Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, Ponnampet held a 3-day celebration to mark the Platinum Jubilee of its medical unit Sri Ramakrishna Sevashrama Hospital. The programmes were conducted from 23 May to 25 May 2018. As a part of the celebrations, the hospital opened a new building for Naturopathy wing called Vivekananda Arogya Dhama, conducted a Public Meeting, organised a Multi-speciality Free Medical Camp, and a Medical Seminar.
The celebrations were specially blessed with the presence of Revered Srimat Swami Suhitanandaji Maharaj, one of the Vice Presidents of the Order. Swami Bodhasaranandaji, one of the Assistant General Secretaries of the Order, -- Swamijis from Bengaluru, Lucknow, Mumbai, Jammu, Mysuru, Thiruvananthapuram, Natrampally, Chennai, and other centres, and devotees from Ponnampet and other nearby cities participated in the funcitons.
On 23 May 2018, Srimat Swami Suhitanandaji Maharaj inaugurated the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in a programme held in the evening at the Shambavananda Auditorium in the Math premises. On the stage were Representative of Mysore Medical College-Mysuru, Swamis Atmavidananadji from Vishakapatnam, Mokshavratanandaji from Thiruvananthapuram, Nirantaranandaji from Jammu, Satyadevanandaji from Mumbai, Jitakamanandaji from Mangalore, and Sri Shanta Mallikarjuna Swamiji from Kalancheri Math, Arameri, Virajapet. Dr. C.G Kushalappa, Dean-College of Forestry, Ponnampet, on behalf of the citizens of Ponnampet read out the Binna Vathale (Letter of Honour welcoming Revered Vice-President Maharaj) and the Advisory Committee members of the Ponnampet Math greeted revered Vice President Maharaj with the traditional Coorg turban, Coorg-sword and shawl. In his Inaugural talk revered Vice President Maharaj lauded the uninterrupted medical service rendered by the Sevashrama. The senior swamis too expressed their happiness at the unbroken 75 years of medical service rendered by the Math and prayed for its growth. Swami Bhuvanatmanandaji presented the vote of thanks. In the evening, after Arathi, at the auditorium Sri Dattatreya Velankar from Bangalore performed Harikatha on Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi.
A special puja and homa were performed at the newly constructed Naturopathy Hospital on 23 rd evening and 24 th morning. On 24 th May, 2018, Special Puja to Sri Gurumaharaj was performed followed by Homa.
Traditional Homa was also performed befitting the Opening of New Building. Around 10.00 am, Revered Vice-President Maharaj formally opened the New Building amidst vedic chanting by monks followed by simple Arathi to Swami Vivekananda. Next, Rev. Swami Bodhasaranandaji, Asst. General Secretary Maharaj formally opened the first-floor, the ‘Kokkengada Monnappa and Parvathy Block’. All the swamis and the assembled dignitaries went through the new building.
At 11.00 am in the auditorium, within the premises of the Ashrama, a public meeting was held. Revered Bodhasaranandaji gave key note address. Rev. Swami Jagatatmanandaji’s speech was read by Swami Raghaveshanandaji. Swamis Muktinathanandaji and Raghaveshanandaji addressed the gathering. Sri K.M.Karumbaiah, who donated Rs.46 lakhs, spoke on behalf of the donors. Sri K.M. Karumbaiah and Smt. Pramila Karumbaiah, other donors, Engineers and other workers were duly honoured on the stage.
Then Revered Vice-President Maharaj gave his Benedictory address. All the assembled devotees and well-wishers were sumptuously fed. About 43 monks and brahmacharins participated in the Sadhu Bhandara held on the occasion.
The next day, on 25.05.2018, at 9.00 am, Revered Swami Bodhasaranandaji Maharaj inaugurated theMulti-Speciality Camp specially organized for this occasion. M/s. Narayana Hridayalaya-Mysore, M/s. JSS Medical College & Hospital-Bangalore, Shekar Eye Hospital-Bangalore, Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences-Virajpet specially came to this camp, besides other specialist doctors from Coorg, Mysore and Bangalore Districts.
At 11.00 am, Revered Swami Mukthinathanandaji inaugurated the Seminar specially organized on the occasion wherein students from various colleges and general public attended. All the participants were provided lunch-prasad.