Permanent exhibition on Sister Nivedita's life all set to come up at Darjeeling Centre

Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Educational and Cultural Center in Darjeeling
Darjeeling: A permanent exhibition on the life, work and teachings of Sister Nivedita is all set to come up at the Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Educational and Cultural Center in Darjeeling. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently allocated Rs 1 crore fund for the project.

On May 30, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to Kalimpong had announced Rs 1 Crore for the Nivedita Center

in Darjeeling.

"We had sent a proposal to the West Bengal Government on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary Sister Nivedita. The proposal included maintaining the room, where Sister Nivedita breathed her last, along with a permanent exhibition on her life, works and teachings," stated Swami Nityasatyananda, Centre Head.

Sister Nivedita had breathed her last at Roy Villa located on Lebong Cart Road in Darjeeling on October 13, 1911. She was then cremated at Darjeeling crematorium. The Nivedita Centre is housed

at Roy Villa.

"The permanent exhibition will be interactive through audio-visual media and touch screen presentations.

There will be models as well. There will be some unpublished letters of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose and Sister Christine (disciple of Swami Vivekananada) Some old books will also be on display along with a typewriter, a wall clock, a radio and a table lamp of that era," stated the Centre Head.

On May 17, 2013, an agreement was signed between West Bengal Information and Cultural Affairs Department Joint Secretary Piyali Sengupta; GTA Principal Secretary Ram Das Meena and Swami Suhitanandaji, the then General Secretary, Ramkrishna Mission in the presence of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, GTA Chief Executive Member Bimal Gurung at Roy Villa paving way for the

Nivedita Centre.

On July 10, 2013, the State Government handed over Roy Villa to Ramakrishna Mission. Items used by Sister Nivedita along with a few personal belongings are displayed in the Villa.

Along with various training programmes including women's empowerment programme, RKMNECC provides free rations for the elderly; clothes for the economically backward and relief during natural calamities.

The centre runs a Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (GAP,) for the children.

At present, more than 50 students from tea gardens and surrounding areas attend this programme. The programme includes regular education, moral education, physical training and food. 

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A permanent exhibition on the life, work and teachings of Sister Nivedita is all set to come up at the Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Educational and Cultural Center in Darjeeling.

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