I have 2 wishes whenever I step into Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur; to explore the colorful valley of Little India and to stand right in front of the Vivekananda statue located at Jalan Tun Sambanthan. I remember reading about Vivekananda School in history book during schooling therefore the name Vivekananda has always fascinated me.
On this particular evening in June, I decided to have 1 1/4 of my wishes realized. Armed with a 50mm lens (which is a bad choice actually), I finally stepped in front of Vivekananda Ashrama. I guess passerby must have think I’m a nutcase. Why is this lady taking photos of an old building? Ahh just ignore them.
Vivekenanda ashrama/ashram. Built in 1904.
That’s 107 years old.
Ashrama, familiarly spelled ashram in English, has come to denote a place of refuge, especially one removed from urban life, where spiritual and yogic disciplines are pursued.~source Britannica
I’m guessing this is Mr. Vivekananda himself. Statue-wise of course.
He was the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. He is considered a key figure in the introduction of Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga in Western World mainly in America and Europe and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the end of the 19th century. ~source Wiki
Above the Vivekenanda ashrama name is an emblem for the Ramakrishna Mission.
The building seem deserted. However I noticed the plants and garden are well kept.
Unfortunately Vivekenanda ashrama was separated by grilled fence, gated and locked.
Would be nice if the ashrama is open for tourist not just for Hinduism but also for its stunning architecture and historical value.
220, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
After my short and surreal encounter with Vivekenanda ashrama, I walked on to realized my other 1/4 wish.
To be continued…