple and austere by nature.

 

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

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Madurai 20 July 256 2 46 An eye hospital in Madurai

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Naora June & July 293 21 A hospital in Kolkata

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

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Rajkot July 55 47 Our eye care centre in Rajkot

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

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Sargachhi June 403 7 13 A hospital in Berhampore

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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