R. Krishna Kumar

State Government notifies transfer of land for taking up the project

Rs. 5 crore sanctioned for the project last year

Yeddyurappa to lay foundation stone for

the project in February

MYSORE: The city’s tryst with Swami Vivekananda in 1892 and the dream of his followers to have a memorial to mark the occasion is set to become a reality with the Government notifying the transfer of land to take up the project.

Mooted almost five years ago, the project for a national memorial for Swami Vivekananda received budgetary approval and was sanctioned Rs. 5 crore last year which will be transferred to a special trust constituted to execute the work.

The Swami Vivekananda Memorial Cultural Youth Centre Trust has 24 members, including senior monks of Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, C.H. Vijayashankar, MP, and Balasubramaniam of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement. Mr. Vijayshankar told The Hindu that the land would be transferred to the trust in due course after completion of legal formalities. Architects had prepared a project which would be placed before the Cabinet for approval.

The foundation stone for the project would be laid by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa by February-end. The memorial would be completed in three years.

A long-pending demand of the people of Mysore, the news pertaining to transfer of land comes on the eve of National Youth Day celebrations to mark Swami Vivekananda’s birthday. A team comprising members of the trust will leave for Belur Math in Kolkata next week and also visit the birth place of Swami Vivekananda, Mother Sarada Devi and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa to get a flavour of the ambience and the architectural designs that could be replicated in the memorial here.

Swami Muktidanandaji, senior monk at Sri Ramakrishna Ashram here, said that Niranjan Math on Narayan Shastry Road where Swami Vivekananda stayed while camping in Mysore, would be restored.

There were plans to have a world class library to serve the needs of students studying in the vicinity of the memorial.

There would be a service centre to train the youth in work-culture based on the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, Indian culture apart from teaching yoga and meditation, the swamiji said.

Mr. Vijayshankar said there were scores of schools around the proposed memorial, and hence, it was thought fit to have a world class library with collection of books, ranging from art and culture to academics for the benefit of students.

Also on the anvil was a cultural hall on the first floor where students would be trained in Indian culture with special emphasis on the values and ideals of Swami Vivekananda, while there would be Meditation Hall on the second floor. “The Chief Minister has promised to sanction Rs. 5 crore every year and we intent to spend Rs. 50 crore on the memorial which will be an added tourist attraction here,” Mr. Vijayshankar said.

Swami Vivekananda spent over two weeks meditating and delivering lectures during his visit to Mysore in 1892 and was the State guest of the then Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar.

There are references to Swami Vivekananda’s Mysore visit in Vedanta Kesari published by Sri Ramakrishna Ashram as per which the cultural icon stayed in Mysore from November 9 to 24, 1892.

There is a belief that the only recorded voice of Swami Vivekananda was in the archives of the Mysore Palace, but it has never been traced.