During Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations, in order to recognize the NGOs (Philanthropic Organisations) of Tamil Nadu numbering about 800 who are serving the society at small and large scale, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, jointly with ‘Ennangalin Sangamam’, organized a programme on Dec 15th, 2013.
Members of ‘Ennangalin Sangamam’, Swamis of Sri Ramakrishna Math including Swami Gautamananda Maharaj, Adhyaksha of the Math, and some representatives of the NGOs addressed the gathering. There was a dedicated interaction session separately for various fields of service like education, medical service, social welfare, etc, wherein the representatives shared their ideas and discussed about the problems and challenges in their field with others.
Below are some of the pictures from the meet.
Non Governmental Organizations’ Meet (Philanthropic Organisations)
(9th Anniversary of “Ennangalin Sangamam”)
Date: Dec 15, 2013 Sunday
Time: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai – 4
Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated across the country for the past few years in a grand manner. In connection with this celebration, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has initiated various social welfare activities.
Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for those involved in social service activities. During his 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations, in order to recognize the NGOs of Tamil Nadu numbering about 800 who are serving the society at small and large scale, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, jointly with “Ennangalin Sangamam”, is organizing a programme on 15.12.2013.
These NGOs have been rendering yeoman service in the field of Education, Medicine, Agriculture, Environment & Water Conservation.
Dr. Azhagar Ramanujam, Sri J. Prabhakar and Sri Harihara Subramanian, members of “Ennangalin Sangamam” will deliver special addresses during the event.
All are cordially invited to participate in this programme.
We invoke the blessings of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda on all.
Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations (2011-2014)
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, is carrying out various Rural Welfare activities for the under-privileged and weaker sections of the society, educational being one of the important activities.
For the past 20 years, to enable the village students to study and excel, we are running free tuition centres at various places in Tamil Nadu. A few such centres are functioning in most backward villages of Vandavasi Taluk of Thiruvannamalai district catering to 522 students.
As part of the Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations, a programme has been arranged for the students and teachers of these rural tuition centres.
Sri Stalin Gunasekaran, President, “Erode Makkal Sindhanai Peravai” will deliver special address in this programme.
All are invited to participate in this programme.
Date: 01.12.2013 Sunday
Venue: Sri Akilandeswari Women’s College Tindivanam High Road, Vandavasi
Morning Session - Students’ Meet: 10.00 am – 01.00 pm
10.00 : Prayer
10.05 : Welcome Address: Swami Asutoshananda Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
10.10 : Introductory Speech: Sri Kanakaraj, In-charge Rural Welfare Activities, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
10.20 : Beneficiaries’ Address: Students from Tuition Centre, Computer Centre and Nursing Course
11.00 : Special Talk: Sri Stalin Gunasekaran President, Makkal Sindhanai Peravai, Erode
11.50 : Felicitation: Headmaster Government Higher Secondary School, Marudhadu
12.00 : Benediction: Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
12.45 : Vote of Thanks: Sri Kumar, Kanchipuram
Afternoon Session - Rural Tuition Centre Teachers’ Meet: 02.00 – 04.30 pm
14.05 : Prayer
14.10 : Welcome Address: Sri Sudhakar, Thiruvallur Dist.
14.20 : Introductory Speech: Sri Kanakaraj
14.40 : Talk: Sri Tirthagiri, Teacher, Dharmapuri Dist.
14.50 : Talk: Sri Sureshbabu, Teacher, Thiruvannamalai Dist.
15.00 : Talk: Sri Sampath Headmaster, Government Higher Secondary School, Vandavasi
15.10 : Special Talk: Sri Stalin Gunasekaran
16.05 : Benediction: Swami Gautamananda Maharaj
16.20 : Memento for 10 Teachers & 3 District In-charges who have served for a long period in Math’s Village Tuition Centres
Vote of Thanks: Sri Elango, Teacher
Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations
Theme: SERVING THE NEEDY WITH A HEALING TOUCH IN THE LIGHT OF SWAMI VlVEKANANDA’S ‘SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO THE LORD‘
Math is organizing ‘Doctors Convention’ event as a part of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations on Sunday, 29th September, 2013.
The Convention will highlight the importance of rendering Healthcare services by Doctors to the needy with Swami Vivekananda’s vision of ‘Service to Man is service to the Lord‘. Eminent doctors and Swamis will be giving discourses on the medical services to humanity according to Swamiji’s vision. Participation of several doctors in the event is expected.
Doctors are invited to participate in the Convention. Those interested are requested to send their Name, Designation, Institution/Organization/Place of Service to Math by email or in person.
Public also can attend the Convention.
VENUE: SWAMI RAMAKRISHNANANDA HALL – 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
10.00 a.m. : Arati and Prayer
10.05 a.m. : Guided Meditation – Conducted by Swami Brahmeshananda Maharaj, Senior Monk, Ramakrishna Advaita Ashrama, Varanasi
10.15 a.m. : Introduction a Talk by Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy, Head, Department of Gastroenterology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
10.30 a.m. : Talk by Sri B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar Chairman, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore
11.00 a.m. : Talk by Dr. N. Sathyabama, Director of Medical Services, Apollo Hospitals (South), Chennai
11.15a.m. : Tea Break
11.30 a.m. : Talk by Swami Brahmeshananda Maharaj
12.00 p.m. Talk by Dr. S.P. Thyagarajan, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, Chennai
12.20 p.m. : Interaction
12.35 p.m. : Benediction: Srimat Swami Gautamananda Maharaj, Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
12.55 p.m. : Closing Song
01.00 p.m. : Prasad / Lunch
Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations – 2013-14
The proposed Vivekananda Cultural Centre is under progress. The Centre will be devoted exclusively to the development of human excellence. It would be spread over about 10,000 square feet in area adjacent to the Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House). Below are few snapshots of current progress at the site.
The 151st Birthday Tithipuja of Swami Ramakrishnananda was celebrated with Special Puja and Homa at the Math on Sunday, 4th August 2013. Various activities were held at the Math during the one day celebration.
Below are some photos taken on this day
A National Committee was set up in the year 2010 for the national and international celebrations of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, slated between January 2013 and January 2014, under the Chairmanship of Honorable Prime Minister of India, wherein Governors, Chief Ministers, Union Ministers and Men of Eminence, besides four Monks of Ramakrishna Math and Mission are members.
The National Committee in its First Meeting held on May 20, 2010 had charted multi-dimensional agenda for celebrations. One among them was to explore as to how some of “Swami Vivekananda’s Thoughts” can be put into school and college curricula.
Strengthened with this and utilizing the guidelines already given by the University Grants Commission in 2007 for ‘Epoch Making Social Thinkers of India’, Ramakrishna Math, Madurai approached, with draft syllabus, six State Universities in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nadu State Government and the Directorate of Collegiate Education cum State NSS Cell.
The Government of Tamil Nadu, under the leadership of Selvi J Jayalalitha, is not only setting up the Centers for Swami Vivekananda Study in all 9 State Universities but is also implementing the “Vivekananda’s Thoughts” within the mandatory Part IV provisions in all Institutions of Higher Education (under Universities / Directorate of Collegiate Education) to inspire the student community for One’s own Self-Development and Nation Building.
To this effect the Department of Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, has issued a Government Order (G.O. no. 114) dated July 1, 2013.
As per the Government Order these Study Centers will get assistance from the Ramakrishna Math and Mission to frame the syllabus and will use their publications as Texts.
Download the Government Order below.
Vivekananda-Study-Centers-TN-G O-2013 (2.3 MiB, 59 downloads)
Below shown is header of the Tamil Nadu State Government Order.
As part of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations, our Math will be conducting Personality Development Camp for Youth (shortly, Youth Camp) from July 5th Friday to July 7th Sunday, 2013. Gents in age group of 17 – 30 years can participate in this Camp.
