Gauri Ma was born in Sibpur of Howrah in the year 1857. She was the founder of Saradeshwari Ashram in Kolkata. She was one of the leading disciples of Ramakrishna and a constant companion of Sarada Devi.
Gauri Ma showed from her early life, devotion to God, sympathy for the poor and a great dislike for married life. While she was in her teens, she escaped from home and travelled to many spiritual places, living a life of meditation and penance.
After wandering for nearly 8 years she came back to Kolkata and met Sri Ramakrishna. He told her that women in the country are in a sad plight and she must use her life for the service of women.
She however continued to travel and after more than a decade, she came back to Kolkata and started the Saradeshwari Ashram.
Saradeswari Ashram became a centre for imparting secular and spiritual education to young girls. She was a pioneer in women’s education in Bengal and bravely faced many challenges in the work.
In the year 1895 she started the Saradeswari Ashram. She was a forceful speaker, a champion of ancient Indian ideals and a spiritual genius and a teacher. She was full of love and sympathy for all living beings. Gauri Ma’s life of sacrifice, service and spiritual practice is a source of great inspiration.