Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot

About Us : History

A Modern Structure

The temple has been designed by our Architect Shri Madhukar Thakor, of M/s. Architectural Corner, Ahmedabad. The temple is on the lines of the Shri Ramakrishna Temple at Belur Math, which was originally conceived by Swami Vivekananda. The temple is a modern structure in the sense that the basic skeleton is of reinforced concrete without compromising with the aesthetics of the traditional stonework.

In plan, the traditional Hindu temple represents Lord Vishnu reclining on his Shesha Naga, the circular Garbha Mandir in rear, and a square Gopuram in front. It was Swami Vivekananda who implanted the Naat Mandir in between for congregational worship. This and many other ideas of the great Swami Vivekananda, have been duly incorporated in this temple as well.

(Shri Madhukar Thakor became a part of us, more than a decade ago. In the beginning, he prepared a few sketches for a temple much smaller in size to the present one. Later on when the Belur Math Temple came up for consideration, plans for the present temple was finalized by him. He supervised the work through all the stages of construction - R.C.C., brick work, the details of arches, vaults, domes, wood-work, marble and mural work, the concrete ornamentation, to the final landscaping, lighting and finishing touches. 

The structural designs were prepared by Dr. Mahendrabhai Mehta of M/s. Vakil - Mehta - Sheth, Ahmedabad.

The oil paintings were made by the artist Shri Sanat Thakar of Rajkot.)

 

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.- Swami Vivekananda

A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.- Swami Vivekananda

Arise ! Awake ! And Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached.- Swami Vivekananda

All power is within you, you can do anything & everything !- Swami Vivekananda

To be good & to do good, that is the whole of religion.- Swami Vivekananda

Purity, Patience & Perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all Love !- Swami Vivekananda

Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny !- Swami Vivekananda

We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think.- Swami Vivekananda