Around the world, several NGOs, Missionaries for charity are carrying out extensive social work across different domains. Kolkata too has a large number of active NGOs with dedicated volunteers, that are committed to bringing about positive changes in the society in general, and for the weak and underprivileged in particular. It is a blessing to be born in a good family with all the basic needs,
so it equally becomes the responsibility of people to help the underprivileged sector of society. These NGOs are working in the field of human rights, gender equality, poverty, unemployment, and so on. The service of charity resonates heavily with Ramkriskhna’s “Serving the mankind is serving the God” and Mother Teresa’s works for which she has been canonized as St. Teresa of Kolkata.
The Missionary of Charity (Mother Teresa Memorial House):
The historic residence of Mother Teresa is in east Kolkata on AJC Bose road near Moulali. It is a holy place of pilgrimage and reverence to the selfless Mother. It was established in 1950 with some sisters and gradually many sisters joined the missionary. Now, this is the Headquarters for all the charitable activities initiated by the Sisters of Missionaries of Charity around the world. The members of the Mother House provide free services to the people in need regardless of their religion. A certain area of the house is for followers to pay their respect to Mother Teresa.
Here, one can find Mother Teresa’s Tomb in a grand marble structure. An exhibition room that displays her work through photographs, awards, and articles in chronological order. Some of her belongings like sarees, sandals, and bags are also displayed. You can walk upstairs to see a small room preserved in all its simplicity where she lived. This is where Mother Teresa began her service to mankind, and this is where she ended her service to move to heaven.
Ramkrishna Math, Barisha:
The math is another branch of Belur Math, which is the home for the elderly who has no one to take care of, or a proper place to stay. The place is spiritually inclined with devotees. The serene ambience of the Math at dawn and dusk with the vast expanse of green covering, the age-old trees, the lily pool, the chirping of the birds separates the environment of the ashram from the hustles and bustles of Kolkata. Spend a few moments with the monks and the elderly residents of the place. It will let you full of positive vibrations.
The place leaves with the credibility about the Indian tradition of Joint Family where our elderly people now live a pathetic life of loneliness. It does not receive any special benefits from the Government. Like all other Ramakrishna Centres, this Math also has no source of regular income of its own. It solely depends on the donations of the devotees. The Math is located at Barisha near Shaker Bazaar on Motilal Gupta Road. The nearest metro is Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Tollygunge) from where take auto for Shaker Bazaar from the stand. It will let lay you down at the gates of the mission.