Based on the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda youth will be guided on the following themes:
1. Right living
2. Nurturing Leadership Qualities
3. Personality Development
4. Yoga, and
Venue: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 31, Ramakrishna Math Road, Mylapore, Chennai 600004.
In the camp Swamis and eminent speakers will address the youth.
For your kind attention:
1. All participants would need to stay in the camp itself.
2. Programmes will be in Tamil and English.
3. First 200 entries only can be accepted.
4. Participants are requested not to bring mobile phones.
How to Register:
1. You can enroll your name in person or through your School or College.
2. Registration fee Rs. 200/-.
3. Those who want to participate, can submit the filled application form along with Rs. 200/- directly or by Registered post to this address: Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, 31, Ramakrishna Math Road, Mylapore, Chennai – 600004.
4. Registration fee can be paid by Cheque/DD. Cheque/DD should be drawn in favour of ‘Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai’.
For more details please contact Math Office: 044 24621110
Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Year (2013-14)
India is beginning to realize that the path laid down by Swami Vivekananda is the only way for her true progress following the path shown by her ancestors.
This is illustrated by the fact that celebrations to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is planned in a big way to usher in a resurgent India by not only the institutions that function under the name of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, but also by many institutions that render selfless yeomen service to humanity.
Additionally, the interest shown by Central and State Governments to this celebration has provided brightness to our country’s path to welcome a new dawn.
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, is celebrating Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Year (January 2013 – January 2014) in a grand manner. A celebration committee comprising prominent persons from Tamil Nadu has been formed by the Math.
We lovingly welcome one and all – Swamiji’s admirers, students and ex-students of Ramakrishna Mission Schools and Colleges, Devotees and Public – to use this opportunity to participate in the service activities connected with the celebrations and be blessed.
The important Projects planned by our Math during the Yearlong Celebrations are:
- 1. Starting a new Vivekananda Cultural Centre – devoted exclusively to the development of human excellence.
- 2. Introducing Multifaceted Exhibition on Swami Vivekananda in Vivekananda House (Vivekanandar Illam).
- 3. Develop Meyyur village in Tiruvallur District, near Chennai, into a model village according to the ideas of Swami Vivekananda.
- 4. Publish & distribute highly subsidized books worth nearly 2 crore (20 million) rupees on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
- 5. Keep the books of Swami Vivekananda in all the Government run Libraries in Tamilnadu state.
- 6. Hold Special Camps for Teachers, Students, Doctors, and Auto Drivers and spread the message of Swami Vivekananda among these groups.
- 7. Conduct weekly/fortnightly/monthly Satsangs including competitions, speeches, exhibitions and cultural programmes about Swami Vivekananda in several places in Tamil Nadu.
- 8. Institute `Vivekananda Achievement Award’ of ` 10,000/- each to a Teacher, Student, Police, Doctor, Social Worker etc. who excel in their service to humanity.
- 9. Arrange a special meeting of Service Organizations in Tamil Nadu other than those under the name of Holy Trio to enable idea exchanges.
- 10. Extend the existing Rehabilitation of Leprosy Afflicted Persons Program.
- 11. Math is already carrying out some important Rural development Programmes given below. These activities are to be further expanded.
- (i) Tuition Centres and Computer Training Centres for poor students
- (ii) Nursing Assistant Training Course for poor village girls
- (iii) ‘Viveka Murasu’ that spreads Swami Vivekananda’s message to every village.
The estimated cost for the above yearlong celebrations is about 5 crore rupees (around US $ 1 million) and Vivekananda House repair and Exhibition is 15 crore rupees (around US $ 3 million).
Math earnestly appeals to all Devotees, Admirers of Swamiji, ex-students of Ramakrishna Mission Schools & Colleges and Public to liberally contribute to these Activities, thus spread Swamiji’s Message and thus serve God in Man.
How you can contribute:
- 1. Serve as a volunteer during this Yearlong Activities & Celebrations
- 2. Donate liberally
- 3. Also encourage others to donate and take part
While donating online please select Campaign: ‘Experience Vivekananda – 150th Birth Anniversary‘.
