amount of arable land. He was very poor but was very religious by nature. Bama's mother, Brahmamoyee Devi or Rajkumari Devi was a house wife. He had one brother and four sisters among whom he was the second child. Since his childhood he led a very religious life and was a great devotee of Maa Tara or Kali. He used to make idols of Maa with clay by his own and also offered food to those idols. He addressed Maa Tara as "Bado Maa" (the elder mother) and his own mother as "Choto Maa" (the younger mother). This shows how significant a position Ma Tara occupied in Bama's life, that he placed her even above his own mother. Sometimes he and his elder brother Ram also went out with his father to sing and learn Shyama Sangeet.
His father Sarvananda Chatterji passed away in 1855 AD(1262 in Bengali Calendar). After his death, poverty struck the family hard. To acquire some financial help for the family, he took the job of a priest at the temple of Mauliksha Devi in Maluti, but since he did not have any knowledge in chanting Sanskrit Slokas (praises written in Sanskrit), he was disqualified for the job and was assigned a job for cooking, but after that night he left the job and came back to Tarapith. He talked to the main priest of Tarapith temple and prayed to give him a job in the temple. He got the work of picking and collecting flowers in Tarapith Temple at the salary of Rs. 2 per month. He continued with this job for more than a year. Even till this time, he used to roam around in the hope of seeing Maa Tara, and he wanted to feed her by his own hand.
Samadhi Mandir of Bama-Khyapa in Tarapith Maha-Shamshan