There are a lot of temples there, historical places. I was impressed. Well, I shall be going there once in a while, reason some time in the future.
I went to Kalighat temple there. I also went to Dakshineshwar temple. Unfortunately, I could not go to Belur math, next time some time.
The best part makes me laugh at myself. Actually we were running short of time, so when we went to Kali Temple, we bribed the Brahmin there and had “Darshan”. Yes it was a complete corruption there – at the doorstep of the God! 🙂 Amount of bribe was meager INR 5 (~10 cents) – well I did not pay that. Does it take so less to get to know the God?
When we went to Dakshineshwar temple, we were told that the place where Ramkrishna used to sit, meditate and taught Swami Vivekanand was just next to the temple [check Google Maps image]. That places was kind of abandoned. There was no one to bow at that temple – as against the long queues I had been seeing at Kalighat and Dikshineshwar temple. In fact, the place was locked!
I felt that the real place which was filled with the presence of an enlightened master is abandoned and we are “again” missing the real essence. At one place we are bribing to have a glimpse of the God and at a place we are ignoring the existence of the master, who walked this place just last century.
At both the places, I felt as if I/we missed the Gods – once we even bribed and other time the temple where everyone must go is empty, not even maintained. It reminded me of Neeraj’s poem
इनसे हाथ मिलना छोड़ (inse hath milana chhod – leave them, dont follow them)