Blue Plaque at Sister Nivedita's house: Queen sends warm wishes
Kolkata: Queen Elizabeth II has sent her warm good wishes to those who will be present at the installation of the London Blue Plaque at Sister Nivedita's house in London and described it as "a most memorable event."
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be present at the ceremony which will be held on November 12.
Swami Suhitanandaji, one of the vice-presidents of Ramakrishna Math and Mission is also likely to join the celebration.
David Ryan, director, Private Secretary's Office, Buckingham Palace wrote a letter to Sarada Sarkar containing the Queen's message on October 30.
The letter written by Ryan read: "The Queen has asked me to thank you for your kind letter on behalf of English Heritage and the followers of Sister Nivedita on the occasion of the unveiling of a London Blue Plaque in commemoration of Sister Nivedita which is being held on 12th November.
"Her Majesty appreciated your thoughtfulness in writing as you did and in return, has asked me to send Her warm good wishes to all those who will be present for a most memorable event."
Sarada Sarkar, a Non-Resident of India first got in touch with the descendants of Richmond Noble, brother of Sister Nivedita in 2014. Selendra Margot Giardin, grand niece of Sister came to Kolkata along with Sarkar
Giardin was the first person from the Noble family who visited the city over a century after Nivedita's death in 1911 in Darjeeling. During her visit she went to Belur Math and Sri Sarada Math and presented a diary of Sister Nivedita and a statue which she had presented to her mother in 1900.
There is celebration both in India and abroad to observe the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita. RKM will hold functions throughout the year to mark the occasion and the inaugural function was held at Swami Vivekananda's ancestral house on October 28 which is Nivedita's birthday.
Nivedita's house in London was visited by Swami Vivekananda in 1895. Jagadish Chandra Bose and his wife Abala also visited the premises. The Bose couple continued to get in touch with the Noble family after Sister's death in October, 1911
Recently a small statue of Sister Nivedita was installed at a museum in Dungannon where she was born on October 28, 1867. Swami Chetanananda, a senior monk of RKM donated a copy of Nivedita's complete works to a library in Dungannon.
Sri Sarada Math has opened the house where Nivedita started her school at 16 Bosepara Lane in 1989 after renovation.