Golu Devata or Lord Golu (Hindi: गॊलू दॆवता) is the legendary mythological and historical God of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand state of India and is their deity.
The Golu Devta Chitai, temple is about 4 km (2.5 mi) from the main gate of Binsar wildlife sanctuary & about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Almora. Novel on Goludev story can read -"Sanyasi-Yodha" writer Kaustubh anand chandola. Web-www.sanyasiyodha.com
Jai Golu Devta !
Neem Karoli Baba (Hindi: नीम करौली बाबा) or Neeb Karori Baba (Hindi: नीब करौरी बाबा) (1900 c. - September 11, 1973), also known to followers as Maharaj-ji, is a Hindu guru, mystic and devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman. He is known outside India for being the guru of a number of Americans who travelled to India in the 1960s and 1970s, the most well-known being the spiritual teachers Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, and the musicians Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, and Trevor Hall (Rampriya Das). His ashrams are in Kainchi, Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Shimla, Neeb Karori village near Khimasepur in Farrukhabad, Bhumiadhar, Hanuman Gadi, Lucknow, Delhi in India and in Taos, New Mexico, USA.
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.
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.
Neem 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.
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.
How To Reach Kainchi How To Reach Kainchi Dham
Kainchi Distance Between Distance 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 (Ghorakhal)
Kainchi Dham is approx. 317 km from Delhi via Kathgodam - Bhimtal – Bhowali
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From Kathgodam the drive to Bhowali takes approx One Hour and from Lal Kuan the drive to Nainital is approx 85-95 minutes.
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Kathgodam (via Bhimtal - Bhowali) 45Kms
Lalkuan (via Bhimtal - Bhowali) 65 kms
Kainchi Ashram in Nainital Uttarakhand, inspired Steve Jobs to Found Apple
Steve Jobs, the charismatic Apple Founder and CEO. Steve Job’s success with Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad; are buzzing in tech world.
But just as Jobs is known for his addresses at Apple product launches, his historic Stanford speech and his passion for innovation and curve jumping thinking, something which turned Apple from bankruptcy to the world’s biggest tech company; he’s also known for his views and comments about another revolutionary, the Microsoft Founder Bill gates.
From time to time, Steve Jobs - once a Hare Rama Hare Rama (ISKCon) Sunday meal hungry college dropout; has reflected upon his thoughts about Microsoft founder Bill Gates; something which many think shed a great deal of light on Jobs’ past and pre-Apple days.
In one such occasion, reports WSJ, Jobs told New York Times in a 1997 interview referring to Gates:
"I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger,"
According to people who have followed Jobs’ life closely, he didn’t say the above, just for the sake of saying. Jobs’ actually recommended Gates the mantra, which he did when he was young and continued trying till now.
Deeply influenced by the Indian spiritualism in 70s; Steve Jobs born February 24, 1955, visited India in 1974 as a hippie (the same hippie connection which makes many connect Steve with untidiness even now) for what he calls “spiritual retreat” and a philosophical quest. The move many psychologists, link to Jobs being adopted by foster parents right after birth; but later his biological parents(Steve jobs born as Steven Paul Jobs to an American mother and a Syrian father in San Francisco, California) happened to tie the knot and gave birth to and raised a child, Jobs’ biological sister. how he funded his India journey, by taking a job at Atari.
While at Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, Steve, who always had inclination towards computers, used to attend after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company. After his graduation from high school in 1972, Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after first semester (first three months). Instead he enrolled himself in non degree Calligraphy (beautiful handwriting) classes; and stayed with friends in their hostel room. Monet skint, as he had ditched college degree, jobs used to audit classes at Reed, returned Coke bottles for food money, and didn’t refrain from getting weekly free meals at the local “Hare Krishna” temple (this is the Sunday free meal connection at Hare Rama Temple).
Jobs returned to California in 1974; and took a technician job at popular video games manufacturer Atari, primarily to save money for visiting India in search of spiritual enlightenment. Spending time there as a hippie in quest of eternal knowledge (experimented with psychedelics, calling his “acid” or Lysergic acid diethylamide experiences "), Jobs returned from India in the same year as a “Buddhist”; if not in practice but at least in appearance.
In 1976, Jobs founded Apple along with his college friend Steve Woznaik; with whom he used to attend after school Hewlett-Packard Company classes as well. According to Steve, he got the inspiration to found Apple, during his stay in India. In India, Steve visited Kainchi Ashram, in Nainital, in the state of Uttarakhand (the Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli or Baba Neeb Karori, considered a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman, a monkey God in Hinduism); and it’s where he is believed to have got the vision to create Apple.
