Nirmala Srivastava, known by the honorific title Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, was born on the 21st of March, 1923 in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh , India. Her Christian parents, Prasad and Cornelia Salve, chose the name Nirmala, which means ‘immaculate’. Her father, a lawyer and scholar fluent in 14 languages, translated the Qur’an into Hindi. Her mother was the first woman in India to receive an honors degree in mathematics.
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