To date, Swami Vivekananda is famous for his speech at The World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, where he represented Hinduism. On September 11, 1893, he visited Chicago — an important date in our modern history. But very few know that the renowned philosopher had visited Secunderabad days before leaving for Chicago. He gave a speech at Mehboob College on February 13 on 'My Mission To West' that year.
To mark this occasion, the Rama Krishna Math has decided to recognize February 13 as 'Vivekananda Yuva Divas' and wants the day to be celebrated every year to inspire the youth of India in whom Swami Vivekananda had tremendous faith.
Swami Vivekananda was hosted by Babu Madhusudan Chatterjee during this visit to Secunderabad. Chatterjee, who was known as the mint master of the Nizam's Royal Mint, was the one who had invited Vivekananda to the city to plan his Chicago speech. On February 10, Vivekananda reached the city, and over 500 dignitaries received him at the railway station.