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The house where Swami Vivekananda lived

Updated on June 5, 2012
The house where Swami Vivekananda stayed for 9 days in October,1982
The house where Swami Vivekananda stayed for 9 days in October,1982 | Source

The world renowned Swami Vivekananda became famous only after he made his historic speech at Chicago (USA),in the great assembly of "Conference of World Religions".But Prior to that, though he was a great mediator, and a person with profound knowledge,he was less known even in different parts of India.Many places he visited then as a common monk came to recognized as sacred places later.

One such place is at Belgaum (Belagavi) a district headquarters in North -western part of Karnataka state, in south India.

Swami Vivekananda, came to this town, then a mid-sized one with just some 30-40 thousand population.on 15th October 1892 Saturday, when the sun had raised up wiping his eyes.He had come from Kolhapur.He first stayed at Mr.Sadashiv Balakrishna Bhate,an advocate.After staying as respected guest at Bhate family, Swamiji shifted his stay to another person's house. He was an atheist Mr. Haripada mitra,who was Sub-divisional Forest officer there. He was the friend to Bhate. He had no respect for monks.He had no belief in god etc. He was thinking all that was only a bragging to fool the innocents.But after some discussions with swamiji,his cynicism vanished and he developed interest in knowing Hindu philosophy and living style.



The house( center) and the Universal temple built in 2004(left side)At the rear side, the auditorium is seen.
The house( center) and the Universal temple built in 2004(left side)At the rear side, the auditorium is seen. | Source
Closer view of the house at night.
Closer view of the house at night. | Source
Statue of Swamiji presently kept at the hall , in the same house. Now visitors sit and pray here  a while.
Statue of Swamiji presently kept at the hall , in the same house. Now visitors sit and pray here a while. | Source
The door between verandah and inner hall of the house. The paintings seen here are kept on all four sides, after converting it into a memorial.Behind this door is the hall where now the statue of Swamiji is kept.
The door between verandah and inner hall of the house. The paintings seen here are kept on all four sides, after converting it into a memorial.Behind this door is the hall where now the statue of Swamiji is kept. | Source
This was the condition of the house till 2000 A.D, when it was handed over to Ramakrishna mission.
This was the condition of the house till 2000 A.D, when it was handed over to Ramakrishna mission. | Source

Swami Vivekananda stayed in this house for 9 days-fromOct.18th 1892 to 27th Oct,1892.On 25th October, Haripada and his wife Indumati Devi, were initiated by Swamiji as per the wish of the couple.Good congregation was getting assembled there everyday at fixed time, to here swamiji's Pravachan and singing. They were all officials living in that area.Mr. Haripada Mitra has writren down all his memories of Swamiji's stay at his house.

On Oct,27th of 1892, Swamiji started out from this house without obliging Haripada, anymore.

After many years of swamiji's death, his devotees spread throughout India and Ramakrishna mission started functioning with full support by devotees.A brqnch of the mission was started at Belgaum also, which had ,by this time grown into a bigger city. It started functioning in a rented house for some years.

When they came to know of this building that had become sacred by the stay of swamiji,they pleaded the state government of karnataka,to hand over the building to maintain it as a memory. After many movement of files and personal approaches,finally the building was handed over to Ramakrishna mission on June 1st, 2000 A.D.At that time, the building was in a very awkward condition.The mission brought it to the original condition,and constructed a Temple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, in the adjacent site. Behind the memorial house, a conference hall is also built.

now it is a pleasant spot for those who wish to pray silently.

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    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      5 years ago from Tumkur

      Good.It seems you have maintained good taste from the beginning.It is evident from your good hubs also.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      I read Swami Vivekananda for the first time when I was a ninth grader. He truly was a spiritual leader.

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      5 years ago from Tumkur

      Thank you very much

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You have given us a wonderful knowledge. Swamiji was a brilliant man who brought fame for our mother land. Your text, photos, everything excellent and informative. Thank you for sharing.

    • shampa sadhya profile image

      Shampa Sadhya 

      6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up, useful and awesome!

      I liked the article very much because it gave me an additional knowledge about Swamiji. Last January I wrote an article on him which gave me immense satisfaction. Your article has enhanced that satisfaction as I came to know a little more about Swami Vivekananda, a great soul.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I respect and adore Swami ji, and his house is an addition to my knowledge, thanks

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      6 years ago from Tumkur

      Swamiji had diabetes. There was no insulin treatment then.He knew his death somedays earlier. He chose to leave his body on a particular auspicious day.He left it very coolly as if in sleep.That is the power of Yoga,which, most of us do not believe.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I literally adore the philosophies of Swami Vivenkanada.. What a great man..

      In Deoghar... My ancestral home shares its boundaries with the Ramkrishna Mission School!

      When I was studying history and cam across him for the first time.. I thought to my self.. " India.. has always been deprived of leaders.. The moment we have one upcoming.. something happens "

      Vivekananda was a true leader.. his demise so early was tragic

      Great hub!

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