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Jaipur celebrates Vivekananda Jayanti with a record number of events
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 13 Jan 2014

The 151st Vivekananda Jayanti was celebrated in Jaipur on January 12 with a number of programmes and events by various institutions and organizations. Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, while greeting people on the occasion, said that Swamiji was a symbol of youth power and an inspiration for living a purposeful life. She urged the youth to imbibe the ideals of Swami Vivekananda in their lives and do all that was possible for the motherland.

According to Rajasthan Patrika, around 500 programmes have been organized in Jaipur to pay tributes to Swami Vivekananda on the conclusion of Sardhasati Samaroha. Various local schools, welfare societies, NGOs, hospitals, youth organizations, cultural societies, community groups, colleges, universities, religious organizations and temples organized programmes to pay tributes to Swami Vivekananda on the occasion of his birth anniversary this year. Also, publicity material of the schemes for the youth was published in the newspapers like prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows.

It was stressed that Swami Vivekananda's teachings were relevant today too. His valuable thoughts on several issues needed to be applied in our daily life. His clarion call to the nation was: "Awake, arise, and stop not till the goal is reached." And, this even holds good even today. Swamiji had said, “Struggle is the sine qua non of life and stagnation is death; Vedas proclaim this as charaivaiti, charaivaiti, charaivaiti.”

During the celebration, Vivekananda's Rajasthan connection was recalled. His visit to Alwar was remembered, where he was welcomed both by the Hindus and the Muslims and held a lively discussion on spirituality with then King Mangal Singh. He also had come to Jaipur to study Panini's Ashtadhyayi from a local Sanskrit scholar and went to Ajmer to visit the Dargah Sharif. In Mount Abu he met Raja Ajit Singh of Khetri, who became an ardent devotee and supporter of the philosophy of Swamiji.

He was born on January 12, 1863 in Kolkata and was interested in spirituality from a young age and was fascinated by wandering ascetics and monks. Swami Vivekananda, as an Indian Vedantic monk and chief disciple of saint Ramakrishna, is credited for introducing Indian philosophies of Vedanta, Yoga and interfaith awareness to the Western world.

According to Sawmiji, the supreme value of youth period is indescribable and the way in which one utilizes it shapes his or her happiness, success and honour. He used to tell the youth of country, "You can wisely mould your life, your character, your physical health and strength. In short, your entire nature in any way in which you make up your mind to do.  And, you must do this now." His advice to the Indian youth was to practise virtue, persevere in virtue and become established in virtue.