The nations intense desire to pay homage to its illustrious son — Swami Vivekananda, in his birth centenary year - 1963 — found expression in a granite memorial On the mid sea rock in kanyakumari, where the patriotic monk had meditated for National regeneration on 25th— 26th — 27th December 1892. Taking contributions from the entire country, Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade made Vivekananda Bock Memorial a truly National Monument.
In 1972 VIVEIKANANDA KENDRA, a spiritually oriented Service Mission was started as the logical second phase of the grand Rock memorial. Sri Eknathji envisioned Vivekananda Kendra as a Thought movement, to channelize the innate spiritual urge of our people into works of National reconstruction.
The Kendra with its twin objective of Man Making and Nation Building is rendering service to the Nation through a band of dedicated full time young men and women (Jeevanvrati Karyakartas) and a strong brigade of people from different walks of life who contribute their time and energy for the cause. Now Kendra has around 670 centres through-out the country.