Are you ready to embark on a journey of spiritual awakening? Well, put on your monk robes and follow me to the Ramakrishna Math in Nirala Nagar in Lucknow!
The temple features idols of Ramakrishna, Mother Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. And let me tell you, the architecture is a mishmash of Hindu and Islamic influences, with a dash of Indian dynastic design thrown in for good measure.
As you approach the main entrance, you’ll be greeted by a menagerie of mythical creatures and characters carved in stone. According to Hindu mythology, the elephant, the bull, the lion, and the garuda are the respective carriers of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Shiva, and Lord Vishnu, and they’re all here to welcome you.
The prayer hall inside is a sight with an elaborately decorated white and brown floor and a chandelier that has over 250 lights. It’s like walking into a palace fit for a spiritual king or queen.
And let’s not forget about the sanctum sanctorum, which is roofed with nine white domes and features an ornately carved gate. It’s like stepping into a Rajasthani palace, but with a twist of Mughal style.
If you’re interested in the history of the Ramakrishna Math, let me give you a brief rundown. Swami Vivekananda spread the essence of Sri Ramakrishna in 1857, and physical temples were built across India. Talks between Swami Vivekananda and the Nawabs ruling Lucknow during 1888 and 1889 led to the establishment of the first Ramakrishna Mission Sevashram in 1925. And the present temple is the new version that was constructed close to the older holy site.
So, are you ready to experience a spiritual journey like no other? Then put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and head to the Ramakrishna Math.