Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Tirupati, observed its First Anniversary from 5th August to 7th August 2016. Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, graced the occasion and addressed the devotees and teachers.
On 5th August a Youth Convention was organised. Swami Anupamananda spoke on “Harnessing Youth energy for Nation Building”. Prof. K Sarvottam Rao explained the youth about the importance of harmonious interpersonal relationship. Swami Bodhamayanandaji spoke at length on the importance of Velues in life, which are not taught in schools and colleges. There was question and answer session and all the participants received valuable literature. 300 Youth participated in the convention.
There was a Harikatha, Musical Discourse on “Bhakta Prahlada” on 5th Aug. in the evening by well-known Harikatha exponent Sri Venkateswarlu Bhagavatar.
On 6th August a Teachers Convention was organised. Addressing the teachers, Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, explained how Swami Vivekananda was an ideal teacher. Swami Bodhamayananda spoke on “Education for Excellence.” Prof. S. Padmanabhaiah spoke on “Effective Teaching and class room management”. There was an interaction session. Two experienced teachers also shared their opinion. More than 330 teachers and B Ed. trainees participated in the programme. “Selections from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”, “My India, India Eternal” and other books were distributed to the participants.
On 6th August eveniong there was a public meeting, which was presided over by Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj. Prof. K E Devanathan, Vice Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati, was the Chief Guest. Swami Atmavidanandaji Maharaj and Swami Sukritanandaji Maharaj also spoke on the occasion.
There was a special discourse by Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj on 7th August in the evening. Revered Maharaj spoke on the importance and effectiveness of the prayer in spiritual life. Large number of devotees, friends and admirers attended the programme.