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Ramabai, Pandita Saraswati
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Pandita Saraswati Ramabai (1858–1922) was the most prominent Indian Christian woman in the twentieth century. She was a social reformer, educator, and Pentecostal pioneer. She was born as a Brahman (the highest caste in Hinduism), but her family went on a permanent pilgrimage because of financial crisis. They moved constantly, and lived on the alms received from the reading of the Puranas in public. Her parents taught her Sanskrit, Puranas, and the Gita, which was against the orthodox Hindu cult…

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Lukose, Wessly, “Ramabai, Pandita Saraswati”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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