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Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna

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Ramakrishna temple

The Ramakrishna Math in Chennai was started in 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. It was initially located at Ice House or Castle Kernan and later moved to the Ramakrishna Math in Mylapore. This structure had a large hall and other rooms on either side of the Prayer Hall. After the new temple has been built on the adjacent premises, this math is used for classes and other activities. It is open from 5.00 am – 11:30 am and 3.00 pm – 8:30 pm.

A grand temple was planned to commemorate 100 years of the service of Ramakrishna Mutt in Chennai. The Ramakrishna Mutt premises in Mylapore Chennai houses the Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna. This temple is not set aside for people of any religion or creed. It seeks to serve as a spot where a person can meditate in solitude or seek 'knowledge of self'. The Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna is a beautiful monument, combining traditional South Indian architecture into its style.

From the gateway, you can see the entire temple and glimpse a partial view of the Central Tower. The ground floor houses the Swami Ramakrishnananda Auditorium. While one part serves as a shrine, the other is used for pujas and other functions. There is a facility to store footwear and wash one's feet. The stairway to the temple is grand and imposing. The marble statue of Sri Ramakrishna and shrines for Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda are magnificent. The main prayer hall has minimal pillars so that devotees can have a clear view of the sanctum sanctorum. Well lit and ventilated, the hall is softly illuminated. The serene ambience is heightened by the silence - ideal for quiet meditation or thought. Some of the architectural features are borrowed from that of Belur Math. The timings for the Universal Temple are 5.00 am – 11:45 am and 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm.

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Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna