Hon’ble Prime Minister visited Belur Math

On 10 May 2015, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Belur Math. He spent about an hour in the Math, and paid homage at the temples of Sri Sri Thakur, Sri Sri Ma, Swami Viveknanada and Swami Brahmananda.

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Earthquake Relief 2015

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As on 25 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nuwakot, Kavre, Kathmandu, Makwanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

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Our Lucknow centre distributed 500 kg chira, 150 kg sugar, 150 kg milk powder, 600 matchboxes, 600 candles, 2000 blankets and 800 tarpaulins among 520 affected families belonging to 14 villages in Gorkha district of Nepal from 1 to 17 May. The centre also provided extensive medical assistance to 3417 earthquake-affected patients belonging to 15 villages in the same district. The centre further distributed 1000 blankets and 400 tarpaulins among 375 affected families in Rajapur and adjoining villages of Dung district in Nepal and Balarampur district in India from 22 to 25 May.

Our Darjeeling centre has distributed 50,000 kg rice, 5000 kg soya chunks, 15,000 kg lentils, 25,000 kg chira, 2500 kg bhujia, 2500 kg sugar, 2500 kg biscuits, 10,000 bars of bathing and washing soaps, 5000 kg salt, 5000 packets of assorted spices, 5000 packets of turmeric powder, 1250 kg tea leaves, 1050 kg milk powder, 60,000 candles, 50,000 matchboxes, 20,000 sets of toothpaste-toothbrush, 5000 first-aid kits and 5000 tarpaulins among 5003 affected families in Gowaltar, Ramtar, Kapalikot, Khangsang, Kamalamai and Kanapa areas in Janakpur Anchal of Sindhuli district in Nepal.

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Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1000 families on 1 and 2 May. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal, 200 kg edible oil, 4875 blankets, 2837 tarpaulins, 960 jackets, 4600 saris, 6714 pieces of assorted garments, 2564 mattresses, and 2704 utensil sets (each set containing 2 plates, 3 bowls, 1 tumbler, 1 vessel and 2 ladles) among 3108 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal from 8 to 21 May.

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The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G of the I.T. Act. Online donation facility is also available through our website (http://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

May 25, 2015                                                                       Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                         (General Secretary)

 

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As on 16 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

Our Darjeeling centre has distributed 3500 relief packets (each packet containing 10 kg rice, 1 kg soya chunks, 3 kg lentils, 5 kg chira, 500 gms bhujia, 500 gms sugar, 1 kg salt, 1 packet mixed spices, 1 packet turmeric powder, 250 gms tea leaves, 210 gms milk powder, 500 gms biscuits, 1 bath soap, 1 washing soap, 12 candles, 10 match boxes, 4 tooth brush, 4 toothpaste, 1 first-aid kit and 1 tarpaulin sheet) among 3500 affected families in Gowaltar, Ramtar, Kapalikot, Khangsang, Kamalamai and Kanapa areas in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal, 200 kg edible oil, 1375 blankets, 337 tarpaulins, 2488 pieces of garments, 1042 pieces of foam mattress, 960 jackets, and 400 utensil sets (each set containing 2 plates, 3 bowls, 1 tumbler, 1 vessel and 2 ladles) among 400 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal.

The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G of the I.T. Act. Online donation facility is also available through our website (http://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

 

May 16, 2015                                                                                  Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                       (General Secretary)

 

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As on 10 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

Our Darjeeling centre has initiated steps to carry out primary relief work in Sindhuli and Ramechhap districts of Nepal. The centre has already conducted extensive survey and various dry food materials, first-aid materials, etc. for around 2000 families have reached the affected areas. Our team of monks and volunteers, assisted by locals and army men, are working hard around the clock, amidst harsh terrain and foul weather, to arrange the distribution at the earliest.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal, 200 kg edible oil, 1375 blankets, 337 tarpaulins, 2488 pieces of garments, 1042 pieces of foam mattress, 960 jackets, and 400 utensil sets among 400 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal.

