Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 March 2015

1.    Winter Relief:

The following centres distributed blankets to poor people:

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

INDIA

1

Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata

150

November to January

2

Allahabad

300

18 January to 2 February

3

Almora

252

24 December to 31 January

4

Antpur

425

1 to 22 February

5

Asansol

887

19 November to 27 December

6

Bankura

1141

23 November to 27 January

7

Bhubaneswar

103

6 and 13 February

8

Gol Park, Kolkata

50

10 to 14 January

9

Jamshedpur

181

15 December to 19 January

10

Kankurgachhi, Kolkata

265

13 & 14 January

11

Kanpur

150

7 & 8 February

12

Khetri

41

22 February

13

Koalpara (Jayrambati)

750

10 to 23 November

14

Limbdi

100

February

15

Malda

343

29 November to 26 December

16

Puri Mission

373

1 to 8 February

17

Ranchi Sanatorium

468

26 November to 18 January

18

Saradapitha, Belur

300

7 to 24 December

19

Sargachhi

519

10 November to 12 December

20

Shillong

20

31 January

21

Sikra Kulingram

120

22 January

22

Tamluk

600

22 November to 17 December

BANGLADESH

23

Dinajpur

1655

9 December to 5 February

TOTAL

9193

 

Furthermore, the following centres distributed various winter garments, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Almora: 28 sweaters from 24 December to 31 January.

(b)  Limbdi: 54 sweaters in the month of February.

(c)  Malda: 106 fleece jackets from 29 November to 26 December.

(d)  Porbandar: 500 shawls and 400 sweaters on 21 and 22 February.

(e)  Vrindaban: 1500 shawls from 16 January to 15 February.

 

2.    Fire Relief:

India: Assam: On 24 February, Silchar centre distributed 100 kg rice, 15 kg dal (lentils), 16 packets of biscuits, 28 plates, 16 packets of candles, 14 dhotis, 28 chaddars, 20 saris, 17 sets of school uniform, 14 mosquito-nets and 14 blankets among 14 families in Kanakpur area of Silchar, whose houses had been gutted in a fire.

Bangladesh: On 6 February, Dinajpur centre distributed 100 saris and an equal number of dhotis, blankets, buckets, jugs, plates, bowls and tumblers among 55 tribal families living in Habibpur area of Dinajpur district.

 

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

India:

(a)  Antpur: 425 packets (500 gm each) of nutritional drink powder, 425 packets (75 gm each) of biscuits and 1275 bars of soap from 1 to 22 February.

(b)  Asansol: 105 saris, 5 dhotis and 27 half-pants on 29 November and 27 December.

(c)  Gol Park (Kolkata): 1044 tins (400 gm each) of skimmed milk powder from 20 September to 20 November.

(d)  Koalpara (Jayrambati): 900 saris from 10 to 23 November.

(e)  Limbdi: 164 saris in the month of February.

(f)   Narottam Nagar: 120 saris, 294 tubes of toothpaste, 294 bars of bathing soap, 294 bars of washing soap, 1470 sachets of shampoo, 184 towels, 124 bottles of hair oil, 110 notebooks, and an equal number of pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners from 12 to 19 February.

(g)  Porbandar: 4000 kg bajra (millet), 2000 kg rice, 600 kg dal (lentils), 400 kg edible oil, 600 kg sugar and 100 kg tea leaves on 21 & 22 February.

(h)  Puri Math: 25 saris from 11 December to 22 January.

(i)    Puri Mission: 250 notebooks and 125 pens on 1 February.

(j)    Rahara: 600 tins (400 gm each) of skimmed milk powder from 15 September to 26 November.

(k)  Rajahmundry: 240 tiffin carriers, 120 bed-sheets, 336 packets of nutritional drink powder on 9 and 20 February.

(l)    Sargachhi: 153 saris from 10 November to 12 December.

(m)Sarisha: 144 packets of biscuits on 5 January and 1140 tins (400 gm each) of skimmed milk powder from 19 September to 8 January.

(n)  Tamluk: 410 saris and 200 chaddars from 22 November to 17 December.

 

4.    Economic Rehabilitation: The following centres handed over sewing machines to poor and needy people:

(a)  Antpur: 14 machines from 1 to 22 February.

(b) Porbandar: 16 machines on 14February.

Personalia : 01 March 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, was admitted to Seva Pratishthan hospital, Kolkata, on 21 February for the management of anorexia (loss of appetite).  There is some improvement in his condition.  He is under the care of a team of specialist doctors.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit the Institute of Culture, Kolkata, from 2 to 10 March, and Naora centre and Nimpith Ashrama (South 24-Parganas district, West Bengal) from 18 to 28 March.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Bolpur (Birbhum district, West Bengal) from 2 to 9 March, and Delhi, Vrindaban, Allahabad and Varanasi from 20 March to 5 April.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Jamshedpur from 17 to 22 March, and Dimapur (Nagaland) from 29 March to 4 April.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Headquarters : 01 March 2015

The birthday of Sri Ramakrishna was celebrated at Belur Math on Friday, 20 February.  Cooked prasad was served to about 25,000 devotees.  Swami Jayanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home, Rahara, presided over the public meeting held in the afternoon.

Sri Sri Thakur's Birthday Celebration 2015

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News of Branch Centres : 01 March 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

On the occasion of Magh Mela, Allahabad centre organized a medical camp, discourses, devotional singing and an exhibition depicting the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother and Swamiji at Triveni Sangam from 5 January to 3 February.  In all, 9488 patients were treated at the medical camp and nearly 85,000 people visited the exhibition.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the new auto hematology analyzer at the dispensary of Allahabad Sevashrama on 28 January.

Mangalore centre conducted three seminars on Jagruth Bharath (Awakened India) from 30 January to 1 February in which altogether about 2500 youths participated.

Lucknow centre conducted a regional youth convention from 30 January to 1 February.  Sri Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, and several other distinguished speakers addressed the gathering.  About 4000 youths from 8 states in North India participated in the convention.

Vadodara centre had held a state-level written quiz competition on Swami Vivekananda in which 74,529 students of 989 schools in 34 districts of Gujarat participated.  On 1 February prizes were distributed to the state-level and district-level toppers in a function in which Smt Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, participated as the chief guest.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the new computer centre at Karimganj Ashrama on 2 February.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built monks’ quarters at Mysore Ashrama on 3 February, the sacred birthday of Swami Adbhutanandaji.

The Community College Scheme of University Grants Commission (UGC) was inaugurated under the College of Arts and Science of Coimbatore Mission centre on 4 February.  Under this scheme a one-year diploma course in Construction and Building Technology will be conducted wherein the students will have an opportunity to work as interns in construction industry while pursuing the course.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the new vocational training centre at Ponnampet centre and also launched the Ashrama’s mobile bookstall on 5 February.

Vijayawada centre held a parents’ convention on 6 February in which 303 parents participated, a youth convention on 7 February which was attended by 357 youths, and a teachers’ convention on 8 February in which 268 teachers took part.

Delhi centre has been conducting its three-year value education programme for some months in various schools in India affiliated to CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).  Smt Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, formally inaugurated this programme in a function held at the Ashrama on 14 February.  Nearly 325 people, mostly principals of CBSE schools and a few teachers, attended the programme.

Vadodara centre felicitated 50 gold medalist students of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda on 8 February.

Our centre at Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, held a devotees’ convention on its premises on 8 February which was attended by 600 people.

Kanpur centre conducted a free vaccination camp for children at Lodhar village in Kanpur Nagar district on 8 February in which 80 children were administered Hepatitis B2 and Typhoid vaccines.

On 9 February, Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the new higher secondary school building, the VIP dining-hall and the renovated auditorium at Narainpur centre and the newly built staff quarters at Kundla, a sub-centre of the Ashrama.  On the same day, Sri Kedar Kashyap, Minister for Tribal Affairs and Education Minister, Government of Chhattisgarh, inaugurated the centre’s ITI complex with an administrative building, two workshops, an automobile-servicing centre, two hostel buildings and four staff quarters.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly built monks’ quarters at Hatamuniguda centre on 10 February.

