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Happy Birth Day : Raja Ram Mohan Roy [ 22 May ]

22 May 2012 :: Ram Mohun Roy, Ram Mohun also spelled Rammohun, Rammohan, or Ram Mohan was born on  22 May 1772. He  was an Indian religious, social, and educational reformer who challenged traditional Hindu culture and indicated the lines of progress for Indian society under British rule. He is sometimes called the “father of modern India”.  He, along with Dwarkanath Tagore and other Bengalis, founded the Brahmo Sabha in 1828, which engendered the Brahmo Samaj, an influential Indian socio-religious reform movement during the Bengal Renaissance. His influence was apparent in the fields of politics, public administration, and education, as well as religion. He is known for his efforts to abolish the practice of sati, the Hindu funeral practice in which the widow immolated herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.

Roy was born in Radhanagore, Bengal, in August 1772 or 22 May 1774, into the Rarhi Brahmin caste. His family background displayed religious diversity; his father Ramkanto Roy was a Vaishnavite, while his mother Tarinidevi was from a Shivaite family. This was unusual for Vaishanavites did not commonly marry Shaivites at that time. Thus, one parent wanted him to be a scholar, a sastrin, while the other wanted him to have a career dedicated to the laukik, which was secular public administration. He wandered around the Himalayas and went to Tibet. He died on  27 September 1833.


Born            :          22 May 1772

Birth Place :           Radhanagore, Bengal, India

(now in Paschimbanga, India)

Died            :            27 September 1833 (aged 61)

Stapleton, Bristol, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (now in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Cause of death  :              Meningitis

Resting place      :              Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and        Ireland(now in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Nationality             :  Indian (Bengali)

Other names      :              Rammohun, Rammohan, or Ram Mohan

Ethnicity                :   Bengali Hindu

Occupation          : Social Reformer

Known for            : Bengal Renaissance, Brahmo Samaj

Height                    :  1.75 mts

Weight        :        56 kg

Successor     :      Dwarkanath Tagore

Religion      :         Hinduism

Spouse        :        Uma Devi

Parents      :         Ramakanta Roy (father)


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