1867, October 28
The child Margaret Elizabeth is born to Mary Isabel Hamilton and Samuel Richmond Noble of Scotch Street, Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

Reverend Samuel Noble passes away after a brief illness. His deep faith and empathy for the poor remains a lifelong influence on Margaret.

A young Margaret takes up a teaching job at Wimbledon, England. She is an exceptionally gifted teacher and within a few years, starts a school of her own, influenced by the progressive methods of Swedish educator Johann Pestalozzi and his pupil Friedrich Froebel.

Margaret co-founds the Sesame Club, where she is noticed for her strong, progressive views on education. She makes the acquaintance of leading intellectuals such as Thomas Huxley, the poet W. B. Yeats and playwright George Bernard Shaw.

1895 November.
Margaret meets Swami Vivekananda at a lecture at Isabella Margesson’s residence at West End, London. She is profoundly influenced by the Swami’s vision and starts corresponding with him on a regular basis.

1898, January 28.
Margaret arrives in Calcutta on the ship Mombasa.

1898, March 17.
Margaret meets Sarada Devi for the first time who shares food with her, breaking a centuries old taboo. Sarada Devi’s gesture throws opens doors for foreign-born Margaret in orthodox Hindu society of the time.

1898, March 25.
Initiated by Vivekananda into Brahmacharya, becomes Nivedita, The Dedicated, of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda.

1898, May 11.
Travels to the Himalayas with Swamiji and fellow disciples Sara Bull and Josephine McLeod.

1898, November.
Nivedita returns to Calcutta and moves to 16, Bosepara Lane.

1898, November 13.
Sarada Devi inaugurates the girls’ school on November 13 with a puja in the Thakur Dalan. Swami Vivekananda is present with his brother disciples.

During a boat ride on the Ganga, Swamiji shows Nivedita a site he has earmarked for the Sri SaradaMath. The Math would indeed come up there later, but not in their lifetimes.

1899, March.
Plague breaks out in Calcutta. Nivedita throws herself into relief work. Preventive sanitation measures are carried out by Ramakrishna Mission under her supervision.

1899, May 28.
Nivedita delivers her historic lecture on Kali Worship at the Kalighat Temple.

1899, June 20.
Nivedita leaves for England with Vivekananda and Turiyananda to raise funds for the school. In London, Vivekananda meets her family for the first time.

1899, November 5, Chicago.
Vivekananda bestows spiritual powers upon Nivedita and Sara Bull. “What came to us from a Woman I give to you two women,” he says. Nivedita calls the incident the “great turning point” of her life.

1900, February 27.
Nivedita establishes the “Ramakrishna Guild of Help” in America, supported by Besse Leggett of Ridgely Manor and longtime Vivekananda disciple Sara Bull. The modest plan is to take in and train “twenty widows and twenty orphan girls.”

1900, 8 July.
Nivedita’s book Kali the Mother is published. She dedicates it to her guru Swami Vivekananda, as Vireshwar, Lord of Heroes.

1900, 29 August.
Nivedita receives Swamiji’s now famous benediction at Perros-Guirec village, in Brittany, France. “Be thou to India’s future son / The mistress, servant, friend in one.”

1901 May.
Nivedita travels to Norway as Sara Bull’s guest,accompanied by Abala and JC Bose, and the renowned historian Romesh Chandra Dutt. Dutt inspires her to start writing the acclaimed Web of Indian Life.

1901 September-December.
Nivedita assists JC Bose in writing his epoch-making The Living and Non-Living.
Caption: A rough sketch by Nivedita illustrating the mimosa plant’s survival strategy. A goat is tempted by the leafy plantwhich wilts at its touch, tricking the goat into leaving it alone.

Reopens her school with renewed enthusiasm, next door at 17, Bosepara Lane. The student body cuts across caste and economic lines, unthinkable in that era.

1902 April.
Sister Christine joins Nivedita at 17, Bosepara Lane. She will be her tireless collaborator at the school.

1902 July 2.
Nivedita visits the Math. Vivekananda serves her food. Afterwards, he washes her hands and dries them with a towel. This will be their last meeting.

29. 1902 July 4.
Swami Vivekananda passes away.

Nivedita publicly cuts off formal ties with the Math, exonerating it from any consequence of her rising involvement in the freedom movement.

1903 January to March.
Nivedita joins a central committee of revolutionary groups under Aurobindo Ghose’s stewardship. Begins correspondence with Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

1903 September 7.
Finishes writing Web of Indian Life, dedicates it to her late Guru, Vivekananda.

Nivedita plunges into India’s freedomstruggle. She vigorously protests Lord Curzon’s Universities Commission and works with the nationalist Dawn Society, Anusilan Samity, Vivekananda Society and Young Men’s Hindu Union Committee.

1904 October.
Travels to Bodhgaya with, among others, historian Jadunath Sarkar whom she inspires to evolve an Indian narrative of history.

1905 February 8.
Designs India’s first national flag.The main motif is the Vajra, thunderbolt of the gods, hewn from the bones of the sage Dadhichi, a symbol of sacrifice. “Let us strive only for selflessness and we become the weapon in the hands of the gods.”

1905 April 4.
Is afflicted by meningitis. Sarada Devi comes to see her. “I never saw a face so full of love,” writes Nivedita.

1905 December.
Nivedita’s inspirational speech at the Indian National Congress at Benares helps avert a split between the moderate and extremist factions.

1906 July 8.
Gopal Ma, a householder disciple of Ramakrishna, dies. A staunchly orthodox widow, she chose to spend her last days with foreign-born Nivedita at 17 Bosepara Lane.

1906 September-October.
Nivedita immerses herself in relief work in famine and flood-afflicted East Bengal. When she returns, she is seriously ill.

Nivedita exhibits the Vajra flag at the 1906 Session of the Indian National Congress.

1907 January.
“Function of Art in Shaping Nationality” is printed by Modern Review. This is the first of her extensive writings on the works of Abanindranath, Nandalal Bose and others, that will help launch the Indian Art Movement. A grateful Nandalal Bose later designs the Sister Nivedita School. This Saraswati motif created by him appears on all the original window panes of the building.

1909 January 26.
Mary Isabel Noble passes away in England. Nivedita is by her mother’s side. “I whispered ‘Hari Om!’ that it might be the last sound she heard.”

The Master As I Saw Him is published. Nivedita places a copy in Swamiji’s room at Belur Math.

1911 January, Cambridge, USA.
Sara Bull, lifelong supporter of the Vedanta movement, Vivekananda’s Dhira Mata and Nivedita’s beloved “Granny,” dies, leaving most of her wealth to Vedanta Society.

Nivedita travels to Darjeeling with the Abala and Jagadish Chandra Bose, where she falls gravely ill. She prepares her will.

1911 October 13.
Nivedita passes away in the morning. Her ashes are interred at her family’s gravesite in Dungannon.


Kali the Mother, Swan Sonnenschein & Co. 1900.
The Web of Indian Life, W. Heinemann 1904
Cradle Tales of Hinduism, Longmans 1907
An Indian Study of Love and Death, Longmans, Green & Co.,
The Master as I Saw Him, 1910
Select essays of Sister Nivedita, 1911 Ganesh & Co.,
Studies from an Eastern Home, Longmans, Green & Co., 1913
Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists, London : George G. Harrap & Co., 1913
Notes of some wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda, 1913
Footfalls of Indian History, Longmans, Green & Co., 1915
Religion and Dharma, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1915
Civic & national ideals. Udbodhan Office. 1929.