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Ramakrishna Math

Spiritual Retreats & Conventions 

At the Ramakrishna Math, Basavanagudi, we regularly organise spiritual retreats for people from all walks of life. This includes Bhakta Sammelana for devotees, youth conventions for students, teachers’ conventions, and specialised retreats for various segments of society, such as auto drivers, etc.

This year, we have conducted:
1. Annual Bhakta Sammelana on 17th and 18th June, 2023 (1500 participants)
 Featuring: Swami Vireshanandaji and Swami Jnanayogananadaji
2. Teachers' Retreat on  25th June, 2023 (160 participants)
Featuring: Dr. H N Muralidhara and Swami Mangalanathanandaji
3. Teachers' Convention on 5th August, 2023 (625 participants)
Featuring: Swami Shantatmanandaji and Prof. Ragottama Rao
Featuring: Smt Malathi Holla, Sri Karthik Sargur, Swami Yukteshanandaji, and Chakravarthy Sulibele

Bhajans and Chanting


‘All the sins of the body fly away if one chants the name of God and sings his glories’ says Sri Ramakrishna. Every day after the evening Arati, bhajans are sung; on Sundays and all special days, bhajans are sung from 7 to 8 pm.

Sri Ramanama Sankirtanam

The traditional Sri Ramanama Sankirtanam is sung on Ekadasi days, after evening Arati between 7.00 and 8.00 pm.

Lectures and Interviews

Spiritual Discourses

Monks deliver spiritual discourses in the evening in the Ramakrishnananda Hall. On Festival days after Arati, special discourses are delivered by the monks.

Saturday (in Kanada) – 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm
On Sundays (in English) – 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm

Discourses In And Around The City

Monks of the Math give regular discourses/take classes in and around the city and also take part in various religious programs/events held in the city.

Personal Guidance

Public can receive personal guidance in matters related to spiritual life from the Adhyaksha Maharaj, the head of this Math as well as other senior swamis through personal interviews.

Spiritual Retreat

“Whatever may be a householder’s profession, it is necessary for him to live in the company of holy men now and then. … First of all, the company of holy men; then shraddha, faith in God. … it is necessary to seek the company of holy men, practise prayer, and listen to the instruction of the guru. These purify the mind.” – Sri Ramakrishna

Spiritual retreats are conducted for three days annually during July – August. Such retreats give an opportunity to live in the holy company of monks consecutively for three days, hear them give talks on varied spiritual topics, sing the glory of God, meditate — in short, live a spiritual life in holy company.

Japa Yajna

Sri Ramakrishna used to advise devotees to go to a secluded and sacred place and perform such japa to derive lasting benefit. This purifies the mind, strengthens it, and prepares it to face the realities of life.

Japa Yajna is the ‘sacrifice of the silent repetition of the holy name.’ Participating in the Japa Yajna is an opportunity for devotees who have received initiation from the gurus of the Ramakrishna Order, to perform japa (repetition of God’s name) continually for half a day.