Daily Activities in the Temple
The Universal Temple is the hub of all activities. All people, irrespective of religion, caste, creed, race, and nationality, are welcome here. They can either participate in the worship, bhajans, arati, etc or engage themselves in silent prayer or meditation.
Daily Puja of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda and Sri M is performed in the Universal Temple from 7.30 am to 8.30 am. The Temple is open from morning 6.45 am to 11.45 am and evening from 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Aratrikam or evening prayers start at 6.30 pm. Ramnama Sankirtanam or chanting the name of Lord Rama is held on all Ekadasi days.
The Birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and SRI M and Ashtami Durga Puja are celebrated in a grand manner every year. The celebrations are marked with special Puja, Homa, Bhajans, Musical programmes and Lectures. Prasad is distributed for thousands of devotees who take part in the birthday celebrations.
The birthdays of all other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna are also
observed every year. The Birthdays of other great Incarnations and
world teachers like Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Sri Sankara are marked by religious discourses by senior monks of the order.
With increasing number of devotees thronging to Kathamrita Bhawan, Respected Vice Presidents of the order visit on specific days in a year, to impart Mantra Diksha or initiation to followers of Sri Ramakrishna. To be taken as a disciple by a Guru is a very very important first step in the life of any serious spiritual aspirant. This requires preparing oneself, beforehand. Devotees who are interested in knowing more, should get in touch with Adhyaksha Maharaj of Kathamrita Bhawan.
Those who have already received initiation at this centre are encouraged to remain in touch and participate in different activities of the centre, and also to offer Pranam to their Gurudev, during their future visits.