Located on the west bank of Hooghly River in Belur, West Bengal, Belur Math is one of the biggest temples in India. The Belur Math campus is spread across 40 acres and includes temples dedicated to Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Sarada Devi. There is also a museum inside the campus that houses articles related to the Ramakrishna Math and Missions history. The math is one of the major tourist attraction and a pilgrimage for devotees. (ALSO SEE This time lapse video of Kolkata will make you fall in love with the city!)
It is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission which was founded by Ramakrishna Paramahamsas chief disciple, Swami Vivekananda. Belur Math was regarded as a place of heritage and national importance by former President Abdul Kalam. The temple is one of the important institutions in West Bengal.
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It is famous for its architecture, which fuses motifs of Hindu, Islamic and Christian as a symbol of religious unity. The Ramakrishna temple in the math, when you look at it from different positions, resembles a church, a mosque or a temple. The symbols and architectural style of different religion have been used in the temples at the Math to convey the universal faith.
The façade on the main entrance of the temple is inspired by Buddhist style and the structure over the entrance is influenced by South Indian Hindu temples. Inside the temple, the balconies and windows are modelled on North Indias Mughal and Rajput style, while the dome has European Renaissance period architectural style. The ground has been designed in the shape of the Christian cross.
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Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and most of the disciples of Sri Ramakrishna have stayed at the math. Swami Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi here and the room has been preserved. Durga Puja and Kumari Puja are two of the main events of the math. With lush green lawn and trees, the campus is an oasis of peace and it attracts even those who are not religious.
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