Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

The centre was started in 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna at Chennai.


  • Publication of books in English, Sanskrit and Tamil.
  • Publication of two monthly journals: The Vedanta Kesari (in English) and Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam (in Tamil).
  • A girls’ higher secondary school (class 6 to 12) at Sarvana Street, Mint.
  • A primary school (class 1 to 5) at Basin Bridge Road, Mint.
  • A public library with 43,859 books and 193 periodicals. The attached book-bank section had 6500 books and 10 periodicals.
  • Three coaching centres at Gandhinagar.
  • Three units of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa.
  • Four franchise nursing training centres.
  • Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence conducted the following activities:
    • Bala Mandir, a cultural unit for children to teach them bhajans, Vedic chanting and spoken Sanskrit, and Audio-Visual programmes.
    • Youth forum, for conducting values education programmes to youth
    • A one-year Sanskrit course.
    • Values education programmes and cultural competitions.
  • An allopathic-cum-homoeopathic dispensary with dental, eye, ENT, surgical, X-ray, ultrasound scanning, paediatrics, ECG, gynaecology, physiotherapy and laboratory sections, and TB and diabetes clinics. 
  • Eye camps and medical camps.
  • LAP rehabilitation programme through which leprosy afflicted persons (LAPs) were benefited.
  • Religious activities: Daily worship, fortnightly Ramnam Sankirtan, weekly discourses and celebration of the birthdays of the Holy Trio, Swami Ramakrishnananda and other spiritual personalities, as also other festivals.
  • A slum-rehabilitation centre at Ramakrishnapuram provided coaching and computer training to students

Activities at the Rural Welfare Centre at Meyyur, a village 48 km away:

  • A coaching centre.
  • A computer training centre.
  • A Sunday school.
  • A summer camp.
  • A tailoring training centre.
  • Weekly medical camps (eye, dental, general, ENT and cardiac).
  • A dairy.
  • Maintenance of temples in nearby villages.
  • Two camps on organic farming for villagers.
  • Religious activities: Daily worship and vesper service, and celebration of religious festivals and the birth anniversaries of the Holy Trio and other spiritual luminaries.
  • Welfare activities: Providing meals, groceries, clothes and educational aid.


A. Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House) in Chennai, where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days after his return from the West in 1897, is preserved as a memorial. The activities of this sub-centre are:

  • Vivekananda Museum consisting of an art gallery on Indian culture, a photo gallery devoted to Swami Vivekananda and a theatre for 3D and virtual reality movies on Swami Vivekananda.
  • Vivekananda Cultural Centre offers courses on yoga & meditation, Thanjavur painting, Mridangam, Mala Grathana (garland making), graphic design, spoken English, spoken Hindi, Tally-GST, Thirukkural and Tiruppavai, Bhagavad Gita & guided meditation (in both offline and online modes), personality development, life skills and values education.
  • Celebrations: Vivekananda Navaratri (a nine-day-long celebration held from 6 to 14 February every year in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s stay at the House), National Youth Day, Universal Brotherhood Day and International Yoga Day.

B. Ramakrishna Math, Puducherry: The sub-centre was started in 2022. Its activities include:

  • Occasional satsangs.
  • A summer camp.
  • An eye camp and medical camps.
  • Welfare activities.
Old Shrine
Swami Ramakrishnananda
Image of Swami Vivekananda at Vivekanandar Illam
National Youth Day at Vivekanandar Illam

Photo Album of Chennai, Ramakrishna Math

Photo Album of Puducherry, Ramakrishna Math