Narendranath Datta who later became famous by the name of Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu spiritual leader and social reformer. He was born on 12 January 1863. Since his childhood, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa, who taught him the lessons of life.
In India, Swami Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint. And in 1984, the Government Of India declared his birthday “12 January” as a National Youth Day.
He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He introduced Hinduism and its great philosophy to the western world. By bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion, he played a key role in revival of Hinduism in India. He inspired people and bought them towards the concept of nationalism.
He was a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, a popular Hindu saint in Bengal (India). Later after his guru’s name, Swami Vivekananda founded Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. His teachings focused on human development.
Vivekananda won the hearts of western community when he began his historical speech at Parliament of the World’s Religions with the words – “Sisters and brothers of America …” in which he introduced Hinduism.
On 4 July 1902 (the day of his death) aged 39 , Vivekananda attained mahasamadhi. After many years of his death, he still motivates people through his thoughts.
He is not only an inspirational personality but also a youth icon motivating youth towards Nationalism and Dharma.