Saturday, April 28, 2012

Earth Day Celebration at VKV (NEEPCO) Doyang

On 24 April 2012, VKV Doyang celebrated the Earth day with the following activities :
Earth Day Celebration by VKV (NEEPCO) Doyang1.  Placard making- Students prepared placards under guidance of teachers on 23 April. Slogans bearing message of a green earth were depicted.
2.   Procession- On the day a procession was taken out  from school. Students from classes VI to X participated in the procession. The procession of students returned school after visiting different colonies.
3.   Talk- A talk was presented at different places by students during the procession. The material (theme) for the same was supplied by the organiser.
A brief observation at school………
4.    Talk- A talk on the theme ‘save environment’ was presented by students at school.
5.    Quiz- A quiz was conducted among students. The students actively participated in the quiz.
6.    Power point presentation- Students were shown various video clips related to environment for thirty minutes.
7.    Teacher’s speech- A teacher of the school delivered a speech on the occasion. He explained the students the need for a greater awareness to save our environment.
Earth Day Celebration by VKV (NEEPCO) Doyang8.    Drawing competition- Students from classes I to X participated in a sit and draw competition. The materials for the competition w

Rural Development Project : Activity Report : Nov'11 to Mar'12

From November 2011 to March 2012
Students as Radha and Krishna in Valliyoor SamayamanaduuThe RDP (Rural Development Programme) wing of Vivekananda Kendra organises various regular activities as well as special activities. Following is the list of activities undertaken during the above period.
Regular activities
with hygienically prepared highly nutritive lunch with vegetables was served during the day. And in the ev1.  “Sri Rama Jaya Rama” Mantra was chanted during Deepa Pooja, Shivalinga Pooja and daily by our Balwadi school children, cultural class students and during monthly meetings by our Balwadi teachers and Social Workers. Every month nearly 10, 27,654 times mantras were chanted in 84 localities.
2.  Through 76 Balwadis, 2,021 rural Children were nurtured.  In all the Balwadis, Malt along ening vitamin-rich cereals were provided to the children.
3.   In our Medicare Programme, an average of 1,843 patients were examined every month and treated for various common ailments, through 15 Rural Medical Centers in Kanyakumari, Nellai and Thoothukudi districts.
Eye camp at Vallioor4.   Eye camps were conducted at 14 places, in Kanyakumari, Nellai and Thoothukudi districts in which 2,543 were treated for their eye ailments and 717 were operated for cataract.
5.  In 205 Samskara Vargas, 6771 students participated.  The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture, through games, lectures & lessons.  The feelings of oneness were strengthened among participants, through patriotic songs and games.
6.  Under Adopt a Grannie Programme, 23 destitute and old people were provided with monthly solatiums, in the form of rice, dhal, oil, etc., for their livelihood and 48 persons provided rice only, in Southern four districts of Tamilnadu.
1008 Deepa Pooja at Valliooru1008 Deepa Pooja at Vallioor7.  Monthly Deepa poojas were organized in 499 village temples in five districts of Southern Tamilnadu, in which 18,698 ladies participated and offered prayers for the welfare of self, family and the society.
8. Under Amrita Surabhi Scheme, our Kendra workers collected 7418 Kgs of rice from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Ramnad districts.
9.  Through various branch centers, including Thoothukudi A.O. and book stalls, literature books were sold for Rs. 2,68,834 /-
10. Vivekavani Subscriptions for 501 for one year, 1 for two years, 1 for three years, 02 Life memberships were collected along with 04 Yuva Bharathi subscriptions. Also contributions were received for 135 as Patron.
11. 80 women are being benefited in 4 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.     
12. Swadhyaya Varga was organised, 06 places, in which 89 persons attended
13. Yoga Varga has been conducted at 10 places, in which 179 persons attended.
14. 3 tailoring units are functioning well in Nellai & Kanyakumari districts with the total attendance of 84.
15. Shivalinga Poojas were conducted at 02 places in Kanyakumari District and 199 members participated.
16. Durga Pooja was conducted at 02 places, in Kanyakumari District in which 133 devotees participated.
Parents Meeting in Rajapalayam17. Parents meeting were conducted at 2 places in Kanyakumari districts , where 34 parents attended, respectively.
18. Rural –block level competitions were conducted in all the 11 districts at 40 places in which 8895 students from 827     schools participated in the competitions, along with 380 parents and 681 teachers.

