Friday, March 4, 2011

The Mother’s House

If you want to visit a holy place, you can visit the Mother’s House (popularly known as Sri Sri Mayer Bari) in Calcutta. Sri Ma Sarada Devi stayed in this house for eleven years (1909 -1920).

Sri Kedarchandra Das, a local straw merchant donated this plot of land (at Baghbazar – Gopal Neogi Lane) to Belur Math on 18th July, 1906. Swami Saradananda started the construction with only Rs 2,700 as opening cash balance and a loan of Rs 5,700 at the end of 1907. Swami Saradananda (1865-1927) was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and he was the General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission nearly 30 years (till the end of his life). By the grace of Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother, he completed this house in 1908. The total cost was approximate Rs 11,000.

Holy Mother arrived in this new house on 23rd May, 1909. It was Sunday. She stayed in this house for eleven years. Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, Sister Nivedita and many other devotees came in this house. Devotees are still coming in this house from around the world throughout the year.

In this house, Holy Mother left her mortal body and entered into mahasamadhi on 21st July, 1920.

               Address: 1, Udbodhan Lane
               Baghbazar, Kolkata 700003   India.
               Phone: 033-2533 9292, 2554 2248

How to reach: From Howrah station’s Jetty Ghat (opposite to Howrah station) take Launch towards Baghbazar. From Baghbazar, the Mother’s House is a walking distance of 10 minutes. Rickshaws and Auto-rickshaws are available. Buses and Taxi from Howrah/ Sealdaha/ Kolkata station are available.

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