Monday, March 30, 2009

Swami Vivekananda Stone-Bench Monument consecration: a report

Consecration Ceremony Photographs:
courtesy Shri. S Sudarshan, Devotee, Bangalore

Dear devotees, Namaskar.

By the grace of the Lord, the consecration of the Swami Vivekananda Stone-bench Monument function went off smoothly on Friday the 27th March 2009.

We are herewith sending a brief report of the event along with a few photographs as attachments.

With good wishes,

yours in the Lord

Swami Harshananda

Ramakrishna Math, Bull Temple Road,

Bangalore - 560019 Ph # 080 - 2661 3149, 2667 1010


On Yugadi day i.e. Friday the 27th March 2009, Swami Vivekananda Stone-bench Monument was consecrated by Srimat Swami Bhaumanandaji Maharaj (President, Ramakrishna Math, Pune). The consecration was done at 7:15 AM followed by special puja, homa, mangalarathi and prasad distribution. The morning session was concluded at 12:30 PM. Around 1200 devotees attended in the morning session.

In the evening there was a public meeting where Srimat Swami Bhaumanandaji Maharaj presided and Dr. Gururaja Karjagi (Director, International Academy for Creative Teaching, Bangalore) was the main speaker. Swami Harshanandaji addressed the gathering explaining the significance of the Stone-bench. Mementos were distributed for the devotees and members who worked for this Stone-bench project. There were about 1600 devotees in the evening session.

Brief report of the Monument

When Swami Vivekananda arrived in Bangalore during December 1892 from Belgaum, he stayed at the Kalappa Choultry in the Majestic area for a few days. During that period he sat and rested quite a few times on a stone- bench attached to the front wall of the house of Sri Sugappa, a jeweller by profession. After discovering later that the sannyasin was none other than Swami Vivekananda, Sri Sugappa and his descendants preserved it carefully with all respect, as a valuable monument. This stone – bench – slab, which was sanctified by Swami Vivekananda, was officially handed over to Ramakrishna Math in January 1997

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