Special Programmes
19. Mananeeya Eknathji Birth Day was celebrated in 22 places in Kanyakumari district & 15 places in Thoothukudi district where 985 and 432 devotees respectviely, participated. It was also celebrated at 18 places in  Tirunelveli district and 888 participated.
20. Anna Pooja was conducted at Kovilpatti, Paramakudi and Rameswaram districts and 14,665 Kgs of rice was collected and more than 500 devotees, apart from the local villagers and volunteers participated.
21. 1008 Deepa Pooja held at Ottapidaram in Thoothukudi district and Vallioor in Tirunelveli district. 650 and 1110 women participated respectively. Mathar manadu, cultural Programme and procession also took part in these programmes.   
22. Swami Vivekananda Birth Day was celebrated in 7 places in Kanyakumari district & 17 places in Thoothukudi district where 4423 and 1965 devotees respectviely participated. It was also celebrated at 12 places in  Tirunelveli district and 1520 participated. It was celebrated in 24 places in Ramnad district & 4 places in Aruppukottai district where 3679 and 260 devotees respectviely,
Anna Pooja and Samayamanadu in Kovilpatti23. Jeyuthu Kattuvom for school students Programme among the students to face the problems in the exams and to improve their skill and confidence, VKRDP conducting the mass level Programme at Sankarankoil .This is coordinated by local Kendra Karyakartha Sri Sekar and the Programme was conducted with help of Shri. Krishnaswamy Tamilnadu and Kerala Pranth Sangatak and professor Kathali M.T.N College, Madurai. This was sponsored by Tangabalam Polytechnic College. In this Programme nearly 2,000 Students from 15 schools with 15 parents and 50 teachers participated.
Mass Surya Namaskar – Valliyoor24. Regarding  Swamy Vivekananda 150th birthday celebration VKRDP conducted Maha Surya Namaskar Programme  in  Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, and Thoothukudi districts  with  the help of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas, local people, local branch  centers:
District    Place    Date    Subject    Participants
Kanyakumari    Hindu College, Nagarcoil    28.12.2011    Viveka Bhanu    3000
Valliyoor    Vivekananda Vidyalaya    24.01.2012    Viveka Mithra    4500
Kovilpatti    A.V. Higher secondary school    23.02.2012    Viveka Bhaskara    2600

25. The following camps were conducted at Kanyakumari by RDP for Higher Secondary School students and College students
Subject Date No. of schools/colleges Students Teachers Parents
Children’s Carnival
12.11.2011 to 13.11.2011 46 62 10 61
School              boys camp 28.12.2012 to 31.12.2012 69 49 5 1
girls camp
01.01.2012 to 04.01.2012 55 153 5 31
girls camp 1
19.01.2012 to 22.01.2012 30 87 4 4
Children’s Carnival
( Rural )
16.02.2012 to 19.02.201 107 160 142 18
girls camp 2
24.02.2012 to 27.02.2012 23 101 6 4
boys camp
01.03.2012 to 04.04.2012 54 116 - -
26. Rice collected through Amrit Surabhi and Anna Pooja was distributed to Balwadi children, old poor people and the following institutions
1 Yogi Ramsurath Mantralayam, Peyode    
-    100 Kgs
2 Johny Primary School, Kumbikulam        
-    100 Kgs
3 Avvai Ashram,   Sivasailam                      
-    100 Kgs
4 Hindu Middle School, Thirumalapuram    
-    200 Kgs
5 Indhu School, Kalanthapanai 
-    100 Kgs
6 Mavna Gurusamy Madam Thottiyodu
-    100 Kgs
7 Chitralaya Seva Sangam -     50 Kgs
8  Tharmabaribalan Trust Alaganvilai -     50 Kgs
9  Balwadi Children -   1615 Kgs
10  Adopt-A-Grannie -     730 Kgs


T. Subadhra, Mangavilai, Kanyakumari

In our balwadi, one Selvan Sanjai is studying. His parents took him to an English medium school and admitted him there. They have not informed us about the matter. Next day Sanjai wept in the new school and cried to be brought back to our balwadi. Then his parents decided to allows him to continue in our balwadi for another two years. His mother informed this to us. This incident is unforgettable for us.

