Tuesday, October 2, 2007

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86 Bungalows for stay all over India MISCONCEPTION
Many believe that Swami Vivekananda suffered from hunger all the time during his travel, that Vivekananda walked all the time with his stick in hand. Did he stay in huts? Where are the huts?

He was searching for highly placed Government Officers or native rulers or wealthy landlords/merchants.

Here is a list of places where he stayed. I shall try to give some links which show the photos and description.

BANGALORE (Now: Bangaluru)

Early 1892. Stayed as the guest of Dr. Palpu, Municipal Medical Officer, Bangalore, in his house.

BELGAUM (Karnataka)
Oct. 1892. Stayed as the guest of Prof. G.S. Bhate and Sub Divisional Forest Officer Haripada Mitra.


BOMBAY (MUMBAI)
Shri Ramdas Chabildas, a wealthy Gujarati Merchant. It is a three storied building with horses for transportation.
http://eng.vedanta.ru/library/prabuddha_bharata/Jan2005_swami_vivekananda_s_first_hosts_in_Bombay.php


CHENNAI (MADRAS)
Period of stay Feb. 1897. Castle Kernan belonging to a prosperous advocate Shri Biligiri Iyengar.
http://www.sriramakrishnamath.org/activity/illam.shtml


DARJEELING
Stayed for about a month from Apr. 6 1897 at : ROSE BANK, THE MAHARAJA OF BURDWAN'S HOUSE, DARJEELING,


DELHI
Stayed for a month in Jan. 1891 at: the Residence of Seth Shyamaldas. You can see the photo of the palace at the following link:-

http://groups.google.co.in/group/holy_trinity/web/the-apostles-of-sri-ramakrishna-in-delhi.


DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Swamiji visited Detroit several times.

Feb. 1894, stayed at the residence of Mrs. Bagley w/o Mr. John Bagley, Governor of Michigan.
http://www.vivekananda.net/PPlHeKnew/FriendsOfSV/Bagley.html.

JAIPUR (Rajasthan)
1891. Stayed with Thakur Harisingh Ladhkani, The Commander-in-Chief of the Jaipur State.


KHANDWA (MAHARASHTRA)

Shri Haridas Chaterjee, Pleader. This is also a palatial mansion. Swamiji stayed for three weeks. Photo and history can be seen at the link given above.

http://eng.vedanta.ru/library/prabuddha_bharata/Jan2005_swami_vivekananda_s_first_hosts_in_Bombay.php

KHETRI

Stayed for one day in a small house at Khetri, before he met the Ruler of Khetri, Ajit Singh. Thereafter he stayed at the King's Palace. From: 7-8-1891 to 24-10-1891; 21-4-1893 to 10-5-1893; 12-12-1897 to 21-12-1897.

I furnish below a link to the palace where he stayed. You can also see many photos at Khetri which is a historical place.
http://picasaweb.google.com/muktachaitanya/PilgrimageToKhetri.

LIMDI (also Limbdi)
Stayed in 1891, at the Darbar Hall (a part of Tower Hall) built by Shri Thakore Yashvant Singhji at a cost of Rs. 5 lacs in 1881, on the model of an American City.

http://www.rkmlimbdi.org/photo_gallery.htm.

LONDON
In 1896 Swamiji stayed here for several months. He prepared the draft for the book for Raja Yoga, in association with Mr. E.T. Sturdy, a renowned Sanskrit Scholar.

See the Building at 63 St. Georges Drive, London. UK. Courtesy: Attraction.Com.

Swamiji called this a 'black hole' while retiring to Mr. E.T. Sturdy. Is it really a black hole?

MAYAWATI, CHAMPAWAT
Bungalow of Mr. and Mrs. Sevier. 1901.
Click to see .

MEERUT (Merut)
Stayed in Jan-Feb 1891, along with his brother disciples, for one month. At the house of Seth Nand Ram Gupta. The house can be seen at the following link:-

http://www.rkmissiondel.org/inside/Cat8.htm

PUNE (POONA), (Maharashtra)
1891. House of Ellappa Balaram, a first class Building Contractor. Also a guest of Thakur of Limdi.


SHILLONG
Period of stay 18 days. April-May 1901.

http://www.rkmshillong.org/place.asp?PC=The%20Place



Residence of the zamindar (landlord) of Sunamgunj at Laban.

Met: Sir Henry Cotton, Chief Commissioner of Shillong.

Ramakrishna Mission, Shillong, wants to convert the place into a Heritage Center. Of course, at the cost of India's Treasury. Govt. of India / Govt. of Meghalaya / some industrialists should pay the costs. What for all this?
RIDGELY MANOR HOUSE, NEAR NEW YORK, USA.

This is a resort owned by Mr. Francis Leggett, a shipping magnet of USA. At that time the property was newly acquired. It also has a "Casino" (gambling table? said to be used for family games). Here Swamiji stayed for more than a month and a half in 1897.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/fr/2006/08/04/stories/2006080400140300.htm

SOUTH PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, USA.

This palatial mansion is owned by Mead Sisters. Vivekananda stayed here for about six weeks in 1900.

http://www.vedanta.org/vssc/centers/tours/pasvisit.html

VADODARA (Baroda)
Stayed at Dilram Bungalow. Was guest of Shri Manibhai and Haridas Viharidas Desai (Diwan of Vadodara). Period: approx. Apr. 1891.

To see the bungalow: Click: Ramakrishna Math, Vadodara .


VARANASI (BANARES)
Swamiji stayed in Feb. 1902, at Gopal Lal Villa, Varanasi. It is a sprawling palace with 35 rooms, marble floors, on a 25 acre land, belonging to the King.

BLOGGER'S VIEWS
*Were these all huts?

2 comments:

raghu said...

interesting. why don't you also compare the rich patrons of buddha as well - like anathapindika, vishaka, bimbisara, prince jeta, amrapali etc. buddhism spread because of royal patronage.

ybr said...

I greatly appreciate your idea. I shall probably do, someday.