KAINCHI ASHRAM IN NAINITAL UTTARAKHAND, INSPIRED MARK ZUCKERBERG
Vinod Joshi, the secretary of the trust that manages a small temple and ashram nestled in a picture-postcard valley called Kainchi near Nainital, got a call from Larry Brilliant, an American physician and former director of Google's philanthropic arm Google.org. "Larry said some Mark would be coming to the ashram for a day," recalls the short, bubbly man with twinkling eyes, who has spent his life in the service of his spiritual guru Neeb Karori Baba at the ashram.
Joshi doesn't remember exactly when because he had no idea who Mark Zuckerberg was. Facebook was yet to become a daily habit of about a billion and half people. But he does remember that Zuckerberg flew down to Pantnagar, about 65 km from Nainital, and then drove to the ashram of Neeb Karori (often called Neem Karoli) Baba, who died in 1973 but continues to enchant several highprofile Americans.
The Baba's halo shined bright last week when 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," 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 ZUCKERBERG SPENT 2 DAYS AT THE KAINCHI DHAM
Joshi says Zuckerberg landed up with just a book in his hand without even a change of clothes. "He was wearing a trouser which was torn at one knee," he told ET. Zuckerberg was supposed to spend only one day, but stayed for two because Pantnagar was hit by a storm and flights could not take off.
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 that includes Hollywood star Julia Roberts. It has five shrines, including one for his favourite Hanuman. Many of the Baba's devotees believe he himself was the monkey God incarnate. Opposite the shrines is a white building with square columns where the sage used to live. "We call it the White House," Joshi says.
On its verandah, there is a small wooden platform covered with a dark woolen blanket sprinkled with fresh flowers — the Baba used to spend most of his day seated on it. All over the place there are pictures of the ever-smiling Baba sitting or half lying down with his left palm supporting his head. He is always wearing a blanket.
Even in the shrine where the Baba lives on in a life-size marble statue, he wears a Burberry-check blanket. As the evening aarti (lamp service) winds down at the shrine, I tell Rameshwar Dass standing at the back of a small crowd of worshippers that the statue is life-like. "Well, almost," Dass replies with a mischievous smile, his eyes crinkling up crows' feet on the edges. "He looked quite different."
Dass, a former New Yorkbased photographer, was Jim until the sage gave him his new name. When Jim first met Neeb Karori Baba in 1970, he stayed by his side for two years.
In the lofty peaks of the Himalayas lie the four most holy pilgrimage sites in the state. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, collectively known as Char Dham or four pilgrimage places, are the main centres for religious activity in North India. Devotees traditionally make their way to Yamunotri as the first destination and then move towards Gangotri and Kedarnath, followed by Badrinath which is the end of the journey. Aspiring to wash away their sins and attain salvation and blessings from above, thousands of devotees undertake this holy journey to experience eternal bliss Devotees deep in prayer at Gangotri.
Each site of the Char Dham is dedicated to certain Gods and Goddesses. Yamunotri is dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna and she accompanies the devotee to the high altitude, picturesque region of Rawaii Ghaati. Yamunotri stands high up in the deep cleft on the western face of the Banderpunch Peak. The most holy area of the Yamuna is the Divya Shila, a dark rock from where the hot springs emerge. This is the origin of the Yamuna and pilgrims offer their first puja here. It is believed that a bath in the waters of the Yamuna protects the devotee from akaalmrityu or untimely death that prevents one from attaining moksha.
Gangotri, known as the source of River Ganges, is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga. The shrine overlooks the River Bhagirathi and here the Ganga is also known as Bhagirathi, named after the ancient King Bhagirath whose penance brought her down from the heavens. Goddess Ganga is the main deity here and the stone slab or the Bhagirath Shila where King Bhagirath meditated is near the temple.
Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also a part of the Panch Kedar Yatra. It is the northernmost Jyotirlinga and is close to the source of the holy River Mandakini. Adi Shankaracharya is said to have attained samadhi in the shrine behind the famous Kedarnath Temple at the age of 32
Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is set against the backdrop of the Neelkanth Peak between the Nar and Narayan mountains. It is situated on the banks of the River Alaknanda at an altitude of 10,276 metres. According to legend, Lord Vishnu meditated here while his consort Lakshmi took the form of a berry (badri) tree to offer him shade.
Before embarking on this journey, one has to be prepared for both physical and mental hardships as the road to be taken not easy. Char Dham Yatra is one of the most accessible yet arduous yatras in the state and is bustling with activities especially during the summer. The scenic beauty of the place and the mystical mountains solemnly prepare the pilgrims as they move towards their destination.
