Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy will inaugurate the Swami Vivekananda Memorial (the restored house where the spiritual leader had stayed for three days in October 1892) at Risaldar Galli here on February 1. Swami Raghaveshanandaji Maharaj, former secretary of Belagavi Ramakrishna Mission Ashram and present president of the Ooty ashram, said on Tuesday that the CM will also inaugurate a museum on the occasion. Swami Suviranandaji Maharaj, general secretary to Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur, Kolkata will be the guest of honour. Ravi Gundu Rao, principle conservation architect will brief about the international standard restoration work.
As part of the inauguration, a youth convention for college students has been organized on February 2 while Bhakta Sammelana will be conducted on February 3. ‘Bhavya Bharat’, a cultural programme Chakravarthy Sulibele and team and Hindustani vocal concert by Anand Bhate from Pune will be part of the event. Swami Tadyuktanandaji Maharaj of Sri Ramakrishna Vidyarthi Mandiram, Bengaluru said Ramakrishna Mission Ashram has spent Rs 3 crore for the restoration work. He said Vivekananda was in Belagavi just 11 months before his Chicago visit to attend a Sarva Dharma Sammelan, he said.
The Belagavi ashram’s secretary Swami Atmaprananandaji Maharaj and Swami Mokshananda were present.