The house of Sister Nivedita, Swami Vivekananda’s disciple, will be restored ahead of her birth anniversary on October 28. The redesign of her 120-year-old house in north Kolkata will be unveiled on that date. The ASI had taken up the project of the Grade One Heritage structure in 2013. The government had bought the house from its owner and given it to the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. The Centre spent Rs 2 crore on its restoration.

Sister Nivedita used to run a girls’ school in the building.

Sister Nivedita was an integral part of the Indian nationalist movement and would frequently meet revolutionaries at the secret chambers. Check the arcs on the staircase and don’t miss the hidden box-type room along the way,” said a caretaker of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. The mission will maintain the building after the restoration work is complete

Here are a few things to know about Sister Nivedita:

She was a Scottish-Irish social worker who grew up in Ireland.

Sister Nivedita met Swami Vivekananda in 1895 in London. She then moved to Calcutta in 1898, after becoming engrossed in the Vedanta philosophy. After she moved, she was given the name Nivedita, and inculcated into the practice of Brahmacharya.

She was close to Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort of Ramakrishna and a major influence of the Ramakrishna Mission.

During the plague epidemic in Calcutta in 1899, Sister Nivedita took care of many patients

She was friends with many in the Bengali community, including Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, and Abala Bose. She was actively involved in the Indian independence movement.

In 1898, Swami Vivekananda, Sarada Devi and Ramakrishna inaugurated her school in Bagbazar area of Calcutta. She had to go door to door to ask girls to attend. She raised funds for the school through her lectures and her writing.

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