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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, April 3, 2001: The Ramakrishna Mission opened its only Vedanta Center in the Australasian region with a well-attended grihapravesham, or housewarming, ceremony in Sydney. About 250 were present Sunday to participate in the grihapravesham which was initiated by Ganapati Pujanam (salutations to the elephant-headed God Ganesha). A special puja for Sri Ramakrishna followed. The Mission also plans to add an assembly hall to the new ashram in Sydney's inner-west suburb. The ashram would also house two of Vedanta Center monks, Swami Sridharananda and Swami Atmeshnanda. The mission will continue to hold Sunday discourses at South Strathfield Bowling Club till the Assembly Hall is built.