Sri Ramakrishna said to me [at Cossipore], “Wherever you will take me on your shoulders, there I will go and stay, be it under a tree or in a hut.” It is therefore that I am myself carrying him [his remains] on my shoulders to the new Math [monastery] grounds. Know it for certain that Sri Ramakrishna will keep his seat fixed there, for the welfare of many, for a long time to come. . . – Swami Vivekananda (Belur Math, 9 December 1898)
Set very attractively amid palms and manicured lawns, this large religious centre is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, inspired by 19th-century Indian sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who preached the unity of all religions. Its centrepiece is the 1938 Ramakrishna Mandir, which somehow manages to look like a cathedral, Indian palace and Istanbul’s Aya Sofya all at the same time.
It was at Belur Math that Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), lived the last years of his brief life. He consecrated the grounds in 1898 by worshipping the urn containing the sacred relics of Sri Ramakrishna, which he himself carried on his shoulders to the place of worship.
“The blazing light of universal harmony that will emanate from here will flood the whole world.” said Swamy Vivekananda on one of his prophetic occasions
On another occasion he said that “the power that will have its rise from here [Belur Math] will flood the whole world and turn the course of men’s lives into different channels; from this place will spring forth ideals which will be the harmony of Knowledge, Devotion, Yoga, and Work … all true seekers of spirituality will in course of time assemble here.”
The green lawns and lush growth of trees and bushes everywhere add to the serenity and beauty of the place. All this has contributed to an elevating spiritual ambience that has made Belur Math an important place of pilgrimage for people all over the world.
True to that prophecy, Belur Math has become the hub of a worldwide spiritual movement known as the Ramakrishna Movement.
Read more about Belur Math here > BELUR MATH – A SYMPHONY OF ARCHITECTURE; A FUSION OF UNITY OF ALL RELIGIONS