Visit Belur Math

Place : Howrah, West Bengal

Importance :
The headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission

Timing :
6-11.30 am, 4-7 pm (April to September, 6.30-11.30 am, 3.30-6 pm (October-March)

Time to Visit :
Throughout the year

Belur Math is the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, a divine movement having base of Vedanta. It is situated about 16.5 km from the adored Kali Temple of Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineshwar. It was founded in 1899 by Swami Vivekananda, the world renowned yogi and follower of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa deb, who sermonized the unanimity of the entire religions.

This International tourist magnetism is positioned in close proximity to Belur in Howrah district, West Bengal. Sprawls more than forty acres of land with quiet and serene ambiance, the Math comprise of a magnificently maintained monastery, the temple compound and furthermore the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.

The mortal remains of Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekanada are preserved at this point. It was here that Swami Vivekananda resided the very last years of his concise life.

There is a Sri Ramakrishna Temple at the Belur Math, alienated by a transparent glass wrap. It is here Swami Vivekananda positioned the relics of Sri Ramakrishna. When one crosses the threshold from the chief gateway one can observe this extraordinary temple. Built in 1938, it is the key magnetism in Belur Math for the reason that the temple has a fashion of architecture that united elements of a church, mosque and a temple. It is in fact a magnificent temple which synchronizes all religions. The erection of the temple was done in four years and Ms. Hellen Rubel, an American devotee of Swami Vivekananda provided the main part of the funds. Within the temple abode a deity of Sri Ramakrishna.

In the vicinity of to this, there is a library hall which has all books associated to Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature and as well about Vedanta in an assortment of languages. Positioned to the north-east of Sri Ramakrishna Temple is an elderly shrine where worship to Sri Ramakrishna was performed for further than three decades. In the southeast there is Swami Vivekananda's room. It is at this place Swami Vivekananda spent his last years and attained Mahasamadhi on 4 July 1902. The articles used by him are conserved here. The room as well contains remnants for instance his bed, sandals and turban. There is a courtyard in the frontage of this room, there still located a mango tree underneath which Swamiji accustomed to sit and convene visitors and devotees.

Swami Brahmananda Temple is another temple in Belur Math. Swami Brahmananda was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and furthermore the first President of the Ramkrishna Math and Mission. The temple stands on the dot where Swami Brahmananda's body was cremated.

Within the temple complex there is a temple devoted to Holy Mother Sarada Devi. The temple is located in the south on the bank of the Ganga for the reason that the Mother cherished the Ganga. The temple of Swami Vivekananda is positioned in close proximity too. The temple has a higher story preserves an alabaster OM in Bengali character. Beside the temple there is a bel (bilva) tree, replaced by a similar tree subsequent to the original tree which died. Under which Swamiji loved to take rest.

The samadhi or commemorative Enclosure is another significant building in the complex. The mortal remains of seven of the sixteen direct frugal disciples of Sri Ramakrishna were cremated at this place. Their names are impressed on the marble. Separately from these, the math houses the Ramakrishna Museum which is situated to the south of the main temple. The museum contains things which were used by Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda. Extraordinary articles used by Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda are on display here. The Old Math, previously known as Garden House of Nilambar Mukherjee, stands extra south on the bank of the Ganga. Holy Mother used to stay here quite a lot of times before the Belur Math came into subsistence.

The Math upholds a customary schedule of meditation and puja, which visitors can furthermore participate. Guests can make day trips outer portion of the math but are requested not to walk off the premises in the evenings.

Each and every one of the Hindu festivals together with birth days of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa Deb, Sri Sarada Devi, Sri Swami Vivekananda and the primary twelve followers of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa are celebrated each year.

How to get there:

Belur is connected with Kolkata and Howrah with all sorts of transports.

Contacts :

* West Bengal Tourism
3/2, BBD Bag (East), Kolkata
Ph : 033-22485917/ 5168/ 8271
Fax: 22485168

* Sri Ramakrishna Temple Math
Ph: 033-26541144/ 1180/ 5391/ 9581

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Author: Anindya Bhattacharjee05 Nov 2009 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Excellent information shared by you and its great to see real photos of Belur.

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