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IANS | Kolkata | Jan 12, 2012 :: Cultural programmes, a tableau depicting his teachings and colourful processions marked the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda in West Bengal Saturday.
The celebrations started early in the morning at his ancestral house in the city’s Shimla Street, where people from all walks of life assembled to pay homage. A colourful procession, taken out mostly by school children, wound its way through the city’s streets.
Governor M.K. Narayanan paid floral tributes to Vivekananda while his predecessor Gopal Krishna Gandhi was present at the monk’s ancestral house.
At the Belur Math – the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda – the day was celebrated as Youth Day.
At the Math located in Howrah district’s Belur, the celebrations started with mangalarati, special worship, homa, meditation, devotional songs and religious discourses. Here too school children took out a procession. >>Read details here.
Chairman of the celebration committee Prabhakaran Paleri will inaugurate the Mahashobhayatra in Kozhikode city at 4 p.m. on Saturday on the Sreekanteshwara temple premises. Shobhayatras that begin from Arayidathupalam, Nadakkavu, and Thiruvani temple and Tali temple will converge with the Mahashobhayatra at various points in the city and will conclude on the Muthalakkulam ground by 6 p.m.
Head of Adwaithashram in Kolathur Swami Chidanandapuri will speak on the occasion. Children dressed as Swami Vivekananda and tableaux on various incidents from his life will be part of the Mahashobhayatra.
Besides Kozhikode city, Shobhayatras will be held at Eramala, Vadakara, Puthuppanam, Nadapuram, Kuttiyadi, Perambra, Koyilandy, Chengottukavu, Thikkodi, Peruvayal, Kuttikkattor, Kundamangalam, Narikkuni, Ullyeri, Atholi, Unnikulam, Thamarasseri, Puthuppadi, Balusseri, and Mukkom. >>Read details here.
PTI | Guwahati | January 12, 2013 :: Tezpur University Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury today exhorted GenNext to respond to the ideals of Swami Vivekananda who dreamt of a vibrant and strong India.
Describing Vivekananda as a visionary, Choudhury urged the youth to follow Swamiji’s call to discipline their lives for the development of the country.
“We need engineers, doctors scientists, teachers who do not work only for themselves but for the eradication of poverty and hunger and welfare of the country following Vivekananda’s ideals,” the educationist said.
Attending the year-long programme organised here to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Choudhury said his ideals were relevant considering the prevailing situation in the country.
Vaishnavite monastry Barpeta Sattra’s head Bashishtha Dev Sarma emphaised the need for value based society which could change the future of the nation.
ANI | New Delhi | Sat Jan 12 2013 :: To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on Saturday, a number of functions are being held across the country.
President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the anniversary celebrations at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi and release a set of commemorative coins and stamps.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with several Union Ministers will be present on the occasion.
A National Committee under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was constituted to consider policies, lay down guidelines for the anniversary commemoration and decide on the time frame for related activities.
Madhya Pradesh will observe Swami Vivekanand”s 150th birth anniversary year from January 12 by establishing Vivekananda Youth Centres at district and development block levels.
Swami Vivekananda born as Narendra Nath Datta was a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
He was also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century.
Bangalore | January 12, 2013 | Samvad Org :: 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.
Chicago immortalizes Swami Vivekananda with many landmark monuments like Swami Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago and Sri Ramakrishna Universal Temple in Homer Glen, a larger-than-life size bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda and the Vivekananda Spiritual Center at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, a bronze plaque at the Art Institute of Chicago commemorating his historic address at the World’s Parliament of Religions. The City of Chicago has also immortalized Swami Vivekananda by naming a long stretch of prestigious downtown marketplace Michigan Avenue. The stretch in front of the Art Institute has been named as Swami Vivekananda Way. >>Read details here.
By Amiya Prosad Sen | Jan 12, 2013 | TOI :: In several ways, the life and work of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) mark the historical process of India rediscovering herself in modern times. These are also emblematic of the ways in which a tradition modernizes or creates alternative forms of modernity. Today, as the nation celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of the Swami, it is only apt that we critically reflect on his life and legacy.
Generally speaking, his contribution to India and to the larger world may be summed up in four ways. First, in modern India, it was Vivekananda who first emphasized that our everyday lives would become more meaningful only when spiritualized. It was in this spirituality that he re-discovered, as it were, India’s message to herself and to the world. For Vivekananda, this spiritual self-realization led to people more fully realizing their own potentialities. Especially in the context of a colonized society like that of 19th century India, this was tantamount to men and women locating greater self-belief in themselves.
The human soul being free, suggested Vivekananda, more than compensated for the loss of political freedom.
Second, even though the Swami rejected political praxis and West inspired social and religious reforms, his essential message was the empowerment of the people: through education, collective thought and action but above all, realizing he underlying unity of all human existence. In the Hindu tradition, ascetic detachment from the world had been criticized even before Vivekananda but it was he who first actively joined the idea of individual renunciation to committed social service. >>Read details here.