It was a very peaceful and divine experience visiting the Belur Math. Ramakrishna Paramhansa is not only a huge figure among the people of Bengal but is revered all over the world. Once we were
done with the visit to the Math we headed to visit the ancestral house of his biggest disciple and a major figure in Hindu renaissance Swami Vivekananda.
The house of Vivekananda is one of the most prominent attractions in Kolkata. The building was in a very bad condition and in a dilapidated state until 1962 when the Rama Krishna Mission took over it and decided to turn the building into a cultural centre depicting the life and teachings of Vivekananda.
There are many things which can be found inside the complex which is spread over an area of more than 22000 square kilometres. The complex features a cultural centre, meditation cum prayer hall.
There is a library too which is having more than 6000 books along with a philanthropy section. There are many activities related to teaching which is undertaken here like English education,
computer training and coaching classes for all free of cost.
It is a must visit place for everyone who visits Belur Math because a trip to Belur is incomplete without visiting the birth place of the greatest disciple of Ramakrishna. I have been an ardent follower of the teachings of Vivekananda. His writings have always inspired me to excel in life and go through the bad situations of life more easily.
The museum inside his ancestral house has artefacts related to Vivekananda. It also depicts the biography of the great man who travelled across the world preaching Secularism and benefits of
leading a healthy spiritual life. I was completely awestricken with this visit to his ancestral home.
When we were done with the visit to the Belur Math and Vivekananda home we decided to try some local Bengali street food. After having it we decided that the next place of our visit shall be the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple. It is one of the most revered holy sites among the Bengali people.