Vivekanandar Illam is a historic building. Formerly known as “Castle Kernan” and “Ice House”, it is situated near Lady Willingdon College, Kamarajar Salai (South Beach Road), Triplicane. Swami Vivekananda stayed here from 6th – 14th February 1897. The Math was functioning here for 9 years soon after its inception (1897-1906) under the spiritual guidance of Swami Ramakrishnananda.
Extensive renovation has been done, costing more than 5 crores. A Museum highlighting and depicting the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda as well as the landmarks of Indian culture has been setup. The exhibits are arranged in this order:
1. Painting Section - Floor 1
Paintings depicting some of the important events and persons spanning from the Vedic period up to the advent of Sri Ramakrishna.
2. Photo Gallery - Floor 2
i. A Photo Gallery consisting of photos of Swami Vivekananda and other related photos.
ii. The room where Swami Vivekananda stayed.
iii. 3D show on Swami Vivekananda (India’s first ever made 3D feature on Swami Vivekananda).
History of Vivekanandar Illam and a holographic show on Swami Vivekananda.
Activities of the Illam
Wednesdays : 7.00 pm Meditation Class
Sundays : 4.00 pm to 06.00 pm Vivekananda Youth Forum (Study & Service)
Annual expenses towards the maintenance of the museum and the centre’s activities : Rs. 33.2 lacs
Phone : 2844 6188
Timings: 10 am to 12.00 noon. 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Entry fee Adults: Rs. 10/- Children (3-12 years): Re. 5/-