#10 of 20 Places to Visit in Rajkot
Distance (From Rajkot Junction): 4 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
Place Location: Inside Ramakrishna Ashram
Transportation Options: Cab / Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 4 km from Rajkot Junction, Jagat Mandir is a spiritual place situated in the serene premises of Ramakrishna Ashram in Rajkot. Located on Yagnik Road, this is one of the must visit places in Rajkot for meditation and spiritual lovers.
Also known as Universal Temple, Jagat Mandir is a beautiful temple built in 1934. Carved out of red stones, the temple is dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The structure of this temple is quite modern that embodies different religions like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. The temple has been designed by Shri Madhukar Thakor on the lines of the Shri Ramakrishna Temple at Belur Math, which was originally conceived by Swami Vivekananda.
This 168 feet high temple is featuring an auditorium under the Natmandir and Bhoga room under the Garbha Mandir. The sanctum sanctorum or Grabha Mandir of the temple houses a white marble image of Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna sitting on a Lotus Vedi. The Vedi as well as the image are the exact replica of the ones at Belur Math. The Idol of Lord Hanuman to the left and Lord Ganesh on the right are installed inside the temple.
A beautiful railing surrounds the temple looks exactly like the massive stone fences of the Sanchi stupa. Overlooking the Natmandir is a Gopuram, which is covered with an overhanging balcony and then further up is a Nahbat-Khana, the traditional place from where the Shehnai is played during festival days. Adorned with domes, chhatris, parapets and windows, the exteriors of the temple are as impressive as its interior. The temple also has a shrine balanced on 60 pillars, made of granite and sandstone.
Besides the temple, Ramakrishna Ashram also has a library, Ayurveda centre, bookstore, guest house and a permanent exhibition showcasing the life of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Ramakrishna Math also involved in rural development and relief, rehabilitation, educational, spiritual, and cultural works. The place also holds several annual competitions to encourage students and youths.
Ashram Timings: 8 AM - 7. 30 PM
Aarti Timings: 5 AM & 7. 30 PM