Many of us have been interested in the spiritual lectures and preaching of Swami Vivekananda but all those inspiration came from the books you read by him and on him, and never had the opportunity of visiting his native place. If you’ve always been mesmerized by the preaching of Vivekananda and loved visiting the Vivekananda Rock at Kanyakumari, but could never visit his own house and museums located in Kolkata due to the lack of information worry not—read on the list to know about the places you must visit on your next trip to Bengal.
3. Vivekananda’s Ancestral House
Located at the junction of Vivekananda Road and Bidhan Sarani, there is an old but extremely well maintained white colored house — and in that house, 151 years ago was Vivekananda born. It is a place where Swamiji, as the young lad Narendra, had spent his most of his age and time. The house is now maintained by Ramakrishna Mission (since 2004); now, a part of the house has been turned into a museum while the other part has been taken over as a wing of RKM Institute of Culture where regular meditation classes and other cultural classes are held. If you’re a follower of Vivekananda, then it’s a must visit place for you—the museum on life and teachings of Vivekananda, the pleasure to see all his personal belongings, the ambience and the meditation center are sure to bowled you over. And, if you’re lucky, you might just bump into a seminar or youth convention on Vivekananda which are held quite frequently in here.
Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre
3, Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Phone : 033-2257 0213/0214/0215,
2. Belur Math
If you’re interested in the teachings, life and works of Swamiji, then you must make it a point to visit Belur Math. Situated in the twin city of Kolkata, in Howrah across the river Ganges, Belur Math comprises of a number of monuments and museums revolving around the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and his Guru, Sri Ramakrishna. To the south eastern part of the Old Shrine of Sri Ramakrishna, lies the room of Swamiji where he lived till he passed away on 4th July, 1902. The articles that were or had been used by him at different points of his life are all preserved in this place. The courtyard houses a mango tree from those era under which Swamiji used to sit and meet his disciples and visitors. Belur Math also houses a temple devoted to Swamiji, popularly known as the Swami Vivekananda Temple. It stands at a place where Swamiji’s body was cremated in 1902. It stands under a Bel tree (a replacement as the original had crumbled off) where Swamiji loved to sit and, according to his wish, was cremated too.
West Bengal, India.
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1. Ram Krishna Mission Institute of Culture
Located at the southern part of Kolkata, Ram Krishna Mission Institute of Culture is one of the leading branches of Ram Krishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math. Unlike the above places, you won’t find any museum out here; but, if you want to know and learn more about Swamiji, then it’s your place. It’s an institute where seminars and youth conventions are held regularly on Swamiji and his life, Sri Ramakrishna and Sharada Ma. Besides, you can visit the “Prarthana Sabha” or the prayer room where regular lectures on Gita and Gita-reading sessions are held—they are held almost every day! Other than all these, if you want a moment’s composure, then visiting the Meditation room is going to be of immense help! One of the best things about this place is the huge library, where you can, on special requests, see all the books on the life and teachings of Swamiji—some of which are quite rare! So, the next time you’re here, make it a point to visit this Ram Krishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark.
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
Golpark, Kolkata 700029
West Bengal, India