Narottam Nagar centre held a medical camp on the Ashrama campus on 14 February in which bone mineral densitometry test was performed on 145 persons.  The patients were also given free medical treatment.

The newly constructed monks’ quarters building on the Pilapuzha campus of Haripad Math was inaugurated on 15 February.

The newly constructed staff quarters building at Vrindaban Sevashrama was inaugurated on 22 February.

On 24 February, Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the new classrooms and the renovated school building of the primary school of Cherrapunji centre at Umsohsun, Shillong, and also unveiled the newly installed statue of Swami Vivekananda on the school campus.  On the following day, he opened the newly built primary-cum-secondary school building of the centre at Nongwar, East Khasi Hills District, and also unveiled the new statue of Swami Vivekananda on the school campus.  On 26 February, he declared open the shopping complex for unemployed youths at Cherrapunji.  The shopping complex has been built by the centre on the land provided by local administration for this purpose.

The name of the road connecting the library of Nagpur Math to Dhantoli Park has been changed from Central Park Road to Shivananda Marg.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura 28 Jan to 27 Feb

577

52

170

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math* 22 February

79

31

7

An eye hospital in Chennai
   3 Jamshedpur 4 Jan to 26 Feb

158

91

135

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   4 Khetri February

118

42

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   5 Lucknow February

1723

361

Our Lucknow hospital
   6 Madurai 15 February

153

1

21

An eye hospital in Madurai
   7 Malda January

380

150

89

A hospital in Malda
   8 Porbandar 13 February

70

39

A hospital in Porbandar
   9 Rajahmundry 1, 2 & 15 Feb

206

37

20

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 10 Rajkot February

60

52

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 11 Salem 25 Jan to 22 Feb

1342

151

34

A hospital in Salem
 12 Ulsoor 8 to 29 January

474

184

A hospital in Bangalore

* through Chengalpattu centre

Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 2500 underprivileged children of 6 schools, 3 in Lucknow and 3 in Sitapur district, and free glasses to 59 children with refractory errors in the month of February.

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Four ministers of the Government of Bangladesh, namely Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mr Rashed Khan Menon, Agricultural Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Minister for Information Mr Hasanul Haque Inu, and State Minister for Youth and Sports Sri Biren Sikder, and several other dignitaries spoke in the meetings organized by Dhaka centre as a part of its eight-day-long Sri Ramakrishna’ birthday celebration from 20 to 27 February.

Communication Address : 01 March 2015

 

Postal Address:

Haripad centre, which had till now been functioning from its premises at South Nada, Opp. Ashoka Petrol Pump, has now moved to its new premises at Pilapuzha North where the Ashrama was founded by Swami Nirmalanandaji in 1912 and where Swami Brahmanandaji stayed for some days in 1916.

The new postal address of the Ashrama is:

Ramakrishna Math

Near Vathukulangara Temple,

next to Primary Health Centre,

Pilapuzha North, Haripad,

Dist. Alleppey,

Kerala 690514

The phone numbers (097453 25834 & 0479-2411700) and the email id <srkmathharipad@gmail.com> of the centre remain unchanged.

Obituaries : 01 March 2015

 

Swami Mangalananda

Swami Mangalananda

Swami Mangalanandaji (Mahesh Maharaj) expired at Kankhal Sevashrama on 14 February at 11.07 am.  He was 83 and had been suffering from hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for some years.  Initiated by Swami Vishuddhanandaji, he joined the Order in 1955 at Kankhal centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1966.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Belur Math and Kanpur, Ramharipur and Seva Pratishthan centres as an assistant and Malda and Patna centres as head.  He had been living a retired life at Kankhal Sevashrama since 2004.  The Swami was austere by nature and meticulous in his work.

 

 

Swami Varenyananda

Swami Varenyananda

Swami Varenyanandaji (Manoranjan Maharaj) passed away on 20 February, the holy birthday of Sri Ramakrishna, at 6.55 am at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  He was 88 and had been suffering from hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease for some years.  Initiated by Swami Virajanandaji, he joined the Order in 1952 at Kamarpukur centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Shankaranandaji in 1960.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Baranagar Mission, Cossipore, Varanasi Home of Service, Asansol, Deoghar, Lucknow and Ranchi Morabadi centres.  He had been living a retired life at Belur Math for about five years.  The Swami was austere and amiable by nature.

 

Public Celebration of Sri Ramakrishna’s Birthday 2015 : Programme Details

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Birthday Celebration of Sri Ramakrishna 2015 : Programme Details

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Live streaming at : new.livestream.com/belurmathorg/Ramakrishna2015

Birthday Celebration of Sri Ramakrishna : Programme Details

Birthday Celebration of Sri Ramakrishna : Programme Details

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 February 2015

1.    Winter Relief:

The following centres distributed blankets to poor people:

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

INDIA

1

Agartala

520

November to January

2

Antpur

350

23 November to 18 December

3

Bhubaneswar

78

29 December to 2 January

4

Chandipur

185

24 to 30 December

5

Cherrapunji

390

December & January

6

Cooch Behar

250

13 to 31 December

7

Delhi

474

26 December to 16 January

8

Deoghar

700

1 December to 13 January

9

Guwahati

250

9 to 19 January

10

Jayrambati

2780

23 November to 17 January

11

Katihar

117

22 August to 24 December

12

Khetri

52

25 January

13

Medinipur

500

25 November to 24 December

14

Muzaffarpur

250

29 and 31 December

15

Naora

1565

20 December to 10 January

16

Narottam Nagar

500

January

17

Puri Math

700

11 December to 22 January

18

Puri Mission

658

13 December to 11 January

19

Rahara, Kolkata

392

13 December and 4 January

20

Sarisha

750

13 December to 5 January

21

Vrindaban

640

14 December to 11 January

BANGLADESH

22

Baliati

100

26 December

23

Dhaka

700

7 to 17 January

TOTAL

12,901

 

Besides, the following centres distributed various winter garments, mentioned against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Puri Math: 100 sweaters from 11 December to 22 January.

(b)  Swamiji’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: 57 sweaters in the month of December.

(c)  Vrindaban: 250 shawls on 11 January.

2.    Flood Relief:

Jammu & Kashmir: Jammu centre continued its relief work among the people affected by flash floods and landslides in the state.  The centre distributed 2000 corrugated sheets, 400 iron pipes (20 feet each), 744 blankets, 689 shawls, 834 jackets and 450 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle) among 477 families of 52 villages in Jammu district from 2 to 14 January.

3.    Hudhud Cyclone Relief:

Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam centre distributed 1059 solar lanterns and 2118 blankets among 1059 families in 4 areas of Visakhapatnam district from 2 to 9 January.

4.    Disturbance Relief:

Assam: On 4 January, Guwahati centre distributed 200 kg chira (rice flakes), 100 kg gur (molasses), 135 kg milk powder, 40 kg protein powder, 400 saris, 150 dhotis, 100 shawls, 150 kg detergent powder and 500 bars of washing soap among 650 people in Mazbat, Udalguri district, who were affected by the recent ethnic disturbance in the state.

5.    Storm Relief:

Andhra Pradesh: In the wake of a severe storm on 1 January caused by depression in the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam centre distributed 1430 kg rice, 220 kg dal (lentils), 220 kg dry peas, 220 kg edible oil, 220 kg salt, 5 kg chilli powder, 5 kg turmeric powder and 44 kg pickles among 220 affected families in M Sunnapalli area of Tekkali Mandal in Srikakulam district on 7 January.

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

India:

(a)  Agartala: 146 mosquito-nets from 17 December to 8 January.

(b)  Antpur: 331 saris and 59 dhotis from 1 November to 18 December.

(c)  Cherrapunji: 200 saris in December and January.

(d)  Ichapur: 189 garments and 11 slates from 5 to 14 November.

