Sri Saradamoni Devi (1853-1920)
Three miles from Kamarpukur is the village Joyrambati, in the district of Bankura, where Saradamoni Mukherjee was born. At the age of 23, Sri Ramakrishna married Sarada, 5 years old. On being questioned by Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada, on her first visit to Dakshineswar at the age of 19, replied without any reservation that she was not interested in a worldly life and would help him in his pursuit of God. A few days, thereafter, while massaging her husband’s feet, Sarada wanted to know what he thought about her. In reply Ramakrishna said, “The divine Mother who is worshipped in the temple is verily the mother who has given birth to this body and who is now putting up in the music tower, and again it is she who is massaging my feet at the present moment, verily, I look upon you as a representation of the blissful Mother in human flesh.”
Such behaviour of a husband towards his wife is not recorded anywhere in the history of mankind where the husband saw the divine mother in his wife and yet acted like a husband by allowing her to massage his feet. Thus the Holy couple lived together in a unique bond of love and devotion in the heights of God consciousness without a trace of worldliness. After her husband’s demise, she could not wear the widow’s garb, as she distinctly felt his continued presence with her and was the source of strength and inspiration in establishing and running the twin great organizations, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission at Belur in the district of Howrah (West Bengal). Gradually she became the Mother with great love and compassion for all creatures.