Vivekananda Kendra

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Vivekananda Kendra is a Hindu spiritual organisation based on the principles preached by Swami Vivekananda. It was founded on 7 January 1972 in Kanyakumari, India by Eknath Ranade, a senior pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Its current president is P. Parameswaran.


The organisation conducts Yoga classes, seminars, and rural development activities.

The organisation constructed solid waste management and bio-gas plant in Mahabalipuram.[1]

Books published[edit]

  • VKPT (December 1991), Golden Words of Swami Vivekananda, Chennai, INDIA: Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan Trust, OL 24405837M
  • VKPT (2009), Padavali ॐ, Chennai, INDIA: Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan Trust, OL 24405835M
  • VKIC (January 2010), Heritage of KAMAKHYA on the Nilachala Hill, Guwahati, IN: Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, OL 24405831M
  • Dr. Suresh Shastri (13 October 2010), Karmayoginee Nivedita, Pune, India: Vivekananda Kendra Marathi Prakashan Vibhag, OL 24405830M


Vivekananda Kendra received the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015 for their contribution to rural development, education, development of natural resources.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Power from waste: Vivekananda Kendra shows the way". The Hindu. Tamil Nadu, India. 7 September 2011.
  2. ^ "President confers Gandhi Peace Prize". All India Radio. 26 February 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Beckerlegge, G. (2003). "Saffron and Seva: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Appropriation of Swami Vivekananda". In A. Copley (ed.). Hinduism in Public and Private. Oxford University Press. pp. 31–65. ISBN 0198062826.
  • Beckerlegge, Gwilym (2010). "'An ordinary organisation run by ordinary people': A study of leadership in Vivekananda Kendra". Contemporary South Asia. 18 (1): 71–88. doi:10.1080/09584930903561689.
  • Pandya, Samta (2014). "Seva and Institution Building in Hindu Inspired Faith Movements". Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research. 14 (3).
  • Pandya, Samta P. (2014). "The Vivekananda Kendra in India: Its ideological translations and a critique of its social service". Critical Research on Religion. 2 (2): 116–133. doi:10.1177/2050303214534999.

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