They were:- Mahamandaleshwar Srimad Devananda
Saraswati , Mahamandaleswar Swami Yogananda Saraswati, Srimad Madhusudan
Das Babaji, Srimad Parankush Ramanujjiar, Srimad Dandiswami-Nityabodh
Ashram, Srimad Debananda Brahamchari,Srimad Swami Asokananda, Srimad
Vrindavan Bihari Das-Kathia Baba, Brahmachari Mural Bhai, Srimad
Bandhukishore Brahmachari, and Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari.
On the right side of the podium eminent dignitaries, like, Prof.Ramaranjan
Mukherjee, Hon. Minister Sri Tapan Sikdar, Post –Master –General
of Post and Telegraph Deptt-Sri Panda, Editor of Bandemataram News
Paper- Sri Bijoy Roy, etc.
The convention began with the introduction of all the Monks, Saints
and respected guests by Srimad Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari. After
the introductory lecture by Prof. Chidananda Goswami, Secretarial
address was presented by Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahamachari, and
welcome address by Dr Dhyanesh Narayan Chakravarty. Mrs Minati Goswami
presented the especially composed birthday opening song, along with
her troupe-“AJI TAR JANMADIN, MODER JINI CHAKHUDATA”
The choir singers were:- Shyamal Dutta, Sajjita Majumdar, Sumita
Dutta, Bratati Bhaduri, Chand Saha, Papri Ganguli, Alpana Mondal
and Bandana Das. The whole ambience was flooded with streams of
love and devotion. In honour of Revered Sankaracharya Maharaj, Prof.
Ramaranjan Mukherjee recited a respectful tribute from a bronze
plaque. Sankaracharyaji Maharaj, lit up a hundred lamps on this
occasion of Birth Centenary. Then he inaugurated a web-site (www.mahanam.org).
With the touch of his finger on the laptop, the giant screen was
filled with the life size photograph of Mahanambrataji. Thereafter,
with his spiritual lecture, Sankaracharyaji spread the messages
of devotion towards the gentry and inspired them with his blessings
and instructions. The presentation of the blessed-scarf to Sankaryacharya
by the Joint-Secretary of the Centenary Committee, Srimad Upasak
Bandhu Brahmachari, was an inspiring scene in the convention hall.
Now was the time to unveil the ‘Special First-Day cover of
postage stamp’, as brought-out by the Postal Deptt, in memoriam
of Mahanambrataji,, by the Hon. Minister Sri Tapan Sikdar.( Incidentally
,we express our thankful gratitude, to the endeavor of our respectable
Minister for taking the responsibility of fixing-up one hundred
hoarding boards all over the city of Kolkata.)
Lectures were presented by eminent and knowledgeable religious leaders
like Srimat Debananda Saraswati Maharaj and Srimad Brindavan Bihari
Das-Kathia Baba. It is worth mentioning that child-prodigy, Kum.Indulekha
Guha paid a short and sweet tribute to Mahanambrataji in Sanskrit
and English. Dr Ashish Banerjee and Dr Suravi Banerjee captivated
the audience with their eloquence. In his unique presidential speech,
Prof. Ramaranjan Mukherjee expressed lucidly ,with unparallel fluency,
that Mahanambrataji ensured communion between the East and the West,
through love and devotion. Dr Ashish Banerjee, paid immense tributes
towards the wisdom, knowledge, personality and humane nature. In
her exposition, Dr Suravi Banerjee, established the two specific
traits of Dr Mahanambrataji- humanity and spirituality.
Gitashri Chabi Banerjee, highly endeared by Mahanambrataji, was
the first to present devotional songs in the cultural programme
that followed suit. Inspite of her old age, she sang kirtans and
devotional songs. With her unique tonal quality and musical expertise,
Haimanti Sukhla, mesmerized the audience by singing Bengali devotional
songs and vajans. Even after weathering cold wintry night, people
awaited eagerly for listening to Manna Dey. This rare artist, tried
in many ways, through various songs, to captivate the audience.
But with the progress of night and chilly cold waves, many people
in the gathering were in great distress. However, on one side there
was such an inclement weather and on the other side there was the
attraction of India famous, highly acclaimed and Padmashri Manna
After this cultural programme, vote of thanks was presented by Vice-President,
Shrimad Bandhudas Brahmachariji. This whole extravaganza was conducted
and coordinated by Debashish Basu and Krishna Chatterjee.
From 26th December 2003 to4th January 2004,various lectures and
cultural programmes were staged at the pandal of Mahanam Angan ,
Without going into minutest details of individual artists and lectures
on specific dates, it can be stated that most of them performed,
in their respective fields as per their own standards and capabilities
and maintained their professional expertise. There were highly acclaimed
luminaries among the orators.
On 26th December 2003, Dr Pratap Chandra Chandra, stated in his
lecture that Mahanambrataji was a true ascetic to synthesize the
field of Religion and a visionary in the sphere of total amalgamation
of Educational Philosophy, Humane Attributes, Intellectual Faculties,
and Spirituality. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh eulogized about Mahanambrataji
as the most adorable personality in the field of Humanity. Dr Amalendu
Bhattacharya, the president of Asiatic Society, profusely praised
Dr Brahamachari for his Humane-love-affection and friendly bondage
among all fraternities. Dr Basanti Chatterjee paid her tributes
while reminiscing the fond memories of Mahanambrataji. We shall
elaborate on the various cultural programmes later on.
