National Youth Day 2022: PM Modi pays tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his 159th birth anniversary

National Youth Day is celebrated on January 12, every year in India to honor the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest philosophers and spiritual leaders.

Swami Vivekananda has an important contribution in giving a modern and inspiring interpretation of Hinduism and spirituality. He was the inspiration of youth and hence his birth anniversary is also celebrated as National Youth Day in the country. He was born on January 12, 1863, in Kolkata. He was named Narendranath Dutt. His father Vishwanath Dutt was a well-known lawyer in the Kolkata High Court and his mother's name was Bhuvaneshwari Devi.

In 1985, the Government of India declared Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day. The Indian Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda was a great thinker, philosopher, and social reformer. This is the reason Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary is celebrated as National Youth Day across the nation. The life and personality of Vivekananda are like an inspiration for all. He had a very strong belief that youth can transform the fate of India through their dedication and hard work.

The day is marked all over India at schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, competitions in essay-writing, recitations, and sports every year. But due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the schools being shut, most of the events will be held in virtual mode.

To mark this special occasion PM Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “I pay tributes to the great Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. His was a life devoted to national regeneration. He has motivated many youngsters to work towards nation-building. Let us keep working together to fulfill the dreams he had for our nation (sic).”

Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of 19th-century mystic and yogi Ramakrishna Paramhansa. He founded the Ramakrishna Math, a monastic order based on his guru’s teachings in Kolkata and a worldwide spiritual movement known as the Ramakrishna Mission based on the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta

Vivekananda's key achievements and his 1893 speech in Chicago was instrumental in putting Hinduism on the global map, introducing it to the Western world. Swami Vivekananda died on July 4, 1902.

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