A timetable of major events related to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
Idea of erecting a memorial for Swami Vivekananda as his birth centenary is to follow in 1963
01 Aug 1962
Unregistered committee starts functioning.
15 Sep 1962
First ad hoc committee meeting is held at Madras.
19 Sep 1962
Devaswom Board, Suchindram, grants permission to start ferry service to and fro Vivekananda Rock. Boat service starts in the evening.
02 Oct 1962
Armed police guards planted at the Rock in view of the friction arising from erecting and removing a cross on the Rock.
10 Oct 1962
Devaswom Board, Suchindram, grants permission to construct a statue of Swami Vivekananda on the Vivekananda Rock.
11 Nov 1962
Members of the Executive Committee of the All India Committee elected.
17 Jan 1963
Birth centenary of Swamiji is celebrated at Kanyakumari. A memorial tablet in marble is erected on the Rock.
29 Mar 1963
The All India Swami Vivekananda Centenary Celebration and Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee is registered.
20 Apr 1963
The Memorial tablet on the Rock is disfigured.
18 May 1963
The Memorial tablet is stolen.
11 Aug 1963
Eknathji Ranade becomes the Organising Secretary.
23 Dec 1963
Eknathji takes the first signature in the petition of parliamentarians.
26 Dec 1963
The petition with signatures of 323 MPs is given to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
29 Aug 1964
Committee approves Chief Engineer and Architect S. K. Acharis Memorial plan.
24 Sep 1964
Madras Government grants permission for the erection of the statue of Swami Vivekananda on the Vivekananda Rock.
06 Nov 1964
Chiselling the first stone starts.
03 Sep 1966
Drilling core sample on the Rock starts.
12 Dec 1967
Stone masonry work starts on the Rock. Meditation Hall work taken up first.
03 Dec 1967
The name Vivekananda Kendra is suggested for conducting activities preached and envisaged by Swami Vivekananda.
19 Jun 1968
Submerged power cable to the Rock is energised.
18 Sep 1968
Permission to construct Shripada Mandapam is received.
27 Dec 1968
Tentative date of 9 Mar 1970 fixed for inauguration of the Rock Memorial.
06 Mar 1970
Dhyan Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam completed.
16 Jul 1970
Main dome, circular path way, power house completed.
21 Jul 1970
Campus is named Vivekanandapuram.
21 Aug 1970
Shripada Mandapam consecrated.
02 Sep 1970
Consecration of the Rock Memorial. Inauguration of the Rock Memorial by President V. V. Giri.
26 Dec 1971
Dwajasthambam is ready for flag hoisting.
07 Jan 1972
Flag hoisting on the Rock at sunrise and lowering at sunset starts. Vivekananda Kendra comes into being.