SWAMI VIVEKANANDA SARDHASHATI CELEBRATIONS
Highlights of Tamil Nadu State from December 2012 to March 2013.
In Vellore district preparations for getting Karyakarthas/new people started even sixmonths before. From more than 300 villages they nominated youths especially collegestudents average number being 25 from each village. Now more than 6000 youths aredoing some work or other instructed to them.2.
On January 12
Pushpanjali programme was organized in many places. Swamiji’s
portrait would be decorated in public places and people are asked to offer Pushpanjali. In Chennai market area coolies numbering more than 150 came forward
to do the Pushpanjali on behalf of them. They not only put forward their one day’s
earning for the expenses and for the whole day they were inviting people to thefunction.3.
Almost all VIPs of Vellore city, more than 300 people assembled before the Historicalfort on January 12
morning. Sri G. Viswanathan, President of the State Celebrations
Committee, Tamil Nadu was in the forefront. Whole city was decorated with Swmiji’s
Photo and Bhagawa flags. Nearly in 18000 places the programme was organized. Nodoubt to say people from all cross sections of the society took part in the event.4.
Right from the beginning Vivekananda Educational Society comprising of 20 schools inChennai took initiative in organizing the celebrations. In Perambur School alone nearly2500 parents did sankalpa on 25
In Salem nearly 23 political party leaders were approached by our karyakarthas to offer Pushpanjali on the Janma Din. 11 political party leaders including a Muslim, who arealiens in the political field, shared the same dais.6.
In one more school of VES, Chennai, parents thought about their contribution to thesociety in the 150
year and they decided to do temple cleaning work on a regular basis. In the process 26 neglected temples were selected and the work has alreadystarted in four temples.7.
A jail convict in Cuddalore prison came to know of the celebrations. He came out onparole b3efore 12
January for 5 days and organized a very good programme inChidambaram. When he went back to the prison he organized the Surya Namaskar programme among his jail mates. They paid from their own pockets for thearrangements and the programme has sent a holy message among the jail inmates.8.
For the Surya Namaskar programme many Chief Educational officers of the districtswere approached and they did issue circulars to the government schools to conductthe same. No doubt the programme was very useful to the students and the schoolteachers received our karyakarthas very well.9.
In Salem a special programme was conducted for college founders, presidents,secretaries and principals. 123 such persons participated and expressed their willingness to conduct programmes for the students in their respective colleges. ViceChancellor, Periyar University, Salem Sri Muthu Chezhiyan presided over the function