(e)  Jayrambati: 4465 saris and 500 dhotis from 23 November to 17 January.

(f)   Malliankaranai: 152 dhotis on 12 January.

(g)  Midnapore: 235 saris and 10 dhotis from 25 November to 24 December.

(h)  Naora: 775 saris, 200 dhotis from 1 November to 2 January, and 100 kg potatoes, 100 kg rice, 35 mosquito-nets and 25 utensil-sets (each set containing a pot, a karahi, a bucket, a plate and a tumbler) from 20 December and 10 January.

(i)    Narottam Nagar: 163 T-shirts in the month of January.

(j)    Puri Math: 25 dhotis and 25 chaddars from 11 December to 22 January.

(k)  Rahara, Kolkata: 210 mosquito-nets, 200 saris, 15 dhotis, 87 chaddars, 13 frocks, 13 churidars, 40 bed-sheets, 27 pants, 24 shirts, 864 vials (40 ml) of coconut oil and 9 bicycles on 13 December, and 14 shirts, 14 pants, 16 frocks and 9 churidars on 4 January.

(l)    Ramharipur: 400 saris and 100 dhotis from 22 September to 24 November.

Economic Rehabilitation:

The following centres handed over sewing machines to poor and needy people: Chandipur: 2 machines on 21 January, Cherrapunji: 15 machines in the month of December, Rahara (Kolkata): 10 machines on 13 December.

Personalia : 01 February 2015

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 13 February after his visit to Kankurgachhi and Narendrapur centres.  He is keeping well.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Cossipore on 4 February after his visit to Hailakandi, Karimganj and Silchar.  He will be visiting Balaram Mandir from 21 to 23 February.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Sikra-Kulingram, Barasat and Bamunmura from 4 to 15 February, and Kankurgachhi from 23 to 28 February.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Headquarters : 01 February 2015

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated at Belur Math on Monday, 12 January.  Thousands of devotees attended the celebration throughout the day.  Cooked prasad was served to about 37,000 devotees.  Swami Vishwanathanandaji presided over the public meeting held in the afternoon.

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In response to our request, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has established an official cooperation relationship with the Ramakrishna Mission for a period of six years.

Communication Addresses : 01 February 2015

 

Phone: Taki Ashrama has discontinued its telephone connection 233878.

Fax: Kankurgachhi Math has discontinued its fax line 23203069.

Email ID: Bagerhat (Bangladesh) centre has changed its email id from <missionbager@gmail.com> to <rkabagerhat@gmail.com>.

Websites: The following centres have changed their website addresses:

Centre

Old address

New address

Kamarpukur

<www.rkmathkamarpukur.org>

<www.rkmkamarpukur.org>

Salem

<www.rkmasalem.org>

<www.rksalem.org>

News of Branch Centres : 01 February 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Coimbatore Math conducted a medical camp on 30 November in which 172 patients were treated.

Bangalore Ashrama launched an app (a mobile phone application) titled Voice of Vivekananda on 1 January.  The app makes available selected sayings of Swami Vivekananda and also has an audio snippet.  It can be downloaded from the webpage <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rkblr.viveka>.

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Salem centre conducted a free medical camp on 4 January in which 250 patients were treated.

Pune Math held a two-day youth convention on 9 and 10 January in which about 1200 delegates participated.  The General Secretary and some other distinguished speakers addressed the gathering.

Seva Pratishthan conducted a round-the-clock medical camp during Makar Sankranti Mela at Sagar Island in South 24-Parganas district from 10 to 15 January.  In all, 5226 patients were treated, out of which 40 received indoor medical care.  Besides, 150 blankets and about 4500 copies of religious books were distributed among the pilgrims.

Shillong centre conducted a blood donation camp on 12 January in which 22 people donated blood.

On the occasion of Gangasagar Mela, Manasadwip centre organized a camp at the Mela area from 12 to 16 January.  In all, 835 pilgrims were provided with free board and lodging at the camp and the Ashrama.  Besides, free meals were served to about 250 non-resident pilgrims daily. Discourses and devotional singing were also arranged in the camp.

Puri Mission Ashrama conducted a blood donation camp on 13 January in which 38 people donated blood.

Jamshedpur centre conducted a youth convention on 18 January which was attended by about 1500 people.  Prizes were awarded to 208 students who had won in the recitation and essay-writing competitions conducted earlier.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed homeopathy dispensary building and a multipurpose building at Palai Ashrama on 20 January.

Two newly constructed primary school buildings at Manasadwip centre were inaugurated on 20 January.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, declared open the new monks’ quarters at Nettayam sub-centre of Thiruvananthapuram Ashrama on 22 January, the holy birthday of Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj.

Medinipur centre conducted a medical camp on the premises of a school in Kantapahari, a predominantly tribal area under Binpur block in Paschim Medinipur district, on 22 January.  Twelve doctors, including a pediatrician, two gynecologists and a dentist, examined 878 patients, all of whom were treated free of cost.

Naora Math held a three-day programme, celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Trigunatitanandaji, from 21 to 23 January with a procession, cycle rally, special worship and cultural events.  On 23 January, Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built multipurpose hall and the archway and presided over the public meeting held in the afternoon.  About 8000 devotees attended the celebration.

Ranchi Morabadi Ashrama conducted a Volunteers’ Meet on 23 January which was attended by 50 volunteers of the Ashrama.

On the sacred Saraswati Puja Day, 24 January, Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed building Prajna Bhavan at Vivekananda University, Belur, which would house (i) School of Mathematical Sciences, (ii) School of Indian Heritage, and (iii) Central Library and Central Computer Facilities Block.  On this occasion, Swami Atmasthanandaji, also released a Bengali biography of Alasinga Perumal published by the University.  [Click to view Photo Gallery]

On 24 January, the holy Saraswati Puja day, Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed building named Vivek Bhavan at Silchar centre that would house a study hall, a library and classrooms for the hostel boys, and a bookshop.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma, visited Narottam Nagar centre on 30 January and presided over the annual prize-giving ceremony of its school.

International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Brussels, Belgium, has bestowed recognition to Certified Diabetes Educator–India (CDEI) programme at Vrindaban centre for excellence in providing diabetes education to healthcare professionals.  The programme is being conducted under the auspices of Manav Seva Foundation, Chesterfield, Missouri, USA.  So far only 12 diabetes education programmes worldwide have been recognized by IDF.

The branch centre at Swamiji’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, has been awarded Amiya Nath Sadhu Memorial Challenge Trophy for the year 2013-14 by the Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal, for mobilizing a large number of blood donors in that year.  The award consisted of a trophy, a memento and a certificate.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura 30 Dec to 27 Jan

308

72

79

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math* 25 Jan

126

50

10

An eye hospital in Chennai
   3 Ghatshila 12 October

258

25

81

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   4 Jamshedpur 7 Dec to 18 Jan

132

56

90

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   5 Khetri January

66

48

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   6 Lucknow January

1001

388

Our Lucknow hospital
   7 Madurai 18 January

171

2

28

An eye hospital in Madurai
   8 Medinipur 22 January

94

35

A hospital in Medinipur
   9 Porbandar 9 January

137

18

A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot
 10 Rajahmundry 21 Dec, 4, 5 & 18 Jan

232

40

19

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 11 Rajkot 15 January

132

43

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 12 Salem 4 & 18 January

202

41

22

A hospital in Salem
 13 Silchar Dec & Jan

190

55

A hospital in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

Photos of Free Eye Camp at Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madurai :

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In the month of January, Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 2321 underprivileged children of 3 schools in Sitapur district and free glasses to 50 children with refractory errors.

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Malaysia centre conducted a devotees’ convention on 27 and 28 December which was inaugurated by Sri T S Tirumurti, High Commissioner of India to Malaysia.  In all, 300 devotees including representatives of six non-affiliated centres in Malaysia attended the convention.  This was the first time when so many non-affiliated centres in Malaysia joined hands with us in holding an all‑Malaysian convention.

