Vivekananda Navaratri Celebrations – Feb 06-14, 2014

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The  150th  Birth Anniversary  of  Swami  Vivekananda  is being celebrated in all parts of India and abroad and an awareness of his singular contribution to Indian resurgence is being felt anew. Chennai is blessed as it played host to this great beacon of light for nine days when he stayed in Vivekananda House or Vivekanandar Illam (then known as Ice House)  from 6th to 14th February 1897. It is befitting that these nine days are celebrated as ‘Vivekananda Navaratri’ from those times itself.

To mark this occasion special programmes have been arranged as usual at Vivekananda House from Feb 6th to 14, 2014 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

We invite you, your friends and family members to participate in these celebrations and be blessed by the Holy Trio.

In the service of God,
Swami Gautamananda
Adhyaksha

Programme Schedule

Feb 6th, 2014 – Thursday - Evening

4.45 : Inauguration of Vivekananda Navaratri Celebrations
Lighting Lamp (Kutthuvilakku) by Swami Somananda Maharaj, Senior Monk, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai & Dr. Sri Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty, Industrialist, Chennai

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Cultural Programmes by the students of Sri Ramakrishna Math Vivekananda Centenary Girls’ Hr. Sec. School, Mint, Chennai

5.30 : Introduction by Swami Asutoshananda, Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

5.45 : Special Address by Dr. Sri Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty

6.00 : Devotional Songs by Smt. Mahati, Chennai

7.30 : Benedictory Address by Swami Sukhadevananda Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai

7.40 : Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Somananda Maharaj

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 7th, 2014 – Friday - Evening 

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajans by the students of Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Education means Character and Concentration only” (Tamil) by Swami Apavargananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

6.00 : Drama on “In the Life Swami Vivekananda” (Tamil) by the students of Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home, Chennai

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Satyajnanananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home, Chennai

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 8th, 2014 – Saturday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajan by Smt. Vijayashree Raman, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Swami Vivekananda, the Guide of Youth” (Tamil) by Swami Satyaprabhananda, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, T. Nagar

6.00 : Rural Cultural Programme (Tamil) by Saundarya Ratnamala & Party, Triplicane, Chennai

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Paramasukhananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 9th, 2014 – Sunday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Cutural Programmes by the students of Bala Mandir, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Swami Vivekananda and Human Excellence” (Tamil) by Swami Paramasukhananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

6.00 : Devotional Songs by the Students of Vishwa Vidyalaya School, Vandalur

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Asutoshananda, Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 10th, 2014 – Monday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajans by the students of Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School, T. Nagar, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Plan in Kanyakumari and Success in Chennai” (Tamil) by Swami Satyayuktananda Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home, Chennai

6.00 : Musical Story (Katha Kalakshepam) on “Vivekananda, An Epic” (Tamil) by Smt. Gowri Rajagopalan, Chennai

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Sankaratmananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math Chennai

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 11th, 2014 – Tuesday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajans by the students of Ramakrishna Mission School, T. Nagar, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Seva Yogam” (Tamil) by Swami Vimurtananda, Editor, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam

6.00 : Talk on “Sri Ramkrishna and Swami Vivekananda, the Main and Festival Deities” (Tamil) by Padmabhushan, Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Padmasthananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, T. Nagar, Chennai

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 12th, 2014 – Wednesday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajans by the students of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Vivekananda for Modern Students” (Tamil) by Prof. M.S.A. Bhooma, Tagore Art and Science College, Chennai

6.00 : “The lioness, Sister R.S. Subhalakshmi, Visualized by Vivekananda” (Tamil), Power-point Presentation by Nitya Balaji, Kaveri Bharat, Chennai

7:00 : Lecture on “Swami Vivekananda and Indian Culture” and Mementoes Presentation by Swami Atmashraddhananda, Editor, The Vedanta Kesari

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 13th, 2014 – Thursday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajans by the students of Tuition Centre (of Sri Ramakrishna Math), Ramakrishnapuram, Chennai

5.30 : Talk on “Swami Vivekananda’s Impact on Tamil Literature” (Tamil) by Prof. V.V. Subramaniam, Former Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai

6.00 : Nama Sankirtan by Kalaimamani Sri H. Ramakrishnan, Chennai

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Sukhadevananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

