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RAJA RAMMOHAN ROY

Birth And Boyhood

It was the last part of the 18th century. Foreigners had invaded India again and again and India has suffered at their hands for centuries. The rule of the Muslims, which had lasted 800 years, was coming to an end. India was filled with poverty and ignorance. The English who came to India for trade gradually conquered kingdoms. Many Indians did not understand their own great religion and culture. There were many castes and creeds. The glorious tradition of Vedic times was like a mirror covered with dust. All round, there was the darkness of ignorance. It was at such a time that Raja Rammohan Roy was born.

Radhanagar is a village in the District of Murshidabad in Bengal; Rammohan was born in this village on the 22nd of May 1772. His father was Ramakanto Roy, an orthodox Brahmin.

Rammohan’s parents were devoted to God. They had great faith in their religion. They performed strictly the duties set down by their religion.

Rammohan was very much devoted to Lord Vishnu. Everyday he would not put down the ‘Bhagavantha’ without completing the reading of Valmiki Ramayana. But when he came to know that his mother also was fasting, he had his food for her sake. In his 14th year he was about to become a monk. But his mother came in his way.

Raja Rammohan Roy - 'Maker of Modern India'
About Raja Rammohan Roy
Introduction
You are Here! Birth And Boyhood
Education
Travels
Sanskrit Education
Rammohan And Religion
At Rangpur
'Atmiya Sabha'
Regard For Hinduism
Education For The Progress Of The Country
With The Poor
Service To Literature
'Suttee System' or 'Sahagamana'
Love Of Independence
The First Editor
For Justice And Equality
Brahmo Samaj
Rammohun In England
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