An Appeal for Funds for the New Building of Advaita Ashrama at Kolkata

Advaita Ashrama is a branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math. It was founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1899 at Mayavati in the Himalayas. It is the premier publication house of the Ramakrishna Order. The purpose of starting this Ashrama was to spread the message of Advaita Vedanta all over the world for the well-being of the entire human race. For the last 123 years Advaita Ashrama has been doing this work dedicatedly and in silence. Advaita Vedanta is the core ideology of Hindu Dharma.
During his lifetime, Swami Vivekananda spread the universal message of Hindu Dharma all over the world. After he left his mortal coil, his message was carried all over the globe by the books published by Advaita Ashrama. The most important publication of Advaita Ashrama is “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”, which has impacted the world thought deeply and set in a new trend heading towards a spiritual and humanistic world order.
As the conducting of the publication work of Advaita Ashrama used to be extremely challenging from Mayavati in the Himalayas, in 1920 the work was shifted to a small house in Kolkata at College Street Market. From there it changed places a few times before it settled down at 5 Dehi Entally Road in 1960. For the last 62 years the publication work has been going on from this place. But in the recent decades, with the phenomenal increase in the
quantum of work, we have been facing acute shortage of space for conducting our activity efficiently. Hence arose the dire need to construct a new building in the adjacent plot of land (36 Ananda Palit Road) belonging to us.
This new building is going to be a ground-plus-six-storied structure. It will have a vast area for stocking of printed books and publication related activities. Every department will have its individual office space. There will be a spacious sales section, a 400-seat auditorium to hold regular classes for the benefit of all, a beautiful meditation hall for devotees and visitors, a monks quarters, a staff quarters, a quarters for guest devotees, and rooms to conduct educational and related activities for the youth.
The estimated cost of this project is rupees 42 crores. With the help of the donations of large hearted devotees and well-wishers we have been able to collect till now around rupees 17 crores. With this collected money the construction work is being commenced. But to complete the work we need further rupees 25 crores (approximately).
We therefore appeal to all the devotees and admirers of Swami Vivekananda to come forward and help us complete this project by making donations to whatever extent possible. Your contribution to further this global mission of Swami Vivekananda will be a great service rendered by you in furtherance of the cause of Hindu Dharma, our culture and civilization, and our motherland Bharat. The foundation stone was laid on 30 March 2022 and we expect the project to be completed within three years.
So please come forward and put your shoulders to the wheel of Hindu Dharmic resurgence initiated by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. This is the need of the modern times.
Donations to Advaita Ashrama are eligible for Income Tax exemption u/s 80G (5) (vi) of IT Act, 1961. Indian donors can donate online through our website:
Donors who wish to pay by bank transfer and Foreign Donors may write to us at [email protected] to know our bank details.
Yours in OM,
Swami Shuddhidananda
Advaita Ashrama

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