News of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission : 1 February 2016

Personalia

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  There is no significant change in his health condition.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Chennai and Coimbatore from 5 to 25 February.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Kamarpukur and Khirpai (Dist. Paschim Medinipur) from 9 to 15 February, and Agartala from 21 to 25 February.  Now at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Gol Park and Baghbazar centres from 3 to 17 February, and Bankura centre from 21 to 28 February.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Headquarters

The birthday of Holy Mother was celebrated at Belur Math on Friday, 1 January.  Thousands of devotees attended the celebration throughout the day.  Cooked prasad was served to about 31,000 devotees.  Swami Divyanandaji chaired the public meeting held in the afternoon. [See Photos and Videos]

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated at Belur Math on Sunday, 31 January.  Thousands of devotees attended the celebration throughout the day.  Cooked prasad was served to about 20,000 devotees.  Swami Balabhadranandaji presided over the public meeting held in the afternoon. [See Photos]

In response to our request, the Government of West Bengal had handed over to Ramakrishna Mission the management of the guesthouse-cum-waiting-hall opposite to Belur Math Main Entrance on GT Road in November 2014.  In the meantime, the remaining work on this building, named Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Devotees’ Cottage, was completed.  On 27 January, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, declared open the building in a function held at Red Road, Kolkata.

National Youth Day Celebrations

The National Youth Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and in an impressive way by many of our centres.

Delhi centre conducted a written quiz competition for school children in which 85,000 children took part.

Madurai Math held an essay-writing competition in which 16,800 students from 133 educational institutions in Tamil Nadu participated.  Sri V Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya and Manipur, took part in the special programme held on 12 January.

Nagpur Math conducted cultural competitions for students in which 11,696 students from nearly 150 schools in and around Nagpur took part.

Rajkot centre held cultural competitions for students in which 4800 students from 150 schools and colleges participated.

Vadodara centre held a written quiz competition in which 1,01,406 students from 1119 schools in Gujarat took part.

Visakhapatnam centre conducted a youth convention at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, on 12 January which was addressed among others by Sri Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, and attended by about 3000 youths.

The following centres and the Headquarters (along with Saradapitha) celebrated the Day with various programmes such as processions, speeches and cultural competitions:

Agartala, Allahabad, Antpur, Asansol, Aurangabad, Baghbazar, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chapra, Chengalpattu, Chennai Math (along with Chennai Students’ Home), Chennai Mission Ashrama, Coimbatore Math, Coimbatore Mission, Contai, Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Deoghar, Gadadhar Ashrama, Garbeta, Ghatshila, Guwahati, Halasuru, Hatamuniguda, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalpaiguri, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Jamtara, Kadapa, Kamarpukur, Kankurgachhi, Kanpur, Karimganj, Katihar, Limbdi, Malliankaranai, Manasadwip, Mangaluru, Medinipur, Mekhliganj, Mumbai, Mysuru, Naora, Narainpur, Narendrapur, Narottam Nagar, Nattarampalli, Patna, Ponnampet, Porbandar, Port Blair, Puri Math, Puri Mission, Purulia (along with Bagda Math), Rahara, Rajahmundry, Ramharipur, Ranchi Morabadi, Ranchi Sanatorium, Salem, Sargachhi, Seva Pratishthan, Shillong, Sikra-Kulingram, Silchar, Swamiji’s Ancestral House, Tamluk, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Tirupati and Vijayawada.

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj

Nagpur Math held a youth convention on 2 January in which 550 youths took part, and special lectures on 2 and 3 January which were attended by about 300 devotees.

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Saradanandaji Maharaj

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, held a special lecture on 14 December which was attended by 650 persons, and a devotees’ convention on 14 and 15 January which was attended altogether by 800 people.

Baghbazar Math conducted a daylong programme comprising special worship, homa, discourses, music recitals and a play on 15 January.

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita

Barasat Math held a youth convention on 10 January in which 310 youths took part.

Kamarpukur centre conducted conventions for youths, volunteers and devotees on 21, 22 and 23 January respectively.  They were attended altogether by 2650 people.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, held three special lectures on 9, 28 and 30 December which were attended altogether by 1250 people.  A play on Sister Nivedita was staged on 29 December which was watched by 450 people.

Swachchha Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign)

The following centres cleaned public places and streets in their respective areas and spread awareness among people about cleanliness:

Kamarpukur centre undertook the cleaning of a few streets in its vicinity and a playground on 31 December and 26 January.  About 300 people, including members of local associations and government officers, joined hands with the centre in the cleaning programmes.

Mangaluru centre launched Swachchha Mangaluru, a cleanliness drive on 1 February 2015.  So far, the centre has conducted 38 cleaning programmes, including 5 in January 2016.  About 12,000 youths and school children took part in these programmes, in which, apart from cleaning roads and other places, some minor civil works at public places were also undertaken.

At Nagpur Math, Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated a year-long city cleanliness drive on 18 January and felicitated 30 sweepers.

Rajahmundry centre held a cleaning programme on 12 January in which about 400 people comprising mainly college students cleaned the open ground of Government Arts College, Rajahmundry.

Communication Addresses

Email ID:  Swami Shivamayanandaji has got a new email id <shivamayananda@rkmm.org>.

Website: Silchar centre has changed its website address from <www.silchar-sevashrama.webs.com> to <www.silcharrkmsevashrama.org>.

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Sri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, laid the foundation stone for the proposed Vivekananda Jnanapith building at Pune Math on 3 January.  The building will house three institutions, namely school of human excellence, school of languages and school of Vedic studies.

