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THE LATER LIFE OF BHRAMAR GHOSH

Bhramar Ghosh was the eldest of the children of Mr. Atul Chandra Gosh, son of Roy Bahadur Jogesh Chandra Ghosh. From Mas letters to BG one could conclude that Ma had her Kheyal that BG should take up the ascetic life and in a way Ma was grooming her for that. Ma in fact assumed the role of a spiritual mentor to BG. She had been given an ascetic name Yogananda.Ma also gave her a Shivalingam(Yogeshwar) for worship and named her in-house built personal temple as Yogamandir.Her spiritual inclination was unquestionable. Her sincerity in sadhana and her spiritual experience made her a special seeker. Apparently BG had all the qualities to be an ideal ascetic. But Providence had something else in store. Her family status, intelligence, educational excellence, connection with the then elite society of Calcutta only added to her inflated ego. Her love towards Ma was not associated with surrender. Besides, perhaps there was a mental conflict - taking up the ascetic life from conviction and the mundane desire to be a householder. During the second world war from fear of bombing, people were fleeing en masse from Calcutta to different safer places. BG left her teaching profession in Cacutta and joined a new school in the nearby district of Bankura, West Bengal. There she met a young and handsome civil engineer, Suhrit Sengupta, who was a contractor at the school which BG joined as the Head Mistress. To the astonishment of all the two fell in love and got married in 1939. After marriage she contracted TB and in spite of being under the care of one of the best doctors in India, Dr Bidhan Roy, she died in 1948 from pleurisy/TB. By then she had three children, two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter Chandana was 4, the son Bhaskar was 3 and the youngst daughter Anjana was 1 year old when she died.



The Yogamandir as it is today.


The Yogamandir, showing the inside.


The linga from Varanasi, Yogeshwar.


Bhramar Ghosh's two daughters, Chandana and Anjana.