Kalaivani, Keelakottai, Ramanathapuram

On 04.11.2011, I went to Neeravi School for the cultural competition along with sister Selvarani. On the way, the bus fell down from the road. We were unable to do anything. Then, people from the nearby village came for help and the bus was erected on the road. Afterwards, the bus started. Then we reached the Neeravi School sharply at 9.30 A.M and attended the function, which is unforgettable to me.

S. Sridevi, Mangavilai

I went to the Holy Cross College to distribute exam papers. That college is run by Christians. So, with fear, I approached and met Smt.Anami lecturer. She invited me with a smiling face and appreciated me for working in Vivekananda Kendra since I know all the themes of Swami Vivekananda. She told that I am fortunate to work in Vivekananda Kendra. I am so proud for working in Vivekananda Kendra, which I can not forget.

M. Suja, Kallaveerianvilai, Eeanvilai
Asmitha aged above 2 years is studying in our balwadi. Her parents informed us that she does not mingle with any other children and does not talk with the words, mother, father, brother. Later on, she gradually learned to talk fluently with others. Her parents felt happy for the same. Whenever I went to her house, she used to talk with me. Her grandfather and grandmother praised that Asmitha has been completely changed in her behavior attitude after she joined in our balwadi which made me happy.

Camps, Balwadi, Culture, Rural Development Programme, Medical, Samskar Varga, Swadhyay Varga, Yoga Varga,

"एकाक्षरम्" - गृह प्रवेश : अजमेर

विवेकानन्द केन्द्र कन्याकुमारी की अजमेर शाखा के नूतन कार्यालय भवन "एकाक्षरम्" में गृह प्रवेश कार्यक्रम वैशाख शुक्ला अष्टमी रविवार, दिनांक २९ अप्रेल २०१२ को विधिविधान अनुसार सम्पन्न होगा। इस पुनीत अवसर पर आपकी उपस्थिति सादर प्रार्थनीय है।

शनिवार : २८ अप्रेल २०१२

सुन्दरकाण्ड पाठ : सायं ७ बजे से

रविवार : २९ अप्रेल २०१२

कलश यात्रा : प्रात: ८ बजे

वास्तु यज्ञ : प्रात: ९ बजे से

प्रसादी : मध्यान्ह १ बजे से

आयोजन स्थल : विवेकानन्द केन्द्र कन्याकुमारी, शाखा-अजमेर
"एकाक्षरम्", २२६-ए/२८, शिव मंदिर के पास, नई बस्ती, भजनगंज, अजमेर 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VIF - Heritage Bilateral Conference on Perspectives on Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region

VIF - Heritage Bilateral Conference on Perspectives on Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region

(By invitation only)

Venue : VIF Seminar Room, 3, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi (IN).
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vijaya Poorna Vijaya programme at Mysore

On the occassion of Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration, Karnataka Pranta VIJAYA POORNA VIJAYA is going on in different part of Karnataka.
Vivekananda Kendra Mysore organised a three days Residential Vijaya Poorna Vijaya Shibir for students of Mysore, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagar districts from 13th to 15th April 2012.
In this shibir, 128 participants from 16 colleges participated and 20 karyakartas were involved.  The shibir was inaguarated on 13th January 2012 by Mananeeya Nageshji, Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Kallubalu by lighting the lamp. The shibir concluded on 15th April with Ahuti satra.  Ma. Nageshji, Shibir Adhikari, Swamini Virajamartha Didi of Mata Amritanandamaie Mata and Brahmacharini Geetamba of Mata Amritanandamaie Mata was present on this occasion. Swamini Virajamartha Didi talked about Ma. Eknathji and her experience at V K V Arunachal Pradesh.
Vijay Poorna Vijay camp at Mysore BranchEminent speakers were invited on this occasion. Following Topics were discussed. ‘PunyaBhoomi Bharat’ – Ma. Nageshji, ‘Swamiji as Role Model to the Youth’ by – Ad. Nageshji, ‘Man making and Nation Building’  by Sri. Sripathji, Vibagha Vyvasta Pramukh, ‘Challenges and Responses’ by Sri Dr. Chandrashekarji, Nagar Pramukh of Vivekananda Kendra, Mysore, and ‘Vivekananda Kendra Activities’ by Ma. Nageshji.
During group discussion, participants discussed the different topics like Rashtrabhakthi, The relevance of Swamiji messages in Present situation and Bharatiya Sanskriti and My contribution in Swamiji’s 150th birth anniversary.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Inauguration of the VIF Resource Research Center and Library

Inauguration of the VIF Resource Research Center and Library by Justice J. S. Verma, Former Chief Justice of India

live broadcast at :

Venue : VIF Auditorium, 3, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi (IN).

