Executive Committee of Mahanam Sevak Sangha :-
are 31 members in the present Executive Committee of Mahanam Sevak
Sangha. First it contained 11 members, then augmented to 25 and
later on, there present Governing Body is constituted of 31 members.
view details of members name and addresses etc click on link below.
of Executive commitee
and development of Mahanam Sevak Sangha :-
Under the guidance of Dr. Mahanambrata Brahamachari and able executive
leadership of Sri Upasakbandhu Brahmachari the activities of Mahanam
Sevak Sangha expanded many-folds and various unitss & centres
comprising the non-ashramite devotees were started at many places
of India and Bangladesh. Two centres were also established by the
devotees at New York, USA and Toronto, Canada. It is worth mentioning
that three important temples i.e. Sri Sri Mahanam Angan, Kolkata,
Sri Sri Bandhukunj, Vrindavan And Sri Sri Mahanam Angan, Agartala
are run by Mahanam Sevak Sangha. The veiw details of important branches
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Branches of Mahanam Sevak Sangha
of Mahanam Angan :-
with the history of Mahanam Sevak Sangha, another name is snugly
attached to it that is its prime central institution or head quarters
named Sri Sri Mahanam Angan. In fact both are very much intricately
and inseparably attached.
is a saying in English “Rome was not built in a day,”
this can be aptly applied for the case of Mahanam Angan. Because,
whatever shape that can be seen of the present day Mahanam Angan,
was not built in 2/4 years. The auspicious inauguration of Mahanam
Angan was held on 25th December 1982. But preparation for its construction
started as early as 1971. To spell out in details, it will take
the form of a book. Therefore a history in brief is given below.
Registering Mahanam Sevak Sangha, under West Bengal Societies Act,
in 1976, as per the decision of the committee, efforts were undertaken
to purchase a land. After a lot of endeavours and by the unexpected
grace of Sri Sri Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sundar and finally with the
blessings of Sri Gurudev, we could buy this piece of land. This
land, where we have constructed this Mahanam Angan, earlier belonged
to Sri Jatindra Nath Ghosh of Baguiati. Because of delay in registration
of this land, under Land Ceiling Act, the committee decided to chalk
out a plan for laying the foundation stone of Mahanam Angan on ‘Sitanavami’
From 1971 to 1981 November, various types of hindrances jeopardised
our project in a big way. By the unending grace of Gurudev, we could
overcome all the hurdles and hindrances; and formal relaying of
the foundation stone was performed by Sri Gurudev by his own hand
on 20th December 1981. On that very day, Sri Gurudev wrote in his
diary that “Mahanam Angan will be inaugurated on 25th December,
1982.” Sir Gurudev was apprehensive, whether such a huge project
could be completed in one year! We said that this would be surely
possible with your grace. The auspicious inauguration of Mahanam
Angan, on 25th December, 1982, was the burning example of the enormous
power of Sri Guru’s divine grace.
Sri Sri Mahanam Angan’s construction work began on 21st December
1981. Leaving aside the top dome, the main temple, bhog-mandir and
Sri Gurudev’s worshipping cottage was completed and the inauguration
was done on 25th December, 1982. Whatever shape the present temple
complex has taken today, was the culmination of many more years
of endeavours; and that too was completed by Sri Gurudev only. After
purchasing the land in the year 1978, the construction work could
be started by December 1981. During this long period on so many
occasions Sri Gurudev asked us – “You just somehow inaugurate,
thereafter you don’t have to bother anymore.” In fact,
we really didn’t have to think on any issue after the inauguration.
The reason for which we could not start the work at all, was due
to the total antagonism of the chief of local panchayet; and another
main reason was the paucity of funds. We had a hidden pledge in
our minds that before inauguration we won’t ask for any direct
monitory help from Sri Gurudev.
We had been seriously thinking of providing just a proper working
and living environment to such a great person like Sri Gurudev at
his old age because Maniktala’s Mahauddharan Math had the
problem of shortage of space. But at a later date, the way of Mahanam
Angan expanded and took the present from was all due the divine
wishes of Sri Gurudev. We were contemplating to name it as Gurudham
(Abode for Guruji). But Sri Gurudev named it as Sri Sri Mahanam
Angan. Sri Gurudev named one house earlier with this same name.
