Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore â€“ 560 019
Ph No: 08026613149
Motto: â€œAtmano mokshartham jagaddhitaya chaâ€ i.e., working for oneâ€™s own spiritual growth as also for the welfare of the world.
Method: Work is worship.
Attitude: Loving and serving man as divine.
Means: â€œRenunciation and serviceâ€ i.e., renouncing the unripe ego and converting all work into service.
Aim : Practice and dissemination of Sanatana Dharma, the Vedanta, in the light of the life and teaching of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vivekananda established the Ramakrishna Order of monks, the Ramakrishna math and Ramakrishna mission, as per the direction of his Guru, Sri Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna math is a religio-cultural organization. It lays emphasis on the dissemination of spiritual and cultural ideals. This organization is rooted firmly in the ancient monastic principles of chastity and renunciation. It embraces the whole gamut of religio-spiritual values like oneness of Truth, Divinity of man, and Harmony of Religions.
A few honorable citizens of Bangalore who were inspired by the message of Sri Ramakrishna and the call of Swami Vivekananda established a Vedanta Society in 1901. They requested Swami Ramakrishnananda who was at Madras, to establish a permanent centre of Ramakrishna Order in Bangalore. On their request Ramakrishna math, Bangalore came into existence in 1904 in a rented building. In 1909, the monastery was shifted to its own premises which was gifted to the centre by the government of Mysore. Swami Brahmananda, the then president of the Ramakrishna Order, inaugurated the math building in January 1909.
THE HOLY TOUCH:
Sri Ramakrishna temple in the Math has become a source of inspiration for devotees. This temple contains the holy relics of Sri Ramakrishna. The relics and the daily congregation of devotees make this place vibrant with divinity.
This Math was sanctified by Sri Sarada Devi. She stayed here for three days in March, 1911. She also sanctified the little hillock at the back of the Math building by sitting there in meditation.
Another valuable possession the Math has, is the stone bench which was used by Swami Vivekananda when he came to Bangalore in 1892.
The math has also been sanctified by Swamis Brahmanandaji, Shivanandaji, Ramakrishnanandhaji and Abhedanandaji â€“ direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna.
Perceiving the divinity in man and serving him is the philosophy behind all the activities of the Ramakrishna math.
Shrine and Prayer hall:
The activities of this Math centre round the shrine where daily worship of Sri Ramakrishan is conducted. The evening Arati is accompanied by Bhajans. This provides the devotees with the atmosphere necessary for their spiritual growth.
With the object of bringing as many people as possible into contact with the inspiring ideals and values, the Math celebrates the birthdays of Divine Personalities and important festivals.
To effectively spread the religious and ethical principles, celebrations are held annually with programs having mass appeal like Harikatha, devotional music, film-shows and other cultural activities.
To disseminate religious and cultural values, to propagate the ideals of Vedanta, to enable people to acquaint themselves with Swami Vivekanandaâ€™s message of character-building, the Math publishes and sells religious books in various languages. Along with books, photographs of gods and goddesses, audio cassettes, CDâ€™s and video CDâ€™s are also available for sale.
Library and reading room:
To facilitate enrichment of knowledge, the library has books on religion, philosophy, psychology, self-development and various other topics in English, Kannada and Sanskrit languages. An audio-cassette and CD library is an added attraction.
Vivekananda Balaka Sangha and Vivekananda Yuvaka Sangha â€“ blossoming of personality:
The Balaka Sangha is a cultural organization for boys above 9 years and the Yuvaka Sangha is for young men above 16 years. This organization is to import man-making and character-building education. Culture of body and intellect without character, values and positive goals, leads to civilized barbarism. Vivekananda Balaka Sangha lays emphasis on harmonious development of the head, the hand and the heart.
Auditorium and lecture hall:
Spiritual discourses, scriptural classes, value Oriented Retreats and Satsangas for the devotees are conducted regularly. Discourses and Satsangs are organized in the Math as well as outside to propagate the universal message of Vedanta. Interviews and guidance concerning spiritual life are given to the needy aspirants.
Sri Ramakrishna Vidyarthi Mandiram:
This is a hostel for collage boys with a calm and serene atmosphere. It provides multifarious facilities to the boys for their academic excellence. The door of the Vidyarthi Mandiram is open to all. The only demands made of the students are discipline and earnestness. The aim of the Mandiram is to supplement the academic education by imparting training conducive to an all-round growth of the personality.
Realizing that there are meritorious youngsters among the less fortunate members of the society, merit-cum-means scholarships have been instituted. Poor and deserving students are being awarded these scholarships.