Chronology of Main Events - Sri Ramakrishna’s Life

Year & Event

1775 - Birth of Kshudiram, Sri Ramakrishna’s father.

1791- Birth of Chandra Devi, Sri Ramakrishna’s mother.

1805- Birth of Ramkumar, Sri Ramakrishna’s eldest brother.

1814 -Kshudiram settles at Kamarpukur, Sri Ramakrishna’s birthplace.

1826- Birth of Rameshwar, Sri Ramakrishna’s elder brother.

1835- Kshudiram's pilgrimage to Gaya.

1836- Birth of Sri Ramakrishna, known in boyhood as Gadadhar, February 18, about 5:15 a.m.

1842 or 1843- First trance of Gadadhar at the sight of white birds and dark clouds.

1843- Death of Kshudiram.

1845- Gadadhar's sacred thread ceremony.

1850- Ramkumar opens his school in Kolkata.

1852- Gadadhar comes to Kolkata.

1853 -Birth of the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, December 22.

1855- Dakshineshwar Kali temple founded. Ramkumar became priest of Kali Temple. Gadadhar, known as Sri Ramakrishna, took over the dressing and decorating of the Divine Mother. Hriday, nephew of Sri Ramakrishna, assisted Ramkumar and Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna appointed first priest of the Vishnu temple and then of the Kali temple. Ramkumar appointed priest of the Vishnu temple.

1856- Death of Ramkumar. Sri Ramakrishna’s first vision of Mother Kali as ocean of Light.

1857- Sri Ramakrishna remains mostly in a God-intoxicated state. His treatment under Ganga Prasad Sen.

1858- Haladhari, Sri Ramakrishna’s cousin, appointed priest at Dakshineshwar. Sri Ramakrishna goes to Kamarpukur.

1859- Sri Ramakrishna's marriage. Stays at Kamarpukur for 1½ years.

1860- Return to Dakshineshwar. Mathur's vision of Sri Ramakrishna as Shiva and Kali.

1861- Death of Rani Rasmani. Meeting with Bhairavi Brahmani. Tantra practice under the Brahmani starts.

1863- Completion of Tantra practice. Chandra Devi comes to live at Dakshineshwar.

1864- Sri Ramakrishna's practice of vatsalya bhava under Jatadhari. Practice of madhur bhava. Initiation into sannyasa by Totapuri.

1865- Akshay, Sri Ramakrishna’s nephew, replaces Haladhari. Totapuri leaves Dakshineshwar.

1866 -Sri Ramakrishna in the Advaita plane for six months. Practice of Islam.

1867- Sri Ramakrishna at Kamarpukur. Brahmani bids farewell.

1868- Pilgrimage with Mathur to Deoghar, Varanasi, Allahabad and Vrindaban. Meeting with Ganga Ma, a Vaishnava woman devotee.

1870- Visit with Mathur to eastern parts of Bengal including Kalna and Navadvip. Meeting with Bhagavandas Babaji at the Colootola Harisabha.

1871- Death of Mathur.

1872- The Holy Mother's first visit to Dakshineshwar. The Shodashi Puja.

1873- Death of Rameshwar, elder brother of Sri Ramakrishna.

1874 -The Holy Mother’s second visit to Dakshineshwar. Sri Ramakrishna’s practice of Christianity, and vision of Christ.

1875- Sri Ramakrishna's first visit to Keshab Chandra Sen.

1876- Death of Chandra Devi.

1877- Death of Shambhu Mallick. The Holy Mother's third visit to Dakshineshwar.

1878- Close contact with Keshab and the Brahmos.

1879- Coming of disciples begins. Ramachandra Datta and Manomohan Mitra come to the Master.

1880- Surendra Nath Mitra comes to the Master.Sri Ramakrishna's last visit to Kamarpukur.

1881- Dismissal of Hriday. Rakhal (later Swami Brahmananda), Narendra (later Swami Vivekananda) and Balaram Bose come to the Master.

1882- M. (Mahendra Nath Gupta) and Baburam (later Swami Premananda) come to the Master. Visit to Pundit Vidyasagar. The Holy Mother again at Dakshineswar.

1883- Adhar, Shashi (later Swami Ramakrishnananda) and Sarat (later Swami Saradananda) come to the Master.

1884- Kalipada and Kaliprasad (later Swami Abhedananda) come to the Master. Death of Keshab. Meeting with Pundit Shashadhar. Gopal’s Ma and Nag Mahashay come.

1885- The Holy Mother comes to live at Dakshineswar for the last time. The “inner circle” of disciples becomes complete with the coming of Purna. Last visit to Panihati. Illness and removal to Shyampukur. Association with Dr. Sarkar. Removal to Cossipore.

1886- Treatment at Cossipore. Organization of disciples. Mahasamadhi on 16 August, at two minutes past 1 a.m.