Vivekananda Memorial Rock, KanyakumariSeptember 11 has gone down in history. But for us Indians, it’s the day when a monk from Kolkata put India’s Vedic and yogic philosophy on an international platform. Going through the many turbulences and challenges, Swami Vivekananda gave his memorable speech in Chicago on September 11, 1893 at the World Parliament of Religions… “Sisters and Brothers of America…” and this got him a standing ovation for full three minutes.

But before he reached the USA, he had travelled the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. Promoting peace, peace, unity and brotherhood, Ramakrishna’s ardent disciple, was in the south of India between 1892-93. It was in this region that the young monk Narendra became Vivekananda and found the means to reach the USA.

Bangalore Stay

His travels took him to Garden City Bangalore, now Bengaluru. There he met the Diwan of Mysore state, K Seshadri Iyer who introduced him to the Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wodeyar.

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