Belur Math

Belur Math Kolkata
Vital Information for Visitors

Belur Math, Belur, Howrah, West Bengal

Open & Close:

Open on all days

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (April to September)

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (April to September)

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (October to March)

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (October to March)

Aarti Timing:

06:10 AM & 04:10 PM

Bhog Timing:

11 AM & 08:30 PM

Visiting Timing:

06:00 AM -09:00 PM

Entry Fees:

No Entry Fee


2-3 Hours


Architecture connotes unity of all religions.

Kolkata, one one of the oldest cities of modern India, is the ‘City of Joy’, loved by the whole country. Kolkata is a city where old traditions and ancient customs still prevail along with rapid modern strides. The city has a perfect modern vibe to it. In fact, it is one of the earliest metropolitan cities of the country. Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta & capital of India for a long time during British regime, is home to a large number of buildings of the English era. The city is full of tourist places and experiences. The city, capital of West Bengal province of India, is also famous for the epic Durga Puja celebrations. There are various temples for Goddess Kali in Kolkata and Belur Math is one of the important temples of the city. The Belur Math is the seat of the Ramakrishna Order. It was built in 1938 in memory of Sri Ramakrishna who preached the unity of religions in the 19th century. The development of Math was mainly the work of Swami Vivekananda. The ashes of the two men were placed there. The building is the mixture of a mosque, a temple and a church. Spread over across 40 acres of land and located on the banks of River Hoogly. Hoogly is one of the tributaries of the holy River Ganga. The person who built this sacred place was Swami Vivekananda. He was one of the foremost disciples of saint Ram Krishna. Swami is the forerunner of Ram Krishna. Swami Vivekananda was the one who started the Kumari Puja. Belur Math is headquarters of Ramkrishna Math & Mission. Belur Math is one of the most significant institutions of Kolkata. Belur Math is one of the top tourist places of Kolkata and also a great place for devotees. In fact, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had once said that Belur Math can be considered as a place for heritage and national importance.

Belur Math, the heart of Ram Krishna movement, is a temple that is famous for its architecture and as the heart of the Ram Krishna movement. The architecture of Belur Math temple, one of its kind, is an amalgam of architectural styles of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic art. The motifs used in the temple are signs of unity. The campus of Belur Match has temples dedicated to Ramakrishna Paramhans, Swami Vivekananda, and Maa Sharda Devi. The main monastery was of Ramakrishna order. There is also a museum inside the campus which has facts mentioned about Ramakrishna Math and Mission along with some articles written on the same. In the huge campus of Belur Math, there are educational institutions affiliated to Ramakrishna Mission. There are no inscriptions inside the campus or the temple. There are four temples in the campus -. Sri Ramakrishna Temple, Swami Vivekananda Temple, Swami Brahmananda Temple & Holi Krishna Temple, and Ramakrishna Museum are the main attractions inside the campus.

Since Swami Vivekananda was a disciple of Ramakrishna, he made sure to have a statue of Ramakrishna in full size inside the campus. The statue is seated on a hundred petalled lotus over a ‘damru’- shaped marble pedestal. The sacred relics of Ramakrishna are preserved inside the campus. There are swans in front of the statue representing Paramatman. This statue was made by Late Gopeshwar Pal, one of the finest sculptors. Decoration of the temple was done by Sri Nandanlal Bose. There is a canopy above the statue. The doors and windows are made of selected teakwood from Myanmar.

Belur Math is actively engaged in endeavours like conducting education, providing medical services, involving rural uplift, women welfare, spiritual & cultural activities, and work for backward classes as well. The annual birthdays of Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Maa Sharada Devi, and other monastic disciples are celebrated here. Durga Puja and Kumari Puja are also celebrated here in full muse and it attracts a lot of people.

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