Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
The following centres organized various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)
Bangalore: Spiritual retreat on 16 and 17 June, in which about 1200 devotees participated;
Baranagar Mission: Inter Ramakrishna Mission School Football Tournament from 21 to 25 June, in which 15 school teams took part;
Chengalpattu: Processions, bhajans and film shows on Swamiji at Naduvakkarai, Puliyur, Vitalapuram and Paiyambadi on 3, 16, 17 and 24 June respectively;
Guwahati: Quiz competitions on 30 May and 2 and 4 June, in which 143 students from three schools took part;
Hyderabad: On 20 June, several books on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam were released by Sri Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission. Swami Suhitanandaji presided over the meeting.
Itanagar: A two-day programme on 16 and 17 June, in which 218 school children and 240 devotees took part;
Salem: On 29 June, the centre launched ‘Salem District Swami Vivekananda Literary Competitions’ for school and college students. The Ashrama will be distributing 1,00,000 books on Swamiji to various schools and colleges in the district free of cost for conducting these competitions.
Swamiji’s Ancestral House: On the centre’s initiative, two institutions, one at Pathuriaghata and the other at Garia, organized public meetings on 2 and 24 June on the relevance of Swamiji’s message in today’s context. In all, about 900 persons attended the meetings.
The centre conducted a youth conference on 16 June, in which 250 youths and 100 observers took part.