Monday, February 28, 2011

The house where Swami Vivekananda was born

Last Sunday we have visited a holy place in north Calcutta. We have seen the house where Swami Vivekananda was born. Swami Vivekananda was born on the 12th January, 1863. He was the eldest son of Viswanath Dutta and Bhuvaneswari Devi. About 300 years ago this house was built by the great grandfather of Swami Vivekananda. After a long time, Ramakrishna Mission has restored the ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda. The total cost of this project was Rs 20 crores. We have visited the sacred birthplace, the museum, and the rooms where his mother, Bhuvaneswari Devi (1841–1911) and two brothers, Mahendranath Dutta (1869–1956) and Bhupendranath Dutta (1880-1961) stayed. We have seen the place where Biley (the childhood name of Swami Vivekananda) played king-king game with his friends. His father Biswanath Dutta was a famous attorney-at-law in the Calcutta High Court. We have seen his drawing room and study room. We have read Swamiji`s childhood life in the books. Today we have seen the actual place. Really it is a historical place to visit.

Address: Swamiji’s House
Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda Ancestral House and Cultural Centre 
3 Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street
Kolkata, West Bengal 700006 India
Phone: 033-2257 0213/0214/0215, 033-2257-1182

How to reach: From College Street junction (Calcutta) the ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda is a walking distance of 15 – 20 minutes towards Shyambazar (Bidhan Sarani). Buses, Taxi are also available.

Visiting hours: Morning & Evening. (Monday Closed)

Entry fees Rs 5 each.

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