On 2 January, Baliati (Bangladesh) centre started a free coaching centre for children from kindergarten to class 6.

Obituary : 01 February 2015

 

Swami Putatmananda

Swami Putatmananda

We are sorry to announce the passing away of Swami Putatmanandaji (Kulada Maharaj) at Seva Pratishthan hospital, Kolkata, on 28 January at 4.15 pm.  He was 75 and had been suffering from diabetes, hypertension and dementia for some years.  Initiated by Swami Yatishwaranandaji, he joined the Order in 1961 at Malda centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1971.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Saradapitha (Belur), Lucknow, Patna, Narendrapur (Kolkata), Puri Mission (for a short period), Ramharipur, Jamtara and Deoghar centres.  He had been living a retired life at Belur Math for the last seven years. The Swami was simple-hearted and had a knack for gardening.

 

Birthday Celebration of Swami Vivekananda 2015 : Programme Details

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Headquarters : 01 January 2015

The birthday of Holy Mother was celebrated at Belur Math on Saturday, 13 December. Thousands of devotees attended the celebration throughout the day. Cooked Prasad was served to about 27,000 devotees. Swami Nityasthananda chaired the public meeting held in the afternoon.

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The 105th Annual General Meeting of the Ramakrishna Mission was held at Belur Math on Sunday, 21 December. It was chaired by Revered President Maharaj. In all, 132 monastic members, 57 lay members and 92 associates attended the meeting.

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Flood Relief in Jammu and Kashmir by Jammu centre

As on 01 January 2015

 

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The state of Jammu & Kashmir was terribly affected by devastating floods and resulting landslides 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 starting from 8th September 2014.

Accordingly, food items including 1700 kg flour, 1420 kg lentils, 60 packets bread, 50 bottles pickles, 1860 packets of biscuit, 264 kg edible oil, 601 kg sugar, 1040 cakes washing soap and 204 candles were distributed among 645 families in 12 villages of 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, 60 packets bread (240 gm each), 406 packets biscuits (150 gm each), 50 bottles pickles (250 gm each) 346 soap and 60 candles.

2

Sandhwa

27

135

3

Ghomanasha

18

96

4

Sajwal

Khour

14

126

85 kg pulses, 144 packets biscuits, 17 kg mustard oil, 17 kg sugar, 144 soap and 40 candles.

5

Sudan Dubbya

3

18

6

Hamirpur Kohna

Khour

223

1137

595 kg pulses, 1360 kg flour, 112 kg mustard oil, 272 kg sugar, 1310 packets biscuits, 550 cakes washing soap, 320 packets biscuit and 104 candles

7

Kalka Nagar

Marh & Halwal

8

Nawi Basti

9

Lower Muthi

10

Udheywala

11

Jaswan

Marh

180

1080

740 kg pulses, 135 kg mustard oil and 152 kg sugar

12

Hamirpur

-

160

560

240 kg flour and 160 kg sugar

Total

645

3267

 

 

 

Under ‘Build Your Own House’ scheme, building materials consisting of 4,000 corrugated sheets, 850 bags cement, 460 iron pipes and 3,000 bricks were distributed among 207 families in 80 villages of Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur and Jammu districts.

No. of Villages

Block / Area

District

No. of Families

Items Distributed

6

Mahore

Reasi

32

1,700 corrugated tins and 850 bags cement

23

Budhal

Rajouri

53

43

Ghordi

Udhampur

71

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

1

Mawa-Karora

Jammu

1

3,000 bricks

4

Rehari Colony

Jammu

25

500 corrugated tins and 100 iron pipes (length of 20 ft. each)

Toph sher khania

Janipur

Thater Paloura

3

Udheywala

Jammu

25

500 corrugated tins and 100 iron pipes (length of 20 ft. each)

Lower Muthi

Nawi Basti

80

Total

207

 

 

In view of the impending winter season, the centre also distributed 810 blankets, 585 shawls, 585 jackets and 45 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle) to 810 families in 78 villages of Rajouri, Poonch and Jammu districts.

No. of Villages

Name of the Area

District

No. of Families

No. of Beneficiaries

Items Distributed

29

Budhal

Rajouri

85

425

785 blankets, 560 shawls, 560 jackets and 20 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking          pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle).

20

Thana Mandi

85

425

8

Mandi

Poonch

168

840

1

Than Kashi

54

270

2

P.O. – Poonch

199

995

9

Suramkote Teshil

34

170

1

Subhashnagar

Jammu

60

300

1

Bithur

25

125

1

Udheywala

55

275

2

R S Pura

20

100

1

Rehari Colony

Jammu

25

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25 blankets, 25 shawls, 25 jackets and 25 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking          pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle).

1

Toph sher khania

1

Janipur

1

Thater Paloura

78

Total

810

3925

 

 

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

Further reports are awaited.

January 01, 2015                                                                                    Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                             Assistant Secretary

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 January 2015

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

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

INDIA

Baghbazar, Kolkata

250

8 and 9 December

Baranagar Mission, Kolkata

250

28 August to 30 November

Barasat, Kolkata

250

1 April to 15 December

Belgharia, Kolkata

600

October to December

Bhopal

150

22 November

Bhubaneshwar

204

28 November to 23 December

Chandigarh

270

17 November to 10 December

Chapra

1250

10 to 19 December

Cherrapunji

1973

8 November to 27 December

Contai

250

25 November

Cossipore, Kolkata

250

25 November to 7 December

Delhi

785

16 to 25 December

Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata

20

November and December

Ghatshila

250

25 November to 4 December

Gourhati

350

2 October to 2 December

Indore

250

21 December

Jaipur

250

2 to 4 December

Kamarpukur

1900

5 November to 26 December

Karimganj

250

11 December

Khetri

55

28 December

Nagpur

170

20 and 22 December

Narendrapur, Kolkata

250

28 November to 6 December

Narottam Nagar

250

November & December

Purulia

250

14 October to 10 December

Ramharipur

250

28 October to 24 November

Saradapitha, Belur

50

16 December

Shillong

230

16 November to 20 December

Sikra Kulingram

100

1 to 21 December

Silchar

250

5 December

Taki

300

8 August to 27 December

Vadodara

30

11 December

Visakhapatnam

200

13 December

Vrindaban

1500

13 December

BANGLADESH

Dhaka

2115

December

TOTAL

15,752

 

Furthermore, the following centres distributed various winter garments, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a) Gadadhar Ashrama: 35 sweaters in November and December.

(b) Gourhati: 50 wrappers from 2 October to 2 December.

(c) Kamarpukur: 200 jackets from 5 November to 26 December.

(d) Khetri: 775 sweaters on 13 December.

(e) Narottam Nagar: 397 sweaters in November and December.

2.      Hud Hud Cyclone Relief: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam centre distributed 150 kg sugar, 300 packets of biscuits, 30 assorted utensils, 50 school bags and 100 notebooks among the afflicted people in October. Further, the centre distributed 1852 blankets and 941 solar lanterns among 941 families belonging to 10 areas of Srikakulam, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts from 28 to 30 November.

3.      Flood Relief:

(a) India: Jammu & Kashmir: Continuing its relief work among the people affected by flash floods and landslides in the state, our Jammu centre distributed 1000 corrugated sheets, 200 iron pipes (20 feet each), 25 blankets, 25 shawls, 25 jackets and 25 sets of kitchen utensils among 50 families belonging to 7 villages of Jammu district on 29 and 30 December.

Uttarakhand: Our Dehradun centre continued its primary relief work in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts by distributing 22,200 kg rice, 4240 kg dal (lentils), 4240 litres edible oil, 1696 kg salt, 200 blankets, 45 sleeping bags, 70 jackets, 450 sweaters, 140 solar lanterns, 8968 notebooks and 3000 school bags among 888 families of 14 villages from August to October.

