Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Each year, September 11th is celebrated as Universal Brotherhood Day by Vivekananda Kendra because it was on this day in the year 1893,  the King of the Yatis (saints), Swami Vivekananda uttered the five words 'Sisters and Brothers of America' in the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago which won him the hearts of the entire world. His speech was so powerful that He became known as the 'Cyclonic Monk'. Since Swamiji's words came out from the depths of his heart, Swamiji was able to convey the universal Vedantic ideas of brotherhood to the West,  Hence the importance of this day as 'Universal Brotherhood Day' which is being celebrated by Vivekananda Kendra all over India with a variety of programmes.

A number of competitions were held on this occasion by Vivekananda Kendra so that the messages of Swamiji could reach every nook and corner. Various inter -school competitions were held for the UP, H.S and H.S.S. sections starting from 26th August.

On 26th August, Painting competitions were conducted for classes VI-VII and VIII to X. The topic for the junior section was ' Great Indian Heroes  and for the seniors, it was  Indian Monuments. 64 students from 12 different schools participated.

On 27th August, Elocution competitions based on the speech of Swamiji was conducted  both in English and Malayalam for  the upper primary and high School levels. 82 students participated from 8 different schools. It was a full day programme.

On 29th August a quiz competition for classes X, XI and XIIth classes. The topic given was 'Simhavalokan' or recollection and recap of all the subjects studied in the lower classes. Five schools participated. Amrita Vidyalayam secured the first position, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, secured the second position, third and consolation prizes went to Guru Sree Public School and HDPY School.

Concluding function of the UB Day was on 4th September (Sunday). Srimad Swami Chaitanyanandaji from Vivekananda Ashram, Vellimalai-Kanyakumari, was the Chief Guest. Swamiji delivered a vibrant speech on how the sanskaras or values  should be inculcated in children so that they become physically and mentally strong and will be able to face any odds in life. Four regular daily practices were suggested to be adopted from childhood. 1. 12 Ganapathi namaskar, 2. 12 Surya namaskar, 3. Gayathri Japa minimum 12 times 4. Nadisuddhi 12 rounds 

At the end, prizes were distributed by Revered Swamiji to the winning participants. The rolling shield for English Elocution was won jointly by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Amrita VIdyalayam and  the Rolling trophy for Malayalam elocution went to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


On the auspicious day of Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Anandadham was converted into Gokula. Tiny tots of Sandeepani Sishuvihar and the other children from Samskarvarga, crowded here by 9 am in the morning, to take part in the Krishna Jayanthi celebration. Mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of the children were busy decorating their tiny tots into Krishnas. Each Krishna was dressed in yellow coloured veshthi and red or green coloured uttariya, crown on the head and a small flute in the hand, tilakam on the forehead and kundalam hanging from the ears! It was a beautiful sight. There were 20 such Krishnas and three Unni Krishnas. There were Gopikas too around 10 of them. All the little Krishnas were made to sit on stage with the Gopikas behind them. Other children and some elders sang bhajans on Sri Krishna. Smt Mathy Pavitran and Susri Sutapa Das were the judges to select the best child of the lot. All the participating children given token of appreciation for their participation. 

The programme started at 10.30 a.m with a prayer by the Sandeepani Sishuvihar children followed by Deepa prajwalanam by Smt Amani Amma, a well-wisher of Vivekananda Kendra.

After the show the children went to the park to do pradakshina of Sri Krishna's idol at Vrindavan Park of the campus. 'Uriadi ' or breaking of the pot with a stick was the last item of the celebration. All the children enjoyed this thoroughly. There was distribution of prasada after the programme. Programme concluded by noon.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ramayana Month programmes

The Karkatakam or Ramayana  month Samapanam programme was held at Anandadham on 6th August.

Ramayana Masam is an important observance in the state of Kerala. It is observed in the month of ‘Karkidakam’ of the Malayalam calendar while in the Gregorian calendar it corresponds to the months of July to August. This festival is also popularly known as ‘Karkadaka Masam’. During this time, there is a ritual to read ‘Ramayana’ on all the days of the month in almost all Hindu households. Ramayana was translated in the Malayalam language by Thunchath Ezhuthachan and is known as ‘Adhyatma Ramayana Kilippattu’. It is this Malayalam version that is read during the Ramayana Masam. 

As in previous years Kum Bindu with her companion Smt. Baby visited a good number of houses in the neighborhood and did Ramayana pranayama and puja. Where there were no  Ramayana books Kendra presented them with copies of Ramayana.

From 4pm to 5 p.m Ramayana quiz was conducted in three categories. One was for the tiny tots of Sandeepani Sishuvihar, the other was for the Samskarvarga children and the third was for the mothers among the audience.

This year Sri. S Ramesan Nair who has made lifelong contributions to Indian culture through his poems, plays, lyrics, translations and commentaries was the speaker of the occasion. The subject of the talk was Rama as a Maryada Purushotama and the benefits of parayanam of Adhyatma Ramayanam. Sri S.Rameshan Nair is also the author of Chilapadikaram and Kamba Ramayanam in Malayalam.  He left the audience speelbound with his speech.

"An ideal son to the parents. 
An ideal husband to His wife. 
A Good brother to his young brothers. 
A Good and Ideal king to the people of His kingdom. 
A good and ideal protector of Dharma. 
A Good and Ideal ruler. 
A good and ideal friend to vanaras. 
An Ideal son in obeying the parents. 
An example for morality. 
So, Shri Rama is called Maryada purushottam Ram."