Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chapra, Bihar is a branch Centre of the Ramakrishna Mission with Headquarters at Belur Math (Dist. Howrah, West Bengal, India) The Ashrama became affiliated as a branch centre of the world wide Ramakrishna Mission in 2003. The Ashrama in chapra commemorates the birthplace in Chapra of Latu Maharaj, Swami Adbhutananda, the wonderful sannyasi disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
Latu Maharaj was born into a very poor family of shepherds in Bihar's Chapra District. Latu was named by his mother 'Rakhturam' as she was convinced Lord Rama had saved him From smallpox and almost died. Misfortune was no stranger to the poor family and hardly they could survive for want of two nourishing meals a day. Due to the hard life in the countryside the boy lost both his mother and father when he was only five. Rakthuram was brought up by his uncle who earned a small income as a shopkeeper. For a few years the boy enjoyed a happy carefree life with other children of his uncle's family. But when the family business began to fail, the compassionate uncle took the boy to Calcutta where he sought to earn a better living. The boy, Latu, also had eventually to support himself in the city and he was at last fortunate to become a servant in the house of Sri Ramchandra Dutta, a wealthy doctor and officer in a pharmaceutical firm.
Dr. Ramachandra was a prominent householder disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, the great spiritual master of Dakshineswar. Due to the goodness of the father-like Ramachandra, Latu himself came into contact with Sri Ramakrishna and also soon became his devotee. By the Guru's holy touch his life was transformed and when The young man came in contact with Narendranath Dutta (later the world renowned Swami Vivekananda) and along with others of Sri Ramakrishna's disciples he became a sannyasi with the name Swami Adbhutananda. Thereafter, Latu Maharaj's (Swami Adbhutananda’s) life was a great inspiration to all who came to him. He was not forgotten even after his death. Many people of Chapra were inspired by his spiritual effulgence long after his passing away in 1920. In this way, in 1993 a few professional men of Chapra and their families became the founders of an Ashrama in Chapra in Latu Maharaj's name. The private organization became affiliated as a branch centre of the world-wide Ramakrishna Mission Organization in 2003.
The activities of Chapra Ashrama aim at improving the material, spiritual, and cultural well-being of society. Spiritual and cultural well being of the common people are impossible unless some amount material wealth is generated and they attain good nutrition, health and education. So the Ashrama runs a free Educational Centre for classes kindergarten up to class IX, also a charitable medical dispensary and mobile medical unit, with A team of volunteer doctors. &
(Free Educational Center )
The Ashrama has taken up the challenge to provide health, & hygiene, medical service and primary Education to below poverty-line people and villagers living in substandard conditions Pure drinking water is supplied by drilling tube wells, and food, clothing and building materials are supplied in times of natural disaster or calamity, like severe cold, flood and devastating fires.
All the activities are conducted charitably (i.e. free) or on nominal/subsidized rates) to the public without discrimination of class, community or religious preference. Everything runs due to the generous donations given by the public, business organizations and trusts. We always appeal to the public and individuals for regular donations to support our work for the poor and needy people.
Prayer, worship, meditation and discourses on spiritual subjects are conducted in the Ashrama temple, dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Deva, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. and Swami Adbhutananda. During the year the main religious festivals are observed, such as the Birth Anniversaries of the Holy Trio and Swami Adbhutananda, Shri Krishna Janmasthami, Shri Ram Navami, Christmas Eve, etc. Worship to Shri Ram is offered to shri Rama on every Ekadashi and 'Ramanam Samkirtana' is sung.