HISTORY
 
1. Humble Begining
2. Secretaries of RKM Sevasharam
3. Comments from Visitor Book
 
 
 
 
 
1. Humble Beginning
 
At Vrindaban, the"Heart" of Braj Dham, the “Leela Bhumi” of Lord Krishna, brought to limelight by Mahaprabhu Srikrishna Chaitanya and held in supreme veneration by Sri Ramakrishna Dev, inspired and guided by the soul stirring message of Swami Vivekananda to "worship God by serving human beings", some local gentlemen formed themselves into a body in order to found a Sevashrama in 1907. A Managing Committee was formed and Sri Jajneswar Chandra Sen and his son took charge of the work, in co-operation with Brahmachari Harendranath of Belur Math, a distant relative of Swami Vivekananda. Some relatives of Sri Balaram Bose of Calcutta, who owned the temple premises at Banshibat, on the Yamuna, known popularly as Kala Babu’s Kunj, kindly placed its outer portion at the disposal of the organizers to accommodate the patients and a Zamindar of Entally, Calcutta, provided the initial funds. In January 1907, the beginning was made with a small Homoeopathy dispensary, with a vow to serve “Siva in Jiva”. Same year, allopathic departments were added along with 4 beds, where 26 inpatients and 275 outpatients were treated. The management of the Sevashrama was passed over to the Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math on January 12, 1908.
 
Br Harendranath Ji Kala Babu Kunj
 
In course of time, the Sevashrama was shifted from Kala Babu's Kunj to newly acquired land at Panighat, on the Yamuna. Various allopathic departments were added to the existing ones and bed capacity of the hospital was raised to 50. Initially the river Yamuna was flowing adjacent to the Sevashrama complex at Panighat but with passage of time the river changed its course and started flowing at some distance. However during monsoon, river water used to inundate the hospital complex thereby paralysing medical facilities. With a view to providing uninterrupted medical care to the suffering humanity, new land was acquired during early 1950s at Mathura Road (presently Swami Vivekananda Marg) and construction of hospital complex was taken up. Due to paucity of financial resources, it took more than a decade to construct the minimum infrastructure for the hospital.
 
The Hospital with 100 beds capacity was completed in 1962 and dedicated to the public on 8th Dec. 1963 by the then  Honorable Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Over a period of time various buildings and other facilities have been added to the existing infrastructure to provide more extensive and efficient medical care to the poor patients.
During early 1980s, the bed capacity of the hospital was raised to 121 with the addition of private and semi-private rooms. During 1986, Maternity services were taken up to serve the society and for training the nursing  students in midwifery as well. During mid 1990s the O.P.D. building was made double-storied and additional quarters were constructed for residential doctors. A separate building for the School of Nursing and extension of nursing hostel were also completed during this period.
The beginning of second millennium brought extensive expansion and development works in the Sevashrama. To name a few, Ayurvedic department; Automatic laundry unit; state-of-the-art machines in the Pathological Laboratory, Eye Department and Ultrasound Department; 30 bed maternity block having all modern facilities  increasing the bed capacity of the hospital to 151; additional Dental chair; extensive renovation & repair of hospital buildings; provision of supply of sweet water after processing through Filtration plant; establishment of Blood bank; reconstruction of Operation Theatre block; separate eye wards and 5 beds I.C.U. thereby again increasing the bed capacity of the hospital to 165. Visits by specialist doctors, detection of cancer, psychiatric & tuberculosis treatment and provision of various vaccines and polio doses to the newborn babies are also arranged on a regular basis.
Audiovisual programs through 16mm Movie Projector, color TV, Video Projector and closed circuit Video are conducted regularly for the benefit of  patients, their attendants and hospital staff to make them more conscious about health, hygiene, diseases and remedies, etc. A small library for patients distributes books of general nature as part of occupational therapy. Medical books and journals are also available for medical staff.
 
Since that modest beginning, Sevashrama gradually grown up to its present stature of a 165 bed Charitable hospital serving the needs of a large indigenous public and  pilgrims as well as the people of neighboring  districts, without any distinction of caste, creed or religion. Today, the hospital has among others Divisions of General Surgery, Ophthalmology,  Dentistry, Paediatrics, Gynaecology,  Orthopaedic, Pathology, Ultrasonography, General Medicine, Skin, Homoeopathic Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga, Reiki, Acupressure, Acupuncture, etc. with multi-facility Operation Theatre complex having six operation rooms, 5 bed Intensive Care Unit and  a Blood Bank.
This Charitable Hospital, continues to provide free medical services to the poor, mainly with the financial support received from noble, kind hearted and benevolent persons and organizations.
 
 
  VISIT OF OUR NATIONAL LEADERS
   
Visit of Jawaharlal Nehru (1963) Visit of V V Giri
   
Visit of Rajendra Prasad Swami Kripananda ji
   
 
Visit of Swami Vireshwarananda ji with
Swami Sardeshananda ji
(Gopesh Maharaj ji)
 
   
 
 
2. Secretaries of RKM Sevasharam
       
  1. SWAMI HAREN MAHARAJ 1903 -1920
  2. SWAMI VEDANANDA  1920-1924
  3. SWAMI BHUVANESHWARANANDA     1925-1926
  4. SWAMI GIRIJANANDA                        1926-1929
  5. SWAMI SAHAJANANDA                       1929-1935
  6. SWAMI SATYASWARUPANANDA           1936 -1937
  7. SWAMI NIRVISESHANANDA                  1937 -1938
  8. SWAMI SAHAJANANDA 1938 – 1941
  9. SWAMI SWAYAMPRABHANANDA 1942 -1946
  10. SWAMI HIRANMAYANANDA  1946 -1948
  11. SWAMI PRAJANANANANDA  1948 -1954
  12. SWAMI KRIPANANDA 15TH MARCH 1954 – 1969
  13. SWAMI BHAKTANANDA 1970 – 1972
  14. SWAMI TRIVIKRAMANANDA 15TH MAY 1972 – 18TH JULY 2000
  15. SWAMI SUPRAKASHANAND  19TH JULY 2000 OWARDS
 
3. Comments from Visitor Book
  1. Mohandas Gandhi
  2. Subhas Chandra Bose
  3. Sri Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay
  4. Syama Prasad Mukherjee
  5. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan