150th Birthday Party

It was a birthday party 150 years in the making.

On January 12th, the Naperville-Aurora chapter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh hosted a celebration for what would have been Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday at the Eola Community Center.

The famous Indian Hindu monk brought his teachings to America in 1893 to represent Hinduism at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago.

He is credited for bringing the Hindu philosophy and yoga to the west.

“It’s extremely important that we remember Swami Vivekananda’s message which was that we are all following different paths to the same god, the same realization,” said Ushari Munukutla, a volunteer for Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh. “That’s one of the main themes he brought across when he came here.”

The event included singing of traditional Hindu prayers, a video presentation about Vivekananda’s life, and birthday cake.

The celebration is a yearlong observance, known as SV150 and will include a nation wide trivia contest for kids about Vivekananda and other Hindu history makers.

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