KAINCHI DHAM MANDIR :-
Kainchi Hanuman Mandir & Ashram
P. O. Kainchi Dham
Uttarakhand (UK) India
s a placed at an altitude of (1400 MT) On the Nainital
- Almora Road, at a distance of 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.
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.
The concept of this place came into existence in 1942
when Maharaj Neem Karoli along with Shri Poornanand of
the Kainchi Village proposed building an Ashram here dedicated
to Sombari Maharaj and Sadhu Premi Baba who used to perform
yagnas in this very place. Later in 1962, their dream
materialised and the forest from this area was cleared
and a rectangular platform was constructed. After due
permission from the Forest Conservator, Maharaj Ji acquired
the lease of this land and constructed a Temple devoted
to Lord Hanuman over that rectangular platform and adjacent
to it is the Kainchi Temple and an Ashram built for devotees.
The Hanuman temple is built over the platform mentioned
above. His devotees started coming from different places
and a chain of bhandaras, kirtans, bhajans started. The
Pran-Pratishtha of idols of Hanumanji and others was performed
on 15th June in different years. Thus, 15th June
is celebrated every year as Pratishtha Divas when a large
number of devotees come to Kainchi and get Prasad. The
number of devotees and the associated vehicular traffic
is so large that the district administration has to make
special arrangement to regulate the same. Accordingly
some changes have been made in the whole complex so that
people do not face any difficulty in movement.
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.
There is also a cave beside the temple where Baba Neem
Karoli used to spend his time praying and is considered
a sacred area.
Karoli Maharaji's Teachings
Maharajji taught many people. These teachings continue
today. The teaching was very subtle or literally a knock
on the head. Maharajji's teachings seem to have been totally
individual. Each devotee would have the answer or the
help they needed in the way that was best suited to their
needs. When devotees remembered Him, Maharajji would rush
to them to help and protect them. This seems to be going
on to this day.
Maharajji seems to be continually visiting people and
helping them since He "left His body" in Vrindaban in
1973. One devotee said that he thought the greatest miracle
was what Maharajji has done since then. Maharajji has
visited, helped, guided, fed, and called into service
so many in the last twenty-five years. Maharajji never
went away. For this we can be grateful.
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.
To Reach Kainchi Dham
between Kainchi Dham, Kainchi Dham Distance
Kainchi Dham at a distance of 9 Km from Bhowali.
Kainchi Dham at a distance of 17 Kms from Nainital.
Kainchi Dham is approx. 13 km from Golu Devta Temple
Kainchi Dham is approx. 317 km from Delhi via Kathgodam
- Bhimtal - Bhowali
NAME AND CLASS
1A, 2A, SL,II
FORT - LAL KUAN
2A, SL, II
- LAL KUAN
2A, SL, II
2A, SL, II
between New Delhi-Kathgodam-New Delhi twice a
week (Friday & Sunday) during summer vacations.
NOTE:- For precise details of
dates, timings and fares of all the above trains,
we request you to kindly confirm with the Indian
Railways before making reservations.
From Kathgodam the drive to Bhowali takes approx
One Hour and from Lal Kuan the drive to
Nainital is approx 85-95 minutes.
Note :- Though
time varies to reach Kainchi Dham as it depends
on the traffic, time of the journey (morning daytime
or evening) and the mode of Transportation.
Dham by road from nearest Railhead
(via Bhimtal - Bhowali)
(via Bhimtal - Bhowali)
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