Why? in Ganges?
Why Ganges? It's as "Varanasi" A Spiritual Capital of India; Blessed by Saints & Sages.Mataji Bandana Puri Devi, President of Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Kolkatta, India; founded by Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi in 1895, is the oldest convent in the "direct monastic lineage" of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi. Mataji Bandana Puri Devi was invited to come to Ganges, MI. by Swami Bhashyanandaji, President of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society Chicago and Vivekananda Monastery in Ganges. Mataji Bandana Puri Devi of Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram accepted the invitation to Inaugurate the Mothers Trust Ashram, Ramakrishna Sarada Universal Temple in 1998. Sacred ashes, sacred relics and sacred water of the Ganga were brought for installation during the auspicious occassion. More then 500 people from all parts of the world attended this holy installation, worship, kirtan, speeches and initiations went on joyously for five days. In 1967 Swami Bhashyananda purchased land in Ganges and built the Vivekananda Monastery, later the women's side and convent. In 1998 Mataji Bandana inaugurated Holy Mothers Universal Temple and an already established convent/monastery mission ashram known as Mothers Trust Ashram.