Donations may be made by Cheque/DD in favour of “Sri Ramakrishna Math – SV 150” and sent to Sri Ramakrishna Math at the address given below.
Foreign donations are welcome.
Donations are eligible for tax exemption under Section 80(G) of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.
For further details, please call 99401 92401, 9841096886 or contact us at the following address:
Sri Ramakrishna Math,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600004, ph: +91-44-2462 1110; mail _aT_ chennaimath.org
Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations – 2013-14
A Unique Opportunity To Pay Tribute On Swamiji’s 150th Birth Anniversary
Starting Vivekananda Cultural Centre
We propose to start a unique Cultural Centre in the name of Swami Vivekananda who is the icon of youth. The Centre will be devoted exclusively to the development of human excellence. It would be spread over about 10,000 square feet in area adjacent to the Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House).
Some of the proposed activities in the Cultural Centre are:
- 1. Courses in Meditation and Yoga.
- 2. Courses on Vedanta, Hinduism and Swami Vivekananda.
- 3. School of languages where youth can take up courses on spoken English, Tamil and Sanskrit in order to enrich themselves and to have better career options.
- 4. Soft skill workshops for students and employed youth.
- 5. Classes for learning Vedic Chanting and Bhajan.
- 6. Free Tuition Centre and Computer Courses exclusively for the under-privileged youth.
- 7. A 4D Theatre to screen short inspirational video clips for the youth and animation movies on Swami Vivekananda to have a realistic experience of Swami Vivekananda’s life and message.
Proposed Vivekananda Cultural Centre
Vivekananda House Renovation and Introducing Exhibition on Swami Vivekananda
Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House), the existing historic monument where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days from 6 to 14 February 1897, will function as earlier with enhanced facilities.
During his stay here, Swami Vivekananda delivered several electrifying lectures on his plan to restore India to her pristine glory with the ideal of service and renunciation. The monument is a place of inspiration and holy memories.
One can experience Vivekananda’s personality and message through paintings and state-of-the-art multimedia galleries located in the Illam.
Main facets of this magnificent endeavor “Experience Vivekananda”
- 1. Indian Culture Art Gallery: Depicts Indian Culture through the eyes of Swami Vivekananda using contemporary technology.
- 2. Making of Vivekananda: A multimedia art gallery on how young Narendranath became the world famous Swami Vivekananda.
- 3. Vivekananda, the Man and His message: An arcade in the form of high-tech multimedia gallery consisting several photographs and short video clippings.
- 4. Vivekananda, the World Mover: A multimedia art gallery on the contemporary relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s message
Above all, feel the Presence of Swami Vivekananda in the Meditation Room, the room where Vivekananda stayed for nine days.
To experience this, the monument spread over about 30,000 sft. in a structure that is more than 170 years old, there is an urgent need to totally refurbish the whole set up, without affecting its architectural status.While it is easy to complete the task with contemporary know-how in technology, this splendid mission, is not possible without the active support of generous minded public.
Have the privilege of being part of this marvelous twin projects to enliven the youth and the citizens of the world-society.
The total estimated cost of the twin projects is about 20 crore rupees.
You can be an integral part of this noble mission, by volunteering your contribution in the form of Rs.5000/- per square foot for both external and internal equipment cum architectural designs.
Those who volunteer themselves with 20 sft. or more will have the privilege of their name inscribed suitably in the Cultural Centre.
Please join us in offering tributes to the Prophet of modern India and the modern world. Your contributions will help in spreading the message and realizing Swami Vivekananda’s dream of a glorious India.
Donations may be made by Cheque/DD in favour of “Sri Ramakrishna Math – SV 150” and sent to Sri Ramakrishna Math at the address given below. Donations can also be made online on Math website by selecting the category “Experience Vivekananda – 150th Birth Anniversary”
Donations can be made here: http://www.chennaimath.org/istore/category/donations/
For a direct transfer to Bank, please contact us for IFSC/Swift code details by email.
Foreign donations are welcome. Donations are eligible for tax exemption under Section 80(G) of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.