July , 2019
A centre for welfare activities and a place for worship
17:52 pm

Anup K. Gupta

 “I am real Mother to all,” said the Holy Mother Sri Sarada. A house where mother used to stay in Bishnupur is waiting to become a pilgrimage site for the devotees.

Once a rich and pioneering centre in sculpture, art and music, the town of Bishnupur stills bear witness to a magnificent history. Exquisite terracotta temples built under the patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir and his successors are places of historical interest and tourist attraction.

Since Kamarpukur and Jayrambati, the birth places of Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother Sarada, are both situated near Bishnupur, both of them had occasions to visit Bishnupur. The Mrinmoyee Temple of Bishnupur is regarded as a valuable historic place that was frequently visited by Shri Ramakrishna visited.  Ma Sarada also used to come to Bishnupur on her way to and from Joyrambati to Dakshineswar and Calcutta and stayed in a few occasions in the house of Bashiswar Sen near Garhdarwaja in Bishnupur.

Bashiswar Sen, popularly known as Boshi Sen was an eminent Indian scientist and agriculturist. He was also a pioneer of the Green Revolution movement in India. He had also founded the Vivekananda Laboratory in the Almora region, in the Himalayas.

Boshi Sen who passed with a B.Sc. degree from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta was introduced to the Ramakrishna Order by his friend Bibhuti Bhushan Ghosh. He was intimately associated with Swami Sadananda, also called Gupta Maharaj, a direct monastic disciple of Swami Vivekananda. During this time, Boshi Sen also came in contact with Sister Nivedita who introduced him to Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, the famous Indian scientist, biologist and botanist. Boshi Sen met Romain Rolland in 1928 and had a discussion on the lives of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. He met Einstein in 1930 in Berlin and had discussions on science and religion. He was a friend of many luminaries and dignitaries, like Rabindranath Tagore, D.H. Lawrence and was also very closely associated to the Ramakrishna Order. He was also close to the Holy Mother.

As per the wish of Holy Mother, Boshi Sen decided to open a center in his house in Bishnupur to carry out welfare services in the name of Sri Sarada. Accordingly, on December 2, 1969, he executed a deed and created the Sri Sarada Devi Trust.  The Holy Mother stayed in his house on several occasions on her way to and from Jayrambati and Calcutta and had expressed her wish to preserve the house as a centre of social welfare and upliftment. The same house is now being turned into a centre of welfare activities and a place of worship.

........ to be contd. in the next issue


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