The First 'Bhakta-Sammilani' was held in Bengali Year 1322(English 1915) in Asam bangiya
Saraswata Matha. It was attended by, total 11 imminent Bhaktas, 7 ascetics and 4
householders. Since then the practice of holding the Sarbabhouma Sammilani during Christmas
Holidays is continuing. In this 3-day long Bhakta Sammilani, disciples, devotees from
households and sanyasis and brahmacharis from Math and Ashrams hadparticipated. The devotees
had invoked Jagadguru Srimat Sankaracharya and Mahaprabhu Sri Gaurang Deva to preside over
the sessions of the first two days, respectively, while Sri Sri Thakura himself had presided
over the last day's conference.
In the 13th 'Bhakta-Sammilani' which was held in Bengali Year 1334(English 1927) in Asam
bangiya Saraswata Matha, SriSriThakur introduced 'Ananda Sabha' and made Phani Bhusan Mitra
read the legally written trust-deed before the devotees on the 2nd day of the devotees'
conference. The 11 trustees who were designated by Thakur took the oath to execute the
duties and shoulder the responsibilities before Thakur and brother disciples.
The "Mahila Sabha" ( a session organized by women devotees) was introduced for the first time
in 16th "Bhakta sammilani" at Purba Bangla Saraswat Ashram in 1337(Eng- 1930).
ShriShriThankura adviced and explained devotees about importance of women in society and
family to lead ideal household life. Since then Sarbabhouma Sammilani is being held every
year includes Mahila Sabha to celebrate and commemorate the ideals and principles of
Sadguru Swami Nigamananda Deva had sought to awaken and inspire the people en mass through
combined sadhana by directing them to lead an ideal family life and to establish
Sangha-shakti. Thereby, he sought to awaken and strengthen a society from within wherefrom
would emerge true Sevaks of peoples with humane outlook. We are yet to learn the skills of
employing Sangha-shakti or collective-power or team-power in enriching the larger society in
our country. SriSriThakura has shown the way to follow with the help of these Bhakta
Sammilanis. Learning to utilize the power of 'sangha' or 'team' is another principal
objective of the Bhakta Sammilani.