Belur Math, Kolkata . Important visiting information
More about Belur Math, Kolkata and Historical Information
Located in Kolkata, the capital city of the state of West Bengal, the Belur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, and the heart of the Ramakrishna movement. The Ramakrishna Mission was founded by Swami Vivekananda, who was the disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The architecture of the temple carries motifs from Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, signifying a unity amongst all religions. The temple was built by Swami Vivekananda, along with the Advaita Ashram at Mayavati as monasteries to receive and train young men who would spread the message of the Ramakrishna Mission. They also began philanthropic work for the relief of the famine. The Belur Math is a 40 acre campus that has temples built to Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, where their relics are enshrined, as well as the main monastery. It is a prime tourist spot and a place for pilgrimage for followers. The biggest attraction by far is the Ramakrishna Temple, envisioned by Swam Vivekananda to celebrate the diversity of Indian religions. The architecture is such that it resembles a temple, a church and a mosque when seen from different directions. The Swami Vivekananda Temple was built where his remains were cremated.
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