Ramakrishna Temple :
Originally conceived by Swami Vivekananda, this temple was
dedicated on 14 January 1938. It enshrines the sacred relics
of Sri Ramakrishna. Architecturally, this temple has an
important place among the modern temples of India. It
incorporates the motifs of various religions, thus
symbolizing the harmony of religions taught by Sri
2. The Old
is situated to the north-east of Sri Ramakrishna Temple. This was
the original shrine, where daily worship was conducted from January
1899 till the new temple was consecrated. This shrine awakens the
hallowed memory of Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples of
Sri Ramakrishna who used to worship, meditate and sing devotional
To the southeast of the old shrine stands Swami Vivekanandas room.
In this room, the great Swami lived, and here he attained
Mahasamadhi on 4 July 1902. Most of the articles preserved in this
room were used by him at different places and times. In the
courtyard in front of this room stands a mango tree under which
Swamiji used to sit on a camp cot and meet visitors and devotees.
Brahmananda Temple :
Swami Brahmananda (1863-1922), whose place among the sixteen
monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna is only next to that of Swami
Vivekananda, was the first President of the Math and the Mission.
The temple, which stands on the spot where Swami Brahmananda's body
was cremated, was dedicated in 1924.
5. Holy Mother Temple: Overlooking the wide bathing ghat stands the
temple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920). The temple, built
on the spot where her mortal remains were consigned to flames in
1920, was consecrated on 21 December 1921. Since the Mother loved
the Ganga, her temple faces this sacred river.
Vivekananda Temple :
The temple stands on the spot where Swami Vivekanandas mortal
remains were cremated in 1902. Consecrated on 28 January 1924, the
temple has in its upper storey an alabaster OM (in Bengali
characters). Beside the temple stands a bel (bilva) tree in the
place of the original bel tree under which Swami Vivekananda used to
sit and near which, according to his wish, his body was cremated.
Samadhi Enclosure :
The earthly remains of seven of the sixteen direct monastic
disciples of Sri Ramakrishna were cremated here. Their names are
engraved on the marble plaque which stands on this spot.
8. The Old
place originally belonged to one Nilambar Mukherjee and was known as
Nilambar Mukherjees garden-house. It stands further south on the
bank of the Ganga. Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi stayed here several
times before the Belur Math came into existence. On the first floor
terrace of the house, she performed panchatapa, five-fire
austerity in 1893. Since the Ramakrishna Math was located in this
house from 13th February 1888 to 1st January 1899 before it was
permanently shifted to the present premises, it is known as the Old
Besides these, the Belur Math premises include the
Museum (where the various articles used by Sri Ramakrishna, Holy
Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples
of Sri Ramakrishna are displayed), a showroom for the sale of
Pallimangal (integrated rural development project) training
products, and another
showroom for the display and sale of books, in
almost all the major Indian languages, on the life and message of
Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda,
Vedanta and spiritual life in general. Situated outside the main
gate, near the Grand Trunk Road, are a bigger
showroom for the sale of books, pictures, cassettes, CDs etc. Near the entrance to the Belur Math premises are situated
for the public, a drinking water facility, a telephone booth,
and a room to keep footwear.
In this Museum articles and
artifacts closely associated with Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother,
Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples of the Master have
6.00 (April to September) 3.30 to 5.30 (October
all Mondays and on
Purnima, Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Dol Purnima;
Sri Maa Sarada Devi,
Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna; Public
celebration list for date)
1st Vaishakh(Bengali), 1St
January, 12th January, 26thJanuary,
15th August, 25th December.
The hours are extended on special days: 1.
The sanctum sanctorum or inner shrine (garbha mandira) of
Sri Ramakrishna Temple is closed at 11.00 a.m. for ritualistic
food offering to the Deity and opened at 11.40 a.m. for about
five minutes. All other temples are closed at 11.30 a.m. 2.
At the time of sunset, when the arati (evening service)
begins, a bell is rung to indicate that visitors are not allowed
to loiter on the Math grounds and that they are also not
permitted to visit any of the temples other than Sri Ramakrishna
Temple from then on. They may sit inside Sri Ramakrishna Temple
and join the arati. They may also spend their time in
meditation and silent prayer in the main temple (Sri Ramakrishna
Temple) after the arati till the garbha mandira is
closed for the ritualistic food-offering at 8.30 p.m. from April
to September or 8 p.m. from October to March.
Belur Math Pilgrimage (A Guide to the Holy Places associated
with Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and
Description : Swami Vivekananda founded Belur Math
Besides being the home to the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and
Ramakrishna Mission, the Belur Math is well known for its
architecture elegance, clean environs, sacred associations and its
spiritual atmosphere. Located on the western bank of the Ganga, it is a haven of
peace, drawing thousands of people every day from all over the world. Devotees on a pilgrimage
to Belur Math and other places associated with Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi
and Swami Vivekananda often look for a reliable guidebook to make their
pilgrimage fruitful. This book is a humble attempt to fulfill this need.