Thursday, November 30, 2006

Activities - RKM, Belguam

A report of recent activities

On November 22nd, 2006 the Ashrama had organized a programme coinciding with the visit of Srimat Swami Swahanandaji Maharaj, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Holywood, USA. The programme started with the chanting of the holy vedic hymns. Srimat Swami Swahanandaji Maharaj and the Chief guest, Dr Sri K. Balaveera Reddy, the Vice-Chancellor of Visweshwarayya Technological University addressed the gathering. A report of the event is given below:
~ Swami Raghaveshananda

DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP TO NEEDY & MERITORIOUS STUDENTS
The scholarship scheme was started in 2004 to help and encourage poor but meritorious students in pursuit of academic excellence. This is a yearly venture and any student in the state of Karnataka can apply for availing this financial aid.


This year more than 270 students in the state of Karnataka were chosen to receive the scholarships amounting to more than Rs. 5.0 lakhs. Srimat Swami Swahanandaji Maharaj graced the occasion while Dr Sri K. Balaveera Reddy, distributed scholarships to few chosen students.

Revered Swami Swahanandaji Maharaj
distributing scholarships

Dr Sri K Balaveera Reddy distributing
scholarships



DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES TO WINNERS OF COMPETITIONS
The Ashrama had conducted competitions on essay writing, drawingand painting, elocution and quiz on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekanandafor the students of primary and high schools in the city of Belgaum. We believethey help in propagating the character-building, strength-giving messages ofSwami Vivekananda and will immensely benefit budding students. More than450 students participated and 46 students won prizes. Books worth Rs. 4,000/- on Swami Vivekananda useful to the students were given as prizes.


Sri Sashikumar C. Welling distributing prizes to
the winners of competitions

Sister Vimala distributing prizes to winners of
competitions

DISTRIBUTION OF BLANKETS TO POOR PEOPLE
As a token of our service to the poor and the needy, woolen blanketswere distributed as winter relief to 200 poor people in and around the city ofBelgaum. The dignitaries distributed blankets amidst chanting of vedic hymns.

Revered Maharaj distributing blankets tothe poor

Ms. Wendy (a devotee from Hollywood)
distributes blankets to the poor

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