Address: Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot – 360 001 Gujarat (India)
Timing: Morning Aarti – 5:00 AM & Evening Puja – 7:30 PM
Ramakrishna Math (Ashrama) was built in the 19th century in order to evoke Vedic philosophy and principles among the Indian people. This serene campus is an important learning center of Rajkot. It offers Vedic education and has a library, bookstore, guest house, ayurvedic center, and a permanent exhibition that showcases the life of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhans.
The architecture of Ramakrishna Math is really majestic, from the entry gate to fences to temples. Each wall is adorned with a Ramakrishna Math and Mission’s emblem, being designed by the Swami Vivekananda and showing four forms of yoga. Moreover, at each panel, visitors will notice a temple motif in which Conch, Kumbha, Bell, and Deepa are placed so well that all four of them are visible from every corner. Ramakrishna Math campus was inspired by the different notable building of India, for example, the main gate is Ajanta caves entrance’s modified version.
In the middle of the Ramakrishna Math complex is the 168-feet-high temple which features an auditorium under the Bhoga and Natmandir room under the Garbha Mandir. The temple was designed by Shri Madhukar Thakor on the Shri Ramakrishna Temple’s lines Belur Math, originally conceived by Swami Vivekananda. Surrounding the temple, there is a beautiful railing that looks exactly like the Sanchi stupa’s massive stone fences. The idol of Lord Ganesh on the right and Lord Hanuman on the left are installed inside the temple. Overlooking the Naat Mandir is a Gopuram, being covered with an overhanging balcony and further up is a Nahbat-Khana, the place in which the Shehnai is played during festival days. Adorned with domes, parapets, chhatris, and windows, the temple’s exteriors are as impressive as its interior.