Belur Math in Kolkata

The headquarters of the legendary Ramakrishna Mission.

The headquarters of the legendary Ramakrishna Mission. | Photo credit: Wikimedia commons/Ramnath Bhat

Belur Math Overview

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Nestled on the banks of River Ganga, the Belur Math forms the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, which was founded by revered monk Swami Vivekananda. A pious symbol of secularism, Belur Math flaunts a flawless amalgamation of Hindu, Islamic and Christian architectural styles.

The foundation stone of this unique edifice was laid on 16th May, 1935, by the then president of the Math. Swami Vijnanananda, who was a civil engineer in his pre-monastic life and brother monk of Swami Vivekananda, designed the structure. The inspirational idea of this Math was envisioned by Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda, and the responsibility of its construction was given to Martin Burn & Co. Sprawling across an expanse of 40 acres, this edifice boasts of several temples and a museum that exhibits objects used by Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and his disciples.

There are four temples within the premises of Belur Math. Consecrated in the year 1924, Swami Vivekananda Temple has been established on the same spot where the monk was cremated in the year 1902. The shrine dedicated to Sarada Devi (consort of Ramakrishna) is known as the Holy Mother's temple. Situated near this shrine is another temple dedicated to Swami Brahmananda– the first president of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.

The main shrine, known as Sri Ramakrishna Temple, propagates the idea of monotheism and promotes secularism. It has been built in a unique style so that it resembles a temple, church and mosque when viewed from different angles.

The Belur Math is actively involved in conducting social work throughout the country. People from the state and beyond visit this phenomenal edifice round-the-year, especially during Durga Pooja and Kumari Pooja as these festivals are celebrated here with great pomp and show.

  • Opening Closing Time 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
    10:00 am – 01:30 pm (Saturday)

  • Photo Opp

    Belur Math offers amazing frames for photography lovers. The unique architecture of its temples and museum deserves to be clicked.

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Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, P. O. Belur Math, Howrah, Kolkata, 711202, West Bengal