Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

Vivekananda House


A Project to create a Multimedia Museum named “Experience Vivekananda” is being launched at Vivekananda House, Chennai, as part of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda


VIVEKANANDAR ILLAM, earlier known as Ice House (or) Castle Kernan, a sub-centre of Sri Ramakrishna math, Chennai has a unique place in the history of Ramakrishna movement. Swami Vivekananda came to Chennai in February 1897, and he stayed at Castle Kernan for nine days. During his nine day stay, he shook India’s national consciousness through his fiery lectures at Chennai. Later, Ramakrishna Math (Monastery) Chennai was founded by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a brother disciple of Swami Vivekananda. The Math functioned from here during its first 10 years (1897-1906) until it got moved to the current location at Mylapore, Chennai. In 1963, during the Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, the Government of Tamil Nadu renamed the Castle Kernan as Vivekanandar Illam (Illam means house in Tamil) or ‘Vivekananda House’. In 1997, on the eve of the Centenary of Swamiji’s return to India and his stay at Vivekanandar Illam, the Government of Tamilnadu at the request of the Ramakrishna Math, leased out the Vivekananda House for 99 years. Vivekanandar Illam now houses a Permanent Exhibition on Indian Culture and Swamiji’s Life, maintained by the Ramakrishna Math and is a source of inspiration to thousands of people who visit it every year.

“Experience Vivekananda”Project Objectives

As part of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has launched a Project called “EXPERIENCE VIVEKANANDA” in Vivekanandar Illam an initiative that lets the visitors experience Swami Vivekananda’s personality and message through their heart and soul and assimilate his teachings so as to enable them to put Swamiji’s teachings into practice in their lives. for the first time for developing Illam with hi-tech equipment to attract the youth to the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. For these, various steps are being taken by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai to develop Vivekanandar Illam.

Targeted Audience

The project is designed in such a manner that it will fit all age groups, but special emphasis is given to youth and children as to inculcate strength, courage, self-confidence, unselfishness, patriotism and service to the nation in their young minds.

Donate liberally for the noble cause of spreading the life-enriching values of Swami Vivekananda to one and all.

Phone: 2844 6188

Timings: 10 am to 12.00 noon. 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm
(Monday Holiday)
Entry fee Adults: Rs. 10/- Children (3-12 years): Rs. 5/-