These celebrations strongly reawakened across India and in many other countries the memory of Swami Vivekananda’s historic addresses. Lakhs of students and the general public were introduced to Swamiji’s Chicago lectures and through them to a deeper understanding of the fundamental tenets of Hinduism.
We have every month given brief reports of these events. This Special Report sums up some of the main activities and the concluding programs of the celebration. The number of participants in each program is given in brackets.
Programmes by the Head Quarters
The year-long celebration which was formally inaugurated at Belur Math, the Head Quarters of the Order on 11 Sept 2018 had a grand finale with various programs organized by the Head Quarters and the branch centers. The Inaugural Meeting of the Concluding Programme at Belur Math, presided by Srimat Swami Shivamayananda Ji, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Order was held on 11 Sept 2019 (3500 devotees). Swami Sivananda Ji, the General Secretary of the Order welcomed the gathering, Hon’ble Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Chairperson, Lokpal delivered the Chief-Guest address and Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj, the President of the Order, gave his benediction.
The Head Quarters organized a day-long Devotees’ Convention at Belur Math on 12th Sept (5000); a Public Meeting on 19th Sept (1500) and a Sanskrit Seminar on 21 st Sept (600 lecturers/students) at the Institute of Culture, Golpark; and a Youth Convention (2500) and Valedictory Meeting (1500 devotees) for the year-long programme at Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata on 27th Sept. The Public Meeting was presided by Srimat Swami Gautamananda Ji, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Order and Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Justice Biswanath Somadder, Calcutta High Court addressed the meeting. Swami Tattwavidananda, one of the Asst. Gen. Secretaries of the Order, Dr. Samiran Chandra Chakrabarti, Former Professor, School of Vedic Studies, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and a number scholars spoke in the Sanskrit seminar. The Youth Convention was addressed by Swami Balabhadrananda, one of the Asst. Gen. Secretaries of the Order, Swami Divyananda, a senior Trustee of the Order, Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Minister of Education, Govt. of West Bengal, Sri Vinayak Lohani, the founder of Parivaar, a humanitarian organization, and others. The Valedictory meeting was presided by Srimat Swami Vagishananda Ji, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Order and addressed by Swami Chetanananda, Minister-in-Charge, Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Janab Firhad Hakim, Mayor of Kolkata, Sri Harsha Dutta, Former Editor of Desh Patrika and other sannyasis and dignitaries. Swami Sivananda Ji participated in some of these programs.
National Seminars across India
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