On the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the Foundation of Ramakrishna Mission, a Devotees’ Convention was arranged on 1st May 2022 morning.
In the afternoon the Inaugural Function of the year-long celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Foundation of Ramakrishna Mission was arranged, at Belur Math.
A brief report on the Inauguration of the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of the Ramakrishna Mission
Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission on 1 May 1897. This year the Mission completed 125 years of service to people.
On 1 May 2022, Swami Smaranananda ji Maharaj, President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the year-long 125th anniversary celebrations in a large public meeting held on the sacred Belur Math grounds.
The meeting started at 4 pm with Vedic chanting by brahmacharins.
Swami Suvirananda, General Secretary, welcomed the audience. This was followed by formal inauguration of the celebrations by way of lighting the lamps by Revered President Maharaj. He also released a Bengali book published by Udbodhan Office.
Swami Satyeshananda, Assistant General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, read out the proceedings of the first two meetings of the Ramakrishna Mission Association held on 1st and 5th May 1897.
Swami Balabhadrananda, Assistant General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, presented a report on the different programmes planned for the year-long celebration by the headquarters.
Swami Tattwavidananda, Assistant General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, explained in Sanskrit the significance of the day in his fluent speech.
Sri Ramsevak Bandyopadhyay, a Member of the Ramakrishna Mission, highlighted the service activities of the Mission and the ideal behind them.
The benedictory message from Swami Prabhananda ji Maharaj, Vice-President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, was read out.
Swami Bhajanananda ji Maharaj and Swami Girishananda ji Maharaj, both Vice-Presidents of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, also spoke on the occasion.
Swami Bodhasarananda, Assistant General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, proposed vote of thanks.
The meeting was followed by the vesper service of Sri Ramakrishna.
The day’s programme ended with a classical music concert by Swami Kripakarananda of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar.
In connection with the inauguration, a devotees’ convention was held in the morning.
About 8000 people attended the day’s programme.