Swami Brahmananda

Before establishment of Bhubaneswar as the new capital of Odisha, it was a tiny place of pilgrimage abounded with forest all around and hundreds of ancient temples, big and small, of exquisitive architecture. The environment of the place was sylvan and serene. This was an ideal place of retreat for the seekers of peace and truth. Swami Brahmanandaji (Raja Maharaj), the first president of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math was naturally attracted by the captivating spiritual ambience of the place to establish a center of Ramakrishna Math. According to Brahmanandaji, Bhubaneswar is Gupta Kasi. He used to say there is an underlying current of spirituality here. Here, the mind gets easily settled. One single japa here is worth five hundred elsewhere. 
Idea of Raja Maharaj took shape in the year (1917-1918) when construction of Ramakrishna Math center at Bhubaneswar began and the work was entrusted to Swami Shankaranandaji ( Amulya Maharaj). Bhubaneswar is the substance of my Life. So many experience of monastic life have been gained there, thus spoke Swami Shankaranandaji who later became the seventh President of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission. This statement sums up the importance of the Ramakrishna Math situated at Vivekananda Marg, Bhubaneswar.