History of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission at Mangalore
At the invitation of the local devotees, Sri Ramakrishna Math was started in a rented house at Mangalore on 03-06-1947, thanks to the efforts of Rao Bahadur, Dr. M Keshava Pai and other devoted friends.
Swami Vimalanandaji was the In-charge of this centre and was assisted by Swami Samagranandaji, Swami Nihswanandaji & Swami Shakranandaji who were Brahmacharis during that time. Since there was a persistent demand to open a branch of the Mission, the present site, on Mangaladevi Road, measuring about seven acres, was acquired on 11-08-1951, through gift from Late Sowkar M Venkatesh Pai, the then Hon. Secretary of Hindu Seva Sangha.
In the new premises, while the Math carried on its activities like daily worship, congregational prayer, weekly discourses etc, the Mission took charge of the Balakashrama till then managed by the Hindu Seva Sangha. Swami Adidevanandaji succeeded Swami Vimalanandaji in 1951 and during his tenure of 15 years the mission slowly expanded its activities. An important mile stone in the history of the institution was the starting of an outdoor charitable dispensary on 30-4-1955.
Swami Vivekananda Birth Centenary
As years passed due to increase in the number of boys in our Balakashrama need was felt for a spacious building for the hostel and the construction work started for the Vivekananda Centenary Memorial. It had a dormitory for boys, reading room and a hall for lectures too. The Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated under the auspices of the Ashrama for 6 days from the 28th December 1963 to the 2nd January 1964. On the morning of the 29th Sri B D Jatti, Minister of Finance, Mysore declared the Swami Vivekananda Centenary Memorial open. Swami Adidevanandaji was assisted by Swami Vijnanandaji, Swami Sundanandaji, Swami Harshanandaji, Swami Uddhavanandaji, Swami Jagadatmanandaji and others.
Swami Vijnanandaji succeeded Swami Adidevanandaji in 1966 and continued to serve as the head of the centre till 1981. He was assisted by Swami Brahmarupanandaji, Swami Venkateshanandaji, Swami Umeshwaranandaji and others.
Swami Sundanandaji succeeded Swami Vijnanandaji in 1981. Under his guidance Ramakrishna Balavrinda was started in a devoteeï¿½s house on Sundays to impart Value based educaton to poor students. Many lady devotees formed a group Sharada Mahila Vrinda and started assembling in the Ashrama on Thursday evenings for Satsangs. Swami Shantinathanandaji, Swami NItyasthanandaji, Swami Purushatmanandaji and others assisted him in all the activities.He was followed by Swami Purnakamanandaji as the head in 1998.
Statue of Swami Vivekananda
On 8th January, 1999, on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, Revered Swami Gautamanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai unveiled a beautiful bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Ashrama premises. He presided over the public meeting, which was addressed by Revered Swami Atmaramanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore.
Swami Gautamanandaji also laid the foundation stone for the much needed Bookstall building on the same day. The newly constructed bookstall, near the main gate, was inaugurated by Revered Swami Tattwabodhanandaji Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Math, Cossipore on 11th December 1999.
Swami Vivekananda Auditorium
Revered Swami Tattwabodhanandaji Maharaj laid the foundation stone for Swami Vivekananda Auditorium and library building on 11th December 1999. He addressed the public meeting that followed, which was presided over by Dharmadarshi Sri Harikrishna Punarooru.Most Revered Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the then President of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission inaugurated the newly constructed Swami Vivekananda Auditorium and Library building on 26th March 2001. Revered Swami Sureshanandaji presided over the function.
Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Golden Jubilee year of our Ashrama was marked with the visit of Most Revered Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj. Revered Maharaj stayed in our Ashrama from 20th to 27th March 2001 and blessed hundreds of devotees everyday. He also inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Ramakrishna Mission Mangalore on 26th March 2001. Swami Shakranandaji released the Golden Jubilee Souvenir. Sant Bhadragiri Achyutadas was the chief guest.
As part of the celebrations, Sri Puttur Narsimha Nayak gave devotional music concert on 26h March. Sant Bhadragiri Achyutadas enthralled the devotees with Harikatha performance on the 27th & 28th March. More than 30 monks from different centres of the Ramakrishna Order and a large number of devotees attended the programme.
Jnanavahini, a unique programme run by our Mysore centre, to spread the message of Swami Vivekananda in rural areas, received a good response in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts in 2004. The Mangalore Centre, with the help of Shantivana Trust, Dharmasthala conducted the programme in these two districts. The special feature of the programme was a chariot carrying a statue of Swami Vivekananda, audio-visual equipments, exhibition on the life
and teachings of Swamiji etc. The programmes consisted of procession, guided meditation and personality development course for the students and satsangs for the general public with the help of film shows, speeches, bhajans etc. The programme was conducted in about 42 schools. More than 19000 students and general public participated in the month long programme.
Swami Vivekananda Coaching Centre
To help the poor students of the neighborhood Swami Vivekananda Coaching Centre was started in 2004 to impart free tuition to poor students and thus help them fare well on par with the other students. Since then hundreds of poor students from 5th to 9th std. have been benefitted by the coaching imparted in the centre.
Thus Ramakrishna Math at Mangalore has been rendering dedicated service to the society through its various activities for more than six decades of its inception. It has been striving hard to impart culture, religion and spirituality to the mass in this region.