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Seminar On MahaBharat

Vivekananda International Foundation and Draupadi Trust
Cordially invite you to an International Seminar on
The Mahabharata:
Its Historicity, Evolution & Impact on Civilization
Venue courtsey
Vivekananda International Foundation, 3, San Martin Marg,

On 26th & 27th April, From 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Talk on Sufism and Indian Islam

Talk on Sufism and Indian Islam by Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Sahab Kichhouchhawi, General Secretary, All Indian Ulama & Mashikh Board

live broadcast at :

Venue : VIF Auditorium, 3, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi (IN).

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Friday, April 20, 2012

VK Hyderabad - Annual Activity Report

VK Hyderabad - Report of Activities -2011-12
The Hyderabad branch has 5 centers, from where the activities are organised. Centers at Dilsukhnagar and Ameerpet were busy with various activities throughout year. Other centers at Kachiguda, Baghlingampalli and Banjara Hills organised programmes from time to time.
The Hyderabad branch conducted camps and competitions based on Swami Vivekananda in Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) also, which were well appreciated.
This year also saw, a munificent donation in form of a house and land on 325 sq Yards plot in the heart of Town,   by Smt Leela Rangnathswami, Ret Director Nehru Bal Bhawan in the Memory of her Late Husband Sri A.P.Rangnathswami, Ret. Chief Engineer Srisailam and Nagarjun Sagar projects.
This year the Hyderabad branch organised and conducted more than 250 programmes in which more than 20,000 people came into direct contact with Vivekananda Kendra. The details are given below.

VK Hyderabad - Report of Activities -2011-12
Some special programmes organised during year…

  • Kendra at Vizag center organised  4 camps for  80 students and competitions for 3,000 students.
  • On average 5 yoga classes were conducted daily throughout year.
  • Weekly Satsangs, Bhajans, Chantings, Medical camps were organised throughout year
  • Monthly Anna pooja was organised throughout year where 400 kg rice and other food items were given to needy people.
4.04.11    The Year started with Ugadi festival with reading of Panchanga where about 130 people participated.
24.04.11   Summer camp - 60 students participated in week long non residential camp
15.07 11  Gurupoornima - Vidyadana students honoured the teachers, Shri Padmanabha Rao spoke about the occasion, Note Books and Dresses were given to the students
21.08.11  Janmastami - 11 th Chapter of Bhagwad Gita was chanted by all.
11.09.11 Universal Brotherhood Day - In Competition 32 schools participated, 3280 students participated in exams and function Dr. K Subrahmanyam spoke on the occasion and gave away the prizes
6.10.11    Saraswati pooja - was conducted about 40 students participated in the programme.
4.11.11    Deepa Pooja - 120 women participated in Deepa Pooja organised by Kendra
20.11.11   Sadhna Diwas -Eknath ji's birthday was organised at the new center at Rangnathaswami Bhawan,Banjara Hills, 30 workers and guests attended the programme, Justice C.V.Ramulu spoke on the occasion.
6.12.11    Gita Jayanti- was celebrated with chanting of Bhagwad Gita (all 18 chapters) and discourse on the occasion. About 80 people participated.
15.12.11    Yuva Prerna Shivirs - 5 such programmes were organised where about 800 students participated.
22.12.11    Sarada Ma's Birthday was orgaised about 70 people attended the function
01.01.12   Kalpataru Day - was organised where abut 130 people participated in the programme to start a new year on positive note and blessings of Shri Ramakrishana
12.01.12  National Youth day - One day youth camp was organised for 120 students from 8 Colleges, apart from other things group discussion on different topics on swamiji's message was organised, students discussed and presented their views to the general public, during public function, where about 400 people participated.
13.01.12   Bhogi celebration was organised about 40 people attended the programme.
23.02.12  Shri Ramakrishana Jayanti was organised Talk on Thakur and Meditation on his life was conducted, on the occasion about 120 people participated
31.03.12    We had the meeting and finalized the Accounts


