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(A Branch Centre of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal)

Ashrama Activities

Activities are divided into two broad spectra. One is the Ashrama activity and other, the Missionary activity, each denoting a unique approach toward attaining divinity.
The Ashram activity centers on the Temple. It mainly consists of the following:
1)      Nitya puja or the daily obeisance offered to Thakur Ramakrishna Paramhamsa Dev.
2)     Birth Anniversaries of spiritual stalwarts. Most important celebrations concern that of Shree Ramakrishna Parahamsa , Shree Ma Sarada Devi & Swami Vivekananda.
3)      Important community celebrations like the Ramanavami, Dol Poornima , Shree Krishna Janmastami and Chrismas eve also are observed with equal fervour.
4)      In addition, important Hindu pujas like Shree Durga, Shree Kali, Shree Saraswati , Shivaratri and Phalharini Kali are held every year .
5)      Rama-naam-sankirtan or chanting of the name of Shree Rama is held in the temple on every Ekadashi or the eleventh day of the moon.
All these functions are characterized by enthusiastic participation of the Devotees in considerable number.
Spreading the message of Thakur, Ma and Swamiji on spiritual quest is the ‘raison detre’ of the Ashrama. To achieve it, the Ashrama provides for the award of ‘Deeksha’ or initiation into spiritual life for the devotees.
Regular classes are held for the devotees on philosophy and scriptures. Every Sunday, a ‘Geeta Pravachan’ or explanatory session on the Geeta is conducted by the chief monk. Every Wednesday sees devotees thronging to attend lecture session on the Upanishad and other scriptures. The Ashrama facilitates interaction between the renunciated monks of the Order of Ramakrishna and the devotees leading domestic lives.
There exists a sizable branch of literature in English and other regional languages on the lives of Thakur , Shree Ma, Swami Vivekananda; and other saints and leaders of spiritual world, works of Swami Vivekananda and his associates and several sanguine works of interpretation and explanation on the scriptures. The publication division of the Ramakrishna Ashrama brings out volumes of such priceless works of literature. This centre also runs a book stall selling these books and organizes book sales on different festive occasions.