Birthday of Swami Vivekananda in West Bengal in 2021

Birthday of Swami Vivekananda in West Bengal in 2021

  How long until Birthday of Swami Vivekananda?
This holiday next takes place in 105 days.
  Dates of Birthday of Swami Vivekananda in West Bengal
2022 Wed, Jan 12Regional Holiday
2021 Tue, Jan 12Regional Holiday
2020 Sun, Jan 12Regional Holiday
2019 Sat, Jan 12Regional Holiday
2018 Fri, Jan 12Regional Holiday
  Summary
West Bengal only. Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna

When is Birthday of Swami Vivekananda?

The Birthday of Swami Vivekananda is a regional holiday in the Indian state of West Bengal on January 12th each year.

This holiday commemorates the birthday of an Indian Hindu monk on this day in 1863.

History of Birthday of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta in Kolkata on January 12th 1863.

Showing an interest in spirituality from an early age, Narendranath would become the chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna, who practised Islam, Christianity and other religions to live his words: "many opinions, many paths."

After Ramakrishna's death in 1886, Narendranath renounced the world and became a monk, adopting the name "Swami Vivekananda." He travelled across India and seeing the conditions of the people at first-hand, his compassion drove him to seek material help from the West. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago.

Vivekananda became a celebrity in America and for three years he spread the Vedanta philosophy and religion in America and England. He returned to India to found the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.  His lectures and writings have been gathered into nine volumes of his Complete Works.

Vivekananda died unexpectedly on July 4th 1902 at the age of 39, fulfilling his prophecy that he would not live to reach 40.

In 1984, the date of Swami Vivekananda's birthday was chosen by the Indian Government as National Youth Day. The Government stated 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 Day.'

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