AMRITSAR, January 2, 2012 (Times of India): For the first time since India-Pakistan partition, Hindus of Pakistan will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 7th at Karachi's largest Hindu temple Radhae Krishan Mandir where Hindu priests and leaders will deliver discourses on the life and teachings of the great reformer.
While talking to TOI over the phone from Karachi on Wednesday, the president of Pakistan Hindu Sewa Welfare Trust (PHSWT), Sanjesh S. Dhanja, informed that they had made elaborate arrangements for celebrating the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. "Only a handful of elderly Hindus of Pakistan know about Swamiji whereas the young generation of the community has no idea who Swami Vivekananada was, what his life and teachings were" he said.
Swami Vivekananda was born in Kolkata on January 12, 1863. The aim of celebrating Swami's birth anniversary was to impart knowledge of Sanatan Dharma to the young Hindu generation of Pakistan. He said it was Swami Vivekananda who had showed the rich cultural heritage of Sanatan Dharma to rest of the world. Patron of PHSWT Mukhi Odha Mal said that they would distribute booklets on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda among Hindus. "The pamphlets have been locally prepared with help of some books and internet support," he said.