A meeting was held today at 10.30 a.m., at Ramakrishnananda Hall, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai to commemorate symbolically the starting of the celebration of the 125th Year of historical arrival of Swami Ramakrishnananda, at Chennai in 1897 and starting of a new Centre at Chennai.
Rev. Srimat Swami Gautamananda, Vice- President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Adyaksha, Ramakrishna Math Chennai presided over the meeting. Meeting started with Vedaparayanam and Arathi performed to Holy Trio, followed by Bhajans by Swami Sankaratmananda and brahmacharis.
At the outset, Swami Dharmishtananda welcomed the Swamis and devotees gathered at the hall and mentioned about the proposed yearlong celebration of this historic event starting from today. He said on this very day, on 17th March 1897, Swami Ramakrishnananda Maharaj arrived in Chennai and initially started the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.
Swami Suhadevananda, Secretary, Chennai Vidyapith addressed the gathering and mentioned about the contribution made by Swami Ramakrishnananda and quoted a few incidents.
Swami Satyajnanananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home, Chennai mentioned that Students home for the poor orphanage boys of Chennai was founded in 1905, by Rev. Swami Ramakrishnananda and Sri Ramasamy Iyyangar as Head of the Institution. This ‘Palace of the poor’ serves the orphans and destitute boys. Smt. Harini Varma, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Vidyalaya, T.Nagar, mentioned about the development of Sarada Vidyalaya. Sri S. Varadarajan, former Chairman, BPCL mentioned about the contribution made by Rev. Swami Ramakrishnananda for the overall development of Chennai Math, and upliftment of the poor.
Swami Yadavendrananda who had served a decade in Bangalore Math, narrated a few incidents about Swami Ramakrishnananda at Bangalore, where Swami Ramakrishnananda worshipped Holy Mother as living Durga.
Smt. Bragada mentioned about the schools started by Rev. Swami Ramakrishnanda for the underprovided children of the society in the Mint area and about its overall development at present. Sri. Ashok, Grandson of Sri Najunda Rao, our long-time volunteer of the Math mentioned about the continuous relationship of his family with the Math and recollected the memories of Swamis.
Swami Satyaprabhananda, T.Nagar, said that Swami Ramakrishnananda was a guiding light for all the other Swamis serving in this divine institution. He appealed to the devotees to join hands with the Math in all our activities to continue the seva to the humanity.
Swami Mahamedananda, briefed about our future programme for the next one year as detailed in the V.K magazine in March 2022 issue. He also briefed about the upcoming detailed souvenir of Chennai Math which is expected to be released during Ramakrishnananda Jayanthi in June/July, 2022.
Rev. Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj's Speech :
Rev. Srimat Swami Gautamananda, gave a benedictory address, mentioned about the way in which Swami Ramakrishnananda, used to conduct Arati in the evening in the math dancing with divine touch through the hall, and highlighted the seva conducted by him with personal devotion and dedication. Maharaj also mentioned about the way in which he collected donation walking through the streets carrying a wooden box for the National School which was started in 1906. Today, he said, this school has grown in all spheres like a banyan tree. Maharaj also recollected few interesting incidents of Swami Ramakrishnananda.
The meeting ended with votes of thanks by Swami Dharmishtananda.
Celebration of the historical arrival of Swami Ramakrishnananda at Chennai
We are happy to invite you to a memorial meeting on tomorrow i.e., 17 March 2022, to mark the historical event of Swami Ramakrishnanandaji Maharaj’s arrival
at Chennai 125 years ago and starting the Ramakrishna Mission centre here on 17 March 1897.
We are preparing for a year-long programme to celebrate this day. Tomorrow, we will begin the celebration with special Puja, Bhajans, etc. as per the schedule below.
We cordially invite you all to participate in the event and partake Prasadam of Sri Guru Maharaj.
Programme (Time: 10.30 to 11.30 am)
• Arati at Swami Ramakrishnananda hall
• Talk by Sadhus
• Benediction by Revered Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj
• Arati in the temple by Revered Maharaj
• PrasadamYou can edit text on your website by double clicking on a text box on your website. Alternatively, when you select a text box a settings menu will appear. your website by double clicking on a text box on your website. Alternatively, when you select a text box.