That house belonged to a specific devotee at Ballygunge. He had
a wish to donate it to Sri Gurudev. However, for some reason or
the other that did not materialize.
The total area, on which ‘Mahanam Angan’ is established,
is 2 bigha 5 kottha, only. It was purchased at different phases.
Below, we are producing a brief account of its construction and
also acknowledging the help, cooperation and sympathetic-attitude
of various persons involved with the development.
& Design Features :-
main temple, Sri Gurudev’s worshipping cottage, devotee’s
lodge and service premises of Mahanam Angan was designed by famous
architectural firm “Ballardie, Thompson and Mathews Private
Ltd.” (B.T.M.). This firm was introduced to us by our Guru-brother,
Sri Sailesh Mazumdar (Husband of Taffidi/Smt Leela Mazumdar). While
speaking about Sailesh da, we are bound to express the fact that
he played a key role in the construction of this Mahanam Angan.
Sri Apurba Basu, M.D. of B.T.M. used to address Saileshda as ‘Dada’
which means elder brother. In 1981, the total estimated cost of
the project’s plan was 14,41,000/- B.T.M’s estimated
Charge @ 8% for drawing, estimation and supervision was about Rs.58,000/-.
Sailesh da asked Apurba Basu – “Will you charge money
for designing a temple for my Gurudev !!” Apurbada said –
“It is ok, as you wish please!” Ultimately, we didn’t
have to pay anything on this account. They supervised the construction
activities from time to time. Today we respectfully pay our tributes
of gratitude to Saileshda and B.T.M.’s Apurba Basu and S.
of the Main Temple and Foyer :-
temple was erected by labour contractor Nilmoni Sarkar. He was loved
by all as Nilmonida. He was not only a mere labour contractor, but
also our constant companion. He was our special friend in all our
activities. Today, we do remember him with respect. Most of you
are familiar with Anil Da; the courageous devotee, Anil Chandra
Pal. He was very enthusiastic in all activities. Even before his
initiation or diksha, he expressed his desire to fund and construct
the Nat-Mandir (foyer). Sri Gurudev was highly pleased at his such
magnanimity. Later on, after initiation, Sri Gurudev took him as
his ever-near one. Through his efforts and endeavour this ‘Nat-Mandir’
was constructed. His able son Swapan Pal and wife Chayadi, are our
constant companion. Though our dearest Anilda is no more, yet we
remember him with deep gratitude.
- Temple :-
had a wish to lay Sri Gurudev permanently at rest, in his worshiping
cottage. One day he remarked to Gitadi – “Whatever you
have thought of won’t happen in the temple area. Inside temple
area, there can’t be a Samadhi – Mandir.” We were
in a fix and contemplated a lot. Ultimately we received a proposal
for sale of the space at the backyard (where the Samadhi-Mandir
is now situated). This backyard space belonged to four persons.
It is incredible to think as to how the land was acquired. However,
ultimately, it happened! Sri Gurudev instructed to construct a wooden
house at that place with the intention of doing studies over there.
We built the house in such a way, that at a later day, the Samadhi
(interment) could be done there. This whole temple was of reinforced
concrete and wooden planks were fixed on it. After completion of
this temple, Sri Gurudev said – “I shall install Prabhu’s
Paduka (Foot-wear) there and from now on it will be named as ‘Paduka-Peeth.”
Sri Gurudev himself went to this Paduka-Peeth and worshipped the
foot-wear of Sri Sri Prabhu. Sri Ashok Kundu helped a lot in the
design and supervision of the construction of this ‘Paduka-Peeth.’
Later on at this Paduka-Peeth only Sri Gurudev’s divine body
was buried on 1st of Kartick of 1999. It is needless to state that
in 1999, at 9:40 A.M. in the morning of ‘Durga-Navami,’
Sri Gurudev ended his divine-sport in this mundane world and ‘The
child of Braja went back to Braja.’ Today’s elegant
shape of ‘Samadhi – Mandir’ is due to the profuse
donation of the Great devotee from Siliguri, Sri Narayan Roy Karmakar.
