Paramahansa Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Dev was born to a virtuous Brahmin couple at Kutabpur in Nadia district (now in Bangladesh) in the year 1880. Named as ‘Nalinikanta’ by his father Bhubanmohan Chattopadhyaya and mother Yogendra Mohini he grew to boyhood drawing admiration of people for his extraordinary fearlessness, intelligence and forthrightness. He was, also, respectful and leadership was natural to him.
The Turning Point
As fate would have it, Nalinikanta lost his beloved mother at an early age, which shook him to the core. After this incidence, he lost his belief in God and turned extremely antagonistic towards religious rites, sadhus and ascetics. He convinced himself that ‘death’ is the ‘end’ of everything in one’s life. He decided that, hereafter, religion to him would be nothing other than ‘doing good to the fellow beings’ and leading a virtuous life.
Nalinikanta was married off to an extremely beautiful and intelligent girl named Sudhansubala Devi at the early age of 17 years. Further, after completing his study at the Dhaka Survey School, he took up jobs at various places to earn his livelihood.