New Delhi, Jan 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid rich homage to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary and said the cyclonic monk lives in "the hearts and minds of crores of Indians".
"Swami Vivekananda lives in the hearts and minds of crores of Indians, especially the dynamic youth of India for whom he has a grand vision," tweeted Prime Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Kolkata.
"Today, on Vivekananda Jayanti and National Youth Day I am at the Belur Math, including the room where Swami Ji meditated," he wrote along with the photographs of his visit to the solemn place.
"The thoughts of Sri Ramakrishna emphasise on furthering harmony and compassion. He believed that a great way to serve God is to serve people, especially the poor and downtrodden. At the Belur Math this morning, I paid tributes to Sri Ramakrishna," Mr Modi wrote.
Born on January 12, 1863, Swami Vivekananda - originally named Narendranath Datta breathed his last on July 4, 1902.
A chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Swami Vivekananda was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.
Swamiji is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. (UNI)