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Rishi Rajnarayan Basu

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Rishi Rajnarayan Basu  - Midnapore

.:: Brief Events during the Life of Rishi Rajnarayan Basu ::.

1826
Born on September 7,at Boral, 24 Parganas, near Calcutta .
1828
Establishment of Brahmo Sabha by Raja Rammohan Roy in Calcutta .

1833
Coming to Calcutta with his father Nánda kishore Basu, a foil awer of Raja Rammohan Roy; Admitted into the school of Sambhu Master. Death of Raja Rammohan Roy at Bristol , England .

1834
Admission into the school of David Hare . [1836—Birth of Sri Ramkrishna 1838—Birth of Bankim Chandra]
1839
Establishment of the Tattwabodhini Sabha by Maharshi Devendra Nath Tagore.
1840
Admission into the Hindu(Presidency) College, Calcutta.
1841-42
Brilliant success in the Junior and Senior scholarship Examinations. His help to Kishorichand Mitra in writing the life of Raja Rammohan Roy.
1843
Awarded highest scholarship of the Hindu College at the Annual Examination of the
First class. Bhudeb Mukherjee, Michael Madhusudan Datta, Gourdas Basak, Pyari
Churn Sircar, Ramgopal Ghosh, Jnanendra , Mohan Tagore, Nilmadhab Mukherjee and Jagadish Nath Roy were among his classmates. Maharshi Devendra Nath formally initiated to Brahmoism with 18 members of Tattwabodhini Sabha.
1844
End of college career. Travel over Gour and Rajmahal with Ramgopal Ghosh.
1845
Death of his father. First meeting with Maharshi Devendra Nath Tagore.
1846
Rajnarayan formally initiated to Brahmoism. New member of the Tattwabodhini Sabha. Journey by boat with Maharshi Devendra Nath Tagore from Uluberia to Burdwan. [Birth of Shivnath Sastri]

1847
Marriage with Nistarini Devi of Halkhola, Calcutta . Again journey by boat with Maharshi Devendra Nath to Nabadwip.
1849
Appointed second teacher in English at the Sanskrit college, Calcutta , under Pundit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Principal. Again journey by steamer with Maharshi Devendra Nath to Assam sailing over the Bay of Bengal .
1851
Appointed Headmaster of Midnapur Zilla School (now Collegiate School) on February. 21, and in service upto March, 1866.
Establishmcnt of Bailly Hall Public Library ( now Rajnarayan Basu Smriti Pathagar) at Midnapore. Rajnarayan first hononary Secretary to it. ( First Public Library of India)
1852
Renovation of Midnapur Brahmo Samaj (first established in 1841 by Sibchandra Deb)
1853-1855
Writing of ‘Dharmatatwa Dipika, Brahmosadhan' and Defence of Brahmoism.
1856
Pioneering the Widow Marriage Movement of Pandit lswar Chandra Vidyasagar. Founded Banga Vidyalay at Boral (now a High School) .
1857
Witness of the Sepoy Mutiny Establishment of the University of Calcutta . [1 858 - Birth of Sir Jagadish Ch. Basu]
1860
Journey to Rajmahal with Maharshi Devendra Nath
1861
Founded ( Society for the Promotion of National Feeling. From which originated the Hindu Mela).

Started a Society for the prohibition of drinking. Published a “Prospectus of a society for the Promotion of National Feeling among the Educated Natives of Bengal.” from which Nabagopal Mitra adumbrated the Hindu Mela.
[Birth of Rabindra Nath Tagore]
1862
9th June, Michael Madhusudan Datta started for England from Calcutta , sending his immortal poem “Banga bhumir proti” along with a parting letter to Rajnarayan at Midnapur.
1864

Marriage of the eldest daughter, Swarnalata Devj with Dr. Krishnadhan Ghosh ( a Civil Surgeon), father of Sri Aurobindo. A glorious ceremony at Midnapur.
[Birth of Sir Ashutosh and Brajendra Nath Seal]

1866
6th March, leaves for Calcutta being attacked with cerebral ailment, on medical leave up to December, 1868. Works actively for the Brahmo Samaj Movement till 1879. For sometime at Boral.
1867
Inauguration of the Hindu Mela ( National Fair) by Nabagopal Mitra: Rajnarayan a supporter. A momentum for the Indian National Congress, 1885.
1869
Farewell address by the people of Midna pur, Dedication of a new pucca building in his name, constructed with the assistance of Maharshi Devendra Nath, along with a fund. But Rajnarayan was never back to Midnapur owing to ill health.
1869-79
Spreads Brahmoism at Bhagalpur , Allahabad , Agra . Lucknow , Kanpur and Kanouj. Upholds the cause of education and emancipation of women.
1872
A memorable speech on the superiority of the Hindu Religion at Brahmo Samaj Hall, Cornwallis Street (now Bidhan Sarani), Calcutta . Foundation of “Brahmo Dharmabodhini Association.”
1875

President of the Hindu Mela ( 9th session ). Boy Rabindra Nath (Tagore) guided to compose and read out his first national song “Hindu Malar Upahar” and “Delhir Darabar ” (A gift at the Hindu Mela and a convention at Delhi ) at the Mela.

1875
Hindu College Re-union. Writing a short history of the Hindu or the Presidency College .
1877
Chairman of the Sanjivani Sabha , a club for the promotion of National feeling.
1878
A Lecture on the Bengali Language and Literature.
1879-1899
Last period of his life at Deoghar, ( Bihar ).
1881
Marriage of Lilavati ( 4th daughter ) with Krishna Kumar Mitra at Calcutta (Brahmo Samaj ). Rabindra Nath Tagore composed songs. Narendra Nath Datta (afterwards Swami Vivekananda ) presented musical performance at the ceremony. Opposition of the Religions Endowment Bill of the British Government.
1883
Objection to the imprisonment of Sir Surendra Nath Banerjee on behalf of the Indian Association.
1884
Founder of the Deoghar Samity and Deoghar Book club.
1885
Inauguration of a ‘ Conversation Circle ' at Deoghar. Attempt to establish a nursing home for the lepers.
Proposal for a Hindu National Congress.
1885-88

Indirectly associated with the Indian National Congress. Composition of speeches of the Congress.

1889
Writing of an incomplete Autobiography
at Deoghar.
1891
Opposition of the Age of consent Bill ( for underaged girls). Plan for a Maim Hindu Samity. Death of Vidyasagar at Calcutta .
1893-94
Member of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad. Change of the name from The Bengal Academy of Literature on his suggestion. Connected with its organization.
1893

Death of Dr. Krishnadban Ghosh, son-in- law. Sri Aurobindo's return to India from England . Chicago Address of Swami Vivekananda.

1885-98
Permanently settled at Deoghar. Many a noted person goes to meet him, Discussions with them on Religion, literature and National Movement. Young geniuses like Rabindra Nath, Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Bijoykrishna Goswami, Sibnath Sastri and Bhudeb Mukherjee pay their respect to him.
1899
Suffering from paralysis and death on September, 18.

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