Etete is a little town situated approximately fifty five kilometers north of Durban in the KwaDukuza Municipality on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal
The Etete Satsang Group was established in 1954 by Revered Swami Nischalanandaji Maharaj, the founder and first President of The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa. The first Satsang was held under a tree on the property of a devotee. Thereafter, Satsangs were held weekly on Sundays in the devotee’s garage. In addition to the Satsangs, the Group undertook the propagation of the Ideals of the Holy Trio under the direction of Swami Nischalanandaji Maharaj. Humanitarian activities and literature distribution were introduced and this continues till the present day.
In 1957 the devotee donated the land to the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa upon which a building was constructed. The building consisted of five classrooms and was opened on 22 September 1957, known as the Radha Roopsingh Government Aided Indian School. The school was subsequently handed over to the Department of Education to serve the greater needs of the community. Using the school as a base, the Satsang Group continued to serve the community.
Gradually, under the caring eyes of Swami Shivapadanandaji Maharaj, the second President of the Centre, Children’s Classes were introduced and children began taking part in the Annual Children’s Rallies (Children’s Cultural Festival). He also introduced the Annual Vedanta Retreats for the spiritual development of the local devotees. Swami Shivapadananda introduced Medical Camps in 1996 on a bi-annual basis where over a thousand patients were attended to.
In 2019 a property with a building was donated to the Centre by a well-wisher and devotee. Restoration work on the building commenced on 17 June 2020. The inaugural ceremony of the Sri Ramakrishna Shrine took place on 12 August 2020 led by the President of the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Revered Swami Sumanasanandaji Maharaj.
Plans are underway to construct a Sri Ramakrishna Temple on the premises. It is envisaged that this Centre will provide spiritual and religious services to the local communities and bring much needed humanitarian relief to the underprivileged in the surrounding areas.