- May 10, 2021
🛕 Ramakrishna Mutt Temple is a Universal Temple dedicated to Ramakrishna, who is a symbol of Universal Religion. The specialty of the temple being that it has the combined architectural styles of Buddha, Jaina and South Indian Temples. There is a big and beautiful prayer hall where Sri Ramakrishna’s life size marble idol is present and is being decorated very neatly and beautifully. It is a pleasure to sit there for a meditation during the evening Aarathi. The bhajans set in vibrations that cannot be explained by words.
🛕 It could also be an enchanting experience if one sits in the outer praharam amidst the garden (a nice sound system is there) especially with family and relatives. Just by the side, the old temple is also present. It is a tranquil and cool place to meditate and pursue spiritual thoughts in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. The Ramakrishna Mutt Temple is part of the campus of the Ramakrishna Mission in Mylapore.
🛕 It is a modern monument dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886), the 19th century saint and philosopher from Bengal and the motivation behind the setting up of the Ramakrishna Mutt, a monastic organization for men. The towering white marble edifice is a symbol of Universal Religion. The temple’s architecture is reminiscent of the pink Belur Temple in the headquarters of the mission near Kolkata. It blends harmoniously with the traditional South Indian temple architecture.
🛕 Vivekananda on his triumphal return from the West was requested by the devotees in Madras (now Chennai) to start a Math here. To fulfil their earnest desire Swamiji sent his brother-disciple Swami Ramakrishnananda to Madras in March 1897 and thus Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, came into existence. After reaching Madras, the first thing Swami Ramakrishnananda did was to set up a small shrine for Sri Ramakrishna at a rented house. He lived there and led a life of renunciation, service and austerities. Slowly he built up the institution as the present Sri Ramakrishna Math which is a hub of multipronged service activities. This is the oldest centre of the Ramakrishna Order in the South.
🛕 Sri Ramakrishna Math completed hundred years of its service in 1997. The shrine of Sri Ramakrishna set up in 1917 in the present Math was clearly too small to accommodate the growing number of devotees. It was therefore natural that monks and devotees dreamt for long that a grand temple should come up at the Math. The collective wish of and the silent prayers of good-hearted led to the launching of the Universal Temple project. Swami Vivekananda’s vision, Swami Ramakrishnananda’s austerity, and the earnest prayers of devotees combined with the social need have all contributed toward the transformation of a dream into a reality.
🛕 Srimath Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj, the 12th President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, laid the foundation-stone for this Universal Temple on 1 December 1994 in a grand solemn function. It took five years for the project to take shape as the present grand Universal Temple. On 7 Feb 2000, the temple was dedicated by Srimat Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the 13th President of the Ramakrishna Order. Mother Sharadha Devi stayed here for a month in 1910. Swami Vivekananda’s days of wandering all over India ended when he reached Chennai in January 1893.
🛕 His young, enthusiastic disciples in Chennai were primarily responsible for his historic participation at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Throughout Swamiji’s four-year stay in the West, he kept in close touch with his followers in Chennai. Swamiji was given a grand reception on his return from the West in February 1897. During that period, he stayed for nine days at the Ice House (now Vivekanandar Illam) on Marina Beach. When his devotees in Chennai requested him to start a permanent center in the city, he readily agreed and deputed another direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Ramakrishnananda, to initiate the Order’s activities in southern India.
🛕 Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai is the first branch of the Ramakrishna Order in Southern India and was started in the year 1897. The motto of the Ramakrishna Mutt and Ramakrishna Mission is: “For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world.” A grand temple was planned to commemorate 100 years of the service of Ramakrishna Mutt in Chennai. Srimat Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj, the 12th President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, laid the foundation stone for the Universal Temple on December 1, 1994. It took five years for the project to be completed and the Universal Temple was opened to the public on February 7.
🛕 The Ramakrishna Math in Chennai was started in 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. It was initially located at Ice House or Castle Kernan and later moved to the Ramakrishna Math in Mylapore. This structure had a large hall and other rooms on either side of the Prayer Hall. After the new temple has been built on the adjacent premises, this math is used for classes and other activities.
🛕 Sri Ramakrishna Math completed 100 years of its service in 1997. The shrine of Sri Ramakrishna set up in 1917 was too small to accommodate the growing number of devotees. The idea of universal temple was conceived and Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj, the 12th president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, laid the foundation stone for the Universal Temple on 1 December 1994, and realized by the temple architect G Venkataramana Reddy.
