TAMIL NADU

Sister Nivedita ratha yatra flagged off

Union Minister of State of Finance and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan flagging off the 150th Sister Nivedita birth anniversary rath yatra in the city on Monday.S. SIVA SARAVANANS. SIVA SARAVANAN

Union Minister of State of Finance and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan flagging off the 150th Sister Nivedita birth anniversary rath yatra in the city on Monday.S. SIVA SARAVANANS. SIVA SARAVANAN  

The Sister Nivedita sesquicentennial rath yatra that will criss-cross the state and take her message to over two lakh students began here on Monday.

Union Minister of State of Finance and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan inaugurated the yatra in the presence of Yatheeswari Ramakrishna Priyamba, president, Sri Saradha Ashram, Ulundurpet, Swami Vimurthananda, manager, Sri Ramakrishna Mutt, Chennai, actor Vivekh and the yatra State co-ordinator Vanathi Srinivasan.

Addressing a gathering of around 5,000 students, Mr. Radhakrishnan said for 13 years, Sister Nivedita worked in India, uplifting the poor and downtrodden and reminding them how great were the Indian civilisation and culture.

Swami Vimurthananda said the ratha yatra was necessary to remind people of the contribution of the Irish woman (Sister Nivedita) who gave up her comfort to work for our country.

Swamini Ramakrishna Priyamba said the ratha yatra had come at the right time as it would lead to societal rejuvenation.

Ms. Srinivasan said during her stay in India, Sister Nivedita had inspired poet Subramanya Bharati, philosopher Aurobindo and helped Nobel awardee J.C. Bose.

Actor Vivekh said Sister Nivedita helped take forward Swami Vivekananda’s life and message to the people and had played a great role in women’s education and development.

The rath yatra reached Sri Krishna group of institutions, where Rani Lakshmi Kumaran Sethupathi, descendant of the Ramanathapuram Samasthanam, speaker Tamilaruvi Manian and S. Malarvizhi, college chairperson, addressed the students.

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