9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
meditation, worship
Entry Free
All year
1 out of 199 attractions in Kolkata
This is the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission and Math and is also the center of the Ramkrishna Movement. This was built by Swami Vivekananda who was a disciple and an ardent follower of Ramakrishna Paramhandsa. When Swami Vivekananda went to Colombo in 1897, he ordered the building of two missionaries, one at Belur and the other near Almora. Thhese were places meant for the young boys who would become future sanyasis and to train them for their activities. The Belur Math is on the western banks of the hooghly River and also encompasses the Ramakrishna Mission University. This is one of the most important institutions as well as an architectural marvel of the country. The design and architecture of the building is a mixture of Hindu, Islam, Christian as well as Buddhist styles of architecture. The reason behind this was the motto of Swami Vivekananda that all human beings are equal and that humanity is their only religion. The building looks different from different angles and the three chattris are inspired from thew thatched huts of Kamarhati, a village which was also the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. There is a temple where the statue of Paramhansa is seated on a 100 petalled lotus. There is also a shrine of Swami Vivekananda built on the same place where parts of him were cremated in 1924.