Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore, two prominent personalities from India visited Thiruvananthapuram during 1890’s and 1920’s respectively.To this time it is considered as one of the greatest events happened in city’s history.
Swami Vivekananda came for the first time at Thiruvananthapuram in December 1892.He was here in this great city for nine days. During that time Sree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma was the ruler of Travancore. Sree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma was stayed in Krishnavilasam Palace inside East Fort. History says Swami Vivekananda visited and held talks with Sree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma at this palace. Rabindranath Tagore also visited the same palace during his visit to Thiruvananthapuram on November 9 1922, and was well known to the world as a Nobel Prize winner in Literature. He was invited to Thiruvananthapuram by the Travancore King and was given all VIP honors. The reception was given in the place where now the Kerala University Library exists.
But in the case of Swami Vivekananda nobody had an idea about his visit. Infact he was not popular during that time and was called as ‘Narendran’. He became famous after he left Thiruvananthapuram. During Swami Vivekananda’s visit there wasn’t much transportation facilities here. There were no cars or busses and the only way of transportation was the Parvathi Puthen Ar water way. But when Rabindranath Tagore visited here transportation was very much improved and motor rail transport facilities were available. The VJT hall was not there when Swami Vivekananda came here. But when Rabindranath Tagore came here out of respect one of Rabindranath Tagore’s drama was played here.
The 150th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated in Thiruvananthapuram along with other cities of India quite recently.Preparations are going on in Thiruvananthapuram and in other parts of Kerala for the celebrations of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday.
Article Soured from “Mathrubhumi” dated 09.01.2012