Ramakrishna Vidya Mandir Gwalior

By Sanjeev Nayyar Sanjeev@esamskriti.com | 2021

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1. Morning Assembly. Was in January 2020 winters so hazy. The school is being run under the guidance of the Ramakrishna Mission since 1969. It started with M.P. State Board of Education, moved on to CBSE later.

2. Swamiji’s thoughts continue to inspire even 100 years later. We share albums of RKVM (CBSE started 1983) and RKVM (MPSB started 1969).

3. Left is Principal of CBSE School Swami Supradiptananda, right music teacher playing Tabla.

4. School children reciting national anthem, eyes closed handed folded as Namaste.

5. Student praying with dedication.

6. Shruti was winner of Vision 2025 organised by Amity University Gwalior. She holds a Certificate of Recognition.

7. Girl child in Assembly. It is really cold in January hence ears covered.

8. Girls playing throw ball.

9. Moved across the school now. Look at eyes of girl in centre of pic, shows concentration required.

10. This requires some balancing.

11. Geetasaar in 18 points.

12. Students in painting class.

13. Memorial Rani of Jhansi in Gwalior. This is the point where she was shot dead.

14. Top view Gurjari Mahal, Gwalior Fort. It is now an Art Gallery, worth visiting.

15. Digital Learning Class in process.

16. Young children. What I liked was the Warli Paintings on the wall.

17. Class for seniors in progress.

18. Well-designed Atal Tinkering Lab. “The tinkering lab is a workspace where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands-on do-it-yourself mode and learn innovation skills. The vision is to cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators.”

19. Overview of Lab. Right hand side has pictures of Indian Scientists and their contributions. To visit page on school site https://www.rkmcbsegwl.org/About_us.php?id=58

20. Yoga class in progress.

21. Note Vision of school.

22. There is a separate Toddlers section. Loved it.

23. Toddlers classroom.

24. School part of the RKM area. This is the temple. School grows lots of veggies in area that you see and around.

25. Close to the school is an area where another RKM school is. Part of it is like a forest. Swamiji bust there.

26. RKM School (MPSB) “We, RAMAKRISHNA MISSION ASHRAMA SHARADA BALGRAM, situated at Govindpuri, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, are a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide children and individuals from low-income communities with high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives completely.”

27. Morning Assembly. School is called Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Sharada Balgram, Gwalior. To visit school website https://www.rkmasharadabalgram.org/

28. Kids playing before assembly. Love this game. They have cricket nets (note the green). Left of that is the Ayush Dispensary and Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Panchakarma Centre.

29. Kids before the assembly.

30. Class in progress.

31. Computer room. RVM too has an impressive computer room where children are taught the basics.

32. Ayush Dispensary. Medicines are given free.

33. Inside the Pancharkarma Centre. Clean and well laid-out. Visit website https://rkmaayush.org/

34. RKM School Sharada Balgram has hostel students. A canteen gives them free food. See them enjoying meals.

35. Inside complex is a Gaushala.

36. Hydroponic Fodder Unit.

37. Durbar Hall, Jai Vilas Palace Gwalior. Each Belgian Chandelier weighs 3500 kgs and has 250 bulbs. It is said that 10 elephants stood on the terrace of the durbar hall to check if the ceiling could take the load. Must see Palace Museum.

38. A building outside the school area but inside the complex runs various activities. This is Roshni. These products are made by differently abled children. Very good. ROSHNI (Rehabilitation Opportunities, Services and Health for the Neurologically Impaired) was founded in 1998 as a project of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Gwalior.

39. There is a separate class for neurologically impaired children as you see. To visit their site http://www.roshni-rka.org/

40. This is called Bejataal. Now days used for musical programs.

41. Evening there are music classes. Facility is also open to outsiders and non-students. Lady playing the harmonium is head of department. Teaching Light Music-Sugam Sangeet.

42. Kids learning how to play the Sitar.

43. Children learning how to write sing - Gana.

44. Kids learning how to play the Guitar.

45. With Tabla teacher. Wish my school had all these facilities.

46. Girls being taught Kathak dance form.

47. Close to the Gwalior Zoo saw this bust of freedom fighters Lal-Bal-Pal or Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal. Read about them https://esamskriti.com/e/History/Great-Indian-Leaders/LAL-BAL-PAL,-the-Tridev-of-India-colon-s-Independence-Movement-in-early-20-century-1.aspx

48. Now cover Republic Day Celebrations i.e. January 26, 2020. Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Shri Raghvendrananda ji Maharaj untwirling the national flag.

49. . Group photo. Swamiji’s of school and ashram with senior teachers.

50. Recital at function.

51. Loved these bright orange track suits.

52. Next 4 pics are Yoga. This is Pyramid pose. This pose is where you see the results of consistent practice.

53. U see Purna Bhujangasana (full cobra pose). This asana is called Bhujangasana because in this your body is raised like that of a snake. Your spine needs good flexibility to do this asana. Bhujangasana is a simpler version of Purna Bhujangasana.

54. Getting your foot toe next to your ear.

55. This was the finale, very graceful. Balancing Pose. Balance creates stillness. Children did very well.

56. Centre is Ma Kali.

57. Loved this pic, so elegant. To Donate to school https://www.rkmcbsegwl.org/About_us.php?id=150

58. Datia Palace is about 1.5 hour’s drive from Gwalior. It is 7 storeys. Worth a visit.

59. Cenotaphs Orchha. 15 kms from Jhansi, say 2.5 hours from Gwalior it is a must visit.

60. Chausath Yogini Mandir Morena is about 35 kms from Gwalior.

61. Bateswar Temples Morena were reconstructed. Morena is a must visit.

62. Shall always remember the look on the faces of these children. Brings a smile on my face. To Donate to school https://www.rkmcbsegwl.org/About_us.php?id=150

63. Liked girls dress very much so sharing pic of them singing. Left of pic, with the beard is Ashish Chauhan. He is the school’s event manager and very resourceful person, a go-getter. He made my trip worth it. Express gratitude.

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