Travelogue by Rogen
Tomb of Mother Teresa & Missionaries of Charity
Travel Report by Rogen Joseph from Missionaries of Charity, Kolkatta
My Journey to Missionaries of Charity begins from Howrah Railway Station, One of the major Railway Station in Kolkatta. I asked many people about Missionaries of Charity. It is sad to say that most of the people havent heard about it. Yes, Christianity is minority in West Bengal and only 0.6 % of people in this states are Christians. Got some answers when i ask about Mother Teresa house.
I saw a bus stand in front of Railway Station. Many Taxi's are also nearby. Taxi is cheaper in Kolkatta and is colored yellow which cost only 150 Rs. Affter conversation with dozen of bus drivers i recognize that direct bus are available to some other destinations passing infront of Missionaries of Charity. Buses from Howrah to Ripon Street are Kasba mini buses and 39A/2 is bus number. From Ripon street a few minute walks take me to Missionaries of Charity.
I saw a four-storeyed grey building with brown shuttered windows. Now i arrived Mothers House.
Mother Teresa's House in Kolkatta is a major pilgrim destination for Christians. Tomb of Mother Teresa is located inside headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity at 54A, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkatta. I reach around 2.30 pm and wait for half hour becuase visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. According to information written there "Visiting by Public is not allowded on Thursday. Mother House remains closed on 22nd August, Easter Monday, and 26th December every year."
Room inside Missionaries of Charity where Mother Teresa's Tomb situated have space limitation. Holy Mass inside mothers house allowded if groups comming with Priest. A holy Mass was in progress while i visited tomb. Mass in front of Tomb is at 4.30 pm every Friday. Mass is held every morning at 6 a.m. for the sisters and volunteers in the main chapel on the first floor.
Photography is not allowded inside Mothers House. Anyway pilgrims are allowded to take Photo of Mother Teresas Tomb. I met many nuns from Kerala inside Missionaries of Charity. One thing surprised me is that sisters in Missionaries of Charity says they do not sell books or souvenirs about Mother Teresa. Novena prayer cards are given to pilgrims free of cost.
I also visited Nirmala Shishu Bhavan near Mothers House. It was a great experience to see how these nuns are caring Poor Childrens. As a christian, I enjoy the day i celebrate with blessed Mother Teresa's house.