Commemoration of the 175th Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna
The following centres celebrated the 175th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna. (Main programmes conducted by them are given against their names.)
In India: Aurangabad: Public meeting on 18 February, youth camp on 19 February (about 500 students took park) and spiritual retreat on 19 March (150 persons participated);
Delhi: Discourses on the Bhagavatam from 12 to 18 March which were attended by about 450 persons daily;
Hyderabad: Cultural programme on 24 February, ‘Sri Ramakrishna Sahasranama Akshatarchana’ (worshipping Sri Ramakrishna with saffron rice) by 500 devotees on 25 February, spiritual retreat and ‘Sri Ramakrishna Leela Ganam’ (narration of Sri Ramakrishna’s life with songs) on 26 February in which respectively about 500 and 1000 devotees took part;
Kanpur: Discourses and devotional singing from 11 to 14 March;
Malda: Meeting and cultural programmes on 24 and 25 March which were attended by about 1000 devotees;
Pune: Speeches and devotional singing from 23 to 26 February;
Salem: Speeches and drama at a local college on 11 March; nearly 700 people attended the programme;
Thiruvananthapuram: Cultural programme, discourses and devotional singing on 26 February;
Vadodara: A programme from 11 to 23 March comprising discourses, public meeting, spiritual retreat, devotional singing and release of a commemorative volume.
Outside India: Dinajpur: Interreligious meet in which representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam spoke.
conference on 23 April), Salem (two dramas on the life and message of Swamiji on 12 and 26 January)