Shri Shri Thakur Spent his last 12 years in Puri, Orissa. In year 1934 he
Established Nilachal Saraswat Sangha (Puri). After Leaving His Mortal Frame, The devotees in the
State of Orissa felt the urge to gather at least once in a year to celebrate the same concept of
Sammilani . The Main reason behind this thought was, not all devotees could travel form Orissa
to Bengal for attending the Sarbabhouma Sammilani, also the number of devotees increased several
fold in the state of Odisa.
So the first Pradeshika(Statewide) Samilani was held in the year 1947 at Ankoli in the district
of Ganjam, Orissa. It was organized by Nilachala saraswwata Sangha, Puri. It was held during
Full Moon day of Magha. About 60 devotees congregated in this Sammilani, which was presided over
by the Raja of Bada-Khemundi,Sri Ramachandra Anang Bhim Deo. Immense spiritual significance is
attached to theevents leading to the selection of this place for the 1st ever Pradeshika
BhaktaSammilani and the beginning of a great spiritual movement, thereafter.
Spirituality is the beginning and the end word of the Indian civilization. This civilization has
grown, thrived and continues to thrive on spirituality based on Sanatan Dharma (Hindism). The
annual 'Bhakta Sammilani' or the 'Convention of Devotees' organized by Nilachal Saraswat Sangha,
Puri, in different parts of India, is an institution for the true pursuance and enrichment of
the principle of Sanatan Dharma. The innovative and non-sectarian concept was of, one of the
brightest sages of India, Srimat Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Deva, which took shape as early as
in 1916 A.D. with the view to transfuse 'Prana-shakti' or 'life-force' in society and revive its
spiritual vigor. It's unique in that the Bhakta Sammilani is conceptualized as an institution
where the essence of Sanatan Dharma is actually 'practised' and not 'preached'. Swami
Nigamananda Deva had envisioned it as a 'practice field' for building true Sevaks of humanity.