The Vivekananda Rock Memorial at the confluence of three seas in Kanyakumari made a surprise appearance at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya here on Monday.
Not just this, many of Swami Vivekananda’s memorabilia such as a model of the famed Chicago conference, the Presidency College and the Calcutta University where he studied, kindled memories of the towering personality.
The inauguration of ‘Swami Vivekananda Centre’ at the school turned out to be an occasion to drive home among the children noble thoughts of brotherhood, willpower, patriotism and spiritual well-being, considered synonymous with Vivekananda.
With this initiative, the Bhavan’s, which is currently celebrating its platinum jubilee year and the 125th birth anniversary of its founder K.M. Munshi, has yet another reason to boast of disseminating value-based education.
The school has recently purchased books authored by Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and former head of the Mutt, Sri Ranganathananda etc. and has allotted a portion of its library for the vast collection of volumes. Bhavan’s Director N. Satyanarayana Raju announced that the impressive models would also be kept on display at the Centre. TTD Chairman K. Bapi Raju and Executive Officer L.V. Subrahmanyam lauded the initiative to inculcate spiritual and moral values among children.
Shri Krishnananda Swamy, the 98-year-old President of Annadana Samajam and Aadhyatmika Kshetram, who personally chops vegetables, cooks and serves steaming hot rice to the needy and hungry, took part as a guest.
Similarly, the presence of the 104-year-old R. Narayana Reddy, a retired veterinary physician who was associated with Ramana Maharshi of Tiruvannamalai and who was instrumental in spreading Vivekananda’s message in the Godavari districts, came as a motivational factor for the kids.