The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G of the I.T. Act. Online donation facility is also available through our website (http://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

May 10, 2015                                                                                              Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                 (General Secretary)

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As on 09 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

Our Darjeeling centre has initiated steps to carry out primary relief work in Sindhuli and Ramechhap districts of Nepal. The centre has already conducted extensive survey in the affected areas and all arrangements have been made to transport various dry food materials, first-aid materials, etc. at the earliest.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 2400 kg rice, 600 kg dal, 100 kg edible oil, 200 tarpaulins, 200 jackets, 200 mattresses and 200 utensil sets among 200 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal. The centre has also initiated primary relief work in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal.

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Arrangements are being made to distribute tarpaulin sheets, blankets, tents etc. among the affected families. The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G of the I.T. Act. Online donation facility is also available through our website (http://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

 

May 09, 2015                                                                                              Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                 (General Secretary)

Earthquake Relief Services Photo (As received from relief centres on 05 May 2015)

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As on 04 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

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Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

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Our Darjeeling centre has initiated steps to carry out primary relief work in Sindhuli district of Nepal. The centre has already conducted extensive survey in the affected areas and all arrangements have been made to transport various dry food materials, first-aid materials, etc. at the earliest.

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Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital.

Arrangements are being made to distribute tarpaulin sheets, blankets, tents etc. among the affected families. The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G of the I.T. Act. Online donation facility is also available through our website (http://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

 

May 04, 2015                                                                                                                  Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                                     (General Secretary)

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 May 2015

1.    Earthquake Relief:  Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal and some parts of India on 25 April, some of our centres conducted relief operations mentioned below.

(a) Kathmandu centre served cooked food to 750 people who have taken shelter in nearby areas.  Besides, the centre distributed the following items to the affected people till 29 April:

(i) 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal (lentils), 5 litres edible oil, 5 kg salt, 3 kg sugar and 30 packets of biscuits among 130 children of an orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu,

(ii) 700 kg chira, 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits at Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and

(iii) 400 packets of chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits at Sankarpur Nagarpalika, a remote area in upper hills, 40 km from Kathmandu.

(b) Lucknow centre distributed chira (rice flakes), sugar, candles and matchboxes to the victims in Narayanipur area of Nepal and provided medical relief to the quake-stricken patients.

(c) Darjeeling and Patna centres have made a survey at Sindhuli (Nepal) and Raxaul (Bihar) areas and are initiating steps to start primary relief work there.

Detailed reports are awaited.

2.   Hailstorm Relief: Uttar Pradesh: A strong hailstorm struck Vrindaban and surrounding villages on 5 April, destroying crops and damaging houses.  Our Vrindaban centre distributed 13,110 kg rice, 28,725 kg flour, 2185 kg dal (lentils), 874 kg edible oil, 437 kg sugar and 874 kg salt among 437 families of Vrindaban from 19 to 24 April.

3.  Winter Relief Chandipur Math distributed 65 blankets to poor and needy people from 9 January to 29 March.

4.  Summer Relief: Tamil Nadu:  Chennai Math served buttermilk and sharbat to about 10,000 people from 26 March to 4 April.

5.  Distress ReliefThe following centres distributed various items, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a) Chandipur: 105 saris, 66 dhotis, 240 distas of exercise paper, 163 textbooks, 100 notebooks and 7 bicycles from 20 February to 11 April.

(b) Khetri: School uniforms, shoes, notebooks and pens to 140 poor students of Khetri on 11 April.

(c) Malda: 30 bicycles to tribal high school girls and 2 tricycles to handicapped villagers in April.

(d) Taki: 152 saris and 158 mosquito-nets from 4 February to 24 March.

(e) Vrindaban: 500 kg rice, 500 kg flour, 125 kg dal (lentils), 125 kg edible oil, 62 kg sugar and 250 kg salt to 250 old widows on 22 April.

6.  Economic Rehabilitation: Chandipur Math handed over 4 sewing machines to the needy on 25 March.

Personalia : 01 May 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  Owing to progressive generalized weakness and age-related cerebral atrophy, he has abnormal limb movements from time to time.  As he is not able to take any food orally, he is being fed liquid diet (Ensure) through a tube (PEG tube) inserted into his stomach.  He is also having throat and chest infection for which he is being treated by specialist doctors.  Revered Maharaj is otherwise maintaining his general health.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Narendrapur and Baranagar Mission centres in Kolkata from 2 to 31 May.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Guwahati and Hojai (Assam) from 12 to 25 May.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Rahara centre from 11 to 19 May and Kankurgachhi Math from 26 May to 3 June.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

News of Branch Centres : 01 May 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The results of our Jamshedpur students at the Secondary Examination, 2015, conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council are as follows:

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Star marks (75% or above in the aggregate)

303

223

73

7

61

Chennai Math and Chennai Students’ Home jointly conducted a street-cleaning programme on 2 April, following the annual car festival and procession held by Sri Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai.  About 460 volunteers and students cleaned the four streets around the Temple from the late night of 2 April to the early hours of the next day morning.

