Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jamtara Ramakrishna Math

This is an old Math started in 1921 under the guidance of Rev. Swami Shivanandaji (Mahapurush Maharaj). One noble-hearted devotee of Calcutta donated this plot of land of three bighas to the then President, Swami Brahmananda. If the monks are ill, then they can take rest in this monastery for climatic change- this was the intention of the donor. Jamtara was then a sub-division of Santhal Parganas. Some years later, Swami Turiyanandaji and Swami Shivanandaji came to Mihijam. During their stay at Mihijam, they visited this plot at Jamtara because they were keen interested to start a Math here. At that time it was a small monastery, a cottage made of straw of three rooms. The financial condition was very poor.

 In 1926, Swami Shivananda returned from Deoghar to Jamtara Math before the day of Sivaratri. On the day of Sivaratri, Mahapurush Maharaj dedicated the new temple of the Ashrama. We can get a brief picture during his four days stay at Jamtara Math from the book `The Saga of a Great Soul` by Swami Vividishananda (Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, 1985, page 94- 95).

 Once Swami Shivananda said in the early period of this Ashrama that this particular place is just like the `back of a tortoise` (`Kurma-pristha`) which is favourable for meditation and worship.

Address: Ramakrishna Math, Jamtara
   Post: Jamtara, District: Jamtara.
   PIN- 815 351. Jharkhand. India.
   Ph. No. 06433-222192

How to reach:  Jamtara is a district town in the state of Jharkhand. Jamtara is situated in the Asansol - Jhajha section of Eastern Railways. From Jamtara railway station rickshaws are available to the Math. Fare Rs 30 (approx.)



  1. Dear Mr. Chatterjee,
    The name of the devotee who donated was Late Bankim Chandra Bose of 32/2A Dehisrirampur Road, Kolkata-14. Near CIT Road, Ladies Park.