Swami Yogananda in a video is mistaken as Swami Vivekananda.


Rare video of Swami Vivekananda

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An 11-second video clip is shared widely on Facebook and Twitter with a claim that it is a rare video of Swami Vivekananda. Some of the posts carrying the viral video claiming the person is Swami Vivekananda can be seen here and here.

What is the truth?

When watching the viral video closely, we found the watermark ‘MIRC@SCEDU’ in the video. When searching for the mentioned watermark on Google, we found the website of the ‘University of South Carolina’ and the viral video is found on the ‘digital collections’ webpage.

This page is found carrying 0:48-second video with the viral part starting from 0:35 seconds. The video is titled ‘Swami Yogananda of India–outtakes’. The description part reads “The Swami and his party walking along Pershing Square in New York, possibly during a 1923 visit to the city”.

With further search, the viral video is found posted on the Facebook page of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda: The Original’ on 6, March with the caption “Swami Yogananda in New York (1923). We are very happy to offer you (in collaboration with the University of South Carolina) this beautiful original video footage of Swami Yogananda visiting New York in 1923.”

The full-length video is also found uploaded on the YouTube page ‘Ananda Sangha Worldwide’ in July 2020 with the title “Yogananda visits New York”.


It is found that the person in the viral video is not Swami Vivekananda as claimed but Swami Yogananda.

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