Revered President Maharaj will remain at Belur Math throughout April.
Swami Vagishananda ji will be at Cossipore Math throughout April.
Swami Gautamananda ji, now at Jayrambati, will go back to Chennai after the travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are lifted. He is scheduled to visit Vadodara and Rajkot from 16 to 21 April, and Bengaluru from 22 to 27 April.
Swami Prabhananda ji will remain at Belur Math throughout April.
Swami Shivamayananda ji will be at Kankurgachhi Math throughout April.
Swami Suhitananda ji will remain at Belur Math throughout April.
All of them are more or less in good health.
The annual Public Celebration in connection with Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday was held at Belur Math on Sunday, 1 March. More than a lakh people visited Belur Math in the course of the day. Khichri prasad was served to about 43,000 persons.
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the following preventive measures were adopted at Belur Math from 16 March: (i) distribution of noon prasad to devotees was discontinued, (ii) devotees were not allowed to sit or gather in large numbers inside Sri Ramakrishna Temple during the Arati or at other times, (iii) the museum was closed, and (iv) darshan of Revered President Maharaj for devotees was suspended. Subsequently, following the countrywide lockdown announced by the government on 24 March to contain the virus, devotees and visitors were not allowed to even enter the campus from that day. The preventive measures will be in effect until further notice.
Sri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, held a meeting of religious leaders on 30 March through videoconferencing to discuss measures to handle coronavirus situation. The General Secretary took part in the meeting on behalf of our organization and gave an account of our response to the situation.
New Math Centre
Centro Ramakrishna Vedanta (Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre), Curitiba, Brazil, which was till now a sub-centre of our Sao Paulo Ashrama, Brazil, has been made a full-fledged branch centre of the Ramakrishna Math. The address of the centre is
New Mission Centre
The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of the Philippines, Manila, has been made a branch centre of the Ramakrishna Mission. The address of the centre is
No. 25 St. Peter Street, Horseshoe Village,
Quezon City, Metro Manila,
Phone number: 63-28-631-4114
Email id: [email protected]
News of Branch Centres (in India )
Sri V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, inaugurated a solar power plant in the school of Thrissur centre on 23 February.
A fibreglass statue of Swami Vivekananda was unveiled at the school of Kanpur centre on 11 March.
Swami Shivamayanandaji inaugurated a multipurpose hall at Koyilandy centre on 12 March.
Seven students of Narendrapur Vidyalaya and a student of Deoghar Vidyapith won Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship, 2019.
A student of Deoghar Vidyapith secured second rank in the contest conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation. He was awarded a silver medal, a certificate and a sum of 25,000 rupees. Another student stood first in the Silverzone Olympiad of Science. He was given a trophy, a certificate and a sum of 20,000 rupees.
Jaipur centre conducted a medical camp at a village in Jaipur district on 1 March in which seven specialist doctors treated 232 patients.
Medinipur Ashrama held a medical camp at Gopinathpur, under Medinipur Sadar block, a backward tribal area in Paschim Medinipur district, on 10 March in which 1148 patients were treated.
Under the guidance of Mysuru Ashrama, a fair to celebrate the Holy Trio was held at Ramakrishna Nagar, Mysuru, on 18 February in which 4500 people took part.
Salem Ashrama conducted four medical camps in and around Salem from 16 February to 8 March in which 2127 patients were treated.
Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, conducted a day-long medical camp at Belur Math on 1 March, the day of the annual Public Celebration of Sri Ramakrishna’s birth anniversary. A team of eight doctors, six nurses and some paramedical staff treated 450 patients in the camp.
Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated a virtual classroom project at Visakhapatnam centre on 1 March.
The following centres conducted eye camps:
|Sl. No.||Centre||Dates of camps||Patients
|1||Dehradun||February||2538||238||644||Our eye care centre in Dehradun|
|2||Gourhati||13 to 17 March||67||‒||12||An eye hospital in Howrah|
|3||Halasuru||February||126||82||82||An eye hospital in Bengaluru|
|4||Jamshedpur||23 Feb & 14 Mar||103||‒||71||An eye hospital in Jamshedpur|
|5||Kamarpukur||24 Feb to 29 Mar||421||243||56||Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur|
|6||Khetri||February||120||‒||51||An eye hospital in Jaipur|
|7||Lucknow||March||4950||‒||275||Our Lucknow hospital|
|8||Madurai||15 March||183||42||43||An eye hospital in Madurai|
|9||Medinipur||10 March||47||‒||12||A hospital in Medinipur|
|10||Porbandar||13 March||40||‒||10||An eye hospital in Virnagar|
|11||Rajkot||March||70||‒||36||Our eye care centre in Rajkot|
|12||Salem||2 Feb to 8 Mar||996||175||203||An eye hospital in Salem|
|13||Saradapitha||Jan to Mar||1128||‒||244||Two hospitals in Kolkata|
|14||Seva Pratishthan||February||47||8||8||Our Seva Pratishthan hospital|
Values Education and Youth Programmes
Bagda Math held values education programmes at 6 rural schools in 3 blocks of Purulia district from 6 to 19 February. In all, 1177 students and teachers attended these programmes.
Jalpaiguri centre conducted a two-day residential youth camp on 14 and 15 March in which 40 young men selected from 29 Bhava Prachar Parishad Ashramas participated.
Mysuru Ashrama held youths’ conventions on 27 and 28 February in which 530 college students took part.
Rajkot Ashrama conducted a values education programme on 2 March which was attended by 65 school students.
Thrissur Math held a workshop for students on overcoming examination fear on 28 February. About 700 students attended the workshop.
News of Branch Centres (outside India )
Bagerhat centre, Bangladesh, conducted a values education programme on 2 March in which 110.
Dhaka Ashrama held a homeopathy camp on 8 March in which 119 patients were treated.
We record with sorrow the untimely demise of Swami Abhishtananda (Prabir) at Kamarpukur Math on the afternoon of 5 March. He was 57 and had been suffering from various ailments for about two years. An initiated disciple of Swami Gambhiranandaji Maharaj, he joined the order at Jayrambati centre in 1987 and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj in 1997. He served the order at Jayrambati, Saradapitha, Gourhati, Barasat, Purulia, Barisha and Kamarpukur centres as an assistant and Bamunmura centre as the head. He was affectionate, kind-hearted and gentle by nature.