Revered President Maharaj is at Belur Math.
Swami Gautamanandaji is at Chennai Math.
Swami Prabhanandaji is at Belur Math.
Swami Shivamayanandaji is at Cossipore Math.
Swami Suhitanandaji is at Belur Math.
All of them are keeping well.
In response to the rampant spread of Covid-19 infections in recent weeks, the Belur Math campus has been closed to devotees and visitors from 22 April. A decision on reopening the campus will be taken after assessing the pandemic situation in the coming months.
News of Branch Centres (in India)
‘Rotary Club Shillong Heritage’ presented Vocational Excellence Award to Shillong centre on 23 March in recognition of the centre’s services to the community.
Narendrapur Vidyalaya secured the position of Best Performing School in an inter-school mathematics contest held by Mayurakshi, a private company based in Kolkata, and received a trophy and a cash award of 1.50 lakh rupees on 21 April. Further, ten students of the school received certificates and cash prizes totalling 1.50 lakh rupees for their commendable performance in the contest.
Values Education and Youth Programmes
Delhi centre conducted 21 workshops on values education from 27 March to 24 April. In all, 1584 teachers and parents attended these programmes.
Kozhikode centre conducted on 30 January and 15 and 27 March three workshops on developing self‑confidence in which 79 students and 4 teachers participated.
We record with sorrow the passing away of five of our brother-monks.
Swami Bodhatitananda (Amarshankar Maharaj) passed away at our Varanasi hospital on 6 April at 8.15 pm. He was 77 and had been suffering from diabetes and hypertension for several years. Initiated by Swami Nirvananandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1973 at Rahara centre and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj in 1983. He served the order at Rahara and Seva Pratishthan centres as an assistant and Varanasi Advaita Ashrama as the head. After relinquishing the headship of Varanasi Advaita Ashrama in 2015, he had been living a retired life at Varanasi Home of Service. Hardworking, affable and caring, the swami endeared himself to all who came in contact with him.
Swami Adibhavananda ji (Pragji Maharaj) breathed his last at Wockhardt Hospital in Rajkot on 15 April at 8.53 am. He was 83 and had been suffering from diabetes and respiratory diseases for some years. In the second week of March, he tested positive for Covid-19 and was immediately admitted to the hospital. Despite the best available medical treatment, he succumbed after a month. An initiated disciple of Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1968 at Rajkot centre and received sannyasa diksha from his Guru in 1977. He served the order at Rajkot, Pune and Fiji centres as an assistant, and Limbdi centre as the head. He also participated in relief operations and rural development activities at different times. After relinquishing the headship of Limbdi centre in 2015, he had been living a retired life, staying mainly at Ahmedabad Ashrama. Unassuming, kind-hearted and sweet by nature, he was loved and respected by all.
Swami Shaktyananda ji (Sushil Maharaj), aged 95, passed away at our Varanasi hospital on 19 April at 1.15 pm due to cardiorespiratory failure. An initiated disciple of Swami Virajanandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1949 at Shillong centre and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Shankaranandaji Maharaj in 1960. He served at Belur Math and our centres in Shillong, Jalpaiguri, Varanasi (both Advaita Ashrama and Home of Service), Jamtara, Shyamla Tal and Almora. He also participated in the relief work at Rajkot for some months in 1975. He had been living a retired life for about two decades, staying mainly at Varanasi Advaita Ashrama. Revered Maharaj was austere and amiable by nature. Even at his advanced age, he used to travel independently and had a sharp memory.
Swami Sampurnananda (Muralirajan) expired at Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, on 25 April at 12 noon due to Covid-19. He was 62. Initiated by Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1981 at Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata) and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj in 1994. He served the order at Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata), Chengalpattu, Kozhikode, Madurai, Chennai Vidyapith, Hyderabad, Salem, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore Mission, Lalgarh, Kalady and Koyilandy centres. For the last nine years, he had been staying at the Nettayam sub-centre of Thiruvananthapuram Ashrama. He was jovial and sociable by nature.
Swami Shantimayananda (Narasimham), head of Kochi centre, passed away at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, on 26 April at 12.44 pm due to Covid-19. He was 63. An initiated disciple of Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1987 at Basavanagudi Math, Bengaluru, and received sannyasa diksha from his Guru in 1997. He served the order at Basavanagudi Math, Halasuru Math, Coimbatore Mission and Rajamahendravaram centres as an assistant, and Lusaka (Zambia) and Kochi centres as the head. The swami was known for his gentle manners and soft-spoken nature.