The Vivekananda Ratha 2013 -14 in the Nilgiris District, as a part of the 150th Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda Birthday, concluded on 27-05-2013, after a successful journey of 41-Days covering most of the Villages in the District,on Sunday the 26th May 2013.

A befitting farewell was given at the historic Saint Thomas Church here where the Mortal remains of the Faithful J.J. Goodwin are interned inside the Church premises.
Vivekananda Ratha near Mariamman Temple, Ooty

Vivekananda Ratha Procession in Ooty 

Gathering at Samadhi of J.J.Goodwin (Vivekananda's English Disciple)

Performing Puja to Swami Vivekananda



There is a story about a lioness, who was big with young, going about in search of prey; and seeing a flock of sheep, she jumped upon them. She died in the effort; and a little baby lion was born, motherless. It was taken care of by the sheep and the sheep brought it up, and it grew up with them, ate grass, and bleated like the sheep. And although in time it became a big, full - grown lion, it thought it was a sheep. One day another lion came in search of prey and was astonished to find that in the midst of this flock of sheep was a lion, fleeing like the sheep at the approach of danger. He tried to get near the sheep - lion, to tell it that it was not a sheep but a lion; but the poor animal fled at his approach. However, he watched his opportunity and one day found the sheep - lion sleeping. He approached it and said, "You are a lion." "I am a sheep," cried the other lion and could not believe the contrary but bleated. The lion dragged him towards a lake and said, "Look here, here is my reflection and yours." Then came the comparison. It looked at the lion and then at its own reflection, and in a moment came the idea that it was a lion. The lion roared, the bleating was gone.

You are lions, you are souls, pure, infinite, and perfect. The might of the universe is within you. "Why weepest thou, my friend? There is neither birth nor death for thee. Why weepest thou? There is no disease nor misery for thee, but thou art like the infinite sky; clouds of various colours come over it, play for a moment, then vanish. But the sky is ever the same eternal blue.

SOURCE: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda; 
                  Volume-2: The Real Nature of Man; P-86 



Today 117th Foundation Day of Ramakrishna Mission is celebrated at Belur Math. Below are some snaps of the function. Revered President Maharaj chaired the meeting and gave benediction.

Welcome Address(click here) was given by Swami Suhitanandaji Maharaj, the General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math. 

Foundation Day Decoration

Invocation by Brahmacharins

Welcome Address by Swami Suhitanandaji, the General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission

Keynote Address by Swami Bhajananandaji, Asst. Secretary, RK Mission, Belur Math

Speech by Swami Suviranandaji, Asst. Secretary, RK Mission, Belur Math

Benediction by Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math 


A section of the Audience

A section of the Audience

A section of the Audience

A section of the Audience

 Video Presentation on Swamiji150th Birth Anniversary Celebration Project Report