Ramakrishna Mission Jammu celebrates National Youth Day

JAMMU: National Youth Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Ramakrishna Mission of Jammu and local school children at the Mission premises at Udheywala, Jammu, today.

The celebration was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu along with Guest of Honour Prof Vishwa Raksha, HOD Sociology, Jammu University and Swami Nirantaranandaji Maharaj, Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission's Jammu Ashrama.

The National Youth Day was celebrated at Vivekananda Auditorium by conducting lectures, cultural programs, drama, musical play and various other performances by the local students. Approximately 450 persons including students, devotees, local people gathered for the celebration.

National Youth Day (Yuva Diwas or Swami Vivekananda Birthday) is celebrated in India on 12th January to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, maker of the modern India. In 1984, The government said that "the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth" and since 1985, Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary is being celebrated as National Youth Day.

Swami Vivekananda, born as Narendranath Datta on January 12, 1863, he was interested in spirituality and started meditating from a young age. He was a voracious reader and used to read a wide range of subjects, including philosophy, religion, history, social science, art and literature. He was also interested in the Hindu scriptures. Swami Vivekananda was an all-rounder. Apart from being good in studies, he was also trained in Indian classical music and was a good sportsperson too.

He played an important role in introducing Indian philosophies of yoga and vedanta to the western world and after his 1893 speech at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, he was called the "Messenger of Indian wisdom to the western world". He is seen as a major force in bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century.

The half day celebration at Jammu Ashrama started with lighting of traditional lamp with Vedic chanting by the chief guest. The Saraswati Vandana by DIVYANG students made spellbound the audiences.

In his welcome address the secretary Maharaj welcomed the guests and audiences, As the time flows, the violin play by Shri Suresh, Kathak Dance by Rumika Kumari, Group Dances by coaching centre students, Recitation by Ketan Kashyap mesmerised the audiences.

Speeches on various topics on youth and Swamiji's vision by Sakshi Sharma, Arti, Sunita Thussu, Pradeep Ghordi and Manik Slathia draw keen attention of the students.. The Chief Guest and Guest of Honour addressed the gathering and enlighten them with the thought process of Swami Vivekananda in present day scenario.

The play " Shaheed Bhagat Singh" by Vishal Ji and his group made the environment nationalistic and emotionally charged. The vote of thanks was presented by Kuldeep Khajuria. The colourful programme culminated with National Anthem sung by all in the auditorium.

Later as a part of celebration and bonhomie a lunch was organized at Ashram premises for the audiences, devotees and participants. A book stall related to youth was also attracted lot of students and youths.

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