Chennaiyil Vivekanandar – Vivekananda Navaratri
– Divine Book Festival – Feb 6 th – 14 th 2017
Swami Vivekananada stayed in the Vivekananada Illam, Chennai for 9 days (Feb 6 th –
14 th ) after his triumphant visit of the West. These 9 days are celebrated as Vivekananda
Navaratri by the Sri Ramakrishna Math and devotees.
Sri.N.Gopalswami, Chief Election Commissioner inaugurated this year’s Divine Book
Festival and delivered the keynote address on 6.2.2017.
Padmasri Nalli Kuppusamy Chettiar, Sri N.Ravi, Director Kasthuri & Sons Ltd (The Hindu),
Sri K.Anand, Senior Advocate, Kerala Highcourt and Sri N.Murali, Krishna Sweets participated as
Guests of honour. With the benedictory address of Swami Gautamanandaji the inaugural
function came to an end.
Students from many schools, devotional organizations and devotees of Sri Ramakrishna
Math rendered bhajans and cultural programmes during these 9 days. The Swamis of Sri
Ramakrishna math, Velukudi Krishan & Brahmasri Govindapuram Vittaldass Maharaj delivered
spiritual discourse and nama sankisrtan. Justices B. Rajendran, K.Vaithiyanadan Editor
Dinamani, L.Sabarathinam Chirman, Bharat Vidhya Bhavan, Justice R.Mahadevan Participated
as chief guests.
Stage Dramas Sister Nivedita by Prayartana, Thirunavukarasar by Nataka Kavalar
kalaikkudam, Dance Drama Aham Bhramasmi by Sheela Unnikrishnan gave good
entertainment and spiritual experience to the audience. Sri Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil
Srinivasan gave a wonderful combination of vocal and piano. Puppet show on Swami
Vivekananda presented by Sri Gananathar Bommai Nadaga Saba and The flute recital by
J.A.Jayanth were added attractions to the festival.
Valedictory function of the event was held on 14-2- 17. Minsiter for School Education
and Sports and Youth Welfare, Tamilnadu Government Ma Foi Sri K Pandiyarajan participated
as the chief guest of the program. Sakthi Group, Chaairman, Sri Dr M Manikam was the special
guest. Sri U Ve Dushyant Sridhar delivered a Katha Kutcheri on ‘Thamarai Kannan’. He brought
out the price worthy facts about the Lotus Eyed avatars of Sri Maha Vishnu, in a humorous way.
The kutcheri rendered by Selvi Anahita and Apoorva sisters was mesmerizing.
The special feature of the Vivekananda Navaratri was the Divine Book Festival.
Thousands of books were exhibited. Huge number of books were purchased by students and
other visitors. This proved that the habit of good reading of the people increase tremendously.
The Vivekananada Navaratri gave good thoughts and new perception to everybody.
The Vivekananada Navaratri & the Book Festival were successful in propagating the
messages of Swami Vivekananda.
Dinamani, Dinamalar, The Hindu & TV channels brought out the news of Vivekananda
Navaratri every day. We thank all of them.