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Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Punjab, visited Chandigarh centre on 5 April and participated in its annual celebration.

Mangalore centre, which had launched its 40-week Clean Mangalore drive on 1 February, has successfully completed 10 week’s drive.  The 10th week drive was flagged off by Sri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt of India, on 5 April.

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In a book release programme held by our Mysore Ashrama on its premises on 7 April, Sri Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, released the book ‘Adbhuta Santa’, a biography of Swami Adbhutananda, and ‘Seve’, a booklet containing the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on service.

On 12 April, Swami Gautamanandaji released the souvenir brought out by Vadodara centre in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary.

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Kanpur centre conducted a free vaccination camp for children at Lodhar village in Kanpur Nagar district on 19 April in which 150 children were administered Hepatitis B2 and Typhoid vaccines.

On 20 April, Nagpur Math provided spectacles to all the 22 patients who had undergone eye check-up at a medical camp held by the Math on 1 March and were subsequently operated on for cataract at an eye hospital in Nagpur.

The newly constructed dispensary building at Ghatshila Math was inaugurated on 21 April.

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Kumari Anjali Lohar, a student of class 7 of our English School at Bistupur, Jamshedpur, who had participated in an all-India painting competition on the topic Preservation of Environment organized by Axis Bank in November 2014, secured 1st position in Bihar and Jharkhand Circle among 3500 participants and 2nd position in National Level among 90,000 candidates.  In a function held in the Bistupur school on 23 April 2015, Axis Bank handed over two certificates and two tablets (small portable computers) to Kumari Lohar in recognition of her above two achievements.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

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No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura 28 Mar-27 Apr

370

69

137

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math* 26 April

114

43

16

An eye hospital in Chennai
   3 Ghatshila 8 February

245

31

108

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   4 Jamshedpur 1 Mar-26 Apr

83

35

50

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   5 Khetri April

202

57

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   6 Lucknow April

1032

257

Our Lucknow hospital
   7 Madurai 19 April

288

4

61

An eye hospital in Madurai
   8 Porbandar 17 April

98

57

A hospital in Porbandar
   9 Rajahmundry 5, 6 & 19 April

149

21

17

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

57

38

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 11 Salem 5 & 19 April

180

40

17

An eye hospital in Salem
 12 Seva Pratishthan 29 Mar, 5 Apr

25

25

Our Seva Pratishthan hospital
 13 Sikra-Kulingram March

165

24

Sarada Seva Sangha, Shibpur, Howrah
 14 Ulsoor March

390

177

A hospital in Bangalore
 15 Visakhapatnam 23 & 26 April

377

50

97

An eye hospital in Visakhapatnam

* through Chengalpattu centre

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

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Centre

Dates

Children checked / given vitamins and medicines

Specs given

 1                                                        

Khetri

5 Feb to 11 Apr

10,044 students of 55 schools in Khetri Tahsil

1161

 2

Lucknow

April

2135 children of 4 schools in Lucknow district

50

Communication Addresses : 01 May 2015

 

Fax: St. Louis (USA) centre has discontinued its fax facility.

EmailIDs & Website Address: Jaipur centre has now only one email id <rkmpinkcity@gmail.com> and one website address <www.rkmjaipur.in>.

Ulsoor Math has discontinued its email id <rkmathulsoor@gmail.com>.  It has now only one email id <ulsoormath@gmail.com>.

Earthquake Relief in Nepal

 2015-Relief-Nepal-Earthquake-bnr1

As on 01 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Till now our Kathmandu centre, with assistance from the Headquarters, has set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people in its vicinity. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in Gorkha district of Nepal distributing chira, sugar, candle sticks and match boxes among the victims. Medical relief is also being provided.

Our Darjeeling centre, with the help from the Headquarters, has initiated steps to carry out primary relief in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital.

