Bangalore January 12, 2013: The man who ever remembered as an icon of youth, wisdom, nationalism  universality and brotherhood, Swami Vivekananda, was remembered today across the nation and worldwide through various programmes.

Former ISRO Chief Dr Kasthruri Rangan (speaks), RSS leader V Nagaraj at Vivekananda-150 celebrations at Puttur, Karnataka.

Swami Vivekananda

RSS, throughout the nation remembering Swami Vivakananda at ground zero, in which Sangh swayamsevaks will carry the messages of Swami Vivekananda to crores of citizens in India and worldwide.

  • Mata Amrutanandamayi, Hon Predident of Swami Vivekananda-150 celebration commitee, RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat and several other noted personalities attended Swami Vivekananda-150 Jayanti Samaroh inauguration ceremony at New Delhi yesterday.
  • RSS Mega convention ‘SWAMI VIVEKANAND YUV SHIVIR’ began in Kolkata yesterday, in which RSS Joint Gen Secretary Dattatreya  Hosabale addressed a gathering of 12,000 swayamsevaks. The 3-day event will conclude tomorrow, in which RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat will deliver valedictory address at 2pm.
  • Noted Scientist Dr Kasturi Rangan & RSS top functionary V Nagaraj addressed a gathering of 20,000+ at Puttur near Mangalore this morning.
  • Senior RSS Pracharak K Suryanarayana Rao to address Vivekananda-150 Utsav at Ramakrishna Ashram, Basavanagudi Bangalore at 6pm today.
  • In Jayanagar of Bangalore, Vivekananda-150 procession inspired the public, RSS Pranth Pracharak Mukund, ex-DGP Shankar Bidari, Actor Aniruddh addressed the gathering.
  • In more than 2800 colleges of Karnataka, Swami Vivekananda 150 Jayanti celebrations were held reaching the Young Indians meaningfully on National Youth Day.
  • Special Vivekanda Quiz was organised in colleges of Bangalore nearly 400 students participated.
  •  (Updates awaited:)

About Swami Vivekananda:

Swami Vivekananda  (12 January 1863–4 July 1902), born Narendra Nath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world and was credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and contributed to the notion of nationalism in colonial India. He was the chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech beginning with “Sisters and Brothers of America,” through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta,Vivekananda showed an inclination towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guruRamakrishna from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self and hence, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. After the death of his guru, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired a first-hand knowledge of the conditions that prevailed in British India.  He later travelled to the United States to represent India as a delegate in the 1893 Parliament of World Religions. He conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated as the National Youth Day.