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Impact on the Culture of India and the World

Swami Vivekananda Calendar 2004

Vivekananda Calendars are one of the most popular in Tamil Nadu…

Impact on writers of significance

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Ishwerwood wrote or co-wrote more than 35 books including a biography of Ramakrishna, a translation of the Bhagavad Gita, and a body of literary fiction- including the book “Berlin Stories” from which the musical Cabaret was based. Isherwood lived at the Vedanta Society in Hollywood as a preprobationer for a couple of years in the early 1940’s. read more

Activities of the Order

The Institute of Culture

Calcutta, India

institute of culture

The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture

Among the centres of cultural activities of the Ramakrishna Mission, special mention should be made of its Institute of Culture, Calcutta (India).

The Institute was started in 1938 as an offshoot of Sri Ramakrishna’s first birth centenary celebration held in 1936. With humble beginnings in small rented rooms in North Calcutta, the Institute has grown over the years, and the fact that it now occupies its present magnificent building in South Calcutta is a testimony to its popularity.

Briefly, the Institute’s activities are:

Cultural Programmes: Include a busy schedule of lectures, debates, elocution competitions, seminars, symposia, study circles, scripture classes, religious congregations, devotional songs, and Indian classical music. read more

Impact on Hindu Spiritual Leaders


From A.B. Purani’s “The Life of Sri Aurobindo”, Chapter ” Pondicherry 1910-1926″, page 209 read more

History of the Ramakrishna Order

Memorials and Official Tributes

Date Memorials and Official Tributes Place
Sep 1995 The Art Institute of Chicago unveiled a Vivekananda Plaque in its Fullerton Hall. Chicago
Oct 1995 The Chicago City Council passed a resolution to co-name a section of Michigan Avenue as Swami Vivekananda Way. Chicago
1996 The Government of India released a large-sized postage stamp, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari. India
12 July 1998 A statue was installed on the premises of The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, located in Lemont, Illinois.  India’s Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee faxed a special message. Lemont, IL
23 Aug 2006 Statue of Swami Vivekananda installed in the Parliament of India India
Swami Vivekananda statue unveiled

Excerpts from various encyclopedias

From Wikipedia: Jan 30, 2007

Swami Vivekananda (Bengali:

Shami Bibekanondo), whose pre-monastic name was Narendranath Dutta read more