We acknowledge our thanks to him. Narayan Da is known widely for
per the wishes of our ever revered Sri Sri Gurumaharajji, before
the inauguration of Mahanm Angan, a free homeopathy dispensary was
opened here. This was named Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sevangan. Later on,
with the help of our devotee from Baguiati, Sri Ananta Kumar Das,
a building was built for charitable allopathic dispensary and that
was inaugurated by the then D. G. of Police, Govt. of W.B. Sri Ramen
Bhattacharya, on 1st January 1984. At a later date with the help
and cooperation of Swami Vivekananda Trust of Jadavpur, New York
Branch of Mahanam Sevak Sangha and Sri Mahanambrata Cultural &
Welfare Trust; this ‘Sevangan’ is now a well managed
organization. It has earned a good reputation in the locality. We
acknowledge the contribution of Late Sri Ananata Kumar Das.
Monk’s Residence, Scripture Library & Centenary Hall :
The place which is now used as kitchen and where the devotees are
offered prasads, its ground floor was built for the Residence of
Monks. Sir Sarojendra Lal Saha, a devotee from Salt Lake helped
a lot in constructing this. Besides, it is pertinent to acknowledge
the contribution of Narayanda of Siliguri for this whole project.
Sri Arup Saha’s help in constructing the second floor as Centenary
Hall is specially acknowledged. We express our gratitude to all
other works like front office, building and lodge for devotees were
constructed with the help and assistance of Sri Asutosh Saha, Dr.
S. P. Dey & Hemprabha Nath of Salt Lake and Sri Gurudas Basak
of Beleghata. We thank them all.
Besides this we would like to remember many persons who have helped
at various points of time with their untiring labour and hard work.
First to name among them is our dearest Surya Kanta Dey, Surya Da
for all of us. He is the courageous, every renouncing Suryada. Surya
Da’s chanting of ‘Glory to lord’ was Gurudev’s
most dearest treasure. For chanting ‘Glory to Prabhu,’
Gurudev Always Summoned Surya Da. He served as our treasurer for
a very long period. We remember him with deep gratitude. There after
we recollect one of the Ex-Presidents of our Sangh, Sri Sudhindra
Chandra Mukhopadhya of Burnpur. His contribution, specially in constructing
this Mahanam Angan, can’t be denied. Without his bold-steps,
we have enough doubts as to the feasibility of this Mahanam Angan
coming into being. We remember him with deep gratitude. He came
to attend the inaugural function of Mahanam Angan and fell ill and
finally succumbed to death. Gurudev himself participated in the
cremation ceremony of Sudhin da at Nimtala Ghat.
Besides, we graciously acknowledge the services and contributions
of the following devotees:-
Sri Sri Nandagopal Saha, Chattaranjan Kundu, Manmohan Barui, Sudhendu
Bose, Sankar Mukherjee, Birendra Prasad Bose, Dilip Biswas, Uma
Roy, Dr. Ujjala Kundu, Mihir Sarkar, Dr. Kusumlal Roy, Nirmal Chatterjee,
Dipak Saha, Pradip Kumar Dasgupta, Promod Chandra Das, Bina Deb,
Samarendra Mohan Bose, Jaladhar Hazra, Rabidnra Sarkar, Aswini Kumar
Saha, Nripendra Adhikari, Raimohan Bhowmik, Shambhu Bhaduri, Samarendra
Mohan Basu, Satyaranjan Mazumdar, Piyush Kanti Nag Chowdhury etc.
Besides this, Gitadi, is among those, who is ever present in her
own glory through her contribution, help and inspiration. She was
there right from the constitution this ‘Sangh’ and construction
of this Angan as a constant companion. Till today she is continuously
serving without any lethargy for the cause of this Angan. We can’t
simply end talking about her. Another gentleman is Nilratan Biswas.