(b) Sri Lanka: Following severe floods caused by unprecedented rains, Batticoloa sub-centre of Colombo Ashrama distributed 710 kg rice, 106.5 kg dal (lentils), 106.5 kg sugar and 142 matchboxes among 71 families in Vavunatheevu area of Batticoloa district in December 2014. Moreover, the centre provided 45 kg rice, 13.5 kg dal (lentils), 9 kg milk powder, 13.5 kg sugar and 18 kg flour to 9 families living in the vicinity of the Ashrama.

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

India:

(a)   Belgharia: 275 saris, 216 dhotis, 782 lungis, 307 shirts, 50 pants and 302 frocks from October to December.

(b)   Chapra: 200 saris, 200 dhotis, 127 children’s garments, 112 adult garments, 243 uttariyas (stole) and 12 bedsheets from 27 October to 10 November.   

(c)    Cherrapunji: 220 saris from 8 November to 27 December.

(d)   Gadadhar Ashrama: 172 saris and 46 assorted garments in November and December.

(e)    Ghatshila: 200 saris and 200 dhotis from 15 to 25 September.

(f)     Gourhati: 100 saris and 100 dhotis from 2 October to 2 December.

(g)   Kadapa: 125 saris on 13 December.

(h)   Karimganj: 250 dhotis on 11 December.

(i)     Taki: 150 saris and 120 mosquito nets from 8 August to 15 December

(j)     Vrindaban: 1500 dhotis, 1500 bottles of bodyoil, 3000 soap bars, 1500 pairs of sock on 13 December.

5.      Economic Rehabilitation:

Arunachal Pradesh: Our Narottam Nagar centre distributed 20 sewing machines and 34 sets of tailoring kits among needy people on 30 November.

Rajasthan: Our Khetri centre distributed 28 sewing machines among poor trainees on 13 December.

West Bengal: While our Antpur centre distributed 123 sets of dhadda (weaving accessories), 41 sewings machines and 2 van rickshaws to needy people from 25 November to 14 December, our Chandipur centre distributed 2 sewing machines on 21 November.

Personalia : 01 January 2015

Revered President Maharaj is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Smarananandaji is scheduled to visit Kankurgachhi and Narendrapur centres in Kolkata from 16 January to 13 February. He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji will be visiting Hailakandi, Karimganj and Silchar from 21 January to 3 February. Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 4 January after his visit to Tamluk and Chandipur. He will be visiting Antpur from 16 to 21 January. He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 January 2015

India 

Ranchi Sanatorium centre conducted two medical camps at two villages in Khunti and Ranchi districts on 11 November and 4 December respectively.  In all, 366 patients mostly belonging to marginalized sections of the society were treated.

Kadapa centre conducted a youth convention on 21 November in which about 1600 students from different schools and colleges took part.

Salem Ashrama conducted a value education programme for teachers on 1 December at a college in Salem, which was attended by 104 teachers.

Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya held a three-day residential youth convention from 2 to 4 December in which 1127 delegates participated.

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Our Shillong centre has been conferred Youth and Education Award 2014 by Christ School International and Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, both organizations based in Shillong.  The award, comprising a certificate and a sum of 25,000 rupees, given in recognition of the centre’s excellent service in Northeast India, was handed over by Sri K K Paul, Governor of Meghalaya, on 6 December.

On 8 December the TB Clinic of Delhi Ashrama conducted a meeting on TB awareness which was addressed by several doctors and also some patients who had recovered from TB.

The newly constructed staff quarters at Chennai Mission Ashrama was inaugurated on 10 December.

Porbandar centre conducted the following medical camps: (1) An Ayurvedic medical camp on 12 December in which 33 patients were treated, and (2) Two dental camps on 12 and 28 December in which altogether 59 patients were treated.

On 14 December, Rajahmundry centre conducted a medical camp at Rampachodavaram, a place mostly inhabited by tribal people.  A team of thirteen doctors, including a few specialists, treated 536 patients in the camp.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, laid the foundation stone for the proposed dispensary building at Kankurgachhi Math on 14 December.

Students of the unit of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (integrated child development project) run by our Darjeeling centre have won 5 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals in the district-level Taekwondo (a Korean martial art) Championship held by Darjeeling District Police on 15 and 16 December.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed building, housing a workshop and classrooms, at Janashiksha Mandir of Saradapitha, Belur, on 16 December.

Our centre at Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, held a public meeting on Swami Vivekananda on its premises on 17 December which was attended by about 800 people.  Also, four public meetings on Swamiji were held, on the centre’s initiative, at different places in and around Kolkata from 28 November to 18 December, which were attended altogether by 1400 people.

Ponnampet Ashrama conducted a value education workshop for school headmasters on 18 December in which 51 headmasters took part.  The Ashrama also held a health awareness programme and a spiritual retreat on 24 December which were attended by 185 tribal people.

As a part of its platinum jubilee celebrations, Visakhapatnam Ashrama conducted a youth convention on 19 December attended by 1500 youths, and a state-level devotees’ convention from 19 to 21 December attended by about 70 monastics and 3000 devotees.

Medinipur centre conducted a medical camp on the premises of a school in Shakundhia, a predominantly tribal area under Keshpur block in Paschim Medinipur district, on 20 December.  Eleven doctors, including two pediatricians, a gynecologist and a dentist, examined 829 patients, all of whom were treated free of cost.

Ramharipur centre conducted a devotees’ convention at Durgapur on 21 December in which 2700 delegates took part.

Baghbazar Math has been awarded Swami Vivekananda SREI Samman Award 2014 by SREI Foundation, Kolkata.  The award comprising a memento and a purse of 50,000 rupees was handed over by Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, on 28 December.

Chennai Math held a function on 30 December to commemorate the centenary of the publication of The Vedanta Kesari, the English monthly brought out by the centre since 1914.  A DVD containing digitized versions of 101 years of the magazine was released on the occasion.  Also, a special issue of the magazine focusing on Spirituality Today was published.  More than 300 people attended the function.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body under University Grants Commission (UGC), has awarded ‘A’ grade to our Rahara college.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

 

Sl. No. Centre Dates of camps Patients checked / treated Specs given Surgeries performed at
 
1 Bankura 26 Nov to 27 Dec 872 36 160 Our eye care centre in Bankura
2 Chennai Math* 30 Nov & 21 Dec 165 76 20 A hospital in Chennai
3 Khetri December 148 55 An eye hospital in Jaipur
4 Lucknow December 1925 384 Our Lucknow hospital
5 Madurai 21 December 179 1 38 An eye hospital in Madurai
6 Medinipur 20 December 129 13 A hospital in Medinipur
7 Porbandar 12 December 105 36 A hospital in Porbandar
8 Rajahmundry 14 December 119 55 10 A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
9 Rajkot December 78 55 Our eye care centre in Rajkot
10 Salem 23 Nov to 14 Dec 740 110 24 A hospital in Salem
11 Saradapitha Oct, Nov & Dec 1297 145 Two hospitals in Kolkata
12 Ulsoor December 181 18 59 A hospital in Bangalore
13 Vadodara 28 Nov to 12 Dec 1603 24 A hospital in Chhota Udaipur Dist.

* through Chengalpattu centre

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

Centre Dates Children checked / given vitamins and medicines Specs given
1 Chandigarh Nov & D ec 2113 children of 5 schools in 2 districts 150
2 Lucknow Decemb er 1302 children of 4 schools in Sitapur district 106
3 Vadodara 8 Oct to 12 Dec 3194 children of 28 schools in 5 districts 165

 

Outside India

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, consecrated the newly built Sri Ramakrishna Temple at Chittagong (Bangladesh) centre on 30 November, the sacred birthday of Swami Premanandaji.  Special worship and homa, procession, public meetings and cultural programmes were held as part of the five-day programme from 29 November to 3 December.  Swami Prabhanandaji, Mr Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed, Minister of Land, Govt of Bangladesh, and Sri Pankaj Saran, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, among others addressed the public meetings.  In all, 66 monastics and about 5000 devotees attended the programme.

The Batticaloa sub-centre of Colombo (Sri Lanka) Ashrama conducted a three-day residential youth camp for college students from 22 to 24 December in which 30 students took part.

