The only service to be done is to give that education by which character is formed strength of mind is increased the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one's own leg".So goes the emphatic message of Swami Vivekananda. Inspired by this ideal Swami Chidbavananda, the great saint seer and savant widely known for the power and depth of his spirituality Founded Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Thirupparaithurai near Tiruchirapalli. Propagation of spiritual and moral values among the public and the promotion of education especially among women are the objectives to be carried out by the sanyasi members of the Tapovanam.
From the nucleus of the Tapovanam have spread all over Tamil Nadu 14 branches which are dedicated service and spirituality ,as embodied in the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. These branches of Tapovanam manage 40 schools and seven colleges besides a community college.