This morning Great Torrington Town Council commemorated Sister Nivedita’s 155th birthday. The Mayor, Cllr Doug Smith, along with Cllr Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin and Cllr Doug Bushby, Chair of Torridge District Council, placed a flower garland on her statue, said a traditional prayer and paid tribute to Sister Nivedita.
Sister Nivedita spent much of her life in India where she is revered as an educationalist and campaigner for India’s freedom movement. Her involvement with India came about after a meeting with Swami Vivekananda in London in 1895 after which she travelled to Calcutta. She was given the name Nivedita meaning “dedicated to god” and opened a girls school in 1898. Her intention was to educate girls who were at the time deprived of even the most basic education. She is also noted for nursing the poor during the plague epidemic in Calcutta in 1899 as well as having a close association with the Ramakrishna Mission until later when she made an active contribution in the field of Indian Nationalism.
The statue of Sister Nivedita was placed in Great Torrington’s cemetery by Ramakrishna Mission and Sister Nivedita Celebrations UK. Her ashes were interred in the family grave in 2019.
To read the Torridge District Council press release regarding this event please click here.
Great Torrington also made the news in India in the following articles and below those a link to the Ramakrishna Mission Nivedita Educational and Cultural Centre’s Facebook page which also celebrated Sister Nivedita’s 155th birthday:-