Communication Addresses : 01 January 2015

Fax & Email ID:

Allahabad centre has discontinued its telefax line 2415235 and email id <rkmathald@dataone.in>.

Website:

Antpur Math has launched a website with address <www.rkmantpur.org>.

Obituaries : 01 January 2015

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

Swami Vinayananda

Swami Vinayananda

Swami Vinayananda (Buddhadev / Pramod Ranjan) passed away at Arogya Bhavan, Belur Math, on 7 December at about 4.20 am owing to a sudden cardiac arrest. He was 77. Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji Maharaj, he joined the Order in 1962 at Narendrapur centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj in 1974. Besides his joining centre, he served at Mayavati, Deoghar, Mumbai, Malda and Delhi centres as an assistant and Asansol centre as head. Towards the end of 1989 he withdrew himself from active life owing to ill health and had been living a retired life at Belur Math since then. An expert floriculturist, especially in growing roses and dahlias, he was often invited by several floriculture societies to act as a judge in their shows. He also authored a few books and a number of articles on floriculture in several national and international journals. The Swami was quiet and austere by nature.

Swami Balakrishnananda

Swami Balakrishnananda

Swami Balakrishnananda (Satish) expired on 26 December at 6.01 pm, owing to a massive heart attack, at Mechuka (near China border) where he had gone that day in the morning with two brother-monks on a tour. He was 47 and had been suffering from heart disease for some years. Initiated by Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, he joined the Order in 1991 at Narainpur centre and had Sannyasa from his Guru in 2000. Besides his joining centre, he served at Coimbatore Mission and Aalo centres. In his untimely demise the Order has lost a young, energetic and hardworking member.

 

A Brief Report of Recent Relief Services as on 25 December 2014

HUD HUD CYCLONE RELIEFAndhra Pradesh: The devastating cyclone Hud Hud which struck a major portion of coastal Andhra Pradesh in the month of October left widespread destruction in its wake. Our Vishakhapatnam centre conducted primary relief work in the affected areas by distributing 1,14,000 litres of drinking water, 6,710 kg rice, 930 kg lentils, 300 kg flour, 565 kg sugar, 265 kg salt, 460 kg onion, 1,130 kg edible oil, 1,960 packets biscuits, 300 packets rusk, 150 kg detergent powder, 830 soap, 300 tooth brush & paste, 830 bed covers, 530 matchboxes, 400 saris, 7,000 assorted garments, 50 school bags, 100 note books, 30 assorted utensils, 951 solar lamp and 1902 blankets were distributed to about 3,451 families in Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts. Efforts are on to extend the relief services further.

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 1,700 kg flour, 1,420 kg pulses, 60 packets bread (240 gm each), 50 bottles pickles (250 gm each), 1,860 packets biscuits, 264 kg edible oil, 601 kg sugar, 1,040 cakes washing soap and 204 candles are being distributed to about 645 families in 12 villages in Marh, Khour and Halwal blocks of Jammu district from 8 to 17 September. The centre also distributed 3000 corrugated sheets, 850 bags of cement, 260 iron pipes (20 feet each) and 3,000 bricks among 157 families in 73 villages in Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur and Jammu districts on 28 September and 6 October and 785 blankets, 560 shawls, 560 jackets and 20 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle) to 785 families in 74 villages in Rajouri, Poonch and Jammu districts on 17 and 18 October. Efforts are being made to extend the distribution of having materials to other parts of the state. In spite of its own precarious condition, our Srinagar centre also conducted relief work in a modest way in its adjoining areas by distributing 10 kg rice, 2 kg lentils, 1 kg tea powder, 2 kg salt, 4 litres edible oil, 4 kg assorted spices, 3 utensil sets, a few sanitary items and assorted clothing among 8 neighbouring poor families and provided medical care to 291 flood-affected patients.

Assam:

Our Cherrapunji centre undertook primary relief work among 1500 families affected by severe floods in the state by distributing 770 kg milk powder, 1500 packets of biscuit, 558 polythene sheets, 1500 buckets, 1500 packets of mosquito repellant coils, 3000 matchboxes and 7200 candles in 18 villages of Balijana and Agia blocks in Goalpara district from 27 to 29 September.

Odisha:

(a) Our Kothar centre served cooked food and distributed 5000 kg chira, 2500 kg chattu, 1261 kg gur, 1472 kg biscuits, 2500 kg salt and 25,200 matchboxes among 4160 affected families in Jajpur and Bhadrak districts from 24 July to 10 August.

(b) Our Puri Mission centre distributed 11,600 kg wheat flour, 2000 kg chira, 2940 kg chattu and 5792 packets of biscuits among 5379 families in 38 villages of Puri district from 10 to 26 August.

(c) In the month of September 2014, our Puri Math centre conducted medical relief camps in 9 villages of Puri district in which 750 patients were treated.

Uttar Pradesh:

Our Lucknow centre distributed 10,100 food packets (puri, curry and pickle), 1105 saris, 783 dhotis and 449 lungis among 733 affected families in Harriya, Satgharwa and Gainsaria blocks of Balarampur district from 20 to 30 August. The centre also provided medical assistance to 3350 flood-affected patients during the same period.

Uttarakhand:

(a) Our Dehradun centre continued its primary relief work by distributing 76,000 kg rice, 15,000 kg dal, 15,000 litres edible oil, 6000 kg salt, 400 blankets, 600 solar lanterns, 45 sleeping bags, 450 sweaters, 70 jackets, 8968 note books and 3000 school bags among 3040 families belonging to 46 villages and 4000 students belonging to 50 schools in Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag areas from April to October.

(b) Our Kankhal centre has further distributed 44,407 kg rice, 5000 kg dalia (broken wheat grains), 30,680 kg flour, 21,832 kg dal (lentils), 5128 kg sugar, 220 kg chira (rice flakes), 400 kg gur (molasses), 10,000 kg potato, 4457 kg milk powder, 7103 kg salt, 5044 kg candles, 21300 matchboxes, 2,17,000 halogen tablets, 3124 kg tea powder, 875 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, 5648 sweaters, 1000 skivvies, 4425 chaddars, 13,416 metres of fabric, 8626 blankets, 13,505 sets of school uniforms, 15,366 ready-made garments, 1575 suits, 428 quilts, 2285 pressure cookers, 1825 kg tawa (griddle), 6905 kg kadahi, 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, 2953 umbrellas, 3269 solar lanterns and 160 trunks among 2581 families belonging to 21 villages and 9259 students belonging to 195 schools in Guptakashi and Agastya Muni areas from 27 March to 22 April. Besides, 1847 flood-affected patients were treated in our medical camps.

West Bengal:

(a) 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 1976 kg muri, 70.6 kg milk powder, 706 kg vermicelli and 67 kg dry fruits among 2520 families of 13 villages in Mousuni (Namkhana block) and Sagar Islands from 22 to 31 July. The centre also distributed 1800 saris, 1500 dhotis, and 500 lungis from 14 to 27 September among the affected families.

(b) As heavy rainfall caused severe inundation in a major portion of South 24 Parganas district, our Naora centre served cooked food (khichri) and distributed 500 kg chira, 167.5 kg sugar, 45 kg biscuits and 3 kg milk powder among 580 affected families of 6 villages in the district from 17 to 24 August.

DROUGHT RELIEF: India:

Rajasthan: From 24 May to 5 August, our Khetri centre distributed 6,82,000 litres of drinking water among 1960 families facing acute water scarcity.

WINTER RELIEF:

A total of 29,819 blankets and 5,310 winter garments were distributed by 71 of our centres, among poor people affected by winter, flood, fire etc. in different parts of the country.

UTTARAKHAND FLOOD REHABILITATION:

The Ramakrishna Mission, through its Dehradun centre, has taken up the construction work of a new three storied Girls’ Hostel with kitchen and dining hall and a new three storied educational block at the Govt. P. G. College, Agastyamuni as a part of its rehabilitation project. The foundation stone for the buildings was laid on 29 August 2014.