Chennai Sarada Vidyalaya celebrated its platinum jubilee on 8 and 9 January.  Among the other events held on this occasion, a life-size statue of Holy Mother was installed on the centre’s main campus at Usman Road, Chennai.  Swami Gautamanandaji and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, among others attended the different programmes held on the occasion.

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, 5419 patients were treated, out of which 55 received indoor medical care.  Besides, 150 blankets and about 5000 copies of religious books were distributed among the pilgrims.

On the occasion of Gangasagar Mela, Manasadwip centre organized a camp at the Mela area from 11 to 16 January.  In all, 1175 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.

Rajahmundry centre held two medical camps in the nearby Seetanagaram village on 11 and 12 January.  In all, 677 patients were treated and 242 diagnostic tests, including X-ray & ECG, were done.

Jamshedpur and Puri Mission centres conducted blood donation camps on 12 January in which respectively 105 and 39 people donated blood.

A homeopathic dispensary and spoken English classes were inaugurated at Puri Math on 15 January.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology, visited Vivekananda Cultural Centre of Shillong centre on 19 January.

On 20 January the new monks’ quarters building at Imphal centre was inaugurated by the Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, and the foundation stone for the proposed Institute of Human Excellence was laid by Sri O Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur.

Kamarpukur centre held a farmers’ fair from 20 to 22 January in which about 100 farmers took part.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly built monks’ quarters and a multipurpose hall at Aurangabad centre on 24 January.

As a part of its year-long centenary celebration, Belgharia Students’ Home conducted a two-day residential youth convention on 24 and 25 January.  Over 300 delegates from different districts of West Bengal participated in the convention.

Mumbai centre celebrated the golden jubilee of its temple consecration ceremony from 24 to 26 January which was attended by 70 monks and nearly 50,000 devotees.  The celebration was inaugurated by Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, in the presence of Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, and other monks and devotees.

A class-12 student of Chennai Mission Ashrama won a gold medal in the road cycling event at the state-level sports and games competitions organized by the School Education Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, at Neyveli in Cuddalore district on 7 January.

Seventy-one students of class 11 of Narendrapur school participated in the Junior Scholarship Test – 2015, a competition for school students conducted by Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search, Kolkata.  Out of them, 26 students were awarded junior scholarship and 11 received junior encouragement award.  Besides, the school won the Best School Award.

In the 15th National Paralympic Swimming Championship held at Belgaum from 27 to 30 November, 6 students of Narendrapur Blind Boys’ Academy (2 each in senior, junior and sub‑junior groups) won 12 gold and 11 silver medals in different events as given below.  Besides, one student was awarded National Paralymic Champion Trophy for securing 4 gold medals in the sub‑junior group.

Event Senior Group Junior Group Sub-Junior Group
Freestyle Stroke (50 m) Gold & Silver Gold & Silver Gold & Silver
Freestyle Stroke (100 m) Silver Gold & Silver
Back Stroke (50 m) Silver Gold Gold
Back Stroke (100 m) Silver Gold Gold
Breast Stroke (100 m) Gold & Silver Silver Gold
Butterfly Stroke (100 m) Gold Silver Gold
Individual Medley (200 m) Silver

Under-17 and Under-19 Ball Badminton teams of Tamil Nadu, having respectively one and three students of our Chengalpattu higher secondary schools, stood first in the 61st National School Games.  The championship was organized by School Games Federation of India in January.

Salem Ashrama conducted values education programmes at six colleges in and around Salem district from 28 December to 22 January.  In all, 1300 students attended the programmes.

Jammu centre conducted two values education programmes at Rajouri and Reasi districts on 16 and 17 January.  Altogether about 1800 people attended the programmes.

The following centres conducted youth conventions:

Sl. Centre

Dates

Attended by
1. Jamshedpur

17 January

1500 people
2. Pune

9 and 10 January

1400 youths
3. Puri Mission Ashrama

15 January

407 youths

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 Dec – 27 Jan 705 61 116 Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chapra 3 Apr – 30 Dec 827 827 Our eye care centre in Patna
   3 Chennai Math* 24 January 100 41 13 An eye hospital in Chennai
   4 Contai 20 December 160 15 15 Our Seva Pratishthan hospital
   5 Garbeta January  120 15 Our eye care centre in Garbeta
   6 Halasuru December 468 176 176 A hospital in Bengaluru
   7 Jamshedpur 3-23 January 242 98 A hospital in Jamshedpur
   8 Kamarpukur January 405 69 Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
   9 Khetri January 129 48 An eye hospital in Jaipur
 10 Lucknow January 2278 342 Our Lucknow hospital
 11 Madurai 17 January 209 5 38 An eye hospital in Madurai
 12 Malda 24 January 94 34 23 A hospital in Malda
 13 Naora 16 January 118 45 35 A hospital in Dt. South 24 Paraganas
 14 Porbandar 8 January 70 18 A eye hospital in Virnagar
 15 Rajahmundry 3-12 January 290 48 5 A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 16 Rajkot January 84 45 Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 17 Salem 27 Dec – 10 Jan 335 56 25 An eye hospital in Salem
 18 Saradapitha Oct to Dec 1099 224 Two hospitals in Kolkata
 19 Silchar January 196 26 28 A hospital in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

The following centres conducted eye care programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl. Centre Dates Persons checked

Specs given

Surgeries performed

  1 Lucknow January 3293 children

52

  2 Ranchi Morabadi 21 Dec – 19 Jan 1075 children and 74 adults

12

  3 Vadodara 8 Dec – 19 Jan 2852 children and 115 adults

178

5

Seva Pratishthan (Kolkata) hospital has started the facility of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), commonly known as bypass surgery.

 

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