Ramakrishna Seva Mandira
Swami Vivekananda writes to Swami Shuddhananda from Almora on 11th July 1897: – “The easiest way is to take a hut — make it a temple of Guru Maharaj! Let the poor come here to be helped, also to worship. Let there be Kathâ (Puranic recitals) morning and evening there — through that you may teach all you want to teach the people. By degrees the people will be interested. They will keep up the temple themselves; maybe the hut temple will evolve into a great institution in a few years. Let those that go to relief-work first select a central spot in each district and start such a hut-temple, from which all our little work is to proceed.”
When Most Revered Swami Vireshwarananandaji Maharaj visited Mysuru in the year 1983, he expressed the need to start a chain of simple hut temples of Sri Ramakrishna in the rural areas, wherein the service and spread of culture is being taken up along with the worship of Holy Trio and local deities.
During his stay at BR Hills Swami Sureshananda initiated a few welfare measures for the tribal and rural folk. Approached by the Zilla Panchayat officials, the Swami joined hands with the State Government in constructing houses for the poorest of the poor in the most backward region of the Chamarajnagar district. With the financial aid received through Swami Prabuddhanandaji and devotees of the Ashrama, Swami Sureshananda bore the major share of the cost of the construction of 176 houses at three places of the district, Tenkanamole, Elakuru and Handijogi Colony (later renamed as Vivekananda Colony). These houses were constructed on the land site allotted to the beneficiaries by the Govt. After the construction the houses were handed over to the Govt. which in turn allotted them to the beneficiaries.
In order to support, safeguard and to continue to maintain their traditions and practices along with improved ways of living a new project to be implemented at Tenkanamole was conceived with the help of the service minded elders of the village and social workers in B R Hills. The project in brief has the triangular concept: