Belur Math

Belur Math

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The headquarters of the international Ramakrishna Order.
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More than 3 hours
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Belur Rd Howrah, Belur 711202 India
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Veda
1 contribution
rude stuff doesn’t treat visitors nicely
Sep 2021 • Friends
Beautiful place and there must have been a beautiful energy when swami vivekananda was around. But the stuff is very arrogant and rude towards visitors which spoilt the whole experience.
Written 16 September 2021
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Mander Mukherjee
Kolkata (Calcutta), India313 contributions
Ramakrishna mission Headquarters
Oct 2020 • Friends
Belur math located on the western banks of Hooghly river is the headquarters of Ramakrishna mission founded by Swami Vivekananda. A very important landmark for any one visiting Kolkata. The temple dedicated to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is a very wonderful example of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist architecture. The compound also has a temple dedicated to Swami Vivekananda and Sarada Devi. The place has a museum dedicated to Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Sarada Devi where one can find various things used by them during their stay here.
Written 5 October 2020
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Saravanan Srinivasan
Chennai (Madras), India38 contributions
Calm and serene temple
Aug 2019
This is again an easily accessible place from Howrah. You even have a railway station named after Belur though the train frequency is less

The best part of Belur is RK Mutt. This is the Headquarters of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission. You get to watch the beauty of Kolkata ,Howrah Bridge , the boat, and the most beautiful temple all in one place

I personally prefer RK Mutt in Chennai to the one in Belur.They have a beautiful museum and the entry fee is 15 INR ,it's a must visit if you are interested about RK mission and Swami Vivekananda

People were friendly and helpful throughout Kolkata and it was the same over here as well .

I went back home with a nice pleasant experience
Written 24 April 2020
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Chaitali
Kolkata (Calcutta), India15 contributions
Very peaceful and disciplined atmosphere.
Jan 2020 • Family
A calm place just adjunct to river Ganges. Sandhya aarti is very relieving for mental peace. Youth generation should visit and can relate the vision of swami vivekananda.
Written 6 March 2020
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Vladimir M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,231 contributions
Wonderful place!
Feb 2020
Beluṛ Maṭh is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Kolkata. This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist art motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions.
The design of the temple was envisioned by Swami Vivekananda and the architect was Swami Vijnanananda, a direct monastic disciple of Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna Temple was consecrated on 14 January, the Makar Sankranti Day in 1938.
The Ramakrishna temple at the Belur Math is designed to "celebrate the diversity of Indian Religions" and resembles a temple, a mosque, a church if seen from different positions. The architectural style and symbolism from a number of religions have been incorporated into the design of the temple at Belur Math, to convey the "universal faith" in which the movement believes. The temple is considered as a prime example of the importance of "material dimension" of religion.
There are always many pilgrims and some kind of peace.
Written 22 February 2020
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RISHABH
Island of Malta, Malta17 contributions
Belur Math and Dakhsineswar Temple on the bank of River Ganges
Mar 2019 • Family
The Belur Math is a Purely Spiritual place... So calm so peaceful... You can feel the place... On the other side of the River, the great Temple, a holy place to the Hindu people
Written 13 February 2020
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Ujjwal S
35 contributions
Amazing View of River Ganga
Apr 2019
This is a historic place. It seems the soul of Swami Vivekananda is still living there. Must visit place for the disciple of Ramakrishna thakur. Donot miss the Aarti.
Written 30 January 2020
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prashant_newaskar
Dallas, TX554 contributions
Belurmath
Jan 2020 • Couples
Ex President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam called Belur Math a place of heritage and of National importance.

Swami Vivekananda- a disciple of Ramkrishna Paramahamsa wanted to create a place in the memory of his guru. He created two Monasteries- one at Belur and the second in Uttarakhand where the sanyasis could be trained.

Vivekananda had travelled extensively in India and had seen the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, places in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. He also travelled to Europe and to the US. The architectural places that he saw in India, Europe and the USA had influenced his mind.

Vivekananda’s ideas were incorporated in the blue print created by Vijnananand - a Brother disciple of Swami Ramkrishna. Before becoming a monk, Vijnanananda was a civil engineer. That helped him in creating the blue print. The construction of Belur Math was carried out by Martin Burn and company. The Belur Math complex was consecrated on the 14 January 1938 on the Sankrant day.

The facility is built on a 40 acre piece of land located on the West Bank of river Hooghly.

Belur Math is both a Math and a Mission. The architecture incorporates the Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist as well as European influences. The Ramkrishna temple looks like an Islamic, Hindu and a Christian building from one each of the three (out of four) directions.

The main entrance incorporates the Ajanta influences.

The whole complex is kept very clean. The facility includes Temples of Ramkrishna Paramahamsa, Sharada Ma, Swami Brahmananda. The buildings are magnificent.

However, the most important and fascinating place in the entire complex is the Ramkrishna museum.

There are many personal effects and artifacts used by Ramkrishna, Vivekananda and others, which are on display.

They have recreated the room where Ramkrishna gave robes to his 12 main disciples and declared Vivekananda as their leader.

The museum showcases a huge replica of Swami Vivekananda in the front of the Chicago Art Institute, where the famous Parliament of the World Religions was held in September 1893. Alongside the same display, is a letter by Jamsetji Tata, Swami Vivekananda's co-passenger on the trip, that reveals an important and well-known work of Tata's, which was inspired by Swamiji: the founding of the
Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore.

Belurmath is one of the most important attractions in Kolkata..

Written 23 January 2020
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Gopal R
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
Belur Math headquarters of Ramkrishna mission
Jan 2020 • Family
It was an enlightening experience as we first got to see the museum dedicated to Swami Vivekananda his Guru Swami Ramakrishna Parmahansa and to Sarada Ma.The museum has rare collections of Swami Vivekananda,his personal belongings are also on display together with the history of the origin of The Ramakrishna Mission and there is a mini theatre where the full history can be viewed. Please note that Belur Math is closed between 12noon and 3.30pm and steamer service is available from Belur Math to Dakshineswar temple
Written 21 January 2020
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Royadip
Pune, India1,602 contributions
Nice place to visit to recall history
Dec 2019
Beluṛ Maṭh is a monastery serving as the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Deb. It has couple of temples and is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, close to Kolkata. The whole place has a serene environment and dotted with gardens on the bank of river- giving you a nice experience. A must visit place while in Kolkata.
Written 8 January 2020
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