Sister Nivedita was one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vivekananda. She was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble at County Tyrone, Ireland, on 28th October, 1867.
A teacher, an author, a nurse and a social worker.
School Teacher, Founded a School
In her early days, Sister Nivedita worked as a school teacher and founded a school.
Meeting Swami Vivekananda
In the year 1895, she met Swami Vivekananda in London and became his disciple. She was given a new name by Swami Vivekananda – Nivedita, meaning ‘The Dedicated One’ when she was initiated into Brahmacharya by her Guru on 25th March, 1898.
Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita
A Epitome of Service
She was indeed dedicated to the welfare of the society. She was an epitome of her Guru’s dictum – “Service to man is Service to God”.
Moving to India
Nivedita soon made India her permanent residence and started staying in Calcutta to work for the Ramakrishna Mission established by Swami Vivekananda.
Opening a School for Girls
Nivedita was particularly concerned about education for girls. In this regard, she opened a school for girls at Bagbazar in Calcutta.
Instrumental in setting up Indian Institute of Science
Sister Nivedita played a vital role in the setting up of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
As a Nurse
In 1899, when Calcutta was under plague epidimic, Nivedita played the role of a nurse for poor patients.
Providing Support to Bose
Nivedita also participated in spreading Indian Science and Culture. She was the one who supported India’s famous scientist J C Bose who founded the wireless Radio during his tough times and helped him gain recognition by lending him financial assistance.
Guru to Bharathiyar
Mahakavi Bharathiyar considered Sister Nivedita as his Guru. She inspired him to fight for women’s rights. She opened his eyes on women’s liberation.
An Able Author
Nivedita was also an able author who wrote many books such as ‘Kali the Mother’, ‘The Web of Indian Life’ and ‘The Master as I saw Him’ among many other works.
In her memory
Today, many schools In India have been named after her.
The government of India has also released a stamp in her name.
Sister Nivedita passed away on 13th October, 1911 at the age of 43 at Darjelling.