Devotees queued up at Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral residence in north Kolkata in celebration of his birth anniversary, 12 January.
Rich tributes are being paid to Swami Vivekananda on his 154th birth anniversary in Kolkata and across the world. Hundreds have queued up at Vivekananda’s ancestral residence in north Kolkata. Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta at the 3, Gourmohan Mukherjee Street residence on January 12,1863.
Once in a dilapidated state, the house was taken over by the Ramakrishna Mission in 1999 and subsequently developed into pilgrimage spot and cultural centre in 2004.
It is complete with a memorial shrine for the great monk, a museum on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, a research centre under the Vivekananda University, a huge meditation hall and a library.
The complex functions as a fully operational branch of the Ramakrishna Mission imparting free education to hundreds of underprivileged students. It runs a non-formal education centre for slum children providing them with regular food along with a computer training centre for over five hundred students and spoken English training unit for more 1600 students.
Special prayers are being held at the math premises
Commemorated as National Youth Day, celebrations are also taking place at the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission at Belur Math in Howrah. Special prayers are being held at the math premises and hundreds of school children took out rallies to the ashram in the morning and various cultural programmes are lined up for the day.
Hundreds of school children took out rallies to the ashram in the morning and various cultural programmes are lined up for the day
Paying homage to the great youth icon Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “We offer salutations to the great Swami Vivekananda and remember his powerful thoughts and ideals that continue shaping the minds of generations.