Sister Nivedita Jayanti Special: 28 October

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Sister Nivedita Jayanti Special: 28 October

Sister Nivedita (or Sister Nivedita), born Margaret Elizabeth Noble, was a disciple of Swami Vivekananda. Sister Nivedita, originally from Ireland, is particularly known for her work in India. He also played an important role in the Indian independence movement. His life and work inspire many people in India and beyond.

Birth and association with Guru (Swami Vivekananda)

Sister Nivedita was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble on October 28, 1867 in Dungannon, Ireland. Mary Isabel and Samuel Richmond Noble were his parents. Margaret Noble’s spiritual journey began in her early years. But a meeting with Swami Vivekananda changed the direction of his life. In the year 1895, she met Swami Vivekananda in London and was deeply influenced by his teachings on Vedanta and the spiritual heritage of India. During this meeting, Swami Vivekananda gave Margaret Noble the name “Nivedita”, which means “devoted to service.” Nivedita found a spiritual guide and guru in Vivekananda.

Arrival in india

In 1898, Nivedita reached India, a land rich in diversity and spirituality. He soon immersed himself in the colors of Indian culture. His contribution in the Indian perspective is memorable. According to Amarnath Ganguly, former Chairman of the Department of Bengali at Banaras Hindu University, “There was a fire in Sister Nivedita and Swami Vivekananda recognized that fire”.

Sister Nivedita’s contribution

In the field of education: An important contribution of Sister Nivedita was in the field of education. She established a school for girls in Calcutta, the aim of which was not only to impart academic knowledge but also to inculcate a sense of national pride and character.

In the Indian Independence Movement: Sister Nivedita actively supported the Indian Independence Movement. His passion for India’s independence was unwavering and his writings and speeches played an important role in mobilizing public opinion against British rule. Through his lectures he inspired many youth to join the Indian freedom movement.
The prominent people who had contact with him were Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, scientist Jagdish Chandra Basu, sculptors Hamel and Abanindranath Tagore and painter Nandlal Bose, etc. He inspired Rameshchandra Dutt and Yadunath Sarkar to write history from the Indian perspective.

Cultural Contribution: He took active interest in promoting Indian history, culture and science. He actively encouraged the Indian scientist and philosopher Dr. Jagadish Chandra Bose to conduct fundamental scientific research and also helped him financially in getting due recognition when he did not get support from the colonial government.

Demise and legacy

Sister Nivedita died on October 13, 1911, at the age of 43, at Roy Villa, Darjeeling. Today, her memorial is located below the railway station on the way to Victoria Falls (Darjeeling). Her epitaph bears the words – “Here lies Sister Nivedita who gave her all for India”.

His school is running under the management of the Ramakrishna Saradha Mission (a sister organization of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Vivekananda in 1897) in present-day Kolkata in the early 21st century.

Sister Nivedita’s personality was multidimensional. She worked hard for the welfare of the Indian people and for the education and empowerment of women. He incorporated new ideas on arts and handicrafts into the academic curriculum.

Sister Nivedita’s legacy lives on in many forms. His books and articles on Indian culture, religion and philosophy remain a source of knowledge and inspiration.

Bibliography propounded by Sister Nivedita

  • Kali the Mother
  • The Web of Indian Life
  • Cradle Tales of Hinduism
  • An Indian study of love and death
  • Select essays of Sister Nivedita
  • Studies from an Eastern Home
  • Myths of Hindus and Buddhists
  • Footfalls of Indian history
  • Religion and Dharma
  • Civic & national ideals

By what other name is Sister Nivedita known?

Sister Nivedita

Who was sister Nivedita?

Sister Nivedita was a disciple of Swami Vivekananda.

Where was Sister Nivedita originally from?


Where was Sister Nivedita originally from?

Margaret Elizabeth Noble

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