One Day Tour. Arambagh - Kamarpukur – Jairambati

#1 Oct 23rd, 2014, 18:45
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Our Route

Rabindra Sadan – 2nd Hooghly Bridge – Santragachi – Dankuni – Jagannathbati – Sheakhala – Parbatipur – Saidpur – Arambagh – Goghat – Kamarpukur – Jairambati

Journey Date: 19.10.2014 (Sunday)

Total Kilometer travelled by car from Kolkata: 240 km.
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Garhwal | Dooars | Dhabaleswar | Dabu | PURI | Gujarat | Kamarpukur-Jairambati
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The Journey : Part 1

We started our journey from Kolkata on 19.10.2014 (Sunday) at 07.30 a.m and reached Kamarpukur at about 10.30 a.m. The road condition from Dankuni to Chnapadanga in some places was not good but the repairing work of the road was in progress. The car was parked in the free parking lot just opposite to Ramkrishna Math & Mission, Kamarpukur.


Kamarpukur


The sacred birthplace of saint-philosopher Sri Sri Ramakrishna …….. He spent his childhood here and also began his spiritual journey from the solitude of this village.

Ramakrishna was born under a shed beside a husking pedal. That shed has been preserved carefully and on 1951 a marble statue of Ramakrishna, designed by famous painter and sculptor Nandalal Basu, was installed inside the shed.

The house where Sri Sri Ramkrishna used to live and the mango tree that he had planted are preserved by the Kamarpukur Math & Mission. Its drawing room has been re-decorated like a bedroom and is open for visitors.

Adjacent to this room stands the temple of tutelary deity Raghubir.

The Ramakrishna Temple is open from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (October to March)


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Inside the Ashram Campus of Kamarpukur, the places to see are :

* Magnificent temple of Sri Ramakrishna built at the exact place where He was born.
* Ancestral house (thatched Bishnupur style) of Sri Sri Ramakrishna.
* Sri Ramakrishna’s living room.
* Temple of Sri Raghuvir, the family deity of Sri Ramakrishna
* The Parlour & the Mango Tree

Outside the Ashram Campus of Kamarpukur, the places to see are

* Yogi's Shiva temple & Gopeswar's Shiva temple with specimen of terracotta art.
* Haldar Pukur.
* House of the Laha's.
* Primary school of the Laha’s.
* Sitanath Pyne’s house.
* Chinu Shankhari's Birth Place
* Birth place of Dhani Kamarani
* Budhui Moral & Bhutir Khal, the cremation grounds where Sri Ramakrishna carried out intense spiritual "Sadhanas".


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There is a Dining Hall at Chandramani Memorial Building. We took Prasad in the hall, which can accommodate about 500 pilgrim tourist at a time. The coupon for Prasad is available from the reception centre.


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Other amenities for the Pilgrim Tourists inside the Math are waiting hall for pilgrims, Yatri Nivas (Guest House) for boarding with prior intimation and Sales out-let for religious books & cottage industry products.


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HOW TO REACH

Kamarpukur is about 104 km from Kolkata. Take a train for Arambagh via Tarakeswer from Howrah and from there a bus will get you to Kamarpukur.

ACCOMMODATION

Kamarpukur Lodge: Tel: (03211) 244699
Gadadhar Lodge : Tel: (03211) 244041
Relax Lodge : Tel: (03211) 244699


Guest House of Kamarpukur Math

Principal Mahajaja, Kamarpukur, Hooghly - 712612
Tel: (03211) 244222
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The Journey : Part-2

Our next destination was Jairambati……..

As our car passes through Kamarpukur towards Jairambati, we are greeted with bustling bazars and the famous Bengali sweet shops still churning out the century’s old Bengali sweets – Jelabi, Rosogolla, Kalojam, Ladykane etc.

Jairambati is about 6 km in the west of Kamarpukur………the humble village in which the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi was born in the year 1858.

The divinity of Sri Sri Sarada Devi………..the devoted wife of Sri Ramakrishna.

A temple of the Mother…….Sri Sri Matri Mandir has been established on the very place of her birth.

The temple remains open from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (April to September) and from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (October to March)

Inside the temple premise on the right side of the main gate is Mother’s ancestral house. On the opposite side of this house is a relatively new house where she stayed from 1916 to 1920. Other sights in the vicinity are a water body called “Mayer Ganga”, just opposite the bus-stand and Punnipukur and the temple of Sundarnarayan and Shitala Mata on the bank of the pond.


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After spending the entire day at the divine places, we returned to Kolkata at about 08.30 p.m.

Indeed a trip for relaxation ……… and enjoyed every moment to its fullest.



HOW TO REACH

CSTC buses run from Kolkata to Jairambati covering a distance of 110 km.

ACCOMMODATION

Nilachal Lodge : Tel: (03244) 244268

Yatrinivas Matrimandir
Written application has to be submitted two months prior the trip to “Principal Maharaj, Sri Sri MatriMandir, Jairambati, Bankura” Tel: (03211) 244222

Vivekananda Mission Guest House
Secretary, Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission, 7, River Side Road, Barackpur, North 24 Pgs
Tel: 25920547, 25945025
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Mati-r Shankha.....in one of the shop at Jairambati

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Thank you

It is quite helpful. I am also planning for a similar tour in Mid Dec. Shall leave early morning and return back on the same day.

Just few questions :

1) when the temple is closed during the afternoon - what other activities you can do.

2) When do they serve the lunch?
Also for Lunch, how much you have to pay as donation.

3) For visiting other places in Kamarpukur, can we move around in our car or have to take rickshaw (whether road is narrow).

4) is photography allowed.
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Nice little trip report and pictures....a bit different yet one can enjoy such a trip. Thanks for sharing.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chandrali Chandra View Post It is quite helpful. I am also planning for a similar tour in Mid Dec. Shall leave early morning and return back on the same day.

Just few questions :

1) when the temple is closed during the afternoon - what other activities you can do.

2) When do they serve the lunch?
Also for Lunch, how much you have to pay as donation.

3) For visiting other places in Kamarpukur, can we move around in our car or have to take rickshaw (whether road is narrow).

4) is photography allowed.
1. The temple is closed from 11.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m.

2. Lunch is served after the temple is closed at 11.30 a.m. Nothing specific about the amount of donation, it depends on your wish.

3. Can park your car in the free parking area just opposite the temple complex, and visit the places which are in the vicinity of the temple. No need to take any rickshaw for site seeing.

4. Photography is not allowed inside the temple but can take it from outside.
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The distance cannot be the same it can vary from 120 to 150 km
Thanks
Priyam...........

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