New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his 153rd birth anniversary.

“I salute the venerable Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary,” Modi said in a statement issued on the occasion.

He also said that he will address the National Youth Festival in Chhattisgarh via video conference today.

Modi praised Swami Vivekananda for his contribution to spreading Indian wisdom.

“He not only made a unique contribution to the spiritual revival of India, he also placed our timeless wisdom before the world,” Modi said.

Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda is considered to be the key figure who introduced Yoga to the world. He was born on January 12, 1863.