New President and Vice-President
Srimat Swami Smarananandaji has been elected the President and Srimat Swami Shivamayanandaji a Vice-President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. They assumed their respective offices on 21 July, the sacred birthday of Swami Ramakrishnanandaji Maharaj. Photos of Revered President Maharaj on 21 July 2017
Srimat Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is keeping well.
Swami Vagishanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President, will be visiting Belgharia from 6 to 10 August, and Burdwan from 25 to 30 August. He is keeping well at Cossipore Math.
Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Chennai Math on 8 August after his tour of Sri Lanka. He will be visiting Lucknow, Guwahati, Goalpara (Assam), Cherrapunjee and Shillong from 11 to 30 August. He is in good health.
Swami Prabhanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President, will be visiting Mumbai from 8 to 12 August. He is keeping well.
Swami Shivamayanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Kankurgachhi Math on 5 August after his visit to Bolpur, Sainthia and Ramharipur. He will be visiting Port Blair from 16 to 19 August, and some places in Assam from 28 August to 20 September. He is keeping well.
Swami Suhitanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President, will be visiting Sargachhi from 8 to 19 August, and Gurap and Burdwan from 25 August to 8 September. He is in good health.
Swami Vagishanandaji Maharaj inaugurated the newly purchased building adjacent to Ramakrishna Math (Kathamrita Bhavan), Kolkata, on 14 July, the birthday of Sri Mahendranath Gupta (‘M’). In all, 145 monastic brothers and a good number of devotees attended the programme. Photos of the Inauguration.
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, visited Belur Math on 30 June.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Government of India, visited Belur Math on 11 July.
Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita
Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri centres jointly arranged special programmes comprising lectures and cultural events at Siliguri and Jalpaiguri on 1 and 2 July respectively which were attended altogether by about 1600 people. Photos of Celebration at Siliguri | Photos of Celebration at Jalpaiguri
Baranagar Mission Ashrama, in association with another organization in Kolkata, held a special lecture and a cultural programme on 16 July.
Cooch Behar centre held a cultural programme on 30 June which was attended by 750 people.
Gurap centre held on 18 June a day-long programme comprising lectures and a sitar recital. The programme was attended by about 500 people.
Hyderabad Math conducted two two-day youth camps between 23 June and 1 July in which altogether 700 youths took part.
Kankurgachhi Math held a special lecture on 18 June which was attended by 575 devotees.
Narottam Nagar centre conducted a cultural programme on 16 July which was attended by about 800 people.
Salem Ashrama released a book on Sister Nivedita in Tamil in a function held on 28 July. About 250 students attended the programme.
Seva Pratishthan held a special lecture on Sister Nivedita on 22 July which was attended by 450 persons.
On the initiative of Swamiji’s Ancestral House & Cultural Centre, three discourses were held in and around Kolkata on 22, 26 and 27 June which were attended altogether by about 1000 people.
Varanasi Home of Service conducted a classical music programme on 27 July.
Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya conducted quiz competitions and lectures at three rural schools near Coimbatore on 20 and 22 July. In all, 431 students took part in these programmes.
The Bhava Prachar Parishad office at the Headquarters has got a new email id <[email protected]>.
Vivekananda University has got a new email id <[email protected]>.
Agartala centre has changed its website address from <www.rkmmviveknagar.org> to www.rkmagartala.org
News of Branch Centres (in India)
Divyayan Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Ranchi Morabadi Ashrama has been awarded Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar 2016-17 at the national level by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The award comprising a certificate, a citation and 25 lakh rupees was handed over by Sri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture, at a function held in Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, on 16 July. Earlier in March 2017 the institution had bagged the same award at the zonal level. Detailed Report.
Guwahati centre conducted a free medical camp during Ambubachi Mela near Kamakhya Temple from 22 to 25 June in which 4355 patients were treated.
On the sacred occasion of Ratha Yatra, Puri Math conducted a medical camp from 25 June to 3 July in which 607 patients were treated. The Ashrama also served sharbat (refreshing drink) to 12,000 pilgrims.
Puri Mission Ashrama served lemonade to about 20,000 pilgrims and distributed 18,000 pouches of drinking water among them during the Ratha Yatra festival. In the medical camp organized on this occasion 165 patients were treated.
The football team (under-17 group) of our Narainpur school won the state-level Subroto Cup Football Championship in the final match held at Dongargarh, Chhattisgarh, on 17 July.
The Industrial Training Centre of Narainpur centre received ISO 29990:2010 certificate for a period of three years.
Sushri Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Water Resources and River Development, visited Delhi Ashrama on 30 July.
Madurai Math conducted a dental camp on 15 July in which 540 persons had free consultations and check-ups.
The newly set-up seminar hall, named ‘Swami Atmasthananda Hall’, at Seva Pratishthan hospital was inaugurated on 7 July.
Vadodara centre conducted a blood donation camp on 16 July in which 32 people donated blood.
The 12th foundation day celebration and the annual convocation of Vivekananda University were held at Narendrapur centre on 4 July. In all, 101 students received their degrees.
Saradapitha held conventions for devotees, teachers and drivers of public transport vehicles on 1 and 2 July to mark the conclusion of its platinum jubilee celebration.
The concluding programme of the year-long platinum jubilee celebration of Vidyamandira (Arts & Science college under Saradapitha), comprising a special lecture and release of a commemorative volume, was held on 4 July.
News of Branch Centres (outside India)
Dhaka (Bangladesh) centre conducted a homeopathic camp on 24 July in which about 300 patients were treated.
The newly set-up Cardiac Exercise Stress Testing facility at Sarada Medical Centre of Ramakrishna Mission, Fiji, was inaugurated on 19 July.
Values Education and Youth Programmes
On 22 July, Bengaluru Math conducted a convention on imparting values education to students in which about 100 college lecturers and principals took part.
Delhi centre held 26 values education workshops from 29 June to 29 July which were attended by 1624 principals and teachers. The workshops were held in 8 states apart from Delhi.
Swachchha Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign)
Mysuru Ashrama conducted eight cleaning drives and awareness programme between 4 June and 30 July in which a number of volunteers cleaned eight localities of the city. Photos.
Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya conducted five cleaning drives between 5 and 18 July in which the Vidyalaya students cleaned some public places including a hospital and two government offices.