Now, foundation has been completed and work on plinth beam reinforcement is in progress.

DISTURBANCE REHABILITATION: Bangladesh:

Our Dinajpur 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 over to the school authorities on 21 May.

ECONOMIC REHABILITATION

(i) Arunachal Pradesh: Our Narottam Nagar centre distributed 20 sewing machines and 34 sets of tailoring kits among needy people

(ii) Assam: OurGuwahati centre distributed 5 sewing machines to needy people on 13 April.

(iii) Gujarat: our Porbandar centre distributed 11 sewing machines among economically backward women.

(iv)West Bengal: 

(a) our Antpur centre distributed 123 sets of dhadda (weaving accessories), 41 sewings machines and 2 van rickshaws to needy people from 25 November to 14 December,

(b) ourChandipur centre distributed 2 sewing machines on 21 November.

(c) Malda centre distributed 2 sewing machines and 10 bicycles to needy people on 6 July. (d) Our Naora centre arranged the renovation work of three huts belonging to poor families in Canning II and Bhangar I blocks of South 24 Parganas district.

 

December 25, 2014                                                                                                Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                            Assistant Secretary

 

A Note for Communication and For Sending Donations to Relief Section

1.       Our address is:

Ramakrishna Mission

(Relief Section)

P.O. Belur Math

Dist. Howrah, West Bengal, India

PIN : 711 202

Tel.            :  (033) 2654-1144 / 1180 / 5391 / 9581 / 9681

(033) 2654-5700 / 5701 / 5702 / 5703 / 8494

Fax           :  (033) 2654 9885  (For Relief Activities only)

E-mail      :  relief@belurmath.org

Website :  www.belurmath.org

 

2.      All official correspondence should be addressed to The General Secretary.

 

3.      Kindly mention in a covering letter or on the backside of the cheque / DD the purpose of the donation, i.e. RELIEF work.

 

4.      All a/c payee cheques (any currency), demand drafts, in favour of ‘Ramakrishna Mission’ payable at Kolkata are accepted.

 

5.      To prevent loss / theft in transit, it is advisable to send the donation cheque / DD through Speed Post / Registered Mail.

 

6.      You may also send donations towards our ‘Permanent Fund for Provident Relief Fund’. The bank interest from this fund is utilized towards our various relief activities. You may send the donations in memory of your near and dear ones if you so wish. Kindly note that, donations above Rs. 5,000/- (Rupees five thousand) will be accepted towards Permanent Fund for Provident Relief Fund.

If you want to send your donations towards this corpus fund, kindly mention in your covering letter that you are sending your donation towards the ‘Permanent Fund for Provident Relief Fund’.

7.      Online donation

You can also send your donation for relief online. For details please visit our website at: http://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php.

All donations to “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” are exempt from Income Tax under section 80-G of the I.T. Act.

Hud Hud Cyclone Relief in Andhra Pradesh by Visakhapatnam centre

As on 31 December 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 providing 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.

Accordingly, 1,14,000 litres of drinking water, 6,710 kg rice, 930 kg lentils, 300 kg flour, 565 kg sugar, 265 kg salt, 460 kg onion, 1,130 kg edible oil, 1,960 packets biscuits, 300 packets rusk, 150 kg detergent powder, 830 soap, 300 tooth brush & paste, 830 bed covers, 530 matchboxes, 400 saris, 7,000 assorted garments, 50 school bags, 100 note books, 30 assorted utensils, 951 solar lamp and 1902 blankets were distributed to about 3,451 families in Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts:

Sl. No.

Items distributed

Area

No. of Families

1

Supply of nearly 94,000 litres of drinking water

Uppada, Bimli, Jalaripeta, Relli Veedhi, Vasavani Palem, Pedda Waltair and Satgal Nagar (Visakhapatnam District)

380

2

1500 kg rice, 300 kg onion, 240 kg edible oil, 300 packets of rusk, 150 kg detergent powder and various essential items (soap, toothbrush, body oil, toothpaste)

Pudimadaka

(Visakhapatnam District)

300

3

1500 kg rice, 300 kg lentils, 300 kg flour, 150 kg sugar, 300 litre edible oil, 600 packets of biscuit and 300 bed covers, 20,000 litres of drinking water

Gangavaram

(Visakhapatnam District)

300

4

3710 kg rice, 530 kg lentils, 265 kg sugar, 265 kg salt, 530 litre edible oil, 1060 packets of biscuit, 530 bars of washing soap, 530 matchboxes and 530 bed covers

16 villages in Madugula Mandal

(Visakhapatnam District)

530

5

400 saris, 30 blankets, 160 kg onion and 100 kg lentils

Kondarajapalem

(Bhogapuram Mandal in Vijayanagaram District)

200

6

300 packets of biscuit, 60 litre edible oil, 300 soap, 300 tooth brush & paste, 150 kg sugar, 7000 assorted garments & blankets 50 school bags, 100 note books and 30 assorted utensils.

23 villages in Araku Vally Area

(Visakhapatnam District)

790

7

951 solar lamp and 1902 blankets

32 villages in Visakhapatnam District

951

Rehabilitation Project is being planned.

December 31, 2014                                                                           Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                       Assistant Secretary

 

 

UTTARAKHAND FLOOD RELIEF AND REHABILITATION PROJECT

As on 31 December 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 291 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 19,513 families. Besides, school uniform and other supplies were also distributed to 16,839 students from 275 schools in Joshi Math and Rudraprayag areas.

 

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.

Now, foundation has been completed and work on plinth beam reinforcement is in progress.

 

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Annual General Meeting 2014

REPORT OF THE GOVERNING BODY

ON THE WORKING OF THE ASSOCIATION IN 2013-14

The 105th Annual General Meeting of the Ramakrishna Mission was held at Belur Math on Sunday, 21 December 2014.  It was chaired by Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission.

Click on the following links to download reports

AGM Synopsis English 2013-14

AGM Synopsis Hindi 2013-14

AGM Synopsis Bengali 2013-14

AGM 2013-14 Detailed Report

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Annual General Meeting 2014

Annual General Meeting 2014

Holy Mother’s Birthday Celebration 2014 : Programme Details

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Live streaming at : https://new.livestream.com/belurmathorg/holymother2014

 

Newsletter-Holy-Mother-Tithi-Puja-2014

 

 

At Holy Mother’s Temple

4:40 am  Mangalarati 

4:45 am  Vedic Chanting 

5:30 am  Devotional Song (Bhajan) 

7:00 am  Special Puja 

12:00 noon  Homa 

 

In the Pandal

8:00 am  Matri Sangeet  (Brahmacharins of the Training Centre)

9:05 am  Reading from Sri Sri Mayer Katha  (Swami Devapriyananda)

9:45 am  Bhajan (Sri Pulak Bhattacharya)

10:35 am  Sarada Sangeet  (Sri Kuntal Gangopadhyay)

 11:30 am  Padavali Kirtan (Sri Sujit Kumar Chandra)

12:50 am  Leela Geeti “Janani Sarada”  (Kalparup Natyamandir, Salkia)

2:10 pm  Shyama Sangeet (Sri Sunil Kumar Ghosal) 

3:00 pm  Religious Meeting 

Subject : Life and Teachings of the Holy Mother
President : Swami Nityasthananda (English)
Speakers : Swami Ritananda (Bengali), Swami Tadbodhananda (Bengali)

 

Evening Arati of Holy Mother : After Sri Sri Thakur’s Arati

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 December 2014

 

1.  Hudhud Cyclone Relief: Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam centre distributed 100 kg lentils, 160 kg onions, clothes and 30 blankets among 200 affected families of Kondarajapalem village in Vijayanagaram district on 31 October.

