State government had sanctioned Rs. 2 crore for the proposed centre

The Vivekananda Cultural Centre, to be housed adjacent to the Vivekanandar Illam or the Ice House in Triplicane here, is to be inaugurated in a month.

The centre, devoted to the development of human excellence, will be spread over 10,000 sq. ft. Some of the activities in the cultural centre will include offering courses in mediation and yoga, Vedanta, Hinduism and Swami Vivekananda’s teachings, soft skill workshops for students and employed youth and a free tuition centre on computer courses for the underprivileged.

Announcing the inauguration of the centre at a function here on Sunday, Ramakrishna Math manager Swami Austoshananda said the State government had sanctioned Rs. 2 crore for the proposed centre. The Union government was also providing assistance for the project.

[In February last, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa laid the foundation stone for the Vivekananda Cultural Centre].

The function was held to mark the arrival of Swami Vivekananda ratham as part of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. Participating in the function, Swami Padmasthananda, organiser of the rath yatra in Chennai, said that since April, the ratham had traversed over 18,000 km in the State.

It would be stationed in Chennai for 10 days, after which it would leave for Coimbatore, the originating point. The valedictory of the year-long celebration would take place in Coimbatore on January 12.

Swami Gautamananda, president (‘Adhyaksha’), Sri Ramakrishna Math, handed over ‘Vivekananda Award’ to 10 achievers for their contribution. The achievers were given Rs. 50,000 each. He commended the recipients of the award for their services.

Referring to the country’s contribution to the field of spiritualism, he said, “In India, there is no conflict between science and religion and they co-exist in harmony. While accepting science and technology and techniques of modern era, we have to protect our culture and heritage.”