The Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Asansol is rooted in the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) who stressed, among other things, the equal validity of all religions, the potential divinity of man, and service to man as a way of worshipping God. Sri Ramakrishna’s chief disciple, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), carried far and wide these teachings which, really speaking, constitute the core of India’s oldest philosophy, Vedanta. Later, in 1897, he founded, in order to propagate these ideas, a non-proselytizing religious organization, the Ramakrishna Mission, which, besides teaching Vedanta, gives concrete service to the community by running schools, colleges, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Ramakrishna Mission’s Headquarters is located at Belur Math, West Bengal, and India and has more than 175 branches in India and abroad.
One such branch is Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Asansol in the district of Burdwan, West Bengal, India. This is the most extensive and important coal belt of Eastern India and together with Durgapur, is known as the industrial city of West Bengal. The Story has it that on his way to Baidyanath, Deoghar, Sri Ramakrishna came by train up to Ranigunj, a coal town only 15 km from Asansol, which was then the last railway station on the route and there from he took to roadways to reach Deoghar.