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About Ramakrishna Math Barasat

Ramakrishna Math, Barasat, a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal is running with its motto, “Atmano Mokshartham Jagaddhitaya Cha” i.e. “Liberation of oneself and wellbeing of others”. At present it has the following activities to fulfill the motto – 1) daily Puja of Shree Ramakrishna, Shree Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda in temple, 2) daily religious and scriptural classes after evening arati and chanting, group reading from hymns, scriptures or songs at morning in the temple, 3) a library with 6272 books, 26 periodicals and 2 daily newspapers is used by devotees, students, scholars etc., 4) a show-Room of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta literature, 5) a Charitable Dispensary with multifarious departments mainly for the poor and needy people, 7) yearly celebrations like Durga-Puja, Kali-Puja, special puja on the birth-tithis of Shree Ramakrishna, Shree Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda, Public Celibration centering the holy-trio and Mahapurush Maharaj, 8) occasional Diksha-Programme where spiritual aspirants are initiated with Mantra-Diksha by Revered President, Vice-Presidents or other senior Revered monks of Ramakrishna Math.

Daily Puja

Daily Puja of Shree Ramakrishna, Shree Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda are performed in the temple to keep alive the flame of spiritual thinkings among the hearts of devotees and sadhus. The temple is kept open
from 4.00 am to 11.45 am and 4.00 pm to 8.45 pm for the months of April to September &
from 4.30 am to 11.45 am and 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm for the months of October to March.
At the very dawn just after opening of the temple Mangalarati, in the morning, puja and in the evening, evening-arati are performed. Evening-arati is performed with chorus aratrika-bhajan sung by hundreds of devotees and sadhus. The devotees can do their meditation and japa at any time in the temple when it is opened.

Religious and Scriptural Classes:

Two times a day daily scriptures are discussed in the temple in two ways. i) In the morning the devotees chant from parts of Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagabad Gita or hymns in chorus, devotional chorus songs are also sung. Readings from some religious books like Gospel of Shree Ramakrishna are also done. ii) In the evening after evening-arati of Shree Ramakrishna, any of the scriptures like Bhagabad Gita, Bhagabatam, any Upanisad, The Great Master, Gospel of Shree Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi are read and discussed by any monk or scholar as per scheduled programme.  There these scriptures are discussed in the light of Shree Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.


The Library of Ramakrishna Math, Barasat which is known as Shivananda Library is enriched with Ramakrishna –Vivekananda-Vedanta literature, literature of eminent writers like Rabindranath, Bankim Chandra, Madhusudan, Sarat Chandra, Bibhutibhusan etc., books on science and other different subjects. Any person can use the Free-Reading-Room and can use any book at the running time of the library. Anybody can lend a book to his home by being a member. For being a member one has to deposit a sum of Rs.100/- as security charge or caution money and has to pay Rs.20/- as yearly charge. Library is kept closed on Monday and it is kept open two times a day for all other days from 9.00 am to 11.30 am and 4.00 pm to 5.00 or 6.00 pm. At present average daily attendance in Reading Room is 15 and total number of members is 308.

A Show-Room of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta Literature:

To spread the ideas and ideals of Vedanta as interpreted by the life and teachings of Shree Ramakrishna, a show-Room of Ramakrishna, Vivekananda & Vedanta literature has been initiated from where any such book can be purchased. Devotees or any other eager person on the subject can collect any such literature to keep it for his / her own possession.

Charitable Dispensary:

Ramakrishna Math, Barasat runs a Charitable Dispensary with departments of i) Allopathic, ii) Homeopathy, iii) Ayurvedic, iv) Physiotherapy with the specialist doctors in i) Medicine, ii) Gynecology, iii) Eye, iv) Orthopedic, v) Radiology, vi)Dental etc. with free medicine and other cost as far as possible. Here 1) Pathology 2) ECG, 3) X- ray and 4) Ultrasonography tests are supplied with very moderate rate and sometimes free of cost for the wretched people and in the last year i.e. 2021-22, the number of total patients was more than 51687 (fifty one thousand six hundred & eighty seven). Medical treatments are catered also in the distant places twice a week with its Mobile-Unit.

Welfare works:

Every year distress-relief is done by distributing cloth, garments etc. among poor people just before Durga-Puja. In the last year i.e. in 2021-22 cloth and garments were distributed among 1020 poor people. Similarly blankets are distributed at the starting of every winter season. 506 blankets were distributed among 300 families in the year 2021-22, . Relief-Works are done in necessity during the natural calamity. During the Tornado-Relief in last year at Ashokenagar and Habra zone of District North 24 Parganas, relief materials like Tripal, Bucket, Umbrella, Blanket, Shari, Utensils etc. household materials worth Rs. 3,56,471/- have been distributed among 320 families. 

Yearly Celebrations:

Yearly Celebrations are organized with the following occasions – i) Durga-Puja: At the time of greatest joyous festivals of the Bengali, this Math arrange the worship of Divine-Mother-Durga in image for the well being of devotees and common people as a whole. Kumari-Puja is also performed during this time. Cooked Prasad was distributed among 7740 devotees during the last year i.e. 2021-22 Durga-Puja. ii) Kali-Puja is also performed during the scriptural prescribed time – in the night of Kartick-Amabasya. Devotees can spend the whole night with meditation, japa etc. in the Puja-Pandal. Iii) The Birth-Tithi-Pujas of Shree Ramakrishna, Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda are performed with great solemnity and gravity by performing special puja, homa, discussion, devotional songs etc.  on the auspices days. Cooked prasads are distributed among the devotees on these four thiti puja days. iv) Public Celebration is performed here starting from the Holy-Mother Sarada Devi’s tithi puja up to the Mahapurush Maharaj – Swami Shivanandaji’s tithi puja, generally for 5 days. The celebration starts with morning procession where hundreds of devotees take part with colorful portraits of Shree Ramakrishna, Shree Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda. The days are passed with special puja, Prasad distribution, devotional songs, different cultural programmes etc. The main attraction of this Public-Celebration is the everyday Dharmasabha in the afternoon where discussions are done on Shree Ramakrishna, Shree Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Shivananda mostly by the learned senior monks, thousand of eager devotees from far and near attend the Dharmasabha to enrich their spiritual life and to satisfy them.

Diksha Programmes:

Occasionally the Diksha-Programmes are organized in this holy birth place of Mahapurush Maharaj where the eager spiritual aspirants are blessed by getting initiation of Mantra-Diksha from Revered Vice-President Maharajas or other authorized senior monks of Ramakrishna Math.

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