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1. Sri Ramakrishna Temple : Originally conceived by Swami Vivekananda, this temple was dedicated on 14 January 1938. It enshrines the sacred relics of Sri Ramakrishna. Architecturally, this temple has an important place among the modern temples of India. It incorporates the motifs of various religions, thus symbolizing the harmony of religions taught by Sri Ramakrishna.


2. The Old Shrine: It is situated to the north-east of Sri Ramakrishna Temple. This was the original shrine, where daily worship was conducted from January 1899 till the new temple was consecrated. This shrine awakens the hallowed memory of Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna who used to worship, meditate and sing devotional songs here.



3. Swami Vivekananda’s Room: To the southeast of the old shrine stands Swami Vivekananda’s room. In this room, the great Swami lived, and here he attained Mahasamadhi on 4 July 1902. Most of the articles preserved in this room were used by him at different places and times. In the courtyard in front of this room stands a mango tree under which Swamiji used to sit on a camp cot and meet visitors and devotees.


4. Swami Brahmananda Temple :
Swami Brahmananda (1863-1922), whose place among the sixteen monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna is only next to that of Swami Vivekananda, was the first President of the Math and the Mission. The temple, which stands on the spot where Swami Brahmananda's body was cremated, was dedicated in 1924.


5. Holy Mother Temple: Overlooking the wide bathing ghat stands the temple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920). The temple, built on the spot where her mortal remains were consigned to flames in 1920, was consecrated on 21 December 1921. Since the Mother loved the Ganga, her temple faces this sacred river.



6. Swami Vivekananda Temple : The temple stands on the spot where Swami Vivekananda’s mortal remains were cremated in 1902. Consecrated on 28 January 1924, the temple has in its upper storey an alabaster OM (in Bengali characters). Beside the temple stands a bel (bilva) tree in the place of the original bel tree under which Swami Vivekananda used to sit and near which, according to his wish, his body was cremated.


7. The Samadhi Enclosure : The earthly remains of seven of the sixteen direct monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna were cremated here. Their names are engraved on the marble plaque which stands on this spot.


8. The Old Math:
The place originally belonged to one Nilambar Mukherjee and was known as Nilambar Mukherjee’s garden-house. It stands further south on the bank of the Ganga. Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi stayed here several times before the Belur Math came into existence. On the first floor terrace of the house, she performed panchatapa, ‘five-fire austerity’ in 1893. Since the Ramakrishna Math was located in this house from 13th February 1888 to 1st January 1899 before it was permanently shifted to the present premises, it is known as the Old Math.


Besides these, the Belur Math premises include the Ramakrishna Museum (where the various articles used by Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna are displayed), a showroom for the sale of Pallimangal (integrated rural development project) training products, and another showroom for the display and sale of books, in almost all the major Indian languages, on the life and message of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta and spiritual life in general.
Situated outside the main gate, near the Grand Trunk Road, are a bigger
showroom for the sale of books, pictures, cassettes, CDs etc.
Near the entrance to the Belur Math premises are situated toilets for the public, a drinking water facility, a telephone booth, and a room to keep footwear.


9 Ramakrishna Museum:  In this Museum articles and artifacts closely associated with Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples of the Master have been exhibited.



Visiting Hours  of Sri Ramakrishna Museum



 8.30  to  11.30

4.00  to  6.00   (April to September)   3.30  to  5.30   (October  to  March)  

Closed : On all Mondays and on the occasions of Guru Purnima, Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Dol Purnima;  Birthdays of Sri Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna; Public Celebration, (see celebration list for date) 1st Vaishakh (Bengali), 1St January, 12th January, 26thJanuary, 15th August, 25th December.



April to September 6.00 to 11.30 a.m.1


4.00 to 7.00 p.m.2



October to March

6.30 to 11.30 a.m.1


3.30 to 6.00 p.m.2

The hours are extended on special days: 
1. The sanctum sanctorum or inner shrine (garbha mandira) of Sri Ramakrishna Temple is closed at 11.00 a.m. for ritualistic food offering to the Deity and opened at 11.40 a.m. for about five minutes.  All other temples are closed at 11.30 a.m.
2. At the time of sunset, when the arati (evening service) begins, a bell is rung to indicate that visitors are not allowed to loiter on the Math grounds and that they are also not permitted to visit any of the temples other than Sri Ramakrishna Temple from then on.  They may sit inside Sri Ramakrishna Temple and join the arati.  They may also spend their time in meditation and silent prayer in the main temple (Sri Ramakrishna Temple) after the arati till the garbha mandira is closed for the ritualistic food-offering at 8.30 p.m. from April to September or 8 p.m. from October to March.

Belur Math Pilgrimage
(A Guide to the Holy Places associated
with Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda)

Description : Swami Vivekananda founded Belur Math in 1898. Besides being the home to the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, the Belur Math is well known for its architecture elegance, clean environs, sacred associations and its spiritual atmosphere. Located on the western bank of the Ganga, it is a haven of peace, drawing thousands of people every day from all over the world.
Devotees on a pilgrimage to Belur Math and other places associated with Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda often look for a reliable guidebook to make their pilgrimage fruitful. This book is a humble attempt to fulfill this need.

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