2. Flood Relief: Jammu & Kashmir: Jammu centre continued its relief work among the victims of flash floods and landslides in the state.  The centre gave 3000 bricks to a family in Mawa-Karora village in Jammu district on 6 October.  The centre also distributed 160 blankets, 20 shawls, 20 jackets and 20 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and 1 ladle) among 160 families of Subhashnagar, Bithur, Udheywala and R S Pura areas in Poonch and Rajouri districts from 31 October to 15 November.

3. Fire Relief: West Bengal: On 27 November, Kamarpukur centre distributed 100 kg rice, 100 kg potatoes, 22 food packets (each packet containing chira [rice flakes], muri [puffed rice] and chhola [gram]), 13 blankets, 11 bed-sheets, 15 woollen jackets, 13 saris, 15 lungis and 8 children’s garments among 11 families of Ramachandrapur village in Hooghly district, whose houses had been gutted in a fire.

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

(a)  Baghbazar, Kolkata: 1643 saris in September.

(b)  Chandipur: 33 saris and 62 dhotis from 23 September to 7 October.

(c)  Karimganj: 240 saris and 240 dhotis on 4 November.

(d)  Sarisha: 1163 saris and 83 dhotis from 24 September to 21 October.

(e)  Vrindaban: 600 kg rice, 600 kg wheat flour, 150 kg dal (lentils), 150 kg mustard oil, 300 kg salt and 75 kg sugar to 300 old widows on 1 November.

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

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

1

Antpur

552

5 to 22 November

2

Bhubaneswar

104

26 November

3

Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata

243

November

4

Garbeta

300

14 October to 13 November

5

Gol Park, Kolkata

450

1 August to 18 November

6

Ichapur

300

5 to 14 November

7

Jalpaiguri

250

23 November

8

Jammu

250

9 November

9

Jamshedpur

169

22 October to 24 November

10

Khetri

53

23 November

11

Malda

407

17 to 27 November

12

Manasadwip

200

21 to 26 November

13

Sikra Kulingram

650

November

14

Swamiji’s Ancestral House, Kolkata

250

22 and 27 November

Total:

4178

Besides, Baghbazar centre distributed 100 pairs of shoes and 100 sweaters on 13 October, Garbeta centre distributed 50 sweaters from 14 October to 13 November, and Malda centre distributed 94 fleece jackets on 23 and 25 November, among poor people.

6. Rehabilitation: The night shelter for the poor and homeless constructed at Rohini, Delhi, by our Delhi centre was handed over to Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in a function held on 12 November in the presence of Sri M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

 

Personalia : 01 December 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 9 December after his visit to Karimganj and Silchar.  He will be visiting Patna, Raipur and Hatamuniguda from 23 December to 4 January.  He is in good health.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Cossipore on 10 December after his visit to Mumbai and Pune.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 6 December after his visit to Chittagong (Bangladesh).  He will be visiting Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 15 to 21 December, Narendrapur on 25 December and Tamluk and Chandipur from 26 December to 4 January.  He is keeping well.

Headquarters : 01 December 2014

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built quarters for the President of the Order at Belur Math on 12 November.

Foundation stone for the proposed Centre for Human Excellence and Social Sciences, also called ‘Viveka Tirtha’, at Rajarhat, New Town, Kolkata, was laid on 11 November by Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal.  Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission; Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary of the Math & Mission, and Dr Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, among others took part in the ceremony.

News of Branch Centres : 01 December 2014

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The publication team of Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, the Tamil monthly brought out by Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, conducted a short-story competition in which about 1000 people took part.  Prizes were distributed to the winners on 29 August.

A Cancer Awareness & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Programme was conducted at Ramakrishna Math, Baghbazar, Kolkata, on 21 September.  A few eminent doctors and about 100 people participated in the programme.  The centre also held a diabetes camp on 2 November in which 160 people underwent medical check-up.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, consecrated the newly built Sri Ramakrishna Temple at Limbdi centre on 1 November, Jagaddhatri Puja day.  Special homa and worship, procession, cultural programmes and public meetings, presided over by Swami Vagishanandaji and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary of the Math & Mission, were held as part of the three-day programme from 31 October to 2 November.  About 200 monastics and 6000 devotees attended the programme.

Rajahmundry centre conducted a diabetes camp on 18 November in which 312 patients were treated.  Further, 148 cases of diabetic retinopathy were examined and 34 patients were given free spectacles.  The doctors also addressed the patients, using audio-visual means, on the nature of the disease and its management.

The newly built Vivekananda Cultural Centre at Ponnampet Ashrama was inaugurated on 26 November.

The School Education Department, Government of West Bengal, awarded Shishumitra Vidyalaya Puraskar, 2014, to Ramharipur high school in recognition of its outstanding efforts in adopting child‑friendly norms and standards in education and sanitation.  The award comprised a trophy, a certificate and Rs. 25,000/- in cash.

All the 13 students of Vivekananda University in the MA final year of the five-year integrated MA Course in Sanskrit successfully cleared the National Eligibility Test conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC-NET).  While all of them will thus be eligible for being appointed as Assistant Professors in any college or university in India, the top 7 have been further declared eligible for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for pursuing higher studies.

A class-10 student of Katihar school, who participated in the IGNITE-2014 national competition conducted by National Innovation Foundation, won an award for his idea ‘provision of fourth light (blue) to reduce traffic jams’.  The award, comprising a certificate, a memento and a book, was handed over by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, at a function held in Ahmedabad on 18 November.

In the 14th National Paralympic Swimming Championship held at Indore from 6 to 9 November, 6 students of Narendrapur Blind Boys’ Academy (2 each in Senior, Junior and Sub-Junior Groups) have won 7 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals in different events as given below.

Event

Senior Group

Junior Group

Sub-Junior Group

Freestyle Stroke

Bronze

Silver

Gold & Bronze

Back Stroke

Gold

Gold & Silver

Gold & Bronze

Breast Stroke

Gold & Silver

Gold & Silver

Gold & Silver

Butterfly Stroke

Silver & Bronze

Silver

Silver & Bronze

A student of our Kozhikode (Calicut) school has secured first rank in the state, having obtained full marks in all subjects, in the Higher Secondary Examination conducted by Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Education this year.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Baghbazar

2 November

330

206

   2 Bankura

1 to 25 Nov

649

43

143

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   3 Chennai Math*

14 Sept & 26 Oct

178

42

35

A hospital in Chennai
   4 Garbeta

Oct & Nov

 668

64

128

Our eye care centre in Garbeta
   5 Jamshedpur

2 to 27 Nov

273

183

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   6 Kamarpukur

November

215

172

Our eye care centre at Kamarpukur
   7 Khetri

November

175

53

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   8 Lucknow

November

1247

305

Our Lucknow hospital
   9 Madurai

16 November

160

3

20

An eye hospital in Madurai
 10 Nagpur

16 November

253

116

12

A hospital in Nagpur
 11 Porbandar

14 November

60

17

A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot
 12 Rajahmundry

21 Sept to 16 Nov

337

57

28

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 13 Rajkot

November

86

38

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 14 Salem

19 Oct to 16 Nov

529

105

27

A hospital in Salem
 15 Silchar

Oct & Nov

190

10

68

A hospital in Silchar
 16 Ulsoor

November

265

109

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 

Kanpur

14, 15 & 17 Nov

312 children of a school in Kanpur

 2 

Lucknow

November

2527 children of 7 schools in 4 districts

131

Salem Ashrama conducted special eye camps at five educational institutions in and around Salem from 18 September to 6 November in which 4193 people were screened.  Spectacles were given to 432 people and 12 people were operated on for cataract.

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Sacramento centre celebrated its golden jubilee with a day-long programme on 1 November, Jagaddhatri Puja day, with worship, Homa, and a musical performance.  About 200 devotees attended the programme.

Dhaka centre held the inaugural function of the centenary celebration of its high school on 8 November.  Mr Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Govt. of Bangladesh, inaugurated the day-long programme in which many other dignitaries also took part. Besides speeches, the programme consisted of a rally, a musical performance, and a drama on Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, consecrated the newly built Universal Meditation Centre at Swami Vivekananda College of Fiji centre on 27 November.