Thursday, April 19, 2012

VK Shimla : Annual Activity Report

VK Shimla organised the following programmes during the year 2011-12. Havan at VK Shimla on Guru Purnima day 15/7/2011   Guru Purnima was celebrated by conducting a Havan. Sri Nandlal Verma, Sanyojak was the Yajaman. Sri Mansaram Gautam was the chief priest. It was attended by around 30 persons.
24/7/2011 A free Ayurvedic medical camp was organised in collaboration with Arogya Bhrarati, Himachal Pradesh.  It was inaugurated by Sri Suresh Bharadwaj, Honorable M.L.A., Shimla (Urban). About 120 persons were present during the inauguration.  Sri Bharadwaj told that the ancient systems of medicine are curing many diseases which cannot be cured by modern medicine. After the inauguration, Dr. Rajesh Kapoor, a renowned Ayurveda doctor and well known speaker from Solan, Himachal Pradesh, gave a speech on Pancha Gavya.

Dr. Rakesh Pandit, Sanyojak,Arogya Bharati and a team of 10 renowned Ayurveda specialists from Himachal Pradesh treated the patients. The different fields of specialisation are Orthopedics, Surgery, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Nadi Vaidya, Acupressure etc.

258 patients got benefit from this camp. All the patients were given free medicine also.

Chief Guest Sri Suresh Bharadwaj, M.L.A., Shimla(Urban) lighting lampChief Guest Sri Suresh Bharadwaj, M.L.A., Shimla(Urban) lighting lamp while inaugurating the Free Ayurvedic Medical Camp at VK Shimla

A section of audience during the inauguration of Free Ayurvedic Medical Camp at VK Shimla

Doctor treating the patients in the Free Ayurvedic Medical Camp at VK Shimla

Free Medicines being distributed to the patients in the Free Ayurvedic Medical Camp at VK Shimla

A section of audience during the Utho! Jaago! Bhashan Pratiyogita organised by VK Shimla on the occasion of VIswa Bandhutva Diwas 10/9/2011, 11/9/2011    Universal Brotherhood day was celebrated on 11th  Sep 2011. In this connection, a declamation contest “Utho! Jaago!!” was organised for the school students of Shimla with support from Bhasha Sanskriti Vibhag, Shimla District. The competition was conducted in S.D.S.S.School, Ganj Bazar on 10th Sep 2011. 32 students from different schools participated. The highlight of this year’s “Utho! Jaago!! Bhashan Pratiyogita” is the institution of running trophies (sponsored by M/s Rajendra Jewellers, Lower Bazar, Shimla) for the winning schools. The prizes were distributed on 11th Sep during the U.B. day celebration. About 100 participated in the celebration. Sri V.K.Verma, AGM, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd was the chief guest.

A section of audience during the Utho! Jaago! Bhashan Pratiyogita organised by VK Shimla on the occasion of VIswa Bandhutva Diwas

Utho! Jaago! Bhashan Pratiyogita organised by VK Shimla on the occasion of VIswa Bandhutva Diwas

A participant in the Utho! Jaago! Bhashan Pratiyogita organised by VK Shimla on the occasion of VIswa Bandhutva Diwas

Chief guests at VIswa Bandhutva Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

A section of audience during the Viswa Bandhutva Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

Group Song during the Viswa Bandhutva Diwas celebration at VK Shimla
Winners of Utho! Jaago! Bhashan Pratiyogita receiving trophy during the Viswa Bandhutva Diwas celebration at VK Shimla
A section of audience during the Utho! Jaago! Bhashan Pratiyogita organised by VK Shimla on the occasion of VIswa Bandhutva Diwas20/11/2011    Sadhana Diwas was celebrated with the following programmes.
1. The celebration started with Havan in the morning at 8 a.m. Sri Mansamaram Gautamji was the priest and Sri Ashutosh Agarwal, Sah Sanyojak was the Yajaman. The Havan was attended by around 100 persons.
2.  From 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, a free Clinical Testing Camp was organised in the premises of Kendra in collaboration with Bharat Vikas Parishad, Shimla. The following tests were done during the camp – Blood Test, Sugar Test, Urine Test, Stool Test, RFT, LFT, TFT. Around 150 beneficiaries availed of this opportunity. Some reports were given on the same day. The remaining reports were given on 22nd November. The lab team included 6 technicians.
3. Simultaneously, i.e. from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, competitions were conducted for the children of the different age groups (from 4 years age to 18 years age), in the community hall of the Kendra and on the grounds in front of the Kendra. The competitions included Toffee Race, Painting, Running race, Skipping. Around 120 children participated in the competitions.
Toffe race in progress during the Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