🛕 On 7 February 2000, the temple was dedicated by Swami Ranganathananda, the 13th president of the Ramakrishna Order. After Swami Ramakrishnananda, the monastery was headed by Swami Sharvananda (1911–26), Swami Yatiswarananda (1926–33), Swami Saswatananda (1936–44), Swami Kailasananda (1944–71), Swami Tapasyananda (1971–91), and Swami Smaranananda (1991–95). The present head, from 1995 is Swami Gautamananda.
🛕 This temple is dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, who is a symbol of Universal Religion. All the different sects are to be united in the Universal Religion. This religion consists of the essence of all religions. As you enter the Universal Temple compound the beautiful marble edifice stuns you into a moment of deep admiration and reverence. The temple is located at a distance so that you can get the full impact of the beautiful building. A flight of steps leads up to the Universal Temple of Ramakrishna and you enter the hall with lofty wooden doors folded back. Immediately you can see the seven-feet tall benevolent figure of Ramakrishna seated on a marble lotus.
🛕 His image is flanked on either side by Ma Sharadadevi and Swami Vivekananda, the philosopher/thinker who has had a tremendous impact on modern-day India. All the images in the shrine are carved out of pure marble. The first impression is of peace and tranquility as you spot people of all ages sitting in deep meditation. People of all religions, caste and creed come to this temple for succor. Even though they are not allowed to speak during meditating hours, they enjoy the serene atmosphere.
🛕 People visit this temple at any time of the day to utter silent prayers. In the basement, there is an air-conditioned meeting hall where the head of the mission and other monks deliver spiritual discourses. A parikrama (circumambulation) of the temple takes you through the lovely gardens with flowering shrubs and trees. The place is clean and invigorating. You can visit the Ramakrishna Mutt Book Shop that is nearby. The Mutt stands as a symbol of religion, harmony and peace. Every activity of the Mutt is considered as form of worship. They run a free hospital, Boys Home, schools and many other institutions.
🛕 According to Swami Vivekananda, the temples of Sri Ramakrishna should be built for enabling the devotees to advance spiritually for realizing the truth with no hatred towards other faiths. The guidelines for building the temple of Sri Ramakrishna at Belur Math1 were laid down by Swami Vivekananda himself. Keeping this as basic, various other architectural features familiar to the region are added while maintaining its universal outlook. So, various architectural elements and motifs found in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples and the churches and cathedrals of Europe are synthesized in this Universal Temple.
🛕 The Temple remains open from 5.00 am to 11:45 am and 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
🛕 The birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramakrishnananda and Kalpataru Day (January 1) are celebrated with great fervor and on a grand scale. More than 3000 devotees participate in these celebrations that are spread throughout the day from 4.30 AM to 9.00 PM. Other prominent Hindu festivals like Navaratri, Durga Puja and Kali Puja are also celebrated with enthusiasm and devotion in the Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna.
🛕 Ramakrishna Math Temple is located near Mylapore Bus Stop in the R.K Mutt Road, Mylapore, Chennai. The Temple is located near Velleeswarar Temple and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. The Temple is located at about 350 meters from Mylapore Bus Stop and 650 meters from Mylapore Railway Station. Mylapore is located a few kilometers to the south of the British-built Chennai city. It lies between Triplicane and Teynampet in the west then across to the coast in the east. It is bounded by Royapettah to the north.
🛕 Its southern frontier corresponds roughly with that of the River Adyar. It extends for around 4 km from north to south and 2 km from east to west. Mylapore is in the heart of Chennai city and is linked with local trains and bus facilities. Mylapore is located at about 5 Kms from Triplicane, 3 Kms from Teynampet, 2.5 Kms from Royapettah, 6 Kms from Adyar, 6 Kms from T Nagar, 3 Kms from Marina Beach, 3 Kms from Santhome, 3 Kms from Alwarpet, 5 Kms from Nungambakkam and 7 Kms from Kodambakkam.
🛕 Mylapore is connected to other parts of the city by MTC buses, with connections including Chennai Central, T. Nagar, Tambaram, Broadway. Mylapore is located at about 10 Kms from Koyambedu Bus Terminus.
Ramakrishna Mutt Temple,
RK Mutt Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600004,
Phone: +91 44 2462 1110.