Feb 14th, 2014 – Friday - Evening

5.00 : Readings from Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

5.10 : Bhajans by Swami Sankaratmananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

5.50 : Concluding Speech (Tamil) by Swami Asutoshananda, Manager, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

6.00 : Dance Drama on “Swami Vivekananda” (Tamil) by Kanchi Kamakoti Natyalaya, Kanchipuram

7.30 : Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Mementoes by Swami Vimurtananda, Editor, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam

7.45 : Distribution of Prasad

 

 

Starting Vivekananda Cultural Centre and Introducing Exhibition on Vivekananda in Vivekananda House – 2013

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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 are starting 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). As of 2013 October construction work is going on.

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 (US $ 3.5 million).

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.

 

Viveka Jyoti to mark the yearlong celebrations of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary

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Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations (2013 – 2014)

Yearlong Celebrations & Activities as part of the Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary was inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Selvi. J Jayalalithaa on Feb 27, 2013.


The Chief Minister lighted the Viveka Jyoti, an electrically operated lamp (seen in picture below), has been kept lighted for a year, in front of the Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House), to mark the yearlong celebrations.


Swami Vivekananda 150th Birth Anniversary Yearlong Celebrations Inauguration by CM TamilNadu Feb 27 2013 – Video

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Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth Anniversary logo

 

Inauguration of the Statewide Yearlong Celebrations (Jan 2013 – Jan 2014) of

Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, inaugurated the year-long celebration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary, organized by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai. A large number of monks, devotees and admirers of Swamiji attended the hour-long function, held at Vivekananda Illam, on 27 February 2013. A host of ministers, members of Tamilnadu legislative assembly and officials was also present.

The Chief Minister unveiled the stone-plaque marking the laying of foundation for Vivekananda Cultural Centre. The proposed Cultural building has been planned to mark the 150thBirth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and to exhibit Swamiji’s Message & Indian Culture.

Amidst Jai Swamiji’s ki Jai, the Chief Minister lighted the Viveka Jyoti, an electrically operated lamp, which will be kept lighted for a year, in front of the Vivekanandar Illam, to mark the year-long celebrations. The Chief Minister released Tamil version of Photographs of Swami Vivekananda, and presented the first copy of revered Swami Gautamanandaji.

While delivering his benedictory address, revered Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj recalled the events related to Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Chennai in February 1897after his arrival from the Parliament of Religion and the electrifying lectures he delivered during his nine days stay at Vivekanandar Illam. He thanked the Chief Minister for extending Vivekanandar Illam lease and allotting the adjacent vacant land, both on 99 years lease.

The Chief Minister’s address, given in Tamil, focused Swamiji’s message to the modern world and its contemporary relevance. She said, in parts,

‘I feel deeply honoured to inaugurate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda from this historically important Illam. I feel I am fortunate to inaugurate this function. I thank the President of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, and other Swamis for having given me this great opportunity.’

‘Swami Vivekananda lived for others and not for the self. Right from my childhood I have a great regard for the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and his Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. I have a good collection of books on Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in my personal library. I read them quite often. As for as I am concerned, it is Swami Vivekananda who inspired me to enter politics. In 1982, when I entered politics, I had mentioned about Swami Vivekananda in an interview. …’

‘Even after 100 years, the Mission instituted by Swami Vivekananda is still continuing its service to the people adhering to its principles. This deserves appreciation. It will not be an exaggeration to say that only such institutions serve as role model for youngsters. I request the Ramakrishna Math authorities to plan projects for involving the youngsters in selfless service and to serve with dedication and to execute them with determination….’

My greetings to everyone.’

After her address, the Chief Minister gave away prizes to 10 winners of the 11th Youth Day Competition held by Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam. Moved by a visually challenged boy and a physically handicapped girl, coming to receive the prize, the Chief Minister kissed and blessed them.

The Video of Highlights of the above function is published below.

Duration: 56 min.

Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary – Inauguration of yearlong celebrations by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Feb 27 2013 – Invitation

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Dear Devotees and Friends,
We invite all of you for the Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Inaugural function by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Feb 27 2013 Wednesday at 11 AM.

Yours in the Lord,

Swami Gautamananda

Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai