On December 31, 1951, a young monk, Swami Chinmayananda, gave his very first talk to an audience of eighteen in a small Ganesha Temple, in an alleyway in Pune city. It was at this moment that the seed of Chinmaya Vibhooti – the glory of ‘Chinmaya’ was sown. Sixty years later, on January 26, 2012, with the consecration of the Pranav Ganesh Mandir at Chinmaya Vibhooti, this astonishing journey which began with Lord Ganesh, returned a full circle back to Him.
Chinmaya Vibhooti is the celebration of the life of this remarkable monk, the founder of Chinmaya Mission, whose extraordinary dream took him on a journey that transformed and inspired lives, societies and cultures all around the world. Situated between Mumbai and Pune, in India’s Kolwan Village, Chinmaya Vibhooti is an expression of gratitude concretised in the form of a centre that spans 65 acres of serene, pictorial landscape surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountains. The dream project of Swami Tejomayananda, current worldwide head of Chinmaya Mission, this monument is a collective offering to Swami Chinmayananda by his disciples, devotees and beneficiaries for all his work, selfless service, dedication and love.
We are all beneficiaries of his work, and gratitude is the noblest virtue.
– Swami Tejomayananda