Belur Math

Country: India

State : West Bengal

Locality/City/Village: Howrah

Address :Belur, Howrah, West Bengal 711202, India

God : Lord Budha

Category : Monastery

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Belur Math

Belur Math is famous as the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. It is founded by Swami Vivekananda who was a chief disciple of Ramakrishna ‘Paramahamsa’. Basically, it is situated on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur in West Bengal, India. Belur Math is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta and is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is remarkable for its beautiful architecture that amalgamates Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions. Belur math railway station was also inaugurated in 2007, which is basically dedicated to Belur math temple.

Aarti Timings:

Belur Math Aarti and Sandhya Arati:

The time for the Evening Aarti is 5:30 PM.

Places To Visit Near To The Temple:

Ramakrishna Museum

Swami Brahmananda temple

Holy Mother’s temple

Swami Vivekananda Temple

Sri Ramakrishna Temple

How To Reach:

Belur Math is situated in the Northern part of Howrah and is about 4 km from Howrah Railway Station. Hence, all the modes of transport are accessible from outside the Howrah railway station and bus stand. Tourists can travel by auto, bus or taxi. From Howrah, you can take bus number 54 to reach Belur. The Local trains also go to Belur Math. However, it is more convenient to travel by bus, auto or taxi as they drop you off at the entrance to the Math. Although, it takes around half an hour to reach there from the railway station or the bus stand.

History

Swami Vivekananda reached Colombo in January 1897 along with his small group of Western disciples. He founded two monasteries, one at Belur, which became the headquarters of Rama krishna Mission and the other one at Mayavati on the Himalayas, in Champawat District which is at Uttrakhand and thus called the ‘Advaita Ashrama’. The main objective of these monasteries was to train young men who to eventually become ‘Sannyasis of the Ramakrishna Mission, and to give them training for their work. The philanthropic activity was started in the same year and relief of the famine was carried out. However, Swami Vivekanand’s days as a Parivrajaka i.e wandering monk before his visit to Parliament of Religions, took him through many parts of India and he visited several architectural monuments like the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri palaces, Diwan–e–Khas , palaces of Rajasthan, ancient temples of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other places. Whilst, he was in his tour in America and Europe, he came across buildings of architectural importance of Modern, Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance styles. It was noted that Vivekananda incorporated these ideas in the design of the Belur Math temple. A brother monk of Swami Vivekananda- Swami Vijnanananda and one of the monastic disciples of Ramakrishna Mission, who was, in his pre-monastic life, a civil engineer, designed the temple according to the ideas of Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda. Hence, then President of Belur Math laid the foundation stone on 16 May 1935. The enormous construction was handled by Martin Burn & Co. The mission declared the Belur Math as A Symphony in Architecture.

Pooja Timings

Day Morning Evening
April to September 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
October to March 06:30 AM to 11:30 AM 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM
The visiting hours of the Ramakrishna Museum (Tuesdays to Sundays) are: April to September 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM 04:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The visiting hours of the Ramakrishna Museum (Tuesdays to Sundays) are: October to March: 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM

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