Biography of Keshab Chandra Sen : A Great Reformist of Bengal


Keshab Chandra Sen was a great reformer of Bengal and a pioneer of spreading the Hinduism.

Keshab Chandra Sen was born on 19th November in Kalutala Village of West Bengal. His father was Piyari Mohan Sen who died when Keshab was only 10 years old. He studied in Bengali Patshala elementary school and later completed his education in Hindu College and Metropolitan College. He was married to Jagonmohini Sen and they had 10 children in all.
Keshab Chandra was of very peaceful and sober nature. And he carried on this nature in future of his life. According to him his inner soul always told him to pray. And eventually he devoted himself in thoughts of God, and established a Prarthana Sabha. Once 'Maharshi' Debendranath Tagore attended this Prarthana Sabha where, both Keshab Chandra and Debendranath Tagore came close to each other. Later, Keshab chandra joined Debendranath Tagore's Brahmo Samaj in 1856 and followed its religion. Later he builds up his own "Brahmo Samaj of India". Regarding some disputes over child marriage Keshab Chandra left it too and found a new Branch of Religion known as 'Nababidhan' or "New Dispensation". Though 'Nababidhan' was an extended part of Brahmo Samaj, it was not free from Christianity's thoughts and religion. He wanted to establish a religion for all.
Not only Religion, Keshab Chandra always tries to take benevolent measures for happiness of common people. This benevolent measures is assisted by two features –education and relief-work. He himself was highly educated in the field of Political Science, Religion, Literature, History etc. He developed many educational institutes. 'Albert Hall' and 'Albert Library' are the examples of his educational measures. Without the help from the government, Keshab Chandra involved himself for relief-work.
Kwshab Chandra Sen was India's one of the best orator and writer. Keshab Chandra Sen published 'Balak bandhu', 'Indion Mirror', 'Dharmatatwa' are some of the famous journal of those times. He also published 'Sulabh Samachar' a journal which is available to common people at only one paisa. Most of the News and Stories of the journal was written by Keshab Chandra himself.
At only 45 years of age, in 8th January, 1884 he died away in 'Kamal-kutir', Kolkata


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