Revered President Maharaj is at Belur Math.
Swami Vagishananda ji was admitted to Seva Pratishthan on 7 October on account of some health problems. He returned to Cossipore Math on 21 October and is recuperating well.
Swami Gautamananda ji continues to be in Jayrambati.
Swami Prabhananda ji is at Belur Math.
Swami Shivamayananda ji is at Kankurgachhi Math.
Swami Suhitananda ji is at Belur Math.
All of them are keeping well. They have no tour programme scheduled for November.
Durga Puja was celebrated at Belur Math from 23 to 26 October with due solemnity. The Puja was held in the Sri Ramakrishna Temple instead of in the pandal and the public was not allowed inside the campus due to the Covid-19 situation. The Puja was, however, telecast live as in previous years and a few lakh devotees watched it over the television and the Internet.
The correct addresses of the following centres may please be noted. The changes are indicated by underlining.
Bankura: Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Ashram Para, Kethardanga, Bankura, West Bengal 722101.
Goa: Ramakrishna Mission, Parsol (Usgao), Near Khursakade Bus Stop, P.O. Khandepar, Ponda, Goa 403406.
Kanpur: Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ramakrishna Nagar, Near Gumti 5 Railway Crossing, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208012.
City centre of Vijayawada Ashrama: Ramakrishna Mission, 26-13-5, Opp. Sailaja Theatre, Gandhinagar, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520 003.
Yelagiri: Ramakrishna Math, Yelagiri Hills, Waragudde, P. O. Athanavur, Via Jolarpet, Dist. Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu 635853.
Aalo centre has discontinued the landline telephone numbers in its main office, schools and hostel, and the fax number. It has two new mobile telephone connections: 94366 38131 & 84148 14502.
Asansol centre has discontinued its landline telephone numbers and the fax number. It has a new mobile telephone connection: 95317 19016.
Ayodhya sub-centre of Lucknow Sevashrama has a new mobile telephone number: 93354 63169.
Belgharia centre has discontinued its telephone numbers: 2874 1473 & 2874 1474, and fax number: 2541 1650. It has a new mobile telephone connection: 98315 65827.
The centre’s Shilpapitha has discontinued its telephone number 2874 1472 and fax number: 2541 1650. It has a landline telephone number 2541 1650 and mobile phone number: 98042 05128.
Chapra centre has an additional landline telephone connection: 244626; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued.
Chennai Math has discontinued its fax connection: 2493 4589.
Chennai Students’ Home has an additional landline telephone connection: 4231 2830; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued.
Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya has discontinued the landline telephone numbers of its following institutions. The new mobile telephone connections of these institutions are mentioned against their names.
Arts and Science College: 80125 33914
College of Physical Education: 80125 33973
College of Education: 80125 33915
Industrial Training Institute: 97897 76807
Polytechnic College: 80125 33917
School of Agriculture: 75020 32223.
Contai centre has discontinued its telephone numbers: 25 7117 & 25 7124.
Cooch Behar centre has discontinued its telephone number: 23 3859. It has a new mobile telephone connection: 99326 24732. The centre has discontinued its fax facility.
Cossipore Math has discontinued its fax connection: 2532 9348. It has a new mobile telephone connection: 94333 06107.
Darjeeling centre has a new mobile telephone connection: 98317 69737.
Delhi centre has two new telephone connections: 4562 6785 and 4107 1817.
Deoghar Vidyapith has discontinued its telephone numbers: 22 0442 & 22 3455.
Garbeta centre has discontinued its landline telephone number: 2652 00. It has a new mobile telephone connection: 90022 31422.
Goa centre has discontinued its mobile telephone number: 94140 42638. It has now two mobile telephone numbers: 78925 09273 & 94484 13232.
Gourhati centre has a new mobile telephone connection: 89000 28234.
Gwalior centre has a new mobile telephone connection: 94254 10009.
Halasuru Math has an additional landline telephone connection: 2536 7878 and mobile phone connection: 99022 44822. The fax facility has been discontinued.
Hyderabad Math has an additional landline telephone connection: 2763 3936; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued. The telephone number 2763 5545 has been assigned to the centre’s Institute of Languages.
Ichapur Math has discontinued its telephone number: 2124 68. It has two mobile telephone numbers: 97353 02692 and 97358 22685.
Imphal centre has a telephone connection: 82579 58328.
Itanagar centre has discontinued its telephone numbers: 2212 263 & 2218 780, and the fax connection: 2212 761. The centre has now the following telephone numbers: 2300236, 2300761 and 94366 31237.
Jaipur centre has discontinued its telephone number: 511 8804. It has an additional telephone number: 222 5904; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued.
