I bow to Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. Today, on National Youth Day I salute the indomitable energy and enthusiasm of our youngsters, who are the builders of New India. pic.twitter.com/1aXEqvVRgY- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 12, 2018
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.
National Youth Day is celebrated across India in schools and colleges and programmes like processions, speeches, recitations, music, youth conventions, seminars, sports competitions are held on this day.
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.