The Mother house is a holy place of pilgrimage and a place to seek peace and tranquility beyond the bondage existence of the monotonous metro life of the Kolkata city. Missionary of Charity’s Mother house was established in 1950 by Mother Teresa and her small group of dedicated path followers to provide selfless service with the vow of ‘unconditional and open service to the poorest of the poor’. Their target was to care for ” the hungry, the homeless, the naked, the crippled, the blind, the lepers and all those people who feel unwanted unloved and uncared for throughout society that has become a burden for the society and is shunned by everyone.”
Location of Mother Teresa’s House at Kolkata
The Mother Teresa House- Missionaries of charity is situated near Ripon street, the nearest landmark being Sealdah Loreto convent.
Following footsteps of Missionaries
Established in the name of Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa made it a caring home for the refugees, former prostitutes, mentally ill, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the aged and convalescent. Following the prospects of the missionary, services are provided to the people regardless of religion and social status.
History of Mother Teresa House
On October 7th, 1950, the Missionaries of Charity was founded by Mother Teresa with the purpose of serving the mass below poverty level wholeheartedly. The original institution was established in the name of Diocesan Congregation of the Calcutta Diocese. Initially, it started as a small community of twelve members in Calcutta, and with the passage of time, it came to be known as Missionaries of Charity.
In 1965, by granting a decree of praise, Pope Paul Vl granted Mother Teresa’s request to expand her congregation to other countries around the world.
The congregation’s first establishment outside the country was in Venezuela, followed by Rome and Tanzania among many others like Asia, Africa, Europe, and Albania, and simultaneously witnessed its successful establishment in more than hundred countries by 1996. Now, society comprises over 4500 sisters as its members and is operated over 133 countries. They have 19 homes in Kolkata at present which includes homes for women, orphaned children, homes for the dying, a school for street children and a leper colony.
The entrance itself is an entity of simplicity and uncomplicated form of existence that is equally reflective of her lifestyle, the corridor featuring a few spotted plants, a statue of Mary and of mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa’s Tomb
Saint Teresa left her mortal body on 5th September 1997 and was laid to rest in a tomb within her house where she lived and served. Unlike the world’s massive mausoleum monuments over the tombs, Mother Teresa’s tomb was housed maintaining that clarity, purity, and simplicity that she held throughout her life. Some brightly coloured flowers and few candles dazzling in the midst of the dimly lit room adorn the tomb. Few rare portraits of Mother Teresa surround the tomb which enlivens the sound atmosphere of the house.
The adjacent room beside the chapel and the tomb was transmuted into a museum for the sake of the tourists for a detailed vision on her simple lifestyle possessing some of her belongings- her sarees, sandals and her bag.
The room of her own
The most significant attraction of this house is the personal room of Mother Teresa where she lived for long fifty years. It is a small room with a single bed- a light metal frame topped with a thin mattress, a desk and a bench. Simplicity touches her possessions as an identification of herself.
Visiting time for tourists
The house along with its museum is open everyday except Thursday and remains close exceptionally on Easter Sunday and the 26th of December. The visiting hours for both the house and the museum is between 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.Entry within the house is not chargeable . Prayers and petitions can be placed in the box on Mother Teresa’s tomb during visit snd all the petitions are offered on the alter during the weekly Friday mass.
To quote her- “I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples”
And it is herself who created many ripples throughout the world. While the world is going gaga with magnificent, splendid and pompous monuments, Mother house provides a house for Kolkata heritage walkers to seek peaceful entity and search the true meaning of life and existence. The simplicity of this place is so heartwarming that it makes its way straight into the soul. After experiencing the quietness and serenity, one can spend some time interacting with the sisters of the missionaries of charity and witness their tireless attempts for the upliftment of the ill and the underprivileged.