Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Malopara is situated in Kalna II block of Purba Bardhman district in West Bengal. It was founded nearly seventy years back by Swami Muktatmananda, a disciple of Swami Shivananda, who in turn was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Deva and also the 2nd President of the Ramakrishna Math & Mission. This Ashram till date remains a standalone Ashram and does not receive any support in any fashion from any other institution.
After the passing away of the founder, for a long time, the Ashram remained in a state of neglect and nearly all the facilities for living have been gradually destroyed by various unsocial elements. At present, the living conditions are very pathetic. A building with a single room is available for dwelling and that too is in a very dilapidated condition.
There are no toilet facilities available in the building and the only toilet is nearly 30m away from this building. Also, there is no water facility in the toilet which has to be carried from a hand pump placed another 30m away from the toilet.
Both this building and the temple need to be repaired and given a fresh coat of paints.
A toilet has to be constructed attached to the building, a pump has to be installed for water supply, pipelines have to be laid and an overhead storage tank has to be installed.
To carry out all these operations, funds are required and at present the Ashram hardly boasts of any income which is not even sufficient to meet the day-to-day needs of the Ashram.
(Recently the task of laying down of pipelines, installation of pump and storage tank has been completed successfully with the donations received from generous donors.)
The Ashram is working tirelessly for the spiritual upliftment of the people in its neighbourhood which consists mainly people from the fishermen community who are not only spiritually deprived but culturally and economically as well.
To that effect the Ashram conducts the daily worship of Sri Ramakrishna and other deities in the temple which helps in maintaining an uplifting spiritually mood.
Early in the morning daily Vedic Chants like Rudrashtadhyayi etc, scriptures like Bhagavad Gita etc, Stotras like Shivamahimnah stotra etc and Devotional Music are played to maintain a spiritual atmosphere. A sound system provided by a well wisher comes handy for this purpose, but it is of mediocre quality and is already malfunctioning and needs a replacement.
In the afternoon, from the temple only The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna in Bengali is read out. For this purpose also, a microphone is required.
Again, in the evening Arati of the deities in the temple is conducted.
During celebration of the Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna this year cooked food was distributed among the needy people of the neighborhood.
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a fifteenth century saint of Bengal, who is revered in this region local artistes were invited to sing Hari Kirtan in the temple premises in an effort to promote the local sublime culture.
To carry out all these activities from time to time, again funds are required. Further, since the Ashram is located in a remote village, the power supply here is very erratic and therefore for the smooth functioning of all the day to day activities, an alternative source of power in the form of an "Inverter" is very essential. This again requires funds from generous donors.
This is a fervent appeal to all philanthropically oriented persons to donate generously and liberally for this noble cause.