The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

As on 30 April 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake affecting Nepal and parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission decided to undertake primary relief in the affected areas.

Till now, our Kathmandu centre, with assistance from the Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters, has set up a community kitchen and distributed cooked food by to about 750 affected people in the vicinity. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  350 packets of chura (2 kg each packet), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu. In Sankarpur Nagarpalika (40 km from Kathmandu), 400 packets of chura, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were also distributed. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in Gorkha district of Nepal distributing chura, sugar, candle sticks and match boxes among the victims. Medical relief is also being undertaken.

Our Darjeeling centre, with the help from the Headquarters, has initiated steps to carry out primary relief in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

The Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters, through its Patna centre, has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar catering to the earthquake victims from Nepal who have come there.

The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further reports are awaited.

As on 29 April 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake affecting Nepal and parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission decided to undertake primary relief in Nepal and some parts of India.

Till now, our Kathmandu centre has set up a community kitchen distributed cooked food by to about 750 affected people who have taken shelter in the vicinity. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage in Thankot at Kathmandu. On 29 April 350 packets of chura (2 kg each packet), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu. In Sankarpur Nagarpalika (40 km from Kathmandu), 400 packets of chura, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were also distributed.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in Narayanipur area of Nepal distributing chura, sugar, candle sticks and match boxes among the victims. Medical relief is also being carried out.

Our Darjeeling and Patna centres have surveyed Sindhuli (Nepal) and Raxaul (Bihar) areas and are initiating steps to start a primary relief work.

Detailed reports are awaited.

 

As on 28 April 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake affecting Nepal and parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission decided to undertake primary relief in Nepal and some parts of India.

Rescue operations and removal of debris is being carried out. Our Kathmandu centre surveyed some affected areas. Till now, it has distributed cooked food twice a day to about 125 affected people who have taken shelter in the vicinity since 27 April. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 1 quintal rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children in a neighbouring orphanage. Our Darjeeling centre is also carrying out a survey in Badribas area in Nepal.

Detailed reports are awaited.

 

As on 27 April 2015

On 25 April 2015, a massive Earthquake with magnitude of 7.9 devastated a large portion of Nepal killing thousands. Normal life there is still hampered owing to the aftershocks. Rescue operations and removal of debris is being carried out. Our Kathmandu centre has surveyed some affected areas and is initiating measures for providing primary relief. Our Kathmandu centre has offered shelter and is distributing cooked food to about 125 affected people in the vicinity. Detailed reports are awaited.

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Uttarakhand Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Project : A Report

As on 25 April 2015

 

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.

Till now, roof castings for the second floor of the PG Block and first floor of the Girls’ Hostel has been completed.

Welfare Service at Belur Math : 2014 – 2015

RAMAKRISHNA MISSION WELFARE SECTION

Belur Math, Howrah

Short Report from April 2014 to March 2015

Particulars

No. of Beneficiaries

Amount (₹)

Stipend to students

3700

7402786.00

Monthly Pecuniary Help

(@ ₹ 300/- per month)

306

1770100.00

ad hoc Pecuniary Help

304

81400.00

Medical Help

260

337405.00

For Handicapped Persons :

Tricycles

Wheel Chair

Ad hoc Pecuniary Help

(@ ₹ 1000/-)

2

1

1

16240.00

Sarees, School Dress, Blanket, Garments etc.

2873743.00

Other Expenses

99512.00

Total

12581186.00

Details of new clothings distributed among 19432 beneficiaries:

Particulars

Quantity

Dhoti

1611

Saree

12034

Blanket

2058

Children’s Garment

7193

Uttariya

330

Woolen Chadar

40

School Bag

3303

 

Annapurna Puja at Kothar Ashrama

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Kothar has celebrated Sri Sri Annapurna Puja in a grand scale. It is for information that this Ashrama is sanctified by the long stay of Holy Mother Sri Sri Sarada Devi. Though Holy Mother visited Odisha 4 times, but this is the only place protected where Holy Mother stayed in Odisha.

