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Featured Image: Mamata Banerjee being greeted by two school girls on the occasion of inauguration of Sister Nivedita’s renovated house in Kolkata.   

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 23 October: CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee today dedicated to people the over 119 years old house of Sister Nivedita at Bagbazar in Kolkata, which has been restored with the support of the state government.

This marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial birth anniversary celebrations of Sister Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble in Ireland on 28 October 28 1867. Banerjee is scheduled visit London in mid-November to take part in an event at Nivedita’s family house there.

The bi-storied house at 16 Bosepara Lane at Bagbazar that the Chief Minister threw open today is where Sister Nivedita had started living in November 1898 and subsequently started a dedicated school for the girls in the presence of Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

A view of the renovated house at Bagbazar in Kolkata.
A view of the renovated house at Bagbazar in Kolkata.

The house was declared a Grade-I heritage building by Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) in 2005, but remained in dilapidated condition until Mamata Banerjee-government took it over in 2013. KMC subsequently carried the restoration for nearly three years and recently handed over the resorted building to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.

On inaugurating the renovated house today in presence of retired justice Shyamal Sen and other dignitaries, Banerjee said that is so inspiring that despite being born into a foreign religion, Nivedita had embraced the cultural heritage of ancient India and worked towards the uplift of the country until death.

The Chief Minister said that the like this Bagbazar house, the state government has renovated and handed over to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission the Roy Villa in Darjeeling where Sister Nivedita breathed her last.

Banerjee took a round of the renovated Bagbazar house today where Sarada Math is developing a museum as well exhibiting photographs and artefacts used by Sister Nivedita.