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Nation pays tributes to Swami Vivekananda on birth anniv

New Delhi, Jan 12 ┬áPresident Ram Nath Kovind led the nation on Sunday to pay tributes to one of the greatest spiritual leaders of India — Swami Vivekananda — on his birth anniversary.

Vivekananda’s birth anniversary is observed as National Youth Day in the country.

Kovind tweeted: “Homage to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary. In honour of this great scholar, monk and visionary who inspired generations, especially the youth, we commemorate this day as #NationalYouthDay. May Swami Vivekananda’s life & deeds continue to inspire us in years to come.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Swami Vivekananda lives in the hearts and minds of crores of Indians, especially the dynamic youths of India for whom he had a grand vision.”

“My Pranaam to #SwamiVivekananda Ji on his Jayanti. On #NationalYouthDay let us remember his achievements and contributions to the society which has been a guiding light for all of us and which will continue to inspire crores of Indians, particularly our youths,” tweeted Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted: “My humble tributes to #SwamiVivekananda on his birth anniversary. He was a great spiritual master, a philosopher and a visionary, whose thoughts & words are an ever-inspiring reservoir of positive energy. #SwamiVivekanandaJayanti”

Sharing Swami Vivekananda’s quote, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said: “Remembering #SwamiVivekananda ji on his birth anniversary. I am most impacted by one of his quote ‘You can’t believe in God until you believe in yourself’. An important message particularly for youngsters. Believe in yourself & I am sure you will achieve whatever you aspire for.”

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag quoted Swami Vivekanand: “‘Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.’

“Humble tributes to the great man, Swami Vivekananda ji on #SwamiVivekanandaJayanti.”

Asserting that Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and wise words continue to pave the path for the people, cricketer Suresh Raina paid his tribute.

Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis wrote: “Salute to the real youth icon Swami Vivekananda ji who told the world about the greatness & strength of our nation.”

The official Twitter handle of Congress shared a quote: “‘Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, the dream of it, live on that idea’. Today on #NationalYouthDay, we salute the Indian youth for embracing one idea, the idea of India.”

Vivekananda was the chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa and founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.