Jamshedpur centre has discontinued its fax connection: 232 0816.
Jhargram centre has discontinued its telephone numbers: 2560 12, 2560 13 & 94325 61721.
Kanchipuram has discontinued its telephone number: 2729 4960. It has a mobile telephone number: 94453 91610.
Kankhal centre has an additional telephone number: 2421 83. The centre has discontinued its fax connection: 2449 84.
Kayamkulam centre has changed its telephone number from 244 5891 to 296 9891. It has a new mobile telephone connection: 94478 63787.
Ootacamund (Ooty) centre has a new mobile telephone connection: 94894 80657.
Vadodara centre has discontinued its telephone number: 232 0930 and fax number: 235 6426. It has two new mobile telephone connections: 70690 00016 & 63534 20198.
Viveknagar centre, Agartala, has discontinued its fax connection: 237 0333.
Yelagiri centre has an additional mobile phone number: 84894 33360.
Centres outside India
Colombo Centre, Sri Lanka, has discontinued its telephone number: 501 3805.
Comilla centre, Bangladesh, has changed its telephone number from 66031 to 72616.
Lusaka centre, Zambia, has changed its telephone number from 9505 97374 to 9790 56594.
Portland centre, USA, has discontinued its fax connection: 503-235 3919.
Ayodhya sub-centre of Lucknow Sevashrama has an email id: [email protected].
Shilpapitha (Polytechnic) of Belgharia centre has an email id: [email protected].
Contai centre has discontinued its email id: [email protected].
Hyderabad centre’s ‘Institute of Human Excellence’ and ‘Institute of Languages’ have email ids [email protected] and [email protected] respectively.
Bankura centre has launched a website with address: rkmmbankura.org and Yelagiri centre with address: <ramakrishnamathyelagiri.in>.
Geneva centre, Switzerland, has changed its website address to centre-vedantique-ge.org
News of Branch Centres (in India)
Durga Puja (in the image) was celebrated from 23 to 26 October at 27 centres, namely Antpur, Asansol, Barasat, Bilaspur, Contai, Cooch Behar, Dhaleswar, Ghatshila, Guwahati, Jalpaiguri, Jamshedpur, Jayrambati, Kailashahar, Kamarpukur, Karimganj, Kasundia (Howrah), Lucknow, Malda, Medinipur, Mumbai, Patna, Port Blair, Rahara, Shella (under Sohra / Cherrapunjee), Shyamsayer (Bardhaman), Silchar and Varanasi Advaita Ashrama.
Mysuru Ashrama launched on 26 September a programme to distribute 25,000 saplings and Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature to the general public.
The molecular laboratory of Vrindaban hospital received a certificate of accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) on 12 October.
A bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, installed by Halasuru Math at a prominent location on the premises of Bengaluru City Railway Station (also known as Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station), was unveiled on 26 October. A video of Revered President Maharaj’s words of blessings was played on the occasion. Sri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, inaugurated an exhibition set up near the statue.
Chennai Students’ Home is distributing 630 tablet computers, with the necessary software installed, to the students of its residential high school and polytechnic college thus enabling them to attend classes online in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Values Education and Youth Programmes
Delhi centre conducted 18 online workshops on values education in October. In all, 291 principals and 1537 teachers from different parts of India attended these workshops.
Madurai Math conducted a values education programme for teachers on 23 September in which 103 teachers from two schools took part.
News of Branch Centres (outside India)
Durga Puja (in the image) was performed at Durban (South Africa) centre, Lusaka (Zambia) centre, Mauritius Ashrama, and 14 centres in Bangladesh, namely Baliati, Barisal, Chandpur, Chittagong, Comilla, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Faridpur, Habiganj, Jessore, Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Rangpur and Sylhet, and at the Narail sub-centre of Jessore Ashrama.
The new Vivekananda Hall at Dublin centre, Ireland, was inaugurated on 28 October.
We record with sorrow the passing away of Swami Brahmapadananda (Vishnupada of Belur Math) at our Mumbai hospital on 4 October at 6 am. He was 68. He had been suffering from lung cancer for some time and was sent to Mumbai centre last year for treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital. Although he later recovered, his health deteriorated again a couple of weeks ago. He was then admitted to our Mumbai hospital and the end came peacefully. Initiated by Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1977 at Belur Math and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Gambhiranandaji Maharaj in 1987. He served at Belur Math and Mumbai, Asansol, Baghbazar, Rahara, Belgharia, Chandipur and Saradapitha centres. He had been staying at Belur Math since 2014. The swami was simple and quiet by nature.