Monday, March 3, 2014

Sri Ramakrishna Temple : ​उत्तिष्ठत ! जाग्रत ! प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत !!...

ll ॐ नमो भगवते रामकृष्णाय ll

Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti today,   Monday, March the 3rd  

Dear Aspirants,

उत्तिष्ठत! जाग्रत! प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत!...

Sri Swamiji used this Upanishadic exhortation, this time loud and and clear, reaching out to all humankind! A call  to all Jiva birds (जीव-कपोत), "शृण्वन्तु अमृतस्य पुत्राः !! You are the limitless, and not pigeon in a cage... be a Hamsa, be a Hamsa, aye that you are!!"
Has the Jiva heard? It looks so, for here in the temple, right under the Hamsa, an 'enlightened' pigeon attempts a stride! Did it hear the Upanishad say...         द्वा सुपर्णा सयुजा सखाया ...

               हंसहंसाय विद्महे परमहंसाय धीमहि तन्नो हंसः प्रचोदयात् !!..

If even a Kapota is inspired by the 'yet to open' temple, (shall we call it  a pigeon's 'Hamsaspiration'! ), come all ye birds, to Jaipur, for Thakurji shall grace this shrine - with its 'dominating domes'!

Rising a mighty eighty feet high from the ground, it beckons to one and all.. "here is Thakur's new home".The 'Shikhara' or the main dome, itself stands three storeys tall above the main temple, and is 21 feet wide at the base. A galvanised Prakasha-stambha 3 ft. high is mounted upon the Shikhara that holds a 4 ft. high shining Kalasha.

Behold the tricolour that symbolizes modern India, with its 'Dharma-chakra' flutters gracefully, looking as it were, at the 'Dharma-sthapaka's' temple!
The imposing domes, twenty-one in all, are a treat to any eye. The distinctive style of architecture of the Ramakrishna temples, modelled after the Belur Math, is basically inspired from Swamiji Himself. He would be so happy to see Surya-deva planting a kiss on the Shikhara... an awesome saffron sight that elevates and fills one!
Come, let us see the temple to Sri Thakurji, on His own Jayanti, through these images...

And as you savour these images, you can also access the rest by just clicking at this link:

श्री गुरु महाराज जी की जय !!

Swami Sheshadri


  1. Pranam Swamiji.
    A great occasion for us.
    Nice images !
    Jai Ramakrishna !