Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) celebrated Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary as well as National Youth Day at Saragur in HD Kote taluk on Jan. 12.

In a colorful function held in the Administrative Headquarters of the organisation, Sri Shiva-rathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt unveiled a 6.25 feet tall statue of Vivekananda in the park within the premises of the organisation.

Swami Sureshanandaji of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore, inaugurated the Universal Prayer Hall in the premises.

Padma Srinivas, President of Saragur Town Panchayat, inaugurated an exhibition depicting the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

Suttur Mutt Seer, in his address, urged the gathering to not only learn about Swami Viveka-nanda's thoughts but also practice them in their life.

"Many community leaders use Swami Vivekananda icons to portray their own relevance. The country would significantly progress if at least those leaders change and practice Swami Vivekananda’s teachings in their life. The celebrations per se may not change the world but is an opportunity to change ourselves by adopting Vivekananda’s philosophy in our life," he said.

Swami Sureshanandaji lauded the doctors of the organisation for starting and growing the organi-sation by adopting Vivekananda’s teachings in their practice.

Dr. Seetharam, President of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, presided. Dr. R. Balasu-bramaniam, Founder President, delivered the introductory note. Dr. M. A. Balasubramanya, Chief Executive Officer, SVYM, proposed a vote of thanks.

On the occasion, the students of Viveka Tribal Centre for Learning gave a yoga demonstration. More than 1000 people attended the programme organised with active participation of the community.

Dr. Padmaja, Director, Vivekananda Memorial Hospital, Saragur compered.