Pattinapakkam Sea Shore area, a central part of Chennai City is inhabited by about 5000 families of fishermen. During the recent floods many of their huts were washed away.

The entire locality is unclean and ill-maintained, leading to spreading of infectious diseases besides causing environmental pollution. Apart from these, their cultural and social states keep them Daridra Devas and Moorkha Devas.

To address both the above issues, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has initiated a TWIN SEVA PROGRAMME on the auspicious Tamil / Bengali New Year day on 14th April 2016.

a) Construction of 22 houses for the families of the fishermen in the locality affected by the recent floods. They were living thatched huts, now they have moved to concrete houses. Each house cost Rs.40,000/- only. They being labourers offered their labour as their contribution to this project.

b) In connection with the celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita, a yearlong programme namely ‘NAMADHU PAGUDHI; NAMADHU PORUPPU’ (OUR LOCALITY; OUR RESPONSIBILITY) to maintain the seashore area neat and tidy for which a group of people has been formed who will visit every house daily to collect the garbage. A battery operated vehicle has been arranged for this purpose.

Both the above programmes, were inaugurated by Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj. Purna Kumbham and a Picture of the Holy Trinity were given to all the beneficiaries.

Hon’ble Justice (Retd.) Chandru, Madras High Court, participated in the programme.

21 Monks of the Math & Mission took part in the programmes and performed Aarati at the each beneficiaries’ houses. It was really a great occasion to feel and worship of the “Daridra Devo Bhava, Moorkha Deva Bhava”

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