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Ghatarani Waterfalls, Swami Vivekananda, Jatmai Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Ghatarani Waterfalls is a beautiful falls located near to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state, India

Ghatarani falls is the biggest fall in the state of Chhattisgarh. The water from the falls forms a pool beneath the falls. One can take a bath here in the pool or the falls.

Ghatarani WaterfallsGhatarani Waterfalls.

Ghatarani Waterfalls is surrounded by thick forests and is an ideal getaway place for the family or for a group of friends. Those who are adventurous, can hike the mountains and explore the forests above the falls.

Ghatarani Water falls is to be visited after the rainy season. September to December are the ideal months to visit the falls. Thereafter, the falls dries. It is dangerous to visit the falls during rainy season due to the the dangers resulting from the fast flowing water.

Swami Vivekananda spent two years of his teenage life at Raipur. Vivekanand Sarovar is a large lake in the city named after Swami Vivekananda.

Jatmai Temple is at around 25 kilometers distance from Ghatarani falls. A waterfall is there adjacent to this temple. This fall is a smaller fall compared to Ghatarani falls.

How Do I Go to Ghatarani Waterfalls?

Ghatarani falls is at around 90 kilometers distance from Raipur. Raipur is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Raipur Junction railway station is the major railway station in the city. Swami Vivekananda Airport, formerly known as Mana Airport, is the nearest airport at Mana, at around 15 kilometers distance from Raipur city.

Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Ramakrishna math is a math in memory of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the great 19th century saint (1836-1886), on the banks of Ganges River at Belur, Kolkotta. It is also known as Belur Math as it is located at Belur.

Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math
Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math at Belur, Kolkotta.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are the organizations that undertakes the spiritual movement called Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement. Ramakrishna Math is the monastic organization for men. Ramakrishna Mission was started by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), great disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, which has monks of Ramakrishna Math at Belur and devotees conducting social service, mainly in India. Ramakrishna Mutt (Mutt and math means monetary) and Ramakrishna Mission are financially separate entities. Though both organizations are two separate legal entities, both are closely related or inter-linked and is regarded as twins.

Ramakrishna temple is the main attraction here. The temple architecture is a combination of Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs. Swami Vijnanananda, a brother-monk of Swami Vivekananda designed this temple,

Holy Mother’s temple is another attraction here. The temple is dedicated to Sarada Devi, spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Brahmananda’s temple is another temple dedicated to Swami Brahmananda, the first president of the Math and Mission, who was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Ramakrishna Museum is a museum displaying artifacts used by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and some other disciples.

How Do I Go to Ramakrishna Mat or Belur Math?

Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math is at Belur in Howrah district, Kolkotta. Kolkotta is well connected by all modes of transport to the rest of the country and the world. There is an international airport and a major railway station at Kolkotta.

Vivekanandar Illam, Ramakrishna Mutt

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Vivekanandar Illam is the house where Swami Vivekananda stayed for 9 days during his visit to Chennai in 1897 after his historic participation in the ‘Parliament of Religions’ in Chicago. There is permanent Exhibition at Vivekanandar Illam, on Swami Vivekananda’s Life & Indian Culture.

Vivekanandar Illam
Vivekanandar Illam on Marina Beach, Chennai.

Biligiri Iyengar, a disciple of Swami Vivekananda and the owner of the building invited Swami to come and stay here for a while, after Swami’s return from the West. Swami Vivekananda agreed and stayed at Vivekanandar Illam from 6th February 1897 to 14th February 1897. Swamiji also agreed to set up a permanent center at this building and asked his direct disciple Swami Ramakrishnananda to take charge of that work .

Ramakrishna Math

Ramakrishna mutt or Ramakrishna Math or Ramakrishna mission, was founded by Swami Ramakrishnananda, on Swami Vivekananda’s orders. (Mutt or Math means monetary.) From 1897 to 1906, during its first 10 years, Ramakrishna Math was functioning from this house. Then it moved to its current location at Mylapore, Chennai. Later on, in 1914, the house was acquired by Government of Madras and later on the house landed up with its current owner, Government of Tamilnadu. The house is currently leased to Ramakrishna Math, till 2020.