On last 26th March ADHIVASA   started after Sri Sri  Thakur’s evening Arati and next day on 27th Puja started after the Mangalarati of Sri Sri Thakur at 4.30am and then Annapurna Puja started after Ghata Sthapan at 6 am. Swami Tattwavidanandaji Maharaj, President Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati took the place of Pujari and Swami Ekeshananda Ramakrishna Math Belur Math sat on the place of Tantradharak. Special Annabhoga Preparation, Aratrikam then havan were the part of the Puja. About 12.30 pm we started the Prasad Distribtion among the village people. Large no of devotees attended the Puja and had Mother Annapurn’s Prasad.

After evening prayer of Thakur, Pujari Maharaj and Tantradharak Maharaj.  Performed evening Aratrikam of Mother Annapurna with classic sound of “Dhak and Kasar” (Bengal Musical Instrument ). Large no. of village people had Darshan with full devotion of Mother’s Sandhyaratrika.

Next day on 28th Mother Annapurna’s Mangalrati was performed after Sri Sri Thakur’s Mangalarati  at 4.30 am. Then Visarjan Puja followed by Chandi Path  started at 6 am. At 10.30 am Pujari Maharaj  ended Her Puja with Ghata Visarjan. Dadhikarma Prasad distributed among the devotees present there.

At 5.30pm Mother Annapurna rode in a decorated Mini Truck. The village people started procession around the village with the sound of musical instrument. They were playing Fagu among themselves. Singing, dancing and coloureful  fireworks were the part of procession. About at 7.15 pm Mother with Devadhidev Mahadev were immersed in the pond called Krishna Sagar where Holy Mother used to take bath daily during her stay at Kothar. Immersion water was brought by a Ghata to Ashrama for Shantijal and then sprinkled that water among the gathered devotees.

Needless to say that Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi Herself performed this Puja and we devotees enjoyed it.

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RELIEF WORK : A Brief Report as on 01 April 2015

1. Hudhud Cyclone Relief: Andhra Pradesh: Continuing its extensive relief work among poor families affected by Hudhud cyclone, Visakhapatnam centre distributed 3000 solar lanterns and 6000 blankets among 3000 families of 100 villages in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts from 1 to 6 March.

2. Fire Relief: Uttarakhand: On 4 March, Dehradun centre handed over 14 goats to a poor shepherd belonging to Thain village in Chamoli district whose entire livestock had been destroyed in an accidental fire.

3. Flood Relief: Jammu & Kashmir: Srinagar centre distributed 363 kg rice, 3 kg dal (lentils), 8 litres of edible oil, 4.5 kg salt, 8.5 kg assorted spices, 8 kg sugar, 5 kg tea powder, 2 utensil sets (each set containing 6 plates, 6 bowls, 6 tumblers, 1 pan, 1 pot and 2 ladles), etc among 20 families in Srinagar town from 30 October to 28 February.

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

Sl. Centre Blankets Duration
1 Aalo 687 13 December to 1 February
2 Darjeeling 70 30 March
3 Dehradun 250 12 to16 December
4 Ichapur 78 1 to 28 February
5 Lucknow 250 25 January
6 Mayavati 300 10 December to 28 February
7 Ootacamund 250 5 to 24 February
8 Ponnampet 250 15 August to 24 December
TOTAL 2135

 

Furthermore, the following centres distributed sweaters to needy people:

(a) Ichapur: 33 sweaters from 1 to 28 February.

(b) Mayavati: 162 sweaters in January and February.

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

(a) Ichapur: 12 children’s garments and 4 adults’ garments from 1 to 28 February.

(b) Kothar: 180 saris, 300 dhotis and 300 chaddars from 15 November to 5 December.

(c) Nagpur: 125 saris, 30 chaddars, 30 towels, etc on 26 February.

6. Supply of Safe Drinking Water: Chhattisgarh: At the request of the State Government, Narainpur centre sunk 207 tube-wells from February 2014 to March 2015 in 150 remote and tribal villages of Abujhmarh where there was an outbreak of diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water.

7. Economic Rehabilitation: Guwahati centre handed over 4 sewing machines to poor and needy people on 1 March.

Personalia : 01 April 2015

Revered President Maharaj continues to be under medical care at Seva Pratishthan where he was admitted on 21 February with severe dehydration and loss of weight caused by inadequate oral intake of food and water for some days owing to loss of appetite. His nutritional requirement is being met through intravenous food (parenteral nutrition).

