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Ananda Ashramas

Naktala and
Bonhoogly India

Sree Ramakrishna Ananda Ashrama

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SRIMATA CHARUSHILA DEVI founded the ashrama on February 20, 1931 in Dacca, in the name of Swami Paramananda, as a branch of his Ananda Ashramas in America. The inspiration to establish this organization for the upliftment of India's women came from Swami Shivananda Maharaj then President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.


He encouraged Charushila Devi to be the pioneer in combining secular education with spiritual principles. The ashrama issued a call of welcome to women of all castes and creeds, especially the poor and destitute, proclaiming as its aim and object: "To find a loving shelter for them all, to mould the character, to increase the strength of mind, to expand the intellect and to make them stand on their own feet."


In a three part program of spiritual, intellectual and vocational training, the ashramas aimed to make women self-reliant so that they could take their rightful place in society.


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"I offer my humble prayer that many others may feel the delight, inspiration and genuine enthusiasm as I have during my visit to this beautiful ashrama, so filled with pure idealism and practical fruition."

~ Swami Paramananda 1932 in India addressing a crowd of 3,000 at the second anniversary of the ashrama.



"Wisdom can never be a question of borrowing; otherwise the whole world would be wise. It is a question of inner unfoldment."

~ Swami Paramananda




Srimata Charushila Devi
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