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Swami Vivekananda at Panihati
Swami Vivekananda had visited Panihati with Sri Ramakrishna Dev in June, 1885 on the occasion of Chira Mahotsav.
Later on during the search for a land for the Belur Math, the garden house of Gobinda Chowdhury (Gobinda Home) was also considered. However the Belur Math finaly setup at the present place at Belur. Swamiji was at the time abroad. When he came back he desired to have a visit of the Gobinda Home at Panihati.
We find reference of the visit of Panihati Gobinda Home by Swami Vivekananda in the complete works of Swami Vivekananda.
"The day is nearly ended. Swamiji came downstairs, dressed for the boating excursion on the Ganga. Swamiji, accompanied by the disciple and two others, boarded the boat, which passed the Dakshineswar temple and reached Panihati where it was anchored below the garden - house of Babu Govinda Kumar Chaudhury. It has once been proposed to rent this house for the use of the Math. Swamiji descended from the boat, went round the house and the garden and looking over the place minutely said, "The garden is nice but is at a great distance from Calcutta. The devotees of Shri Ramakrishna would have been put to trouble to walk such a long distance from Calcutta. It is fortunate that the Math has not been established here." The boat then returned to the Math amid the enveloping darkness."