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Which among the following places were set up as Vedanta Centres when Swami Vivekananda visited the U.S.A. in 1899?

1. Chicago

2. New York

3. San Francisco

4. Los Angeles


1. 1 and 2
2. 2 and 3
3. 2 and 4
4. 3 and 4

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : 2 and 3

The correct answer is 2 and 3.

  • Second visit of Swamiji in West- 1899 to 1902
    • During this visit Vivekananda established Vedanta Societies in San Francisco and New York and founded a shanti ashrama (peace retreat) in California.
    • He then went to Paris for the Congress of Religions in 1900.
    • Then, Vivekananda was unable to attend the Congress of Religions in 1901 in Japan due to deteriorating health, he made pilgrimages to Bodhgaya and Varanasi.

  • Some other information of Vivekanand's visits-
    • He founded the Vedanta Society of New York in 1894.
    • He gave private lectures to a dozen of his disciples at Thousand Island Park, New York.
    • During his first visit to the West, he travelled to the UK twice, in 1895 and 1896.
    • During his second visit to the UK in May 1896, Vivekananda met Max Muller.
    • Vivekananda was offered academic positions in two American universities - at Harvard University and a similar position at Columbia University.

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