Welcome To Ashrama
Situated in Varanasi is one of the oldest branch centers of the world wide organization the Ramakrishna Math, Belur, Howrah.
We request all our devotees to kindly help us financially for this extremely necessary of upgrading, repair and maintenance of our Ashram.
The Ashrama has a public library containing more than 17000 books with some rare manuscripts.
A collection of photos to show our activities which are running throughout year.
The foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, known as Narendranath Datta in his pre-monastic days was born on 12 January 1863 in Kolkata. While still a student, graduating in Mathematics, History and philosophy, evincing a brilliant questioning and rationalistic mindset, Narendranath became a steadfast follower of Sri Ramakrishna and eventually evolved into a spiritual luminary, nurtured by his guru. Sri Ramakrishna transformed Narendra's perception of religion and life, and infused an insight which helped him to understand the plight of the deprived millions the real god, living in utter destitution. He undertook journeys across India as a mendicant monk and realized the neglect and exploitation of women and the masses practiced down the centuries, to be the real cause of India's dereliction. Swamiji wanted to create an organization which would spread the igniting message of the Vedanta and regenerate the stupor- ridden India. In 1893 he attended the World Parliament of Religion held in Chicago, in order to present his guru's message to the world and to seek financial help for his project of uplifting the masses. On 1 May 1897, he inaugurated Ramakrishna Mission, a unique organization in which monks and lay people cooperated to serve the poor and the disadvantaged. Swami Vivekananda left the mortal world on 4 July 1902 at the age of thirty-nine and a half years.
Sri Ramakrishna's emergence on the horizon of Bengal on 18th February, 1836 initiated a chapter of great spiritual awakening. Apparently doing the simple job of a priest at the Kali temple, without much formal education, Sri Ramakrishna showed to the people, stuck in the mire of materialism, the presence of God with absolute conviction. Sri Thakur's ( as called by his innumerable devotees) words carried the essence of his emancipated life, which he embodied in his pristine human form. He had attained his spiritual realization by practicing the ways of different religions along with Hinduism, for a period of eleven years. His deep realization of the ways of Islam and Christianity, led him to the unshakable faith that every religion craves for the same ultimate Truth, only the ways differ. Each wants to quench thirst by drinking the same water, but calls it by different names. Sri Ramairishna's message of harmony and inclusiveness ignites a rare flame of hope in this world riven by conflicts. Sri Ramakrishna trained some young disciples to become monks, who were drawn to his spirituality as the seekers of the meaning of life. The foremost among them was Swami Vivekananda. Sri Ramakrishna passed away on 16 August 1886 at the age of 50 years.
Sri Maa Sarada Devi
Sri Sarada Devi was born on 22 December 1853. She belonged to a very poor family of the village of Jayrambati. She had no formal schooling. She was very efficient in her household chores. At a very early age she was selected to be married to Sri Ramakrishna who was twenty three years old at that time and was engaged in intense spiritual disciplines. At the age of eighteen, she went to Dakshineswar to meet her husband. She received from Sri Ramakrishna the invaluable training to lead a spiritual life, even while committed to household duties. Sarada Devi lived there as a virgin nun, serving Sri Ramakrishna as his wife and disciple. Sri Ramakrishna looked upon Sarada Devi as a special manifestation of the Divine Mother.
Sarada Devi looked upon the disciples of the Sri Ramakrishna as her own children. After Sri Ramakrishna's passing away she became the unifying centre for them, who adored her as Holy Mother. As her spirituality expanded, she looked upon all people in the world as her children. She became Mother of All. Owing to her immaculate purity, extraordinary forbearance, selfless service, unconditional love, wisdom, and spiritual illumination, Swami Vivekananda regarded Sri Sarada Devi as the ideal for women in the modern age.
Sri Sarada Devi took upon herself the responsibility given to her by Sri Ramakrishna the spiritual reawakening of people with total involvement. She looked after here household duties and at the same time guided the Ramakrishna order in its every difficult time. The monks of the order and devotees regarded her as a living manifestation of universal Mother.