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Mothers Trust / Mothers Place, Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram


Sri Sri Sarada
Mata Ashram,
Ganges, Michigan

The need for
Mother’s Trust / Mother's Place
Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram

In America, opportunities for women who seek a monastic life in the Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi tradition have been limited, although there are over twelve centers of the Ramakrishna Math, the monastic order for men in this country.

In India, the women's orders are supported by devotees and are independent from the Ramakrishna Math. The tradition, in India, of independent women's monasticism was established when Sri Ramakrishna gave sannyas to Gauri Mata Puri Devi and commissioned her to inspire other women like herself.

While there are women's convents available in California under the Ramakrishna Math, until today there have been no branch ashrams of the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram of Calcutta. Mother's Trust / Mother's Place, Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram holds the distinction of becoming the first branch center of the Calcutta-based Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram for women.

Our Convent

One of the primary functions of this ashram is as a convent for women in the Vedanta tradition of Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi. Those American women who seek to lead a monastic vocation in this tradition should discuss their interest with Sannyasini Gauribrata Puri Devi. Ultimately, the monastic vows are given Mataji Bandana Puri Devi, head of the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Calcutta.

Our Ashram Community: Mother's Trust / Mother's Place, Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram is a non-profit ecclesiastical corporation registered in the state of Michigan, a branch center of the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram, Calcutta, India, established in 1895 by Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi, monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.