A Mahashobhayatra and around 20 Shobhayatras in the district here on Saturday marked the beginning of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda.

A large number of people including children dressed up as Swami Vivekananda, percussionists, and dancers took part in the ‘yatras.’

Tableaux

A number of tableaux depicting various incidents from the life of Swami Vivekananda were the highlight of the show.

Organising committee chairman Prabhakaran Paleri inaugurated the Mahashobhayatra on the Sreekanteshwara temple premises in the evening. It went around the city and culminated at the Muthalakkulam ground where Adwaithashram head Swami Chidanandapuri addressed those present.

Minor ‘yatras’ which began at Arayadathupalam, Nadakkavu, and Thiruvani and and Tali temples joined the Mahashobhayatra at various points.

The Swami Vivekananda Birth Anniversary Celebration Committee, headed by writer C. Radhakrishnan, organised the programmes.

Discussions, meets

As part of this, mass Suryanamaskaram, discussions, mass run, and various conferences would be organised over the year.

Volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Kozhikode, took part in a blood-donation campaign. The district administration, in association with the District Information Office and Nehru Yuva Kendra, had organised a quiz titled ‘Uthishtatha’ at Town Hall.

Writer U.K. Kumaran delivered the Swami Vivekananda birth centenary lecture on the occasion. ‘Jagratha,’ a quiz for women, would be held on Sunday, the organisers said.

Shobhayatras were also held in other parts of the district such as Eramala, Vadakara, Puthuppanam, Nadapuram, Kuttiyadi, Perambra, Koyilandy, Chengottukavu, Thikkodi, Peruvayal, Kuttikkattor, Kundamangalam, Narikkuni, Ullyeri, Atholi, Unnikulam, Thamrasseri, Puthuppadi, Balussery, and Mukkam.

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