Inauguration of a Memorial of Swamiji in Colombo, August 2017

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Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj inaugurated a memorial within the Thambyah Mudaliyar Chathiram (chathiram/chatram/choultry – pilgrim’s resting place / dharmashala) in Colombo, on 7 August 2017, in the presence of Hon’ble Minister Sri D.M. Swaminathan, (Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, Govt. of Sri Lanka). Sri J.M. Swaminathan, Attorney-at-Law, a board member of Ramakrishna Mission (Ceylon Branch) delivered the Welcome Address. Sri Swaminathan is a descendant of the family members who delivered the welcome address  to Swami Vivekananda in 1897 and travelled with him in Sri Lanka.

The Chathiram was built by Sri Thambyah Mudaliyar in 1880 for local & Indian pilgrims of Lord Muruga of the famous Kathirkamam (Kataragama) temple, to have rest on their way. Sri Mudaliyar was a member of the first Colombo Municipal Council and relative of the well-known Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan & Ponnambalam Arunachalam.

When Swami Vivekananda was returning from America, Sri Mudaliyar with other prominent members of Hindu Society, assembled at the Chathiram and organize a grand reception for Swamiji, which was never given to any other person in the history of Sri Lanka, on 15th January 1897 on Swamiji’s way to India.

Swami Vivekananda later sent Swami Shivananda in July 1897 to Sri Lanka for spreading the message of Sri Ramakrishna. He stayed in the Chathiram and conducted classes, lectures, etc. for about 8 months. Swami Ramakrishnananda, Swami Abhedananda, Swami Turiyananda, Swami Vijanananda, Swami Triguanatitananda and Swami Niranjanananda visited Sri Lanka on various occasions. The Hindu Chathiram was the only place available at that time for them.




5 Responses to “Inauguration of a Memorial of Swamiji in Colombo, August 2017”

Shimul Chowdhury
September 2, 2017 Reply

জয় শ্রী শ্রী ভগপতে রামকৃষ্ণনায়ে নম: নম:

Ritayan Chatterjee
August 26, 2017 Reply

Being disciples of the Holy Trio we are glad to note that Swamiji’s ardent desire of spreading the message of Bhagaban Sri Ramakrishna has reached another milestone at Colombo.
It is all the MASTER and His doings.
May the message spread far and wide and may humanity continue to benefit.
Jai Thakur, Ma, Swamiji Maharaj.

Rama chandra jena Ramakrishna Ashrama Kantapanhara cuttack
August 20, 2017 Reply

Things becoming clear day by day. Swamiji had told that the spiritual power of Belur math would continue to influence entire humanity for 1500 hundred years.JAI THAKUR, JAI MAA, JAI SWAMIJI.

Ayan Banerjee
August 20, 2017 Reply


Amitava Dutta Roy
August 19, 2017 Reply


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