Mansa Devi Temple
Located on the top of the Bilwa Parvat is the Mansa Devi Temple in Haridwar. lt is one of the most visited and prominent temples in North lndia. The Mansa Devi Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mansa Devi, wife of the Nag King Vasuki and a form of Shakti (Power). The temple gets its name from the word ‘mansha’ which means wish and it is believed that the Goddess fulfils the wishes of a sincere devotee. It is one of the famous Siddha Peethas and devotees tie threads on a holy tree that is located in the vicinity of the temple for their wishes to be granted by the Goddess. They come back to untie them after their wishes are fulfilled. A particular statue of the Goddess in the temple has five arms and three faces and another has eight arms. There is a ropeway service known as Devi Udankhatola that carries the devotees to Mansa Devi Temple.
Chandi Devi Temple
Constructed in 1929 AD. by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh, the Chandi Devi Temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat. It is said that Goddess Chandi Devi killed the army chief of the local demon king Shumbha Nishumbha and that is how the temple got its name. Adi Shankaracharya is said to have installed the main idol of Goddess Chandi Devi in this temple in the 8th century AD. It is one of the well-known Siddha Peethas in North India and devotees make their way to this temple to seek the blessings of Chandi Devi and for their wishes to be fulfilled. The temple is six kilometres from Haridwar and there is a three-kilometre trek to reach the temple. The devotees can also take the cable car or use the ropeway service leading to the temple that starts near Gauri Shankar Temple.
Jageshwar is considered one lndia’s twelve sacred jyotirlingas and is three kilometres from the main road from Chitai and Almora. Known as Shiva’s winter abode, the temple town of Jageshwar Dham lies among the Kumaon Hills at a height of about 1,900 metres above sea level, and has more than 200 temples. Jageshwar has a rich heritage with 124 shrines dating from the 5th to the 18th centuries. The forest protects and watches over the temples of Jageshwar that lie in a beautiful narrow valley among the ancient deodars, where the murmur of the rivulets adds to the sanctity of this place. The three main shrines here are Jageshwar, Mahamrityunjaya and Pushtidevi.
The Jageshwar Temple is about 100 kilometres from Nainital. Sculpteddwarpals can be seen at the entrance of this temple and a strong Buddhist influence is visible in the carvings, even though a deity of Shiva resides in the temple. Nandini and Surabhi are the two streams flowing down the hills and meeting at this sacred spot. The Mahamrityunjaya Temple is the oldest and the main puja takes place here. The Dandeshwar Temple complex enshrines a large natural rock as a linga and is one of the biggest temples. A huge fair is held every year during the monsoons at Jageshwar. The Jata Ganga which was a medieval Lakula Shaivism centre is considered to be a sacred teertha in the Kumaon region. Thousands of devotees flock here during Shivratri in March-April and for the Shravan Mela in July-August.
Of the 400 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, only 124 have survived and are now being renovated by the Archaeological Survey of lndia (ASl).
Lakhamandal is a place where the Pandavas lived during their exile. The Jatugriha where the jealous son of blind King Dritharashtra conspired to burn the Pandavas alive in a palace made up of shellac, known as Lakshagriha or House of Shellac, is believed to be located here. The five brothers along with their consorts escaped unscathed with the help of Lord Krishna. They were also saved by the power of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and so a Shakti temple was constructed here later. This is an important pilgrimage place and is revered by the Shakti cults who visit this place in search of peace and eternal bliss. An18thcentury historic cave bearing the carving of a hundred stone figures and two Shivlingas is of immense archaeological importance.
Lakhamandal falls in the Jaunsaar-Bhabur tribal area, where the customs and traditions as observed during the time of the Pandavas are still observed. The ancient Lakhamandal Temple is situated on a hill slope on the banks of the river Yamuna and has rich remains of ancient temples, sculptures and inscriptions, some dating from as early as the 5th century AD. The temple exhibits the North Indian temple architectural style and is encircled by lofty Himalayan peaks. lt was built in the 8th century and was constructed with numerous stone engraved figures with a mythological association. The Shiva temple that comprises a ‘triratha sanctum’ is the only temple that has survived in good condition across the ages. The temple has a five-storeyed ‘rekha-sikhara’ that leads to a modern hall and porch and a large flagged court. The sanctum enshrines a Shivlinga and the doorway to the three sakhas is carved with frolicsome ganas topped by matrikas and bevelled scrolls.
