Disciple of Ramakrishna – Yogin Ma’s House

House of Yogin Ma in Bagbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
-Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Nearly one year back, reading a book on Ramakrishna, I found some information from the book about his disciples. It was obvious that contained some names of his devotees and their contributions. Other than Swami Vivekananda, he had sixteen Direct disciples and they became Monks. Apart from these Sixteen Direct disciples, he had direct Householder Disciples and devotees and one of them was Yogindra Mohini Biswas or Yogin Ma or Yogini Ma or Gonur Ma. Ma Sarada Devi (Wife of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) described her as one of her two eternal companions (Another one was Golap Ma or Golap Sundari Devi).

Yogin Ma

Yogin Ma – She was born on 16 January 1851 at Bagbazar in North Kolkata to Prasanna Kumar Mitra. Her father was a well-known physician during that period. He was married at a tender age of seven to Ambika Charan Biswas but her marriage was not turned successful. She returned to her parent house with her daughter Gonu. Her life took a turn while she met with Ramakrishna for the first time at Balaram Bose’s house in 1882. After the meeting, Yogin Ma commenced to bring various dishes prepared by herself for Ramakrishna and he ate with relish. She had the spiritual inclination and that has been noticed by Ramakrishna. Yogin Ma had been initiated into a Devi Mantra and by the instruction of Ramakrishna, she kept on repeating it. She soon met with Sarada Ma and they were immediately drawn towards each other. She traveled to Vrindaban with the permission of Ramakrishna and stayed there for many years. She went back to Calcutta (Now Kolkata) and started living to the next to the room (I have talked to the present Maharaj of Udbodhan but he couldn’t confirm the exact room of Yogin Ma) where Sarada Ma had lived (Udbodhan House in Bagbazar, Calcutta, which was built by Swami Saradananda for the use of Ma Sarada Devi). She underwent Purna–Abhisheka (Tantric Rite), on 20 November 1900. She was initiated into Vedic sannyasa by Swami Saradananda in Puri. On 4 June 1924  Yogin-Ma passed away at the age of seventy-three at Udbodhan.

Yogin Ma's House at Bagbazar Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 

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Chinese Community in Kolkata

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How many years can some people exist before they allowed to be free? Hey again I start singing!!! No No I am not singing suddenly these lines from popular song called “Blowing in the wind” by Bob Dylan came into my mind during my photo walk to Chinese Temples around Old Chinabazar street Kolkata. Gradually all of you will understand why those lines naturally came into my mind that day, although I am a Music lover. One fine day Me and Sumit met at my place for just exchanging thoughts (So called Adda Session) and all of sudden we planned for Photography of Chinese Temples around the Old China Bazar street and on the same day evening we planned to watch a documentary film, which was happened to be on the same day, screening of the documentary film, based on Indian Chinese at Choon Yee Thong church kolkata. On 19th of Jan 2014 we met at Sovabazar Metro Station at Early morning around 5:30 Am and started our walk. We took a bus ride and got down at Central Metro Station near Maharanapratap Statue. I would like to mention here that Sumit has huge interest and as well as knowledge regarding food (He always satisfies his Gastro instincts hehehehe!!!!) so without any doubts, we reached the locality where Chinese Breakfast is famous.

There are six Chinese Temples around old Chinabazar Kolkata.

  • Tong on Church
  • Sea Ip Church
  • Nam Soon Church
  • Choonghee Dong Thien Haue Church
  • Sea Voi Yune Leong Futh Church
  • Gee Hing Church

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