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Vivekananda Kendra is a Hindu spiritual organisation based on the principles preached by Swami Vivekananda. It was founded 7 January 1972 in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Shri Ekanathji Ranade. Its current president is P. Parameswaran.


Sphere of influence

The organisation is most influential in North-East India. It has over 200 full-time dedicated workers and 205 branch centres spread over the 18 States of India. The workers are of three categories:

  • Jeevanavrati or life worker the young men and women who join Kendra for life
  • Sevavrati who joins Kendra for specific period of time
  • Vanaprasthi who join Kendra after their retirement
  • Karyakartas, Local workers who does the Nations work without leaving their mundane life

To mould dedicated workers, the Kendra adopts a methodology unique to it by organising 'Yoga varga' (class), 'Bal-samskar varga', 'Swadhyaya varga' and training camps. The training centre is located at Vivekananda Kendra Prashikshan va Seva Prakalpa, Nashik, Maharashtra.


The organisation conducts Yoga classes, seminars, and rural development activities.


Schools and foundations

  • Schools in Arunachal Pradesh running under Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal Pradesh Trust. VKVAPT
  • Schools in North Eastern Area famous as VKV, i.e. "Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas" Under project Vivekananda Kendra Siksha Prasar Vibhag. VKSPV
  • ARUN JYOTI – [1]
   1 : Anupacharik Shiksh Manch
   2 : Svasthya  Seva Manch
   3 : Mahila Manch
   4 : Yuva Manch
   5 : Samskritik Manch
  • Vivekananda Kendra Medical and Research Foundation in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Vivekananda Kendra Institute Of Culture, Guwahati VKIC
  • Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation, Kodungallur, Kerala
  • * Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi,India VIF
  • Natural Resourse Development Project - Nardep VK NARDEP
  • Rural Development Programme
  • Vivekananda Kendra Prashikshan Va Sewa Prakalp
  • Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan Trust VKPT, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Vivekananda Kendra Prashikshan va Seva Prakalpa, Nashik
  • Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya VKV, Laipuli, Tinsukia, Assam. Set up in 1976, the first batch(Class X) rolled out in 1990. In 1995 the first batch of class XII had passed out from here. At the beginning only the science stream was available to the students of class XIth and XIIth. But at present a commerce stream is also available.
  • Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya,Kanyakumari

Major publications

  • Magazines
  1. Yuva Bharati - English monthly
  2. Kendra Bharati - Hindi monthly
  3. Vivekananda Kendra Patrika - a thematic six-monthly cultural magazine
  4. Vivek Vichar - Marathi
  5. Jagruti - English & Assamese
  6. Vivek Sudha - Gujarati
  7. Vivek Vani - Tamil
  • India's contribution to World Thought and Culture
  • Comprehensive Biography of Swami Vivekananda : Prof. S.N. Dhar in two parts.
  • Sadhana of Service : A manual for Social Workers
  • Story of Rock Memorial : Shri Eknath Ranade
  • The Goal and the Way
  • Heart Beat of Hindu Nation
  • Gita for Daily Life

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