Neem Karoli Baba or Neeb Karori Baba (c. 1900 – 11 September 1973) – known to his followers as Maharaj-ji – was a Hindu guru, mystic and devotee of the Hindu lord Hanuman.He is known outside India for being the guru of a number of Americans who travelled to India in the 1960s and 70s, the most well-known being the spiritual teachers Ram Dassand Bhagavan Das, and the musicians Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. His ashrams are in Kainchi, Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Shimla, Neem Karoli village near Khimasepur in Farrukhabