156th birth anniversary of Swami VivekanandaToday is the birthday of the great Saint Swami Vivekananda. Today is his 156th birth anniversary. Swami Vivekananda was born in Kolkata on January 12, 1863. His name was actually Narendra Nath Datta. In 1887, he along with other disciples of Ramakrishna Paramhansa took vows of sannyasa. He renounced the worldly pleasures from that time.
Vivekananda tried to awaken the religious consciousness among people through his lectures and talks. He spent a lot of time to uplift the downtrodden using the principles of practical Vedanta.
Vivekananda attended a World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. He talked about universal acceptance, tolerance and religion. His speech touched the people there and he received a standing ovation.