Khulna. Estd. 1886.
The Khulna Brahma Samaj.
Secretary.—Babu Janaki Nath Guha.
Members:-- 17 of whom.
2 women and
6 children are Anusthanic.
Sympathisers.—Almost all educated men of the town.
Meetings.—Divine service is held every Sunday in Bengali,
Mandir.—The Samaj has got a Mandir of its own but it has not yet been opened for service which is held in the
house of one of its members.
Funds.—No fund has yet been started.
History.—The Samaj was established in 1906 at the instance of late Mr. K. N. Roy the then District and Sessions Judge, Khulna. He himself paid Rs. 300 for the coustraotion.of the Mandir and induced Dr. P. C. Roy, Professor, Presidency College, Calcutta, to subscribe Rs. 500 besides other Brahma gentlomen. Mr. A. Ahmed, District Magistrate, Khulna, was the Vice-President and Mr. Roy was the President of the Committee then formed. Two cottas of rent -free land was purchased on which the Mandir was constructed at a cost of Rs. 1,500. It is complete excepting a few windows. The Committee is trying to raise a further sum for this and providing the Mandir with suitable furniture.
Kumarkhali. Dt. Nadia. Estd. 16th Aug. 1849. The Kumarkhalli Brahma Samaj, Kumarkhali.
Secretary.—Babu Dwaraka Nath Pramanik, Retired Head Master, Kumarkhali, Nadia Dt.
Members.—8. Of this only 2 are Anusthanic.
Sympathisers.—Almost all educated men of the place.
Meetings.—Ordinary prayer Meetings are held on Sunday evenings ; other occasional meetings are also held.
The Maghostav, Badrostav, New Year’s day, the Bengali New year’s day are observed when meetings are held. Bengali is the language generally employed in meetings.
Mandir:—The Samaj has its own Mandir.
Institutions:—(1) Temperance Association.
(2) A small library of Bengali and English books.
Funds:—There is no system of monthly subscriptions. But occasional and voluntary contributions are paid by members and sympathisers. The Samaj has a joth bequethed by late Babu Jogeswar Kundu one of the members of the Samaj. An annual income of about Rs. 30 accrunig therefrom.
History:—The Samaj was established by late Maharshi Devendra Nath Tagore, Zemindar of this place, who kept here one of his pundits Dr-yal Chand Siromany. This pundit infused the spirit of Brahmaism into many hearts.
Laban. Dt. Shillong. Estd. 2nd Nov. 1902.
Secretary:—Babu Shivanath Dutt a, Laban, Shillong,
Members:—Total number of Anusthanic Brahmos is 55,of whom are 14 men, 13 women and 28 children. Anusthanic members are 8 men and 1 woman. Sympathisers:—About 15.
Meetings:—Four meetings in a week.
Mandir:—The Samaj has got its Mandir which was consecrated on the 2nd November 1902.
Institutions:—(1) Sunday School for children.
(2) Mahila Samiti.
Funds:—The minimum subscription is Rs. 2 per year.
Lakhlmpore. Estd. 1901.
The Lakhimpore Prarthana Samaj, North Lakhimpore (Assam).
Secretary:—Babu Sarat Chandra Das, North Lakhimpore
Members:—5, of this only two are Anusthanic.
Meetings:—Divine service once a week in Bengali.
Mandir:—Samaj has got its own Mandir.
This is an 'experimental Samaj' in an out of way place. But it is attracting the sympathy of the local men.
Majllpore. Dt. 24 Parganas. Estd. 1881.
The Majilpore Brahma Samaj, Majilpors, Jayanagar P. O.
Secretary:—Babu Kalinath Dntt.
The Midnapore Brahma Samaj,
The Samaj has its own Mandir.
Monghyr . Estd. 3rd. March 1867
The New Dispensation Brahma Samaj, Monghyr.
Secretary:—Baba Dwaraka Nath Bagchi, Mongyr.
1 Woman = All Anusthanic.
3 Children = Members: 9
Meetings:—Divine Service is held once a week in Bengali.
Mandir:—The Samaj has got its own Mandir, consecrated on 19th December 1872.
History—In about 1869 the Audit Office of the E. I. Ry. was transferred from Calcutta to Jabalpur, and in that connection about 4 or 5 Brahma Clerks came to settle in Monghyr and held prayers in a hired house. In about 1869 Keshub Chandra Sen came here with his wife for change and stayed for six months. Sadhu Aghornath, about a few years after, began to cultivate the devotional side of the Samaj and prepare the ground for the Bhaki movement which later on made such a great mark in the whole Theistic movement in Bengal. That great Bhakti movement began thus. Among the Vaishnava devotees in the town there was a Chandal or “ low caste man.” Being once invited to the prayer meeting, he conducted a very inspiring Kirtan, which had a great effect on the assembly. Sadhu Aghornath who was about 4 years in Monghyr took up this contagion and developed it to such an extent that even Keshub himself was moved and transformed by it. At one time there were 40 Or 50 members of the Samaj and good many sympathisers The present Mandir was built in, and consecrated on the 19th December, of 1872. In 1880 Babu Krishna Prasanna Sen, who was from the beginning a non-anusthanic member joined the Sanatan Dharm Movement. In 1887 the Kartabhaja Mandali was started who worshipped the Creator and soon degenerated into corrupt forms of religious emotions. In 1901 the Audit Office was retransferred to Calcutta which carried away the last contingent of the staanch Brahmos. In 1902 an Arya Samaj was formed which completed the decadence of the Samaj.
At present Babu Dwaraka Nath Bagchi conducts* the Samaj which is in a moribund condition- He is paid Rs. 4 by the Maharaja of Euch Behar and the Maharani pays Rs. 3 a month to light the Samadhi (tomb) in which were buried part of the ashes of Eeshub Chandra, which were brought from Calcutta about a year after his death. Near the Samadhi of Eeshub are two others of Sadhu Aghornath and Dinanath Chakrawarti.