The 178th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa were observed by Hindus around the world on March 13, 2013. Sri Ramakrishna was born in Kamarpukur near Kolkata on February 18, 1836. However, each year the date of the anniversary is decided based on the lunar calendar followed by the Hindus. Many events and initiatives were organized by Ramakrishna mission across India and abroad to mark this auspicious occasion. A number of special programs marked the birthday celebration of Sri Ramakrishna at Belur Math, headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and RK Mission.
Sri Ramakrishna represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. His whole life was an uninterrupted contemplation of God. He reached a depth of God-consciousness that transcends all time and place and has a universal appeal. Seekers of God of all religions feel irresistibly drawn to his life and teachings. Read about his life as retold by Swami Adiswarananda of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York.