Swami Smarananandaji is scheduled to visit Barisha (Kolkata) from 7 to 13 April, and Baghbazar (Kolkata) from 22 to 29 April. He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji is scheduled to return to Cossipore on 5 April after his visit to Delhi, Vrindaban, Allahabad and Varanasi. He will be visiting some unaffiliated centres in Mangalpur (Dist. Bankura), Burdwan and Radhanagar (Dist. Burdwan) from 18 to 25 April. He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji will be visiting Baghbazar (Kolkata) from 7 to 14 April, and Shillong and Guwahati from 22 April to 3 May. He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversaries of the Monastic Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna

Nagpur Math held special lectures on 25 and 26 February in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversaries of Swamis Saradanandaji Maharaj and Trigunatitanandaji Maharaj.

In commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj, Sargachhi centre conducted the following programmes from September 2014 to March 2015:

A cycle rally from the Ashrama to Palashi (Plassey) on 23 September in which 250 cyclists participated.

Inauguration of the newly built science centre, with a demonstration gallery and a hands-on workshop, on 29 November.

Inauguration of the newly built community hall and a 9-day fair on the theme means for enriching livelihood in rural areas by the General Secretary on 20 March.

Releasing of a commemorative volume and a booklet by the General Secretary on 20 March.

Four seminars from 21 to 25 March on topics related to health, nutrition, agriculture and animal husbandry.On an average, 850 people comprising scientists, lecturers, students and farmers participated in each seminar.

Cultural programmes from 20 to 27 March.

Annapurna Puja and a devotees’ convention on 28 March in which about 9500 devotees took part.

News of Branch Centres : 01 April 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

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 Feb to 28 Mar 640 32 149 Our eye care centre in Bankura

2

Chennai Math* 22 March 245 55 21 An eye hospital in Chennai

3

Khetri 1 Feb & 22 Mar 246 115 An eye hospital in Jaipur

4

Lucknow March 1240 354 Our Lucknow hospital

5

Madurai 15 March 182 5 41 An eye hospital in Madurai

6

Medinipur 6 March 97 12 A hospital in Medinipur

7

Nagpur 1 March 250 149 22 A hospital in Nagpur

8

Porbandar 13 March 58 13 A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot

9

Puri Mission 12 & 13 March 236 32

10

Rajahmundry 1, 2 & 15 March 237 51 20 A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari

11

Rajkot March 164 78 Our eye care centre in Rajkot

12

Salem 1 to 22 March 449 63 36 A hospital in Salem

13

Saradapitha January to March 1370 298 Two hospitals in Kolkata

14

Silchar Feb & Mar 193 2 56 A hospital in Silchar

15

Ulsoor February 373 146 A hospital in Bangalore

* through Chengalpattu centre

In the month of March, Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 321 underprivileged children of a school in Lucknow district, and free glasses to 27 children with refractory errors.

Narainpur Ashrama held a kisan mela (farmers’ fair) on 25 and 26 February which was visited by more than 7000 farmers.

The History of Science in India jointly published by the Institute of Culture, Kolkata, and National Academy of Sciences – India (NASI) was released by Swami Smarananandaji and Swami Prabhanandaji in a function held at the Institute on 6 March. In the same function, a DVD of the book and a multimedia DVD on Swamiji’s select lectures were also released.

On 8 March, Swami Prabhanandaji inaugurated the six-storey diagnostic & cardiac care centre building and the newly set-up Catheterization Laboratory (cath lab) at Seva Pratishthan.

On the occasion of the birthday of Saint Eknath, Aurangabad centre held a medical camp and an exhibition on Swamiji from 12 to 14 March at Paithan (Dist. Aurangabad), the birthplace of the saint. In all, 2574 patients were treated in the medical camp.

Sikshanamandira (College of Teacher Education) of Saradapitha has been re-accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with Grade ‘A’.

Vrindaban centre has started in March a new welfare programme at its hospital, by which widows in distress and requiring medical care will be provided free of charges all medical facilities including diagnostic tests, medication and surgery, and also an attendant, if necessary, while they are admitted to the hospital.

An M.P.Ed. student of Vivekananda University’s Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (GAPEY), Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya Campus, represented Tamil Nadu state in the 3rd National Footvolley Championship 2015-16, held by Punjab Footvolley Association in Punjab, and secured 3rd position.

