PILGRIMAGE TO SRI RAMAKRISHNA
These pictures were taken with a 1.3 megapixel camera on a visit to Kolkata, India in January 2002. Despite their age and low-tech, they still offer some vibrant images of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and other sites in the Kolkata area associated with the life of Sri Ramakrishna. The original website on which they were displayed without copyright has now been deleted; this gallery has been created instead so that these memorable pictures can continue to see the light of day – and perhaps inspire others to make the same pilgrimage.
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Map of the Temple compound (courtesy of the Vedanta Society of Southern California) The temple compound seen from Vivekananda Bridge The main ghat, used mainly for bathing, with the Chandni at the top of the steps Road-side entrance to the Temple compound Dakshineswar Kali Temple with queue of worshippers forming Official image of Mother Kali of Dakshineswar, known as Bhavatarini Early morning view northwards across the Temple courtyard Radhakanta Temple, immediately north of the Kali Temple Twelve Shiva Temples lining the west/river side of the Temple courtyard North and north-east verandas of the compound outside Ramakrishna’s room Inside the north-east veranda, looking towards Ramakrishna’s room Looking into Ramakrishna’s room (photography is not allowed inside) Official brochure with accurate image of inside Ramakrishna’s room Porch on the west/river side of Ramakrishna’s room South-east veranda with Ramakrishna’s room at the end Nahabat, the music tower where Sarada Devi lived Sarada Devi’s room on the ground floor of the Nahabat The Kuthi, formerly the proprietors’ mansion where Ramakrishna lived for some years Goose tank in the Temple grounds. What were orchards are now car parks. Bel tree at the north end of the garden where Ramakrishna performed his tantric sadhana. From the Bel tree looking south-west towards the Panchavati The pine grove at the north-west end of the garden The banyan tree where Ramakrishna performed sadhana Remains of the Panchavati planted by Ramakrishna Brick re-build of the original hut where Ramakrishna performed his Advaitic sadhana House of Jadu Mallick, next to the Temple grounds House in Shyampukur where Ramakrishna lived briefly after leaving Dakshineswar Front entrance of Shyampukur house Cossipore garden house where Ramakrishna passed away Mango (‘Kalpataru’) tree in the grounds of Cossipore house Kamarpukur, Ramakrishna’s birth place; his house is in the centre. Temple on the spot where Ramakrishna was actually born Haldarpukur, the tank where the young Ramakrishna bathed and played Sarada Devi’s house at Jayrambati where she lived for most of her life Sarada Devi temple at Jayrambati Balaram Bose’s house in Kolkata where Ramakrishna went regularly to meet his devotees The drawing room at Balaram’s house where Ramakrishna met his devotees Inner veranda at Balaram’s house with small Jagannath ‘car’ pulled by Ramakrishna Morton Institution where M. was headmaster and later met his own devotees M.’s private prayer room at the Morton Institution Entrance to Kathamrita Bari, M.’s house where he wrote the “Gospel” Frontage of Belur Math with samadhi temples of Vivekananda, Sarada Devi and Brahmananda