Baijnath is a place that resounds with myths, legends and innumerable stories it is located at a distance of l9 kilometres from Kausani and 26 kilometres from Bageshwar. it is a small delicate town lying across a flat valley called the Garur valley of Katyur and is adorned with verdant, rich hills and beautiful terraced fields. it was once upon a time the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and then known as Kartikyapura. The construction of the Baijnath Temple complex was undertaken by the Katyuri kings. The bank of the River Gomti reflects the glorious past of this period and is famous for its group of temples. The 13th century AD. ancient temples of Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahma can be found here. The temple is famous for its ancient and magnificent stone idol of goddess Parvati. The Kotkimai Temple is about eight kilometres from Baijnath on the Gwaldam road. On the way to this temple, one can also visit Pandusthal that lies nearby. Two local merchants Ahuka and Manyuka built the famous Baijnath Temple that has been continuously worshipped at, ever since its construction in 1204 AD. There are two long inscriptions in the porch of the temple indicating that a temple of Shiva existed on the spot even before the present one was constructed. The present Baijnath Temple is an ideal example of the early medieval North Indian temple architecture known as Nagara style of temples.
Baijnath is known for its exquisitely carved and sculptured temples built by the Katyuri kings, which are considered as some of the finest creations of the Western Himalayas.
Nanakmatta is an important Sikh pilgrimage centre that lies on the Rudrapur-Tanakpur route. Known as the abode of the yogis, this place has many devotees of Guru Gorakhnath and was earlier known as Gorakhmatta. When Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, visited this place in the 16th century, its name was changed to Nanakmatta. Guru Nanak is said to have meditated here and it believed that he even taught the yogis the true path of meditation.
Guru Nanak was enchanted with the serene surroundings and divinity of the place and is said to have bestowed his blessings on it, which resulted in its development. Nanakmatta is 17 kilometres from Khatima and is situated in the Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand. Another attraction here that adds to the popularity of the place is the Nanakmatta Dam built across the Saryu River. This serves as an ideal fishing and angling destination centre. The Nanakmatta Gurudwara is a sacred historical Sikh shrine situated betweenKhatima and Sitargang on the Khatima
Panipat road. The significant Baoli Sahib is situated on the banks of the Ghaghar River in Nanakmatta near Nanak Sagar Dam. When the yogis misused their powers by drying up the water of this area, Guru Nanak gave instructions to Bhai Mardana to pick up a spade and go to a nearby river. He then had to drag the river behind him with the spade without looking behind.On doing so the river followed him and stopped at the point where he looked behind to see the river flow. This made the yogis accept defeat and a baoli was constructed here. Nanakmatta is an important pilgrimage centre and thousands of Sikh devotees flock
here to attain divine blessings.
Shri Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib is the highest gurudwara in the world, standing tall at a height of 4,329 metres above sea level. It lies between seven sacred hills by the banks of the sacred Lokpal Lake, in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayas in eastern Uttarakhand. Adjacent to the Gurudwara is a small Lakshman temple, which is a holy place for the local Hindus. The autobiographical account of the tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh says that it was at Hemkund that he meditated in his previous birth. lt is the only gurudwara connected with the previous birth of a Sikh Guru and is an important pilgrimage place.
Hemkund Sahib has striking architecture. The roof is built in the shape of the urdha kamal or an inverted lotus flower. The urdha kamal is an important flower in the Granth Sahib, and represents the soul of man yet to be blossomed with enlightenment and maturity. The pentagonal shape of the Gurudwara is also significant in Sikh belief. The devotees undertake a parikrama oi' the shrine before entering, then take a holy dip in the cold waters of the lake and recite the holy Jalji. The devotees exchange the waters between the holy sarovar at the Golden Temple and the Hemkund Lake.The granthi recites the commandments from the holy book or the Hukamnamah.
Hemkund Sahib is an lB-kilometre trek from Govindghat. The journey is difficult and at times, the snow has to be moved to make way. The last 5-kilometre stretch is the most challenging route and devotees determined to reach the gurudwara amidst all the hardships are overwhelmed with a sense of achievement after reaching.
The Ashoka Relic
The Ashoka Pillar Rock edict at Kalsi, built in 450 B.C., represents the post-warfare era when King Ashoka converted to Buddhism. One edict at Kalsi is made of quartz, and is ten feet long and eight feet broad. ‘Gajottam’, which means the most excellent elephant, is inscribed on the right side of the rock and is engraved in the eastern dialect of Magadhi in the Brahmi script, which was then the official language. The rock edict has around 14 inscriptions written in the Prakrit language.
The national archaeological department has taken the responsibility of preserving the edict as it has great historical significance. The place lies near fields and here the Yamuna River meets with the Tons River. in the past, Kalsi lay on the pilgrimage route to Yamunotri, and that's a reasonrock was put here for the pilgrims and travellers to see. The rock has a set of inscriptions for the Dhamma follow. This is now under the protection the people had t of the archaeological survey