43 paintings detailing the evolution of Indian culture is displayed here. 120 photographs of the Swami Vivekanandar is also displayed for public view. The second Floor room where Swamiji stayed is a meditation room now. There are Books and photographs of Swamiji for sale here. As part of second phase of expansion in connection with 150th Birth Anniversary of Swamiji, Vivekanandar Illam is now having digital screening on Indian culture, thoughts of swami Vivekananda, swami Vivekananda teachings, etc. Ramakrishna mission undertakes various charity works. Meditation classes, Yoga classes, computer classes, etc, are conducted here.

Other Names of Vivekanandar House or Illam

Vivekanandar Illam or Vivekanandar House was earlier known as “Ice House” (because the building was used for Ice business to store Ice blocks from Great Lakes in North America by the British) and “Castle Kernan” (named after Justice Kernan, of Madras High Court).

Swami Ramakrishnananda and Swami Vivekananda, Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Swami Ramakrishnananda was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and later on took charge of his Ashram after Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa‘s death in 1886. Swami Vivekananda (alias Narendranath, his original name), was also a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Swami Ramakrishnananda preached the messages of Both Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa & Swami Vivekananda for 14 years. Swami Ramakrishnananda breathed his last in 1911.

How Do I Go to Vivekanandar Illam?

Vivekanandar House or Illam (Tamil word for house) is situated on the Kamarajar Salai, on the Marina Beach front and is easily accessible by public transport, hired cabs, etc. Nearest MRTS railway station is Chepak station. MRTS is the ‘Mass Rapid Transport Service’ or the suburban train service in Chennai city.

Kanyakumari, Cape Comorin

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Kanyakumari alias Cape Comorin is the southern-most tip of the Indian Peninsula in Tamilnadu state.

Vivekananda Memorial, Kanyakumari, Cape ComorinVivekananda Memorial, Kanyakumari alias Cape Comorin (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

Kanyakumari, Cape Comorin is an important tourist destination in India. Mahatma Gandhi memorial is a famous tourist destination here.

Three Seas Converge here in Kanyakumari alias Cape Comorin; Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The point the three seas converge is called Thrivenisangamam which means meeting point of three seas. Due to this it is a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus in India. Suchindram temple and Bhagavathy temple are two famous temples in Kanyakumari.

In Kanyakumari, one can see sunrise and sunset on two different Seas. Sunrise can be seen on the Bay of Bengal while Sunset can be seen in the Arabian Sea. You just need to turn to two different sides to see this.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is the most famous tourist attraction here. It is a Rock island at around 500 meters from mainland, which is connected by ferry service from the mainland. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes boat journey to reach Vivekananda rock memorial. It was built in 1970 in memorial of the Great Indian Spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda, who swan to this rock and meditated here and attained enlightenment here.

133 feet Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari133 feet Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

133 feet high, 7000 ton, Tiruvalluvar Statue, at another rock island very close to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial was opened in Januvary 1, 2000. Thiruvalluvar was a Great ancient Tamil poet and saint, who wrote Thirukural, among other poems and literary works.

How do I go to Kanyakumari, Cape Comorin

Kanyakumari is well connected by roads to the rest of India. NH7 now renamed NH 44 and NH 47  terminates at Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari is a Railway Junction where train connectivity to other cities of India like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkotta, etc are available.

Thiruvananthapuram International airport is the nearest airport to Kanyakumari at 86 km away. Madurai airport is at 243 kilometers away from Kanyakumari.

What are the nearby places to visit in Kanyakumari?

Vattakottai Ancient Fort, Padmanabhapuram palace, Pechipparai dam, Thottipalam, Thirparappu Falls, Suchindrum Sthanumalayan temple and Muttom beach are some of the nearby Kanyakumari tourist places, which can be covered by taking the circular bus service of the Tamil Nadu state goverment transport department.

Is there any good Kanyakumari hotels?

There are a many good Kanyakumari hotels. Hotel Tamilnadu- KANNIYAKUMARI is a good one from Government of Tamil Nadu. Hotel Temple Citi, Hotel Seaview, The Gopinivas Grand Kanyakumari, Sparsa Resort, The Seashore Hotel, Hotel Sangam, Hotel Singaar International, SivaMurugan Lodging, Hotel Manickam, Triveni Tourist Home, Hotel Park, Hotel Maadhini, etc, are some of the other leading Kanyakumari hotels.