Guwahati Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama



The seed of the Ramakrishna Movement was sown in the soil of Guwahati immediately after the birth centenary of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna Deva (1936). A study circle was started initially and soon, a Samity with the title of “Ramakrishna Seva Samity” was constituted in 1939.

The Samity was registered under the Society’s Registration Act 1860 in September 1940. Guwahati Municipal Corporation was pleased to give a plot of land at Chhatribari on lease and the Samity started its spiritual and philanthropic activities from that place. In appreciation of the humanitarian works done by the Samity, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math affiliated the Seva Samity as one of its Branch Centres in 1968.


The “Ramakrishna Seva Samity” was then renamed as “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Guwahati”. Over the years, expansion of activities in spiritual and philanthropic fields took place, and new initiatives were taken for spreading the message of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda among the masses. In recognition of its ever-growing humanitarian services the Government of Assam allotted a plot of land in a low lying swampy area at Ulubari to this Ashrama on 20th March, 1979. This new plot of land became an appendage to the existing complex.

Finally, thanks to the relentless efforts of monks and well-wishers, the institution at the newly allotted land developed into a large temple complex with a Prayer hall, a library and an auditorium building, a residential students’ home, a Monks’ Quarter, an Administrative Building and some other sections.



Guwahati is a sprawling city beside the Brahmaputra River in the northeast Indian state of Assam. It’s known for holy place for the hilltop Kamakhya Temple, featuring shrines to the Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu. To the east, 18th-century Navagraha Temple is an astronomical centre with planetary shrines. Umananda Temple, dedicated to Shiva and covered with engravings, stands on Peacock Island in the river.

Holy Trio

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Sri Ramakrishna. He was the key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.

Born into an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Kolkata, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality from his very boyhood. He was influenced by his guru, Sri Ramakrishnadev, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the Divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. He travelled to the United States, representing India at the the World's Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe and thereby reestablished the lost glory and supremacy of our motherland in the world scenario. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsadev(1836-1886)

"The story of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa's life is a story of religion in practice. His life enables us to see God face to face. No one can read the story of his life without being convinced that God alone is real and all else is an illusion. Ramakrishna was a living embodiment of Godliness. His sayings are not for the mere learned man, but they are pages from the book of life."

The above encomium paid by Mahatma Gandhi is one of its kinds paid by the greatest men all over the world.

In chapter IV of the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Bhagawan has said ---

“Whenever there is a decline of dharma, O Bharata, and a rise of adharma, I Incarnate myself.

For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of dharma, I am Born in every age.” (VII & VIII)

Sri Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920)

The Holy Mother Sarada Devi was the spiritual counterpart of Sri Ramakrishna, one of the notable woman saints of the nineteenth-century mystic of Bengal. She paved the way for the future re-generation of women and womenhood. In fact the Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission situated at Dakshineshwar is based on the ideals and life of Sri Sri Maa. Sri Sarada Devi played an important role in the growth and development of the Ramakrishna Movement in its primary formative stage after the demise of Sri Ramakrishnadev and also that of Swami Vivekananda (1902).

Holy Mother lived a simple, unassuming and extraordinarily modest life, yet her life and teachings range with the truth of the highest spiritual realization. As Swami Vivekananda’s great disciple Sister Nivedita wrote: “In her one sees realized that wisdom and sweetness to which simplest of women may attain. And yet, to myself the stateliness of her courtesy and her great open mind are almost as wonderful as her sainthood. Her life is one long stillness of prayer.”

Headquarter of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission

Education, Philanthropy, Religious studies, Spirituality

The Math and the Mission are the two key organisations that direct the work of the socio-religious Ramakrishna movement influenced by 19th-century saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and founded by his chief disciple Vivekananda. Also referred to as the Ramakrishna Order, the Math is the movement's monastic organisation. Founded by Sri Ramakrishna in 1886, the Math primarily focuses on spiritual training and the propagation of the movement's teachings.

The Mission, founded by Vivekananda in 1897 is a humanitarian organisation which carries out medical, relief and educational programs. Both the organisations have headquarters at the Belur Math. The Mission acquired a legal status when it was registered in 1909 under Act XXI of 1860. Its management is vested in a Governing Body. Though the Mission with its branches is a distinct legal entity, it is closely related to the Math. The elected trustees of the Math also serve as Mission's Governing Body. Vedanta Societies comprise the American and Europian arm of the Movement and work more in purely spiritual field rather than social welfare.

Our Activities

Justice N Kotiswar Singh giving the prizes

125th Programme Rally

125th Programme Rally


Winner of the competition

Garments Distribution to poor Students

Music on Bhakta Sanmelan


Integrated Child Development Program

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

Welfare activities

Publication & Donation



Guwahati Ramakrishna Mission has been publishing a quarterly socio-cultural journal ‘VIVEK BHASKAR’ in Assamese language to spread the universal and eternal messages of Peace, Harmony, Strength and Prosperity.



Publication

Guwahati Ramakrishna Mission


Front View


Naatmandir


Vivekananda Hall & Saradeswari Library