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"**" Ramakrishna's birthday is observed on Phalgun Shukla Dwitiya as per Hindu lunar calendar.


"Ramakrishna" (18 February 1836 – 16 August 1886), born "Gadadhar Chattopadhyay" (Gôdadhor Chô??opaddhae), was an Indian mystic during 19th-century. His religious school of thought led to the formation of the Ramakrishna Mission by his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda. He is also referred to as "Paramahamsa" by his devotees, as such he is popularly known as "Ramakrishna Paramahamsa".

Ramakrishna was born in a poor Brahmin , Vaishnava family in rural Bengal. He became a priest of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali, which had the influence of the main strands of Bengali bhakti tradition. The most widely known amongst his first spiritual teachers was an ascetic woman, called Bhairavi Brahmani, who was skilled in Tantra and Vaishnava bhakti. Later an Advaita Vedanta/Advaita Vedantin ascetic taught him non-dual meditation, and he experienced nirvikalpa samadhi under his guidance.

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