Photographer's Note

The Vivekananda Ashrama, Kuala Lumpur is an institution started by Jaffna (Sri Lankan) Tamil immigrants in 1904 in honour of Swami Vivekananda. The building, constructed in 1908, is dedicated to his work in providing education and spiritual development for the community.

It is located in an area of the city known as Brickfields or Little India. The bronze statue in front of the building represents Swami Vivekananda. It has recently been designated a Heritage Site.

Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.

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