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The life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda were more relevant today when the nation needed more spiritual strength to combat adverse forces from within and outside and Vivekananda Jayanti here was focused on the younger generation in order to bring them close to their spiritual and cultural roots.

Earlier in the day, Modi also addressed Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida on the occasion of the inaugural programme of the 22nd National Youth Festival.

Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 and his original name was Narendra Nath Datta. Sri Raghuviranand Swami of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram, Hubballi; and Sadanand Danganavar, chairman, North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), were among those who garlanded the statue of Swami Vivekananda.

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President Ram Nath Kovind paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda in a tweet as he wrote: "My tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary".

He became popular in the western world after his famous speech at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.

His had a message for the youth of the country saying, "Youth Power, Unite for #NewIndia" as Swami Vivekananda is hailed as the youth icon. It was first celebrated in 1984 by the Congress Govt to mark #SwamiVivekananda's birthday". "Today, on National Youth Day I salute the indomitable energy and enthusiasm of our youngsters, who are the builders of New India".