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Tributes and rallies in memory of monk

- Food for underprivileged on Swamiji’s birthday

Members owing allegiance to different social organisations on Sunday spoke of the relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings in today’s age.

Tributes were also paid to one of India’s greatest monk and social reformers on his birth anniversary.

On the occasion, Sri Ramakrishna Pathachakra, a voluntary organisation took out a colourful prabhat pheri (morning procession).

The march, which started from the Bhagalpur Institute premises, concluded at Durga Bari after moving through different parts of the silk city. Members of Vivekananda Kendra, a human rights organisation, students from different schools and people from all walks of life, including homemakers, took part in the procession. In the afternoon, more than 700 people, mostly beggars and destitute, were provided food on the Durga Bari premises. Amita Moitra, a senior teacher at Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) and the secretary of the organisation, said: “The prabhat pheri was taken out to spread Swamiji’s messages among the people, particularly the youth. On this day, the entire world pays homage to the great monk. We tried our best to make the people aware about his philosophy.”

In another function organised by Safali Yuba club, the minority community paid tributes to Swamiji. A senior teacher of TMBU and president of the club, Faruque Ali, paid floral tributes to the monk. He appealed to the youth to follow the path shown by Swami Vivekananda to make India a strong country.

In Patna, chief minister Nitish Kumar garlanded a picture of Swami Vivekananda. Artistes of the information and public relations department performed on the occasion.