Belur Math

 

Overview

Belur Math Built in 1899, the premises of Belur Math include the main monastery, temples and the worldwide headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. The new Sri Ramakrishna Temple looks very impressive as one enters from the main gateway of Belur Math. Built in 1938, according to Sri Ramakrishna’s principles of universality of religions, the structure incorporates the architectural motifs of a Hindu temple, a Buddhist chaitya, a Christian church and an Islamic mosque. The windows and balconies are Islamic while the temple façade is Hindu. The significance of religious fraternity in one homogenous structure cannot be missed by the devotee.
 In January 1897, Swami Vivekananda arrived in Colombo with his small group of Western disciples. Two monasteries were founded by him, one at Belur, which became the headquarters of Ramakrishna Missionwhich aims at the harmony of religions, harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, spiritual fulfillment, all-round development of human faculties, social equality, and peace for all humanity, without any distinctions of creed, caste, race or nationality. The Belur Math conducts medical service, education, work for women, rural uplift and work among the labouring and backward classes, relief, spiritual and cultural activities.
Sri Ramakrishna, the great 19th century saint of Bengal who is regarded as the Prophet of the Modern Age.
 
The 40-acre  campus of the Belur Math on the banks of the Ganges  in Howrah district, an hour’s drive from Kolkata, is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world professing different religious faiths, includes temples dedicated to Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, in which their relics are enshrined, and the main monastery of the Ramakrishna Order. The campus also houses a Museum containing articles connected with the history of Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Several educational institutions affiliated with the Ramakrishna Mission are situated in the vast campus adjacent to Belur Math. The Belur Math is considered as one of the prime tourist spots near Kolkata and place of pilgrimage by devotees. The ex-president Abdul Kalam regarded Belur Math as a "place of heritage and national importance." 
 
Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi also visited this place on several occasions.  The room in which Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi has been preserved here.  The headquarters of the worldwide twin organizations known as Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are also situated here.  An added attraction is the Museum which contains articles connected with the history of Ramakrishna Math and Mission.  Architecturally more impressive is the temple dedicated to the memory of Swami Vivekananda. It was built in 1924, on the spot where his mortal remains were consigned to the flames. Two flights of stairs go up in a gentle curve on either side of the structure to the upper floor where the Vedanta symbol ‘Om’ is placed on a lotus made of marble. Another quiet but popular spot is on the banks of the river, where people sit in front of the samadhi pitha, the holy site where seven disciples of Sri Ramakrishna were consigned to flames. 
 
 
The green lawns and lush growth of trees and bushes everywhere add to the serenity and beauty of the place.  All this has contributed to an elevating spiritual ambience that has made Belur Math an important place of pilgrimage for people all over the world.  A degree college, a polytechnic, and several other educational institutions of the Ramakrishna Mission are situated in the vast campus adjacent to Belur Math.
 
Two-storeyed house, renovated when the grounds were purchased in 1898, now the venue of a display of his simple worldly possessions. As visitors walk south along the banks of the Hooghly, overlooking the bathing ghats is the simple temple of the Holy Mother, Ma Sarada Devi. Young and old women sit quietly in prayer, some chanting the Gayatri Mantra. 
 
The Ramakrishna Museum contains mementoes, belongings of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, and photographs which are creatively exhibited in the two floors of the museum. 
 
The center also celebrates annual birthdays of Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Sarada Devi and other monastic disciples. The annual celebrations of Kumari Puja and Durga Puja are one of the main attractions. The tradition of Kumari puja was started by Vivekananda in 1901.
 
Belur Math Timing: 
April to September: 6.00 to 11.30 a.m. and 4.00 to 7.00 p.m.
October to March: 6.30 to 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 to 6.00 p.m.
 
How to Reach,
Nearest Railway Station:  Howrah Jn
Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport 
 

Location

Country
India
State
West Bengal
City
Howrah
Location
Belur Math
Address
Belur Math, Belur, Howrah, West Bengal 711202
Contact Info
Phone: 033 2654 1144 ,033 2654 1180
Mobile :
Fax : 2654-4346
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Belur Math
Nearest Railway Station
Howrah Jn (HWH)
Nearest Airport
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
IN
latitude : 22.654699330 longitude :88.446701050
Corporation : Kolkata
GPS Code : VECC
Open Year
1938
Area
40-acre
Visiting Hours
April to September: 6.00 to 11.30 a.m. and 4.00 to 7.00 p.m. October to March: 6.30 to 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 to 6.00 p.m.

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