|Ramakrishna Belur Math, Howrah. en.wikipedia.org|
|Congragtion hall(similar to the |
Church) Shrine, Sri Ramakrishna Temple, Belur Math.fvedanta.org
|Ramakrishna Belur Math, Howrah. en.wikipedia.org/|
|Swami Vivekananda, Belur Muth,Kolkata. wikimapia.orgcommons.wikimedia.org|
An impressing feature of this Math is the incorporation of the motifs of various religions, thus symbolizing the confluence and the harmony of various religious beliefs taught by Sri Ramakrishna. Simply the Math is a secular institution and the focus being humanity and their welfare. The Belur Math temple was designed by one Swami Vijnanananda, a brother-monk of Swami Vivekananda and a disciple of Ramakrishna, who in his poorvashrama (in the pre-monastic life) was a civil engineer, in accordance with the wish of Swami Vijnanananda. Prior to the construction of this math and the complex, Swami Vivekananda visited various religious institutions in different states including Tamil Nadu. He also visited many European countries and America. This helped him to come up with a unique religious institution at Belur, incorporating Indian as well as Gothic and other building styles.
|Sri Ramakrishna Temple, Belur Math,Kolkata. Christmas eve.|
Swami Vivekananda Temple is built on the spot where his mortal remains were cremated in 1902 as per Hindu rites and the temple was consecrated on 28 January 1924.
The Ramakrishna mission is engaged in numerous social activities in many places, including rural India such as medical treatment for the poor, educational institutions, etc. According to the the mission the Belur Math is, " a symphony in architecture'' - symbolic of secularism.