Kathmandu: Nepalese President on Saturday praised Swami Vivekananda for his contribution towards the upliftment of the society, at a function organised here today to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the reformer.
A day-long programme was organised to mark the occasion and President Ram Baran Yadav was present at the function as the chief guest.
"Vivekananda was not only a Hindu saint but also a freedom fighter who contributed in liberating India from the British rule," Yadav said.
"Vivekananda was a humanitarian and visionary spiritual teacher who also worked for women for the upliftment of the society," he pointed out.
"Vivekananda became the bridge between East and West after he gave his famous speech during the World Religion Congress in Chicago, USA in 1893," Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Jayanta Prasad, said.
"Vivekananda worked for the poor and downtrodden people and fought against untouchability as well as helped to empower women," he pointed out.
"Vivekananda taught us to control the mind which he described as a drunk scorpion consumed by a demon," Prasad said.
According to Swami Vivekananda, each soul has the potentiality to attain divinity, he said.
"Vivekananda is the first person to introduce Hindu religion to the western world," said Swami Gauranganada, chief of Ramakrishna Ashram Nepal.
"Rise, awake and stop not till the goal is achieved" is the main teaching of Vivekananda, he pointed out.
On the occasion various devotional songs and bhajans were recited and Bharatnatyam dance was performed.
The Chicago speech of Swami Vivekananda was also recited on the occasion.
Ramakrishna Ashram Nepal established in April last year has been conducting various programmes including health, education and rural development in the country, the Ashram said.