 

News of Branch Centre (Outside India)

Dhaka centre held the concluding function of the centenary celebration of its high school on 28 March. The programme consisted of speeches by some distinguished speakers, cultural events and releasing of a commemorative volume.

New Mission Sub-Centre : 01 April 2015

Sevavrata, a philanthropic institution at Bairgachhi village in Murshidabad district has been made a sub-centre of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, and renamed “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama (Sevavrata), Bairgachhi”. Its address is “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama (Sevavrata), Village Bairgachhi, P.O. Kalitaladiar, Dist. Murshidabad, West Bengal 742165”.

Communication Address : 01 April 2015

Postal Address:

The postal address of our centre at Swamiji’s Ancestral House has been changed to “Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, 105 Vivekananda Road, Kolkata 700006”.

Belur Math Festival Calendar : 2015 – 2016

(Download the list in PDF : English | Bengali )

List of Celebrations
2015-2016
( According to the Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac )

BIRTHDAYS
Sri Shankaracharya Vaishakha Shukla Panchami Thursday

23

April

2015

Sri Buddhadeva Vaishakha Purnima Monday

4

May

2015

Guru Purnima Ashadha Purnima Friday

31

July

2015

Swami Ramakrishnananda Ashadha Krishna Trayodashi Wednesday

12

Aug

2015

Swami Niranjanananda Shravana Purnima Saturday

29

Aug

2015

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Shravana Krishna Ashtami Saturday

5

Sep

2015

Swami Advaitananda Shravana Krishna Chaturdashi Saturday

12

Sep

2015

Swami Abhedananda Bhadra Krishna Navami Tuesday

6

Oct

2015

Swami Akhandananda Bhadra Amavasya Monday

12

Oct

2015

Swami Subodhananda Kartika Shukla Dwadashi Monday

23

Nov

2015

Swami Vijnanananda Kartika Shukla Chaturdashi Wednesday

25

Nov

2015

Swami Premananda Agrahayana Shukla Navami Saturday

19

Dec

2015

Christmas Eve   Thursday

24

Dec

2015

Sri Sri Ma Sarada Devi Agrahayana Krishna Saptami Friday

1

Jan

2016

Swami Shivananda Agrahayana Krishna Ekadashi Tuesday

5

Jan

2016

Swami Saradananda Pousha Shukla Shasthi Friday

15

Jan

2016

Swami Turiyananda Pousha Shukla Chaturdashi Saturday

23

Jan

2016

Sri Sri Swamiji Pausha Krishna Saptami Sunday

31

Jan

2016

Swami Brahmananda Magha Shukla Dwitiya Wednesday

10

Feb

2016

Swami Trigunatitananda Magha Shukla Chaturthi Friday

12

Feb

2016

Swami Adbhutananda Magha Purnima Monday

22

Feb

2016

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Deva Phalguna Shukla Dwitiya Thursday

10

Mar

2016

Public Celebration Sunday

13

Mar

2016

Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu Dol Purnima Wednesday

23

Mar

2016

Swami Yogananda Phalguna Krishna Chaturthi Sunday

27

Mar

2016

PUJA CELEBRATIONS
Shodashi Puja Vaishakha Amavasya Sunday

17

May

2015

Snana Yatra Jyeshtha Purnima Tuesday

2

June

2015

Sri Sri Durga Puja Ashwina Shukla Saptami Tuesday

20

Oct

2015

Sri Sri Kali Puja Ashwina Amavasya Tuesday

10

Nov

2015

Sri Sri Saraswati Puja Magha Shukla Panchami Friday

12

Feb

2016

Shiva-Ratri Magha Krishna Chaturdashi Monday

7

Mar

2016

EKADASHI DAYS (Rama-Nama-Sankirtanam)

2015

April

15, 29

Sep

8, 24

May

14, 29

Oct

8, 24

June

12, 28

Nov

7, 22

July

12, 27

Dec

7, 21

Aug

10, 26

2016

Jan

6, 20

Mar

5, 19

Feb

4, 18

Apr

 4

UTTARAKHAND FLOOD RELIEF AND REHABILITATION PROJECT

UTTARAKHAND FLOOD RELIEF AND REHABILITATION PROJECT

As on 29 March 2015

 

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.

Till now, roof castings for the first floor of the PG Block and ground floor of the Girls’ Hostel has been completed.

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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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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.