History of Viveka Smaraka
History of Viveka Smaraka
Swami Vivekananda visited Mysore city in November 1892 as part of his parivrajaka wanderings through the length and breadth of India. Though at that time he was an unknown monk and his stay at Mysore was relatively short, he by virtue of his extraordinary personality, erudition and spiritual magnetism, attracted the attention of a large number of citizens that included most distinguished and notable men of Mysore like the Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar and the then Dewan of Mysore State Sir Sheshadri Iyer. Swami Vivekananda in the initial days of his stay resided in the Niranjana Matha, on the Narayana Sastri Road that was centred around an ancient Shiva temple and located adjacent to the Dewans house, called popularly the Seshadri Bhavan . He was later invited to stay for some time with the maharaja himself at the palace and the two became very intimate. The maharaja receiving a lot of benefit from the Swami in spiritual terms. The Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar was instrumental in several ways for Swami Vivekananda proceeding to Chicago for participating in the World's Parliament of Religions in 1893. The deep personal friendship between Swami Vivekananda, the Maharaja and Dewan Seshadri Iyer continued even after Swami Vivekananda left for Chicago.
Diwan Sheshadri Iyer
After the renovation
The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri B S Yediyurappa visited Ramakrishna Vidyashala Mysore in 2008. , the members of the newly formed trust submitted a memorandum on the above lines. After considering the said memorandum and after discussions, the Chief Minister was gracious to approve in principle the prayer made by the trustees and spontaneously announced an immediate grant of Rs 5 crores to the said project and said in regard to other matters the Government would suitably consider the matter soon. The said grant was also included in the relevant State Budget of the Government, but due to procedural reasons the transfer of Land and related permission in the Name of the Trust could not materialize.
The 150th Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda: National committee under Prime Minister of India: May 2010
As part of the various National programs to observe the 150th Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, it was envisaged by the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mision Headquarters that some selected centres of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission will hold regional Bharatiya Adhyatmika Sammilanas with various spiritual and religious organizations in the region belonging to different denominations participating. The Sammilanas were aimed to discuss primarily Religious Harmony and to discuss Shared Spiritual Ideas. The Mysore centre was also one of these denoted by the Headquarters to organize and hold such a Sammilana in 2012. On the concluding day of the Sammilana on April 22, 2012 , the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri Sadananda Gowda formally inaugurated the renovated heritage building “ Niranajana Math” whose renovation was by then completed by Mysore City Municipal Corporation. The Chief Minister as part of the said inauguration, also opened a Photo Museum displayed inside the renovated Niranajana Matha building that depicted many historic events related to the contemporary period when Swami Vivekananda visited Mysore and these reflected mainly his deep links with the then Mysore Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, Dewan Seshadri Iyer and most importantly exhibits of facsimiles of the Prophetic statements Swami Vivekananda made regarding the future of Mysore.
Government Decision to hand over the land for construction of Swami Vivekananda Cultural; memorial Youth centre, Mysore to Ramakrishna Math and Mission Belur math.
During various deliberations, discussions and presentations before the Government related to setting up Swami Vivekananda Cultural; memorial Youth centre, Mysore, namely Project no 12 approved by the State level committee in January 2012, the government examined the proposal of entrusting to the Trust formed for this purpose as mentioned earlier, the responsibility of constructing and maintaining the Memorial cultural youth centre. This responsibility sought for had included taking over from the government land for construction of the memorial, receipt of funds under a specific Memorandum of Understanding that included devolution and dispersal of funds, auditing and supervision and conducting various programs in accordance with its aims and objectives by taking appropriate advice and guidance from Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore and also other NGOs who were dedicated to the Life and messages of Swami Vivekananda. However it emerged that Government rules and provisions were not in favour of handing over the land to a Private Trust.
The proposal was considered by the Government and with consultation with and approval of the Cabinet communicated its approval through a Governmnet Order (G.O) Government Order no. ED/771/LIB2012/ Bangalore dated 09.01.2013 pertaining to transfer, free of cost, the NTM school building and land, situated next to Viveka Smaraka, Naryansastry Road, Mysore and the adjacent BRC building with its vacant site, to Ramakrishna Math & Mission for the purpose of developing a Vivekananda Cultural Youth Centre – Viveka Smaraka. The property was formally transferred on 15-03-13 to the Sri Ramakrishna ashrama Mysore by Dept of Education through the DDPI Mysore in accordance with the Govt Order.