Nigamananda (1880-1935) ascetic, born in Meherpur, in kushtia district.
His original name was Nalinikanta Chattopadhyay. After his ordination as a sannyasi, he came to be known as Swami
Nigamananda Saraswati Paramahansha.
|Nalinikanta was appointed as overseer at the
Dinajpur District Board, but he was saddened at the sudden death of his wife,
Sudhangshubala. Following the instruction of his guru, he became an ascetic.
Nigamananda wrote several books on ascetic philosophy and tantricism,
among them, Brhmacharyasadhan, Tantrikguru, Jvaniguru, Yogiguru, and Premikguru.
He also published a religious monthly, Aryadurpun. However, his greatest achievement was
the establishment of the Assam-Bengal Saraswata Math (centre for learning) at
Kokilamukh, Assam and of five ashrams for sannyasis: Dhaka Madhya Bangla Saraswata
Ashram, Bogra Uttar Bangla Saraswata Ashram, Mainamati Purba Bangla Saraswata
Ashram, Halishahar Dakshin Bangla Saraswata Ashram and Kharkunama Pashchim
He also established ‘Rsi Vidyalay’, a school for ascetics, and
a charitable hospital.
Nigamananda died on 13 Agrahyan 1342 BS (November
1935) and was laid to rest at Halishahar Dakshin Bangla Saraswata Ashram. The
ashram has now turned into a place of pilgrimage.