Sharodā Debi Life Story:
Bengal has seen many great men and women in her kaleidoscopic history. Some of them have paved the way to spiritual enlightenment, some enriched the philosophical Bengali mind and some have transformed the Bengalis by bringing the modern era. Saradamoni taught the Bengalis to lay stress on their theological and spiritual roots. The loving term "Holy Mother" refers to Sarada Devi (1853-1920), Ramakrishna's spouse, and celestial harmonizing component. According to the practice then established in India, she was engaged to him even as still an adolescent. Sarada Devi was a sacred and intellectual leader in her individual right. She served Ramakrishna and his disciples for several years. After Ramakrishna's bereavement, she agreed on his spiritual ministry, helping as a guide and motivation of the latest pious movement. Born on 22nd Dec 1853 of Ramchandra Mukhopadhay and Shayamasundari Devi in Jairambati, Bankura, she was the eldest among her brothers and sisters. She had a sister named Kadambini and her brothers were Prasannakumar, Umeshchandra, Kalikumar, Varadacharan, and Abhaycharan. At the age of 6, in May 1859, she was married to Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna was then the priest at the Dakkhineshwar Kali temple, appointed by Rani Rashmoni herself. In 1872, while in her father's home, Saradamoni had her first vision of the Goddess Kali, who told her to join Ramakrishna in Dakkhineshwar. Soon she moved to Kolkata at the age of 19.
Even though by all respect she was a self-effacing and modest lady, the movement in progress by Ramakrishna continual to grow in reputation and become moderately prominent in the fading days of British majestic rule. Before his passing away, Ramakrishna encouraged his disciples to take care of her as if she were their mother, paralleling the position of Kali as the mother of the human race. Kali as the mother of the human race. She nurtured them consequently, helping with delicate matters. Moreover, she was a vital predictor and educator of Ramakrishna's philosophy for all comers.
Ramakrishna saw the supreme Goddess existing in her and started worshipping her with the usual 16 kinds of offerings. It was during this "Shorashi Puja" She was seen to attain the & quote; Bhava Samadhi for the first time. She again had to go to her father's home but came back in 1877 when Ramakrishna started the Jagaddhatri puja in Dakkhineshwar. During this time Ramakrishna's nephew, Hridoy was her constant companion.
She was a human being, yet celestial. Her spirituality shone all the way through all she did, even if it was somewhat exclusively ordinary. She was an easy woman, but in reflection, tongue, and exploit she was accustomed to God. She was a correct saint, but she never claimed she was. She passed as an average woman, but the whole obsession about her was amazing.
Her existence was an epithet of the ideal ideals of Jnana, Bhakti and Karma, which are once in a blue moon to be met within such a harmonious unification anywhere else on the planet. In her existence of simple plainness, clarity, piousness, and self-dedication, the present world has discovered the ideal model of womanhood. She was exceptional in being the committed wife, ideal Sannyasini, loving mother and best teacher in one. She was definitely "Sri Ramakrishna's final word as to the ideal of Indian womanhood".
By the Master's personal admittance, authoritative aspects of the Divine Mother of the Universe were evident in Holy Mother. In addition her significant component in His effort of raising the distress, nurture to the devotees, and helping the Master Himself, She would ultimately seize over His task and supervise its critical expansion and progression when He was no longer capable.
In 1886, Ramakrishna passed away and Saradamoni was left alone. She preached the teachings of Ramakrishna along with her own practical philosophy. On 17th March 1898, She met Bhagini Nivedita for the first time and on Nov 12th Saradamoni opened Nivedita school, formed by Bhagini Nibedita. In 1901, between 18-22nd of Oct, she started the Durga puja in Belur Math.
On 18th Aghran (Dec 1910) she started towards Kotharia in Orissa. From there she took a trip to the south traveling to Madras, Madurai, Dhanuskoti and Rameswaram. In1911, on the 10th of Chaitra, she started for Bangalore from where she came back to Bengal. The holy mother passed away on 21st July 1920.