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The Ramakrishna Order was founded by the patriotic saint Swami Vivekananda in 1897, with its Headquarters at Belur Math, West Bengal. Though Swami Vivekananda formally founded this Order, it can be said that it was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who laid the firm foundation for this order during his last illness.

      The Inspirations:

It was the year 1868. In the Holy City of Deoghar an interesting incident took place during the pilgrimage of Sri Ramakrishna to Northern India. Mathur Nath Biswas, a wealthy landlord of Calcutta, accompanied him. One day while passing through a neighbouring village, Sri Ramakrishna was greatly distressed to see the wretched condition of its people. Moved by sympathy for them he said to Mathur, "You are the steward of the Mother. Feed these poor people and give everyone a piece of cloth." Mathur hesitated saying, "This pilgrimage will cost a lot of money, and there are many people here. We may run short of funds if we try to feed and clothe these poor people. But Sri Ramakrishna was inexorable. He shed tears at the sight of such abject misery and said in anguish, "Fie upon you! I am not going to Benaras, I prefer to remain with these helpless people, with the poor people." Mathur of course yielded. Like a petulant child he left Mathur's company and sat with the poor villagers. At the sight of his compassion, Mathur was much moved and ordered clothing from Calcutta to distribute among them and feed them. Sri Ramakrishna then cheerfully started for Benaras.