Chenniyil Swami Vivekanandar
Vivekananda Navaratri & Divine Book Festival 2017
Press Note – Day 6 – 11 th Feb 2017
Students of Vidya mandir, Mylapore rendered a colorful cultural programme as the delightful starter of
the day. It was followed by reading from the Swamiji’s lecture.
Swami Sathyaprabhananda Maharaj spoke on Swamiji’s experience at Vivekanandar Illam. Swami
Vivekananda had some spiritual experience on one day. Other than that we know nothing about his
spiritual experiences here. Otherwise all the 9 days were occasions of grand celebrations. 1000s of
people accompanied by musical instruments came to welcome him in Chennai. His chariot was pulled by
the youth. This was a heartening incident to Swamiji.
“You are the incarnation of Thriugnasambandar” exclaimed one lady to Swamiji and worshiped him.
Swamiji was very much moved by this. Tirupathi devotees called him an avatar from Vaikunta.
There were some moments when Swami Vivekananda slightly grew emotional, such as when someone
asked “You a non-brahmin has become a Sanniyasi ?. He gave a suitable reply but didn’t hurt the person
The occasion when Swami Vivekananda came out of the meeting hall to see hundreds of ordinary
people outside shows his love and compassion for his fellow beings.
On one of these days at this Illam, Subramaniya Iyer revealed the idea of establishing a Universal
temple, where all people irrespective of religion would come and worship.
At the time of parting, the people of Madras were visibly sad. Swami consoled them by promising to
send one of his brother monks to keep the momentum.
Sri L Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan participated as the Chief Guest of the event. In his
keynote address he mentioned that Bhavan’s and the Math had similar ideas and did similar activities.
Swami Vivekananda believed that spiritual awakening is the only way for India to become supreme
globally. Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan has published more than 29 books on Swami Vivekananda.
Spencer S Balasubramaniyam who helped a lot for the Divine Book Festival was felicitated. On his brief
address he mentioned, by setting the motto of Ramakrishna Math as “Atmano Mokshartham Jagat
Hitayacha” Swami Vivekananda had transformed the entire concept of service.
The last and the special item of the day was Bommalattam. Puppet show on Swami Vivekananda was
done by Mayiladutharai Sri Gananathar Bommai Nadaga Sabha. Audience was enthralled by the
performance. The show was filled with Swamiji’s life added with nice traditional humor by Koomali.
Navaratri event was attended by more than 300 people.