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Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission

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Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are worldwide, non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organizations which have been engaged in various forms of humanitarian, social service activities for more than a century.

Inspired by the ideals of renunciation and service, the monks and lay devotees of the Math and Mission serve millions of men, women and children, without any distinction of caste, religion or race, because they see the living God in them.

Ramakrishna Math is a monastic order for men brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), the great 19th Century Saint of Bengal who is regarded as the prophet of the modern age.

Ramakrishna Mission is a registered society in which monks of Ramakrishna Math and lay devotees cooperate in conducting various types of social services mainly in India. It was founded by Sri Ramakrishna’s chief disciple and religious leader, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), who is regarded as ‘one of the main moulders of the modern world', in the words of eminent Western scholars.

Our Source of Inspiration

We are driven by the life and teachings of the Holy Trio - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Sarada Ma and Swami Vivekananda. Nevertheless, the path tread by all direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa have given us a practical demonstration of philosophy the Holy Trio stood for and has lead us by example. The accumulated institutional experience of Ramakrishna Math & Mission and its centres inspires us to move forward in our endeavours.

Our Order

Although Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are legally and financially separate, they are closely interrelated in several ways and are regarded as twin organizations.

These twin organizations have set in motion a non-sectarian, universal spiritual movement which has been silently working for more than a hundred years to catalyze the spiritual regeneration of humanity.

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Our Emblem

The emblem of the Ramakrishna Order designed by Swami Vivekananda is a unique and unparalleled work of art created by one of the richest minds in contemporary history in an exalted mood of spiritual inspiration.

It is a profound symbol of harmony and synthesis for reverential meditation in this present age of conflict and disharmony.

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Ramakrishna Math & Mission


The ideology of Ramakrishna Math and Mission consists of the eternal principles of Vedanta as lived and experienced by Sri Ramakrishna and expounded by Swami Vivekananda.

This ideology has three characteristics: it is modern in the sense that the ancient principles of Vedanta have been expressed in the modern idiom; it is universal, that is, it is meant for the whole humanity; it is practical in the sense that its principles can be applied in day-to-day life to solve the problems of life.

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The Ramakrishna Order does not believe in conversion, nor does it indulge in the occult or the sensational. The Order places utmost importance on personal spiritual unfoldment and selfless service. Inspired by the idea of the harmony of all faiths, its centres encourage adherents of different faiths to meet in a spirit of friendship and mutual appreciation and to learn from one another without having to give up one’s own faith.

In the words of Sri Ramakrishna: “God has made different religions to suit different aspirants, lives and countries … all doctrines are only so many paths; but a path is by no means God Himself. Indeed, one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with whole-hearted devotion.”

Belur Math

The Headquarters

The Math and the Mission together have more than 180 branch centres all over India and in different parts of the world.

The headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are situated in an area named Belur in the district of Howrah, West Bengal, India. The entire campus of the headquarters is popularly known as ‘Belur Math’. Sprawling over forty acres of land on the western bank of the river Hooghly (Ganga), the place is an hour’s drive from Kolkata.

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The President of Our Order

Srimat Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj

Although known simply as the President, he is in fact the President General of the whole Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, and is respectfully referred to as President Maharaj by the monks and devotees.

He functions chiefly as the spiritual head of the Order. The flow of Divine Power and Grace is maintained by an unbroken lineage of Gurus, the guru-parampara. It is this unbroken spiritual tradition that is behind the succession of the Presidents of Ramakrishna Sangha.

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Our Center

Mangaluru Math

Our Ramakrishna Math is situated in the auspicious atmosphere of the ancient temple of Goddess Mangaladevi in Mangaluru, a beautiful coastal city nestling between the rolling hills of the Western Ghats and the Arabian sea.

Sprawling across seven acres of land with hundreds of trees and plants, the ashram complex reflects an ambience of peace and tranquillity and provides a place of solace to the members of the monastic order, the students and the devotees.

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Visit Us at:

Ramakrishna Math & Ramnakrishna Mission,
Mangaladevi, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India - 575001

Visiting Hours:

Morning : 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Evening : 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm