Evolution of SNCM in Ahmedabad
During the early 20’s there were not many industries in Ahmedabad but post First World War and independence movement, Ahmedabad came to be known as Manchester of India. As an industrially developed city, there was ample scope for job opportunity in Ahmedabad. The devotees of Shree Narayana Guru migrated to Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat in search of livelihood. During the period between 1950-1960, most of the people migrated were employed in Textile of Ahmedabad and were residing in eastern part of Ahmedabad.
“Unite and be Strong” and “Education and be Liberated” were some of the main teaching the Guru enunciated. In pursuance of that Shree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) was established in 1903 at Aruvipuram Shiva Temple installed by Guru himself proclaiming entry for all. Guru himself was the first President and Shri Kumaran Aasan Guru’s disciple and great poet lauret of Malayalam literature was the General Secretary. In pursuance of Guru’s ideals “Educate and be Liberated” SNDP Yogam has established a large number of education institutions of high repute. Therefore, Guru has his unique contribution to the attainment of 100% literacy in Kerala.
The devotees of Guru in Ahmedabad started uniting themselves and started Shree Narayana movement in the name of Shree Narayana Guru Geetha Samajam. It was the beginning of the Shree Narayana Movement in Ahmedabad.
Shree Narayana movement gathered momentum after the arrival of late Shri K.K. Viswanathan, the Governor of Gujarat. Under his guidance Shree Narayana Guru Geetha Samajam was converted to Shree Narayana Cultural Mission Ahmedabad. He had suggested spreading the Guru’s message among local people and entrusting the responsibilities to a local eminent personality as head of the Mission. Respecting his views, late Shri Nariman J. Cama a leading industrialist and eminent personality was nominated as the President. Late Prof.Thakore succeeded him. He was a close associate of the great space scientist late Shri Vikram Sarabhai and was the controller of Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad (ISRO). Late Shri E.N. Surendradas who was a senior officer in Oil & Natural Gas Commission took over the charge from Prof. S.R. Thakore. The Theerthadanam that is celebrated for the last 17 years was initiated by Shri K.N. Surendradas.
Former Minister of Government of Gujarat and Former President of Gujarat, Chamber of Commerce Shri Nalinbhai K. Patel shouldered the responsibility of the Mission and was the President for over a decade. During his tenure the Mission developed very fast and our school was brought up to the 12th standard.
Shree Narayana Cultural Mission is ever indebted to late Shri K.K. Viswanathan for his immense contribution and guidance that has helped the Mission grow to this level today. In memory of late Shri K.K. Viswanathan, an essay competition is organized by the school students and students of Ahmedabad city. The sprawling new pre-primary school building is named after late Shri K.K Viswanathan.
Shree Narayana Guru – A Social reformist, A Saint Philosopher, A Religious Preacher & most importantly an Educationist with a futuristic vision had a only mantra of Self-improvement and Self-help in light of which he had said:
“Become enlightened, through education;
Become strengthened, through organization
Become prosperous, through hard work”
Following these philosophies of Shree Narayana Guru Swamy, his devotees/disciples established various Shree Narayana Organizations all over the world to further carry on his mission and take his teachings to the masses.
The mission successfully procured and started building infrastructure and gradually built Guru’s temple in Ahmedabad resembling the one in Sivagiri. This temple heralded the beginning of popularizing the Shree Narayana Cultural Mission in Ahmedabad. This was only the beginning. In the years that followed, the devotees and trust members organized themselves to embark on a challenging journey to popularize the beliefs and teachings of Shree Narayana Guru Swami.
The dedicated and persistent efforts finally bore the fruit in 1983 when the mission successfully established its first school in Ahmedabad.
Shree Narayana Guru Vidhyalaya started with perennial paucity of funds. It was each Member’s hard-work, sincere & unflagging effort and complete faith that kept up the progress of the Mission. The school building was dedicated to the memory of late Shri K.K. Vishwanathan, Ex-Governor of Gujarat. He was instrumental in getting the holy land allotted in favour of SNCM along with other Trusts located in the vicinity. In three decades of selfless dedication the school which had started with 14 students, has emerged stronger as a reputed educational institution with over 6000 students. It is an institution of such recognition that the people of Ahmedabad put their faith in the mission when it comes to illuminating minds through the Power of Education. The proof of this commendable initiative lies in the fact that the today the Mission runs successfully with 4 well known institutions in the city:
- Shree Narayana Guru Vidhyalaya (English Medium)
- Shree Narayana Guru Vidhyalaya (Gujarati Medium)
- Shree Narayana Central School (CBSE)
- Shree Narayana College of Commerce
With the support of the Mission’s able and competent management, administrative staff and devoted volunteers who collectively form a team striving towards propagating the Guru’s teachings, the mission has gained progress through its immaculate working and systematic organizations of funds.
Every penny earned from diverse activities is invested in the Mission itself to fulfill the core aim of Shree Narayana Cultural Mission “making children responsible citizens”
Overall the mission aims at inculcating good values in the students in order to make them better citizens and to achieve this goal the efforts start at the very beginning stage.
The school is basically a temple within a temple. When the land was firstly allotted Guru’s temple was built followed by another temple, the temple of education, the schools. The entrance has been adorned with the Guru’s temple which fills every visitor with serenity and devotion even before entering the premises and making the entire place suitable for peaceful learning.