If you have ever heard about Ramakrishna Mission, then you would be able to relate so much to this place , since this is where the head quarters of Ramakrishna mission are based out of. This was founded by Swami Vivekananda. The administrative wing of the Shrine is very religiously focused on topics like healthcare, elementary and higher education, disaster relief as well as rural management. The shrine is located on the west bank of the Hoogly River in Belur in the Indian state of West Bengal.
The place is well known for a multi religion amalgamation and upon looking at the structure from a distance the place resembles a mosque, a church and a temple. The intention of the place is to celebrate the diversity of the Indian religions. Even the architecture of the place has a very fusion of the Christian, Muslim as well as Hindu style of architecture.
The main temple’s façade looks of a Buddhist style. Temples dedicated to Swami Vivekananda and Sarada Ma are also present. One could enjoy a peaceful stroll along the banks of river Hoogly. Apart from the temple there is a Museum also with the premises of the temple. The museum houses artifacts which were actually used by Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi, and also some of these belong to their disciples.
Some of the belongings personally belong to Swami Vivekananda, like the long coat worn by Vivekananda when he travelled to the western side of the world and an organ of Mrs. Sevier has also been preserved by the authorities. The museum chronicles the growth of the movement and the Bengal of those times. The food served is quite yummy too and which is offered as Prasad to the devotees, visiting the place. The place is spread in an area of 40 acres.
|Timings||(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|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|