Shri Kainchi Dham Mandir

Shri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir &Ashram

It is a placed at an altitude of (1400 MT) On the Nainital - Almora Road, 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji.


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Shri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir idol

Many hundreds of people visit the temples here every day, in season. Each year, during the June 15th Bhandara, reportedly, more than one lakh (100,000) people are fed. Kainchi is a term used for two sharp hairpin bends of the motor road in local dialect hence the name. It has NO relation with scissors.


Founded by the famous Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba in 1962 and is very well maintained and kept neat and clean Kainchi temple is of a special importance in each and every devotee's life. It was here that Ram Dass and other westerners spent a lot of good time with Maharajji. All devotees should pay a visit to this temple at least once.


Construction of Neem Karoli Maharaji's Temple at Kainchi

Babaji left His physical body in the night of 10 September 1973. The Kalash containing his ashes was already installed in Shri Kainchi dham. Then, without any plan and design the construction work of Babas temple began in 1974. All His devotees cooperated (voluntarily)


The artisans and masons engaged in the construction work has an early bath and wearing clean clothes began work, reciting Hanuman Chalissa and chanting "Maharajji Ki Jai" (glory to Maharajji). When the construction work was on, the devotees also recited Hanuman Chalissaand did Kirtan by singing (Shri Rama - Jai Rama - Jai Jai Rama), Mothers also writing "Ramnam" on the bricks passed them on to the workers. The whole atmosphere vibrated with the chanting of "Baba Neem Karoli Maharaj Ki Jai". Influenced by the ardent devotion of the Mothers for Babaji, the workers also developed the same feeling of devotion, faith, reverance and love. It was Babaji's lila that he infused these workers with the qualities of Vishwakarma (the architectof Gods) and they remained busy with the construction work.


Now came 15th June 1976, the day for installation and consecration of Maharajji's murti. Maharajji Himself had fixed June 15th as the consecration of Kainchi Dham.


The Bagvat saptah and yajna etc. were completed before the installation and consecration ceremony. The devotees installed Kalash and hoisted flag on the temple with the sound of bells, gongs, drums and conches. The sky vibrated with the sound of clapping. Kirtan and slogans of glory to Babaji. The atmosphere was ecstatic and everyone had the feeling of Babaji Maharaj's physical presence. Then with recitation of hymns from Vedas and with the specified method of consecration ceremony and worship, Maharajji's murti was installed. In this way, Babaji Maharaj in the form of a murti is seated in Shri Kainchi Dham.


The ashram, located beside a bubbling brook and surrounded by tall pine-forested mountains, itself is small for a saint who has an elite following .It has five shrines, including one for his favourite Hanuman. Many of the Baba's devotees believe he himself was the monkey God incarnate.


Steve jobs also visited Kainchi Dham Ashram, in Nainital, in the state of Uttarakhand (the Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli or Baba Neeb Karori, considered a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman) and he is believed to have got the vision at this place to create Apple.


Hollywood actress Julia Roberts is also said to be influenced by Neem Karoli Baba and was drawn to Hinduism because of him Also among the most well-known of Neem Karoli Baba's disciples were spiritual teacher Ma Jaya, Ram Dass (the author of Be Here Now).


Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant (born May 5, 1944) is an American physician, epidemiologist, technologist, author and the former director of Google's philanthropic arm Larry Brilliant took Google’s Larry Page and Jeffrey Skoll, co-founder of eBay, on the pilgrimage to this temple also.


Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook also visited Shri Kanchi Dam Mandir. Mark Zuckerberg mentioned to Narendra Modi during the Indian prime minister's US tour that he had visited a temple in India during the early days of Facebook on the advice of Apple founder Steve Jobs. "...he (Jobs) told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed as the mission of the company I should visit this temple that he had gone to in India early on in his evolution of thinking about what he wanted Apple and his vision of the future to be, the month-long trip reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing,”" Zuckerberg told Modi at a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters.


"So I went and I travelled for almost a month, and seeing people, seeing how people connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone has a strong ability to connect reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing and that is something I've always remembered over the last 10 years as we've built Facebook." Mark Zukerberg said.

Kainchi Dham at a distance of 17 Kms from Nainital.


Kainchi Dham is approx. 317 km from Delhi 


Hanumangarhi, Nainital

Hanuman Garhi was made by Neem Karoli Baba in the year 1950 and is 3 Kms from Nainital. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is situated at an altitude of 6401 ft in the town of Tallital. Neem Karoli Baba stayed in this temple, and his personal effects are preserved in this temple. The temple complex is about 3.5 km (2 mi) from the Tallital (South End) bus stop. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman, the vanara god of the Ramayana, and he is depicted tearing open his chest to reveal Rama and Sita in his heart. Hanuman Garhi also is known for its views of the setting sun.


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