History of Sri Ramakrishna Satsang Mandal, Gondia

In the year 1970-1971, three people from Gondia namely, Sri Madhav Kale (Professor of English), Sri Mitra (Manager of BATA), and Sri Ravindra Shrivastava (Professor in N.M.D. College, Gondia) inspired by Sri Ramakrishna’s life and teachings, started reading Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna in a group for many years. Afterwards two devotees namely, Sri Rajamohan Tiwari (Head Master of a local School) and Sri Ratilalbhai Chawda (Businessman) joined them. Later, they started Satsang on every Sunday at Sri Rajamohan Tiwariji’s house.

Before shifting the Ashrama to its own land, it was in two different places. First it was started on the first floor of Seth’s house in Ramnagar locality of Gondia and then shifted to Bapat Chawl. Thus, the Ashrama was established in its own land, near Ranjit Jasani Pipe Factory in Kanhar Toli.

In the year 1980, some devotees of Sri Ramakrishna pledged to start Ashrama named Sri Ramakrishna Satsang Mandal, Gondia. In the meantime, Srimat Swami Atmanandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Raipur started visiting Gondia for Spiritual Discourses bimonthly. Later, Swami Atmanandaji Maharaj suggested to start an Ashrama instead of doing Satsang in individual houses. Immediately application was submitted to Maharashtra Bhav Prachar Parishad. In the year 1984, Sri Ramakrishna Satsang Mandal, Gondia got affiliation and became a member of Bhav Prachar Parishad- Maharashtra.

Sri Rajendra Phadke was an employee of State Bank of India in Gondia. He had initiation from the then President Srimat Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj, Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math. He started visiting the Gondia Ashrama at Ramnagar daily. He used to worship Holy Trio and used to clean utensils needed for the worship. Later in 1982, he joined the Ramakrishna Order and became a monk. After his sannyasa, he got the name Swami Suvijnayananda. At present, he is posted to Vadodara (Gujarat) Centre of Ramakrishna Order.

Today, the Ashrama is situated in a land admeasuring 25,000 square feet. Out of which, 10,000 square feet area is utilized for the construction of Shrine, Charitable Dispensary, Reading Room, Sadhu Niwas and a shed for Balak Sangh and Spiritual discourse. Another 15,000 square feet area is yet to be utilized for other activities.


Land acquisition for expansion to a new premises. Recently, 2.2 acres of land was purchased by Ramakrishna Satsang Mandal, Gondia. It is approximately 4 km from heart of the city, in between Manoharbhai Institute of Technology and Poddar International High School. Total cost incurred was Rs 68 lakhs. It became possible with the help of generous donations by devotees of Ramakrishna bhavdhara. Still many more works related to the land are pending like levelling, fencing etc. We request all our devotees and admirers to come forward for this noble cause.

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Ramkrishna Satsang Mandal Gondia
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