Activities of the Ashrama along the lines laid down by Swami Vivekananda – "Atmano Mokshartham Jagadhitaya cha" or "for the liberation of self & welfare of the world."
On the auspicious occasion of Makara Sankranti and as part of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Fort, Belgaum inaugurated a new bookstore on Platform No. 1 of the Belgaum Railway Station. The store was inaugurated by Shri Sanjeeb Haldar, Chief Commercial Manager (CCM), South Western Railways Headquarters, Hubli today (14th January 2013) at 4:30 pm.
After the inauguration, a short programme to commemorate the event was held next to the bookstall. Swami Raghaveshanandaji Maharaj (Head, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Belgaum), Shri Suresh Hundre (noted industrialist), Shri Sunil Chincholkar (Head, Samarth Vidyapeeth, Pune), Shri Chandramohan (Station Manager, Belgaum Railway Station), Shri Vasant Rao (Chief Commercial Inspector, Southwestern Railways) were the dignitaries present on this occasion. About 100 devotees and admirers of Swami Vivekananda and members of the media and general public had assembled for this programme.
In his short address Shri Sanjeeb Haldar, CCM, Southwestern Railways, HQ, Hubli, while recalling Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Belgaum expressed his happiness with the Ramakrishna Mission’s efforts to spread the message of Swamiji among the people of Belgaum. As a history student, he recalled the role played by Swami Vivekananda as one who inspired the first wave of Indian nationalism in the nation’s freedom struggle. He highlighted Swamiji’s message of harmony among different religions, universality and emancipation of women and expressed his hope that the bookstore would play its role in helping spread this message among the people.
Speaking on the occasion, Swami Raghaveshanandaji Maharaj indicated that this bookstore was not a commercial venture but for the benefit of the people and thanked the Southwestern Railways for their co-operation in establishing this bookstall at the station.
The audience partook sweet Prasad after the programme. A number of people were seen eagerly purchasing books, CDs and other materials from the newly opened bookstall.