Visit of Swami Vivekananda to Varanasi
Swami Vivekananda's mother Bhubaneswari Devi in her longing for a son (after the untimely death of first two children and birth of three daughters subsequently) had requested a lady she knew to regularly pray and worship in her name at the temple of Vireshwar in Varanasi. No doubt, Swami Vivekananda was born on a Monday - the day of Lord Shiva.
After Sri Ramakrishna's passing away, Swami Vivekananda left Calcutta and came to Varanasi during his journeys as a wandering monk and stayed as a guest of the eminent citizen of Kashi Sri Pramada Das Mitra.
Swami Vivekananda came to Varanasi for the last time in 1902 after his triumph at Chicago, establishment of Ramakrishna Mission and whirlwind tour of the world and stayed for about three weeks at "Sandhyabas", the garden house of zamindar Kali Krishna Tagore of Calcutta, also known as "Gopal Lal Villa" located at Orderly Bazar. During his stay, he immensely inspired the young men who had in the meantime begun an association and were serving the poor and destitute patients of the city. He even drafted an appeal for the work and under his influence, the effort was brought under the umbrella of the Ramakrishna Order and came to be known as the "Home of Service".
With a gift of Rs.500/- donated by the Raja of Bhinga who was immensely impressed by Swamiji, Swami Shivananda was asked to open a monastery in the name of Sri Ramakrishna at Varanasi which ultimately took shape in the form of renting of a garden in July 1902.
An appeal by Swami Vivekananda for the Home of Service in 1902