Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Belur Math, Kolkata

Temple Near Belur Math Kolkata

Belur Math was established by Swami Vivekananda in 1897. One can get bus/taxi from Howrah train station  for Belur. It would cost 6 rupees in Bus and would take half an hour to reach at Belur.

View of the temple from Hooghly River

It is a great place near kolkata to visit, one could get away from busy city life of Kolkata and enjoy a peace and quiet day at Belur Math.

The Swami Vivekananda 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. On July 4, 1902 at Belur Math, he taught Vedanta philosophy to some pupils in the morning. He had a walk with Swami Premananda, a brother-disciple, and gave him instructions concerning the future of the Ramakrishna Math. He passed away in the evening after a session of prayer at Belur Math. He was 39. Vivekananda had fulfilled his own prophecy of not living to be forty-years old. (Wikipedia)

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for the informative post on Belur Math. It is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world professing different religious faiths. Even people not interested in religion come here for the peace it exudes. Check Belur Math timing for more details.