Ramakrishna Advaita Ashrama, Kalady celebrated the National Youth Day in a befitting manner. The students, teachers, staff, and devotees assembled in front of the Ashrama temple at 9.30 am. On the Chariot of Swamiji, Puja, Arati, prayers, and Vedic the chanting was conducted by monks.
There was a pilot vehicle that carried out the announcements well before and also intimating the coming of the Swamiji Rath and procession on the route. Inside the Rath, students sang prayers and repeated the sayings of Swamiji in Malayalam and English on the sound system. NCC cadets gave the guard of honour to Swamiji Rath and followed the procession. There was a Kerala traditional music band who performed Panchavadyam with drums, horns, and cymbals. Students, teachers of the Brahmanandodayam School and local devotees participated in the procession. The procession went through the heart of Kalady town covering about 2 Kms. distance.
The highlights of youth procession:
Higher Secondary students: Chanting of slogans & Jai to Swamiji, announcing Swamiji sayings, dressed in the costumes of Thakur, Ma, Swamiji, Sister Nivedita and led the procession with the banner.
High School: NCC cadets band, Panchavadyam, Chanting of slogans and Jai to Swamiji.
Upper and Lower Primary Students: Bearing placards, flags, chanting of slogans and Jai to Swamiji, children were in the costumes of Thakur, Ma, and Swamiji.
Our Nursery kids assembled in front of the Rath in the morning and prayed before Thakur, Ma Sarada Devi, and Swamiji.
A copy of Vivekananda’s literature was given to all.