Author: Swami AtmashraddhanandaPublisher: Sri Ramakrishna MathYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 247ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178235196
This book gives a comprehensive account of Swami Vivekananda’s nine-day stay at the Ice House/Castle Kernan (now called Vivekanandar Illam) – the Tamil word for a house; ‘Vivekananda House’) after his return in 1897, followed by the founding of Chennai Sri Ramakrishna Math there and the hardships and challenges Swami Ramakrishnananda underwent in the initial years. The book describes, with the help of old records, reminiscences and photographs, the history of the building, and its association with many eminent people of contemporary India.Vivekanandar Illam – located on the picturesque Marina beach road in Chennai – now houses a ‘Permanent Exhibition on Indian Culture and Swami Vivekananda’, maintained by the Ramakrishna Math, and is a source of inspiration to thousands of people who visit it every year. The room where Swamiji stayed in the Illam is used as a meditation hall.
Publisher’s NotePrologueSECTION ONE: MONUMENTS, MEMORIALS AND TRIBUTES1. A Lingering Presence2. Swami Vivekananda in TamilnaduSECTION TWO: SWAMI VIVEKANANDA’S STAY AT CASTLE KERNAN3. Journey towards Madras4. Arrival at Madras5. Swamiji’s Nine Days at Castle Kernan6. Letters of Appreciation from the West7. Swamiji in the Ice House: Some ReminiscencesSECTION THREE: THE FIRST CENTRE OF THE RAMAKRISHNA MOVEMENT IN SOUTH INDIA8. Early History of the Castle Kernan9. Swami Ramakrishnananda’s Days at the Castle Kernan10. Swami Paramananda at the Castle Kernan11. Visits of the Direct Disciples and Eminent Persons12. March of EventsSECTION FOUR: HOME FOR THE WIDOWS AND VIVEKANANDAR ILLAM13. Home for the Windows and the Hostel for Teacher – Trainees14. Making of the Vivekanandar Illam15. Renovation Work and RestorationSECTION FIVE: VIVEKANANDAR ILLAM – A MONUMENT OF INSPIRATION16. Setting up of Permanent Exhibition17. Vivekanandar Illam: an Architectural Study18. Vivekanandar Illam TodayAPPENDIXESA. Minutes of the Swami VivekanandaReception Committee, January 1897B. Three Welcome Addresses PresentedTo Swamiji on His Arrival in MadrasC. The Addresses of Welcome Presented toSwami Vivekananda at Victoria HallD. The Sanskrit Dialogue that Impressed Swami VivekanandaE. The Memorial Meeting held at Madras afterThe demise of Swami VivekanandaF. Sister Nivedita’s visit to Madras:Two Newspaper ReportsG. ‘Biligiri Iyengar – My Maternal Grandfather’H. Holy Mother’s Letters to Swami RamakrishnanandaAnd sent to his Castle Kernan addressI. Castle Kernan: Some Old Newspaper ReportsJ. Vivekanandar Illam and Tsunami 2004K. Vivekanandar Illam – an OverviewL. Continuing the LegacyReferencesAcknowledgements