He has played unparallel role in solving various problems of our
‘Sangh’ or ‘Sect’. We also remember our
present treasurer, Srimad Bandhu Nibas Brahmachari. He is the ever
agile sentient of the Angan and always dedicated to the services
of the Angan. Besides this, it is especially important to mention
the bold leadership of our present president Sri Bikash Rudra. Ex-President
Sri Sibaprasad Basu, was an eminent lawyer. We acknowledge with
great respect about the legal advices that helped in finalizing
the deal for buying land for Mahanm Angan. Along with that we remember
with reverence about Swami Jagadanand Bharti (Debiprasad Ghosh),
who was associated with this Sangh since long. We can’t forget
his and Shibuda’s contribution, specially in framing the constitution
of this ‘Sangh.’ My presentation will be incomplete,
if I don’t acknowledge the contribution of my brother-like
Srimad Gourav Bandhu Brahmachari. All the responsibilities of printing
our tri-monthly magazine rest on him. Besides, he keeps close liaison
and contact with all other Sadhus and Monks of various sects. Recently,
letters of Mahanambrataji, was published only through his solo efforts.
He is also instrumental in collecting many rare items for the Mahanam
Brata Memorial Collection.
let us remember Sri Sri Mahanam Angan’s resident devotees
who have left for the heavenly abode of Sri Sri Prabhu Jagadbandhusundar.
Late Nirmal Kanti Dasgupta, Rajeswar Banik, Ramdas Brahmachari,
Jaibandhu Brahmachari & Smriti Kundu.
Remarkable events and activities carried out by the efforts of Mahanam
Sevak Sangha :-
Creation of Sri Sri Mahanam Angan, Samadhi Mandir and Sevangan at
Raghunathpur, VIP Road, Kolkata - 59
Mahanam Mela (1986) : Under the auspices of Mahanam Angan, a 10
day long diamond jubilee (Mahanam Mela) was celebrated at Kolkata
maidan to commemorate Mahanambrataji’s lectures delivered
at 2nd world conference of faiths at Chicago.
Establishment of Sri Sri Bandhukunja at Vrindavan, UP (1986)
Construction of New Temple at Vrindavan (1987)
In 1987, Sripad Mahendraji’s birth centenary was celebrated
by taking out a huge ‘nagar-kirtan’, accompanied by
1000 mridangams (drums) from Maniktala Math and it culminated at
Acharya Mahanambrata Brahmachari’s 90th birth anniversary
Celebration (1994) : a 10 day long gala celebration was organized
in memoriam of Mahanambrataji’s completion of 90 years.
Civic Reception of Acharya Mahanambrata Brahmachariji at Najrul
Manch(1998) : Here in front of a very large gathering Mahanambrataji
was awarded Bharat shiromani title by Governor of West Bengal when
eminent citizens from all sectors of life were present on dias.
Mahaprayan Utsav of Acharya Sriman Mahanambrata Brahmachariji :
In 1999- his final journey to heavenly abode was observed with great
solemnity and a 7 day long Mahaprayan Utsav was arranged in his
Acharya Sriman Mahanambrata Brahmachariji’s yearlong Birth
Centenary Celebration (2003 – 2004) : It started with a 12
day long inaugural celebration at Kolkata with a memorable 1000
mridangam (drums) ‘nagar-sankirtan’ procession and then
continued through the year at various places of India and Bangladesh.
All these programmes were arranged mainly with the initiative of
Mahanam Sevak Sangha, Kolkata and its various chapters at various
places. Centenary celebrations were also done at New York, USA and
Construction of Mahanambrata-Commemorative-Gateway Arch at Vrindavan
Medical Treatment of Mahanam Sect’s Brahmachari’s :
Till now, medical treatment was provided to:- Late Brindavan Das
Brahmahari, Krishna Kumar Brahmachari, Amar Bandhu Brahmachari,
Utpal Bandhu Brahmachari, Bandhu Kamal Brahmachari & Dinabandhu
Brahmachari. It may be noted here that Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachari
used to say that Mahanam Sevak Sangha’s prime task is to serve
the Mahanam Sect or Sampraday. They are the Service Staff of Mahanam
i.e. in the service of Mahanam Sect.
propagating ideologies of Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachari and serving
the Mahanam Sampraday the main thrust of Mahanam Sevak Sangha is
on various social services like health, educations, providing winter
clothes etc. the details of which are covered on the separate page
on Social Activities (Click on
this link to view).