Joyrambati, the small village is twenty-seven miles distant from Bishnupur in Bankura District. The place is two miles to the east of Shihar and three miles to the west of Kamarpukur, the holy birthplace of Shri Shri Thakur.
The humble vibes of this holy place convey the message of Dharma, Karma and Moksha. Shri Shri Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort of Bhagavan Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, was born in Joyrambati in 1853. Outwardly, she presented herself as an ordinary woman to the World for hiding her divine essence of nature. The veiling figure of the motherhood of God was truly an incarnation of wisdom, welfare and forgiveness. A true prophet of the modern age, Shri Shri Thakur was survived 34 years by the Holy Mother. The birthplace of the Mother and Guru of all disciples of Shri Shri Thakur has become a sacred place of pilgrimage for the people seeking eternal peace and self-purification.
1. Shri Shri Matri Mandir
A lively white marble sculpture of the Holy Mother in ‘Dhyana Mudra’ is seated in this beautiful temple. Swami Saradananda dedicated this temple to the Holy Mother on the sacred day of Akshaya-Tritiya on 19th April, 1923 and the temple has been constructed exactly on the birthplace of her. Shri Shri Maa’s father, Shri Ramchandra Mukhopadhyaya had his original house here and the divine marriage between Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa Dev and the Shri Shri Maa was arranged at this place. The Holy Mother is worshipped daily with appropriate ‘Bhog’ and rituals.
2. Puratan-Bari (Old House) & Nutan-Bari (New House)
Maa Sarada lived in the Puratan Bari(old house) from 1863 to 1915. From the Holy Mother, many aspirants were blessed with Brahmacharya, initiation and Sannyasa in this dwelling place. On the other side, Maa started to worship Goddess Jagaddhatri here. Swami Saradananda choose a land on the western side of ‘Punyo Pukur’, a tank which is blessed with the name like this because of its regular use by Maa Sarada. A separate house, known as Nutan-Bari was built for providing better accommodation to the increasing number of devotees and the Holy Mother in 1915-16.
3. Amodar Ghat & Mayer Ghat
Amodar, the sacred rivulet is the place where the Holy Mother used to come for bathing with Golap Ma, Yogin Ma and other women devotees. Maa addressed the holy Amodar as the Ganga and spent much time on the banks in reading of the Chandi, Gita and in meditation as well. At present, there is a man-made bathing ghat on the spot where Shri Shri Maa used to take bath. Mayer Ghat is a bus stop near the temple and lies on the bank of ‘Mayer Dighi’ where Mother used to come to cut grasses in her girlhood.
4. Shri Shri Singhabahini Temple
The Holy Mother worshipped Maa Singhabahini. The Goddess and her two companions, Shri Mahamaya and Chandi are very much alive according to Shri Shri Maa and devotees. One can feel a historical wave with spiritual sensation in this temple for sure.
Shihar village is 3 km away from Joyrambati. Shri Hridayram Mukhopadhyaya, the dearest nephew of Shri Shri Thakur lived here and a manuscript of Shri Chandi by Shri Ramakrishna is preserved here till now.
How to Reach:
The nearest Airport to Bankura is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata which is about 212km to Bankura. From there, you can take a cab, bus or train.
Bishnupur Rail Station: 5 KM Away Bankura Rail Station: 35 KM Away Durgapur Junction: 80 KM Away
Bankura is well connected by road with Kolkata and surrounding towns like Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan, Panagarh and other parts of the state. From Bankura, you can take cab or bus to Joyrambati.