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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. Achari’s 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.