Cultural & Spiritual

A serene and very pleasant atmosphere has been created in the villages centering on Somsar Sri Ramakrishna Seva Mandir. Apart from daily pujas offered to Sri Ramakrishna Deva which is being performed very religiously in the shrine, Aratrik Bhajan of Sri Ramakrishna is presented together with other devotional songs. Religious discourses are conducted and young men and women take part in large numbers.

Special Pujas and Tithipujas:
With due solemnity according to Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac, tithipujas of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda are observed with Homa, Puja and Bhog following the guidelines set out by Ramakrishna Math, Belur. Birthdays of Srimat Swami Brahmananda ji Maharaj and Srimat Swami Saradananda ji Maharaj are observed with due solemnity and reverence. On special occasions like Doljatra, Durga Puja, Janmashtami, Bengali New Years Day, etc., there are huge gatherings of devotees and arrangements are made for partaking prasad. 4th December, being Inauguration Day of the Seva Mandir, special puja and ceremonial gatherings are arranged at the Seva Mandir premises every year, with morning processions, dance dramas and religious gatherings.

Initiation at Seva Mandir:
Venerable monks of the Ramakrishna Order have visited the Seva Mandir and given Initiation from time to time to spiritual seekers of Somsar and surrounding villages.

Ramakrishna Sarada and Vivekananda Bhavaprachar:
Somsar Sri Ramakrishna Seva Mandir is a member institution of Bhava Prachar Parishad nurtured by Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur. In order to spread the ideology, every evening, a discourse is carried out in the temple, apart from weekly study circle. At four designated points in the villages, groups of young men and women sit together every Saturday to conduct classes on 'Mayer Katha', 'Ramakrishna Kathamrita' and 'The Gita'. On 12th January every year, which is designated as National Youth Day, a day-long cultural feat is conducted every year in presence of young men and women of the village in the Seva Mandir premises. Recitations from the 'Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda', discourses, devotional songs, etc., mark the occasion to pay respect to Swami Vivekananda.

Spread of awareness in adjoining villages:
After the advent of Seva Mandir, at Somsar village, it is very much gratifying to observe that the Seva Mandir has become a centre of inspiration and enthusiasm among local villages in the area. Study Circles - at present 18 in number - have sprouted in villages around which are being run by young men and women following ideals of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

Somsar Katha:
The Seva Mandir brings out its quarterly journal Somsar Katha four times a year.

Guest House:
A Guest House has been built in the Ashram premises for devotees who would like to visit for a quiet stay and enjoy a spiritual retreat. (For lodging enquiries, please write to the office of Somsar Sri Ramakrishna Seva Mandir through the Contact Form of this website). Landscaping and beautification of the ponds in the Seva Mandir premises are being done for ensuring the proper ambience serenity to visitors.