On 27th December,2003, union minister Tapan Sikdar, presented detailed
analysis of Mahanam Brataji’s spirituality and paid glowing
tributes. He emphasized that in the present era, Mahanambrataji
was the path-finder of highly valuable ideologies. In this darkness
of malise and tardiness, he is like a bright light-house. Mahamohopadhya
Dr. Govinda Gopal Mukherjee, while evaluating the depth of contribution
of this perfect Acharya Dr. Mahanam Brataji, in the spiritual domain,
paid his heartfelt homage. Sri Kalyan Shah (Secretary, Calcutta
Book Sellers & Publisher’s Guild), admitted that Mahanam
Brataji’s incomparable storage of knowledge and his innumerable
& invaluable literary creation simply kept him spell-bound.
Amalesh Bhattacharya, Ex-Editor of the News-letter ‘Srinantu’
– as published by Sri Arobindoo Pathmandir; Brahmacharini
Bela Devi, President of Adyapeeth Girl’s Ashram, Srimat Bhakti-Pragyan
Rishishesh Maharaj et. al; deeply analysed the life and ideologies
of Mahanam Brataji and touched the deepest core of the hearts of
Among the notable eminent speakers on 28th December there were Dr.
Sujit Basu, Vice-Chancellor of Viswabharati University, Sirshendu
Mukherjee, Literature, Kinkar Samananda, Dr. Pabitra Gupta, Dr.
Sujit Basu captivated the audience with his spontaneous elocution
regarding Mahanam Brata Bhahmachariji’s unique spiritual explanation
on Tagore’s ‘Naukadubi’ and various valuable expositions
on Rabindranath at different congregations in America. Sirshendu
Mukherjee, in his own modern-literary perspective, analysed the
crux of truth in religion and commented that “you are all
very fortunate to have amidst you, Mahanam Brataji as a true path
finder. Let all of you attain success in life while treading his
In his presidential address Professor Ramaranjan Mukherjee said
that Swami Vivekananda won over the minds of the western world by
delivering lectures on ‘Ved-Dedanta.’ But Mahanam Brata
Brahmachari successfully finished Vivekananda’s incomplete
work through spirituality, love & devotion and human-touch.
He clearly showed to the west that the path for india’s religious
culture is made up of love and devotion.
His representing of India will remain alive for ever in world history.
At the end of valedictory session, vote of thanks was presented
by Nilratan Biswas.
At 10 A.M. on 28th December, from the platform of Mahanam Manch
of Sri Sri Mahanam Angan, blankets were distributed among two thousand
destitute men and women. Such distribution of blankets are organized
by us every year. This year’s programme was inaugurated by
Sri Tapas Chatterjee our Local Municipal Councillor.
Swami Nityananda Maharaj and Honourable Minister Kironmoy Nanda
were the eminent personalities, present on 29th December programme.
While cultivating his memories, Swami Nityananda Maharaj paid deep
respect to Mahanam Brataji and referred o him as a great human being,
second to none, through his glowing evaluation with respect to present
day scenario. Kironmoy Nanda described in details the co-ordeal
relationship his father and his family had with Mahanam Brataji
and presented a true evaluation of his religious dexterity, educational
ideology and humane nature. Dr. Binod Behari Banerjee, Representing
U.P., delivered his lecture in Hindi. Professor Chidanand Goswami
elaborated on Dr. Brahamachari as a great-lover and a great-man.
In his ancient traditions and treasures of India; focusseo Mahanam
Brataji as the ever-agile sentinel of ‘Sanatan Hindu-Religion.’
Sri Jyotirmoy Guha presented the vote of thanks at the end of the
A unique conference was arranged on 30th December. It was a conclave
for monks and ascetics only. Mahanambrata stage was illuminated
by monks and sages of diverse religious sects from various parts
of India. Srimat Tejasananda Giri, Srimat Gopananda Bon, Srimat
Swami Asikananda, Swami Jagadishwarananda, Srimat Devananda Saraswati,
Srimat Swami Atmabodhnanda Prabhupada Dilip Goswami, Prabhupada
Raghunath Goswami, Father Henry Crosta were the notable dignitaries
who took part in the congregation of monks. This was arranged in
two phases at 10 A.M. and at 3 P.M.; with a midday Sadhu Bhandara
for 150 the ascetics. Professor Rabindranath Sastri and Srimat Brajakishore
Goswami performed the benign invocation in the first and second
sessions respectively. Opening songs were presented by Srimat Hriday
Das Babaji and Sudip Saha. Devotional songs were presented by Srimat
Narottam Das Babaji, Srimat Nababrata Brahmachari and Srimat Swami
Vishudhananda. Both these congregation resembled the Ascetic Assembly
On 31st December at 10 am a special blood donation camp was organized
at Mahanam angan premises.