The force behind Vivekananda Kendra and Vivekananda Rock Memorial - Mananeeya Shri Eknathji Ranade was born in a small village Timtala in Amaravati district in 1914. Rastriya adhikaris of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari visited Timtala on 16th March, 2015. The people of Timtala have a feeling of pride and fulfillment that a son of the soil has created such an important National Monument at Kanyakumari.
Ma. Bhanudasji spoke to the villagers about Mananeeya Eknathji's perfection, hard work and his contribution in national reconstruction. He futher appealed them to focus on Swami Vivekananda's message of "Service to Humanity is Service to Divinity" and bring it into practice as Ma. Eknathji did.
Kendra's Vice-President Ma. Shri Balakrishnanji, Sushri Nivedita didi, Joint General Secretary Sushri Rekha didi, Shri Pravinji, Shri Kishorji, Treasurer Shri Hanumanthraoji, Maharashtra prant Pramukh Shri Abhay Bapat, Maharashtra Prant Sangathak Shri Vishwas Lapalkar, Village Sarpanch Sushri Rekhatai Mende and Shri Narendra Zade from Amaravati were also present on the occasion.
Sushri Shobhatai Pitale introduced the dignitories to the people. The Programme was conducted by a student of journalism - Suraj Sahare. Sushri Geetatai Kelkar introduced Vivekananda Kendra and its activities. People were inspired by watching a small film on Ma. Eknathji. Sushri Sarthata Deshpande presented a song on Ma. Eknathji's life and work. More than 100 people were present for the programme.
Another programme was arranged at Amaravati at DCPE Auditorium of Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal - one of the most prestigious institutions of our nation. The programme started at 6.30 pm by a film "Eknathji". Sushri Gauri Deshpande conducted the programme. Shri Chintan Magia explained Vivekananda Kendra activities to the audience.
Ma. Nivedita Bhide spoke on "Timtala to Kanyakumari - A journey towards the Goal". She spoke about three stages of Ma. Eknathji's life - 1 his young age, 2 his Pracharak life and 3 his contribution of Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Vivekananda Kendra. She also spoke about his great contribution in various fields like Service, Yoga, participation of women in social and national level and work in north-east region of our country.
The programme was attended by 170 people of Amravati. It was concluded with Shanti Mantra.