Ramakrishna Math at Old Madras road, Ulsoor is a island of peace, tranquility and spirituality in the otherwise increasingly traffic jam marred city of Bangalore. Most festivals like dussera, diwali etc are observed here. Diwali as the festival of light gives a enchanting looking to the already beautiful ashram. This diwali we visited Ramakrishna Math at Ulsoor. A lot of devotees were there and the main mandir was packed. Everyday evening an aarti (prayer) takes places. However, on festival a much more decorated one is done. During Diwali some people do Lakshmi puja and some people do Kali Puja. I am mentioning this to let you know that Ramakrishna was a devotee of goddess Kali and it is a very special day at Ramakrishna Math. The way to the main mandir, the way to the Vivekananda statue and surrounding areas were lighted with lamps and candles. The pedestal of the main temples was decorated with lamps and rangoli.
Inside the temple, a photo goddess Kali was put besides the photo of Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Sharada devi. A beautiful saree was adorned on the photo of Sharada devi. We sat inside and listened to what is mostly called shyma sangeet (songs on goddess Kali). After the aarti, prasad was distributed. It looked like a kind of haluwa and it was tasty. Meanwhile, some people got busy in photo session. While coming back home, I tried Ola auto for the second time and found out that they charge a convenience fee of Rs 20 over and above the actual meter.
At home Gopal dressed in all glitters.