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

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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 :

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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

4

Madurai 20 July 256 2 46 An eye hospital in Madurai

5

Naora June & July 293 21 A hospital in Kolkata

6

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

7

Rajkot July 55 47 Our eye care centre in Rajkot

8

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

9

Sargachhi June 403 7 13 A hospital in Berhampore

10

Silchar July 150 3 45 Two hospitals in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

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

Personalia : 01 August 2014

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

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

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

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

Communication Addresses : 01 August 2014

Email ID:

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

Websites:

Gadadhar Ashrama : www.rkmgadadharashrama.org

Netherlands centre : www.vedanta-nl.org

Obituaries : 01 August 2014

 

Swami Prabuddhanandaji

Swami Prabuddhanandaji

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

Swami Damodaranandaji

Swami Damodaranandaji

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

Flood Relief at Sagar Island through our Manasadwip Ashrama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks & Gratitude 

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

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

 

July 07, 2014                                                                     Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                         Assistant Secretary

 

ALL DONATIONS WILL BE THANKFULLY RECEIVED & ACKNOWLEDGED

PHOTO GALLERY

Uttarakhand Flood Relief (through our Kankhal Centre)

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Uttarakhand Flood Relief (through our Dehradun Centre)

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Odisha Fire Relief (through our Puri and Bhubaneswar Centre)

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Rajasthan Drought Relief (through our Khetri Centre)

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Gallery Day 1 | Photo Gallery Day 2

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

Photo Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News of Branch Centres : 01 July 2014

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

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

Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination

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

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

 

Some Other Boards:

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

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

 

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

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

 

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

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

Personalia : 01 July 2014

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

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

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

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