Painting Competition during the Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

A section of audience during the Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla4.    The Sadhana Divas function was conducted at 2.30 pm in the community hall. Sri Rati Ram Varma, Director General of Police (Retd), Himachal Pradesh and Chairman (Retd), Public Service Commission, Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest. He exhorted the children and elders to follow the principles of Swami Vivekananda and follow the path of Yoga. The Chief guest also gave away the prizes to the first, second and third place holders in each competition. Apart from that, each participant was also given a momento. Su. Paramjeet Kaur spoke about the life and work of Eknathji and the importance of the Sadhana diwas. The programme was attended by around 175 persons.
A section of audience during the Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

A section of audience during the Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

Winner of running race receiving prize from the Chief guest during the Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

Chief guest Sri R.R.Varma, Director General of Police (Retd), Himachal Pradesh addressing the gathering during Sadhana Diwas celebration at VK Shimla

5. A Bhandara was organised in the afternoon. Around 450 persons partook of the Prasad in the Bhandara.

The highlight of this year’s function is the whole hearted participation of the local persons, including the cooking, donating material and money (i.e. Tan, Man aur Dhan).

Sri Gopal Chand Gupta announced a donation of Rs. 2 lakh to VK Shimla for the construction of community hall.

06/12/2011    Gita Jayanti was celebrated by conducting Parayan of the full Bhavadgita. The programme started with a Puja of Bhagavadgita. Then Sri Ganesh Dutt Bharadwarjji expounded the relevance of the Gita. It was followed by the chanting of all the 18 chapters of the Gita. The program concluded with Bhagavadgita Arati. Around 35 participants took part in the function.
20/02/2012    Maha Shivaratri was celebrated with special Puja and Bhajan Sandhya. Around 30 persons participated.
AChief Guest Sri Suresh Bharadwaj, M.L.A., Shimla(Urban) lighting lamp25/03/2012    Hindu Nava Varsha was celebrated by conducting Sundarakand Path. The programme started with a Puja of Hanuman. Then it was followed by the chanting of Sundarakanda. The program concluded with Arati. Around 45 participants took part in the function. Pundit Mastramji and Pundit Mansaramji were the main priests of this function.

A section of participants in the Sundarakand Path on the occasion of Hindu Nava Varsha celebration at VK Shimla

Sundarakand Path on the occasion of Hindu Nava Varsha celebration at VK Shimla


VK Nardep : Annual Activity Report

Annual Report at a glance
1.04.2011 to 31.03.2012
Varma Chiktsa – Demonstration of Traditional Bone settingDr kamalasanan pillai interacts with visitors100 cum Bio-methnation plant at Anna University, Chennai


No. of participants
Cost-effective Construction Technology
i.Training programme for “Construction Technologies”

1 100
Water Management and Sanitation
i.Workshop on “Grey water treatment”
ii.Workshop on “Rural water supply and water treatment”

3. Sustainable Agriculture
i.Workshops on Sustainable Agriculture
ii.Azolla Propagation / Technology

4. Holistic Health
i.Workshop on “Varma points and Bone settings”
Workshop on “Visha Vaidya Practices”
ii.Green Health Home
iii.Green Health Camps

56 days

5. Renewable Energy
i.Training camp on “Shakti Surabhi”
ii.Construction of Biogas Plants
• Shakti Surabhi – Portable model
• Shakti Surabhi – Fixed model
• Higher size capacity

6. New Working
i.Refresher course for Forest Officials
ii.Training programme for RuTAG
iii.Workshop on Scientific Temper
iv.Discovery – Personality Development camp

7. New Publication
i.Green temple chart (Tamil)
ii.Manaiyadi Mooligai Vanam       Reprint
iii.Kunapaduthum Mooligaigal
iv.Azolla (Tamil)
v.Psumai Vivasaya Thozhil Nutbangal
vi.Paramparia Visha Vaidya Practices
vii.Hand book on Shakti Surabhi Bio-methnation plant



