Param Pujya Sant Shrimad Lilanand Thakur (Pagal Baba) Ji Maharaj was born in a high Brahmin clan in Balata Ratanganj, Tangail, District Maiman Singh, East Bengal (present-day Bangladesh). The name of the revered father was Shri Kalicharan Chakraborty and the name of the revered mother was Shrimati Annapurna Devi. Babashree was married to a high born-Brahman girl named Sudevi. Mother Sudevi, being a great fortune, chaste, and a very devout woman is credited for leading Babashree towards devotion of God.
Mother Sudevi died at an early age. After that Babashree went out in search of god. Faced with many tortures, misdemeanor obstacles, wandering in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas for many years, he was blessed by great personalities and spirits. Here, Babashree realized that God is not found in forests, mountains, or caves – but every human’s heart.
Since then, Babashree has seen the same in every human heart. He felt the presence of God in every child, in every woman he had the feeling of motherhood.
In 1947, before the partition of India, Babashree came to Assam and organized religious ceremonies in various places. Meanwhile, in the village of Sapatgram under Goalpara district, he along with a few devotees conceived a pledge of 108 years of uninterrupted Hari Nam Sankirtan and established ‘Shantipur Ashram’. It expanded over time. Today, there are many temples in its premises.
In 1958, Lilanand Vidyapith in Sapatgram, Assam was established for the promotion of education and a dispensary was constructed to facilitate the general public.
He desired to establish a large hospital in Sapatgram with the motive to provide medical facilities to the poor people. On 24th July, 1967 a huge plot was officially allotted for the hospital. But due to unavoidable circumstances it remained unfulfilled.
In 1954, he established his second ashram ‘Birendranagar Ashram’ in the village of Borjhar under the Darang district in Assam itself.
There is a pond, whose cold water is the destroyer of many deadly diseases.
During this time, a couple, residents of Gauripur, Shri Manindranath Sarkar, and Sudharani Sarkar came to know Babashree. Bewildered at the child-friendly attitude of Babashree, this childless couple surrendered themselves to Babashree. Babashree also accepted them as his father and mother. The aforesaid Sarkar couple, based on the high rule of Ashram Maa and Dadu, selflessly devoted their entire life towards human welfare service. They were engaged in every situation with Babashree and even after him. In 1966, Lilanand Vidyapith in Borjhar, Assam was built for free education of children.
During the Assam tour, the chief businessman of Dhubri, Shri Chiranjilal Ji Harlalka came under the shelter of Babashree. Impressed by Babashree, he sacrificed everything and got absorbed in God’s love. With the intent to provide life long service towards Babashree, he started preaching the name of God and taking care of all the ashrams of Babashree.
In 1964, Babashree’s attention was drawn towards Shri Krishna’s birthplace Vrindavan. Babashree also pledged to build an ashram here. For the sake of promotion of Indian culture and Hari Nam Sankirtan, he established this ashram in the very short term.
He established another ashram ‘Lilakunj’ in Bhootgali near Gyangudadi in which he pledged for uninterrupted Hari Nam Sankirtan, for 108 years. With this Sankirtan, the entire atmosphere and all the ten directions became resonant. Uninterrupted Hari Nam Sankirtan is still running today.
In January 1967, Babashree arrived in Jasidih during a car trip. Babashree expressed his desire to build an ashram there on the request of the people and keeping up the spirit of public welfare. When one of the devotees of Babashree Shri Srinivasji Fatehpuria learned about the Babashree’s desire, he dedicated a part of his vast plot to Babashree.
An idol of Shri Radha-Gobindo made of octal metal was placed and like other ashrams, here too, he pledged for 108 years of Akhand Hari Nam Sankirtan. This ashram was named ‘Srinivasa Angan’. According to the teachings of
Babashree, his devotees, in order to promote the religion, help the needy, and provide free treatment to the people, started “Shri Pagal Baba Charitable Homeo Center” in the Ashram campus on October 4, 2005.
This area was backward in terms of education and due to lack of funds; most of the children were unable to get an education. After overcoming this misfortune, a school named “Sri Lilanand Pagal Baba Vidyapeeth” was established on the day of Janmashtami on August 16, 2006, on the three acres of Babashree’s land, opposite the main gate of the ashram, for free education. A dream that was a milestone became true.
In 1969, Babashree noticed and realized that millions of tourists from India and abroad came to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. But people were not inspired to come to Vrindavan, which is near Agra even after it being Sri Krishna’s beloved place. He desired and planned to build a magnificent temple to attract the attention of tourists from India and abroad. In a very short term he bought a huge plot on Vrindavan Mathura road, which was in a drought. A huge marble nine-storied temple ‘Liladham’ was built.
Surrounded by crooked brunette green land, this incomparable white stone temple is the first temple of its kind in India. Its width is about 150 feet (area 18,000 sq. ft.) and height is 221 feet. There are different deities on each floor of it. The ashram was named ‘Liladham’. This unique temple not only attracts the people of India but also attracts foreign tourists and also proves the importance of our devotional country at the international level.
It was here that in 1978 Babashree pledged to provide easy and sympathetic treatment to low and middle-class people and people beset with the most complex of diseases, with the foundation of “Pagal Baba Hospital” in a very simplistic environment with his own hands. Its primary objective was to provide proper medical care to the poor and disadvantaged class.
On an unfortunate cruel night of 24th of July, 1980, amidst innumerable silent and grief-stricken devotees, Babashree attained Samadhi.
Thousands of devotees with a very heavy heart and teary eyes carried out the spiritual process of Samadhi with vedic rituals and hymns on the divine soil of Vrindavan.
Babashree’s Samadhi is situated on the right side of the Liladham temple.
Babashree’s mortal body is not with us today, but his preaching and memoir are always with us. It is believed that Babashree is looking at us with his divine eyes and motivating all of us to move towards the designated destination which he had guided.
His blessings give us spiritual strength. Such great souls never leave this fleeting world but become immortal with their great works. We constantly pray to Babashree that he must give us the divine insight so that we can have glimpse of him. Inspire us so that we can follow his guided path. Give us the power and strength to carry out the responsibility of public welfare and Hari Nam Sankirtan previously led by Babashree.