Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), the great disciple of sri Ramakrishna, was born in Kolkata. He was Nerendranath Dutta in his pre-monastic life. An Athletic youth with modern education, he came in contact with sri Ramakrishna,the saint of Dakhinswar and was transformed by his gentle touch into the great monk and preacher, who carried the message of ancient india to the western World. Four year after the Swami had left the shores of India as an unknown monk, he landed at Colombo in January 15, 1897. His countrymen had been eagerly awaiting his return to the motherland to give him a hearty welcome.