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Ramakrishna Math

History of Ramakrishna Math Bengaluru

Beginning Of The Movement In Bangalore  - The Vedanta Society, Bangalore

In March 1901, the Vedanta Society was formed by few ardent devotees in Bangalore who were inspired by the call of Swami Vivekananda and the message of
Sri Ramakrishna.

Founding A Centre In Bangalore

Bangalore devotees requested Srimat Swami Ramakrishnanandaji, who was then at Madras, to establish a permanent Centre of Ramakrishna Order in Bangalore. Upon their requests, Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore came into existence in 1904 in a rented building.

Laying Of The Foundation Stone

On 20 August 1906, Swami Abhedananda laid the foundation stone of the building of the Bangalore Centre. A Sanskrit copy of the Bhagavad Gita, pictures of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, five kinds of jewels (pancha loha) and other Hindu sacred symbols were laid beneath the cornerstone.

Initially the centre was called ‘Ramakrishna Mission Institute’. This was changed to ‘Ramakrishna Ashrama’ in 1910 on the advise of the then President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Brahmananda. The Ashrama was renamed ‘Ramakrishna Math’ following the standard adopted by the Ramakrishna Math and Mission for its branch centres.

Inauguration Of The Ashrama Building At Basavanagudi

By the end of 1908, the construction of the building for the Bangalore centre was completed. On 20 January 1909, Srimat Swami Brahmananda, President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, came to Bangalore along with Srimat Swami Ramakrishananda, Sister Devamata and others, and inaugurated the Ashrama building.