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Belur, Howrah, West Bengal 711202, India

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Belur, Howrah, West Bengal 711202, India
+91-33-26541144 +91-33-26541180
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (April to September)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (April to September)
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (October to March)
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (October to March)
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

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The nearest railway station to Belur math is Howrah junction. Local trains from Howrah to Howrah-Burdwan line touches Belur Station. Buses are available from Howrah station. Other local vehicles can also be boarded to reach this place.

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Built in 1899, the premises of Belur Math includes 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 facade is Hindu. 

A serene, white marble statue of Sri Ramakrishna, sitting under an electric blue cloth canopy, with hands folded in prayer, is the focal point in the temple. Flowers decorate the sanctum. The aarti at sunset attracts large numbers of the faithful devotees. Atop the entrance to the temple is the emblem of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, designed by Swami Vivekananda himself. The wavy waters (karma or work), the full-bloomed lotus (bhakti or devotion), the rising sun (jnana or knowledge), and the swan (paramatman or supreme self) encircled by a serpent (yoga or path of meditation) signify that there are various ways to attain God and that each seeker may follow one in accordance with his temperament.

The older shrine, consecrated in 1899, stands behind the new one, to the northeast of the premises. Access is now denied and one can only view the room through barred windows. It is replete with the memories of Ma Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna, who spent hours singing devotional songs here, and of Swami Vivekananda and other disciples who prayed and meditated in this simple place till the new temple was consecrated. Adjacent to the older shrine is the mango tree under whose shade Swami Vivekananda would meet devotees.

Towards the right is Swamiji’s 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 (1853-1920). Young and old women sit quietly in prayer, some chanting the Gayatri Mantra.

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 Ramakrishna Museum contains mementos, belongings of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, and photographs which are creatively exhibited in the two floors of the museum.

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Belur Math Durga Puja
Oct 12 2016
Excellent . I am very happy to see Sandhi puja at Belur Math in this year 2016.It is a Rajokiyo yogya,Maa Durga bless me for coming year to see .