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Birth centenary celebration of Swami Atmasthananda

  • Category
    History & Culture
  • Published
    16th Jul, 2022

Context

PM addressed the birth centenary celebration of Swami Atmasthananda.

About

Swami Atmasthananda:

  • Swami Atmasthananda was the 15th President of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
  • Swami Atmasthananda was born on the holy Buddha Purnima—the thrice-blessed day on which Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and entered nirvana.
  • He hailed from Kshetripara of Dinajpur, now in Bangladesh. He was born in 1919.
  • His pre-monastic name was Satyakrishna.
  • At the age of 22 years, Satyakrishna joined the Ramakrishna Order at Belur Math.
  • He was elected a trustee of the Ramakrishna Math and a member of the Governing Body of the Ramakrishna Mission in 1973.
  • In 1975, he was appointed as an Assistant Secretary of the twin organisations. He also became the Secretary of relief operations of the Math and Mission.
    • Under the stewardship of Swami Atmasthananda, the Math and Mission conducted massive relief and rehabilitation services in various parts of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
  • He became the General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission in 1992 and continued to be in that post for five years till 1997 when he became a Vice-President of the Order.
  • In 2007, Swami Atmasthananda was elected the President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.
    • He was the 15th President of the Order.
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