Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Nivedita, Sister

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_660-1

Sister Nivedita (also known as Margaret Elizabeth Noble) (1867–1911) was a woman of Scottish-Irish descent who came to India in search of spiritual freedom. Nivedita accepted Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) as her Guru or spiritual master and came to serve India in response to his call. A famous disciple of Vivekananda, Nivedita was one of the first Western women to support Vedanta philosophy. An activist, social worker, author, and teacher, Nivedita lived the life of a strict Hindu female ascetic and worked in India all her life for the social and political uplift of the Indian masses. Her contribution in the fields of women’s education in India and the spread of Indian art is exemplary. She proved instrumental in promoting scientific research by Indian scientists like Jagadish Chandra Bose. She also served as a great inspiration behind Indian nationalism and contributed greatly to the struggle for India’s freedom from British rule.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishDr. Kanailal Bhattacharyya College (Under University of Calcutta)HowrahIndia