Dr.P.Kamalasannan Pillai received a “Societal Innovation Award – 2010” for his work in the field of Azolla Technology from National Research Development Corporation, New Delhi.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Twin for Tirupati in Kanyakumari

Twin for Tirupati in KanyakumariTirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is constructing a shrine for Lord Venkateswara in the campus of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.
If everything goes according to plans, this temple which will come up in Kanyakumari on the land donated by Vivekananda Kendra will be a “twin” of the famous temple in Tirupati, albeit smaller in size, replicating all the paraphernalia and the rituals followed in Tirupati.
“Vivekananda Kendra has already handed over 4.68 acres from its campus to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) that administers the Tirupati temple. The registration process for the land was completed last week and the papers were handed over,” told the President of the Vivekananda Kendra, Sri P. Parameswaran,

Sri Anand Kumar Reddy, the Tamil Nadu local area committee chairperson of the TTD, explained the idea behind the project. “In 2010, the TTD conducted Srinivasa Kalyanam at Vivekananda Kendra. The response was overwhelming. While we expected only about 1.5 lakh devotees, close to 5 lakh people participated. This prompted TTD officials to think if it was the Lord’s way of conveying that he wanted to be in Kanyakumari. That was the starting point.”

The TTD, Reddy said, had set aside Rs 42.5 crore in the current year’s budget for the preliminary work on the shrine. “Land survey and soil testing will commence sometime this month and then a detailed project report will be drawn up and submitted for approval.”
The temple will also have a centre for teaching the Vedas and a shelter for cattle.
Vivekananda Kendra's public relations officer Sri K.P. Raghunathan Nair said the project was likely to be completed in five years and had the potential to change the landscape of the coastal town. The scenic locale, with the ocean on its south-eastern boundary, falls in Coastal Regulation Zone 2 and all requisite approvals were being obtained for the construction, Nair added.

Personality Development Camp for school children at Itanagar

Sahuti satra or anubhavVivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti has organized Personality Development Camp (Residential) for the students of Class VIII to X on 5th to 08th  April for the students of capital complex at VKV Chimpu, Itanagar with the motto “Man Making-Nation Building”.
Shri Kalyan Dutta, Nagar Pramukh of Vivekananda Kendra, Itanagar Arunachal  Pradesh explained the Concept of “Time Management” for confidence building, memory development, concentration, importance of sleep, technique for gaining energy and enjoying the study intelligently with the help of Yoga and Pranayama.
Shri Jahang Ajang, Education councilor and Shibir Pramukh, conducted the whole camp and took the session on “Vivekananda Kendra and its thought movement” and to choose their goal.
khel Resource persons were from various walks of life.  Shri Wangdiap Lowang, an officer spoke on “My Ideal in my Life”, Shri Lobsang Tashi  Thongon from NERIST javascript:;spoke on “Leadership Development”. Shri S C. Dixit, Principal, VKV, Chimpu dealt on “Goal Setting “
Shri Pai Dawe, Yuva Manch Pramukh, Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Pradesh urged to follow the message of Swami Vivekananda and at least practice one or two activities taught in the four day camp to improve oneself for the development of the Nation.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Yoga Shiksha Shibir at Kashmir

08/19/2012 18:00
09/04/2012 05:00

Medium : Hindi

Date : 20/08/2012 to 03/09/2012 

Place : Vivekananda Kendra,Ramakrishana Mahasammelan Ashram, Nagdandi, Achabal, Anantnag,
Kashmir- 192201 ( J&K)    

Camp Contribution : Rs. 3000/-
Any Physically and Mentally fit person in the age group of 18-60 years. The participant should be able to perform various Yogasanas and exercises. 
The Camp is fully residential. Simple dormitory accommodation is provided separately for Ladies and Gents.We provide simple vegetarian food.
Participants should report at Shibir office one day before the camp starts i.e. 19.08.2012 latest by 6.00 p.m.  and can leave only next morning of  the concluding day i.e.04.09.2012.  Late reporting and/or leaving before the camp concludes are strictly not allowed.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

VKNARDEP : Newsletter March 2012

This month newsletter brings you an excerpt from a classic. Lady Evelyn Barbara "Eve" Balfour (1899-1990)is a legendary name in organic farming. We present excerpts from her address to International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements conference in Switzerland in 1977. The reader will find the address as relevant today as it was more than 35 years ago. And she points out that our educational system need to teach our children about the ecological problems and philosophy. "It is now urgently necessary that a still wider aspect of ecology should also form part of the regular curriculum of all schools, starting at the primary stage."
The trouble is we have first to teach the teachers, and here, I think, we must be agreed on what we want to teach." The newsletter ends with the wisdom of three great souls of India - Tagore, Gandhiji and Vinoba : each calling for a change in our educational system. Thus in both these features the emphasis is on change in educational system.

In the publication section we have shared one of the important publications that we brought out almost two decades ago. 'Back to Nature' is a wonderful synthesis of science, Indian philosophy and ecological awareness. The book looks at the root cause of our ecological crisis and emphasizes a shift in our value system and way of thinking. It reveals a vision that synthesizes quantum mechanics, systems thinking and Indian philosophy. The book is a treat for your mind and leads you to proper eco-action. Read the review in this newsletter and then make sure to order the book.

As ever this month also we have been a bee hive busy with activity: workshops on sustainable agriculture, traditional bone-setting methods, workshops on Azolla technology and kitchen waste based bio-methanation plant training, installation of kitchen waste based bio-methanation plants - all these have happened. Dr.Kamalasannan Pillai and Dr.Ganapathi have given special lectures at VIT and Pondicherry respectively. Dr.Pillai received his societal innovation award at Mumbai in a grand function. There was also Green Building technology workshop attended by architects and engineers this month. A series of talks were given in All India Radio by VK-nardep staff on organic farming. So we have been spreading the green awareness in our own small steps.

You can read all about these and more by downloading our newsletter here. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

रचनात्मकता द्वारा नई शताब्दी की ओर... भारत जागो। विश्व जगाओ।।

Sense impression March 2012 - the creativity of the new century ... Wake up India. Wake the Worldविवेकानन्द केन्द्र कन्याकुमरी शाखा इन्दौर कि और से व्याख्यान   रचनात्मकता द्वारा नई शताब्दी की ओर... भारत जागो। विश्व जगाओ।।  व्याख्यान २८ मार्च २०१२ को इन्दौर मे रखा गया ।  मुख्य वक्ता मा. श्री मुकुलजी ने स्वामी विवेकानन्द के जीवन कि घटनाओं को रखते हुए बताया कि भारत जागो याने भारत को समर्थ बनाना होंगा, भारत सभी {¨त्र मे मार्गदर्शन करे और इसिलिये स्वामी विवेकानन्द का सार्ध शती समारोह वर्ष (१५० वी जयंती) हमारे लिये अवसर है. मुकुलजी ने यह भी बताया कि आज विश्व जिस द्रुष्टी से भारत को  देख रहा है उसे भारत को समझना होंगा, पश्चिम का प्रारंभ यह भौतिक्तासे हुआ और आज उसका अंत यह आध्यत्मिक्ता से होंगा, विश्व तो जगा है हमे अभी स्वयं को जगाना है, भारत मे सबसे अधिक वर्ग मध्यम वर्गी है और वह सांस्क्रुतिक रक्षा करता है,। उन्होंने यहभी बतायाकी भारत ने हमेशा युनिटी  कि बात कि है न कि युनिफ़ोर्मीटी, स्वामीजी के लाहोर  के व्यख्यान का उल्लेख करते हुये मुकुलजी ने बताया कि किस तरह स्वामीजी ने सभी पथों के लोगों को संघटीत किया और उसी विचार को लेकर विवेकानन्द सार्ध शती समारोह वर्ष को मनया जायेगा अर्थात बिखरी हुई आध्यात्मिक शक्ति को एकत्रित करना होगा।

Sense impression March 2012 - the creativity of the new century ... Wake up India. Wake the Worldकार्यक्रम मे मुख्य अतिथी के रुप मे इन्दौर झोन के पुलिस महानिरिक्षक अनुराधा शंकर उपस्थित थी साथ हि विवेकानन्द केन्द्र इन्दौर के संचालक श्री मनोहर देव जी उपस्थित थे. कार्यक्रम मे विवेकनन्द केन्द्र का परिचय श्री अतुल जी शेठ नगर प्रमुख इन्दौर ने दिया. व्याख्यान मे १५० कि संख्या मे शहर के गण्मान्य उपस्थिति थे.