Ram Chandra Datta
B.Calcutta October 30 1851. d. January 17, 1899.
In 1883, he bought a Garden House at ‘Kankurgachi.’ He named it, “Yogodyana”. Ramakrishna visited that place on 26 December 1883.
After Sri Ramakrishna’s passing away, part of his relics were installed at the Kankurgachi Yogodyana on Janmashtami, (August 23, 1886.)
Ram Chandra Datta was the first to publish a biography of Ramakrishna, and first to build a temple for him.
His relics are placed next to Sri Ramakrishna’s temple at Yogodyana. Before he passed away he told his disciples: ‘When I die please bury a little of the ashes of my body at the entrance to Yogodyana. Whoever enters this place will walk over my head, and thus I shall get the touch of the Master’s devotees’ feet forever.’
Surendra Nath Mitra born 1850(?) D. May 25, 1890.
Urged by Ramchandra Datta, Surendra went to Dakshineswar in the company of Datta and Manomohan Mitra to meet Sri Ramakrishna (?1880).
Surendra paid most of the expenses for the food and bedding for devotees who served Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar, Shyampukur and Cossipore. He commissioned the oil painting in which Sri Ramakrishna points out to Keshab Chandra Sen the harmony of religions.
After Ramakrishna’s passing, Surendra paid the rent of the house at Baranagore that housed the first monastery of the disciples of Ramakrishna.
When Belur Math was built, the marble flooring for the original shrine-room was installed with money that Surendra had set aside for the Math.
Mahendranath Gupta “M”
B. Calcutta July 14, 1854. D. June 4, 1932.
After graduating from college, Gupta served as head master in several schools.
Gupta used to keep a diary of his meetings with Ramakrishna.
After the passing away of Ramakrishna, Gupta, using the pen name of M published in Bengali the Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna) in five volumes.The books published over a space of 30 years, were based on Gupta’s terse diary and expanded by his recollection of the meetings he had with Ramakrishna.
Mahendra Nath Gupta at the time of Ramakrishna’s passing, august 16, 1886.
Swami Nikhilananda translated into English the five- volume Kathamrita into one volume, arranged chronologically. It was published in 1942 as “The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.“