Spiritual Services

04h00 - 06h00      Silent meditation, mangal vesper service; morning prayers; etc.
06h30 - 07h30      Sri Ramakrishna Puja
12h30 - 13h00      Food offerings, satsang and chanting from scripture
17h00 - 18h00      Evening arati, hymns and reading
18h00 - 19h00      Meditation

The weekly prayer service (satsang) is held every Sunday from 9h00 to 10h00. The programme includes devotional songs in various languages; discourses on the development of moral and ethical values, religion, philosophy and culture; scriptural readings; hymns; chanting of Shantih Mantras; selected verses from the Bhagavad Gita and meditation.

Religious lessons are conducted for children and youth after the satsang every Sunday.

The Sri Ram Nam Sankirtanam is chanted on Ekadashi days every fortnight, and havan is offered every Saturday; during full moon and religious festivals. During religious festivals, daylong japa (chanting of God’s name) is held from 8h00 to 16h30. During Sri Ram Naumi and Sri Krishna Ashtamee, the Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavatam are read respectively; while during Navaratri, selected chapters from the Devi Mahatmyam are chanted.

The importance of meditation cannot be over-emphasized. Encouraging us to meditate regularly, Sri Ramakrishna says: “During meditation you should imagine that you are tying your mind to the lotus feet of the Deity with a silk thread, so that it may not wander away from there. But why must the thread be silken? Since His lotus feet are too delicate, any other thread will give Him pain.”