Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna

  • Universal temple of Sri Ramakrishna in Mumbai

  • Sacred precincts of the Temple

  • Evening Arati at sunset...

  • Bhajans after evening Arati

  • Theme of universality in the murals of the temple

  • Sri Ramakrishna

Meditation and Worship

Meditation and Worship

The interiors of the main temple allow devotees to engage in three different forms of “upasana” (sitting near God) – meditation, worship, and bhajan (congregational singing).

At any time of the day there will be at least 3-4 devotees meditating in the sacred precincts of the temple.

Evening Arati (Vespers) and Morning Puja (top right inset)

There is formal worship in the morning, starting with Mangal Arati (day-break vespers) at 5.00 am. Puja is between 7.30-9.30 am, Bhog between 11.30 am -12.00 noon (food offering) and Arati (evening vespers) at sunset.

The exact timings differ depending on the sunrise and sunset.

Devotees congregate for Bhajans after the evening Arati, and Sankirtanams on Ekadashi before evening Arati, and special occasions such as Shivaratri and Ram Navami.

Worship schedules regularly updated on a board outside the Main Temple

Click here for a picture gallery of the Main Temple.

When you visit the Math, don’t forget to look up the notice board outside the Main Temple for updated schedules.

The Temple Building

The Temple Building

The Sri Ramakrishna Temples are distinct from the traditional Hindu temples. These were envisioned as a new type of temple that embody the ideals that Sri Ramakrishna represented; the harmony of all religions, the ideal of the unity of man and the synthesis of all faiths. Swami Vivekananda called it the ‘Universal Temple’.

temple-building

To read more about the original Universal Temple at Belur, visit the website of the Headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission.

The Temple at Mumbai situated at Khar incorporates the general principles of Universal Temples, with a large congregational space and an internal parikrama around the Sanctum Sanctorum. The beautiful white marble idol of Sri Ramakrishna seated on a full bloomed lotus faces the east, and is flanked by images of Swami Vivekananda and the Holy Mother.

The external surfaces are clad in Malad stone with doors to the temple on the east, north and south. The doors and windows have been treated externally with elegant decorative flower motifs and fluted borders in stone.

The façade has Rajasthani palace architecture influences, seen as a synthesis between Hindu and Islamic architectural traditions.

The paneled wall paintings inside the hall and painted panels on the ceilings are reminiscent of Buddhist wall paintings in nearby Elephanta, Karla and Ajanta.

temple-building

The service arm of the Temple complex is situated across the road which includes a Charitable Hospital, Auditorium, Library, Bookshop and Administrative Building.

Message of Universality

Message of Universality

One of the most important dimensions of the Ramakrishna Ideal is the universality and harmony of all religions. The theme of universality is crystallized in Sri Ramakrishna’s dictum, “as many faiths, so many paths”.

Sri Ramakrishna’s own life reflected the journey to this realization – He worshipped and realized God in many forms (each time to the exclusion of all else) – leading to the recognition that the outcome of all paths, however different they may be from each other, is the same Universal One.

The theme of universality is carried through into the interior of the temple building. All along the walls of the main hall are paintings of religious teachers, saints, prophets and incarnations of the world’s major religions.

Paintings on left Wall of Temple

Paintings on walls of the Temple

A closer view of all paintings

Plan your visit

Arati Timings

Mangal Arati: 5:00 a.m.
Evening Arati: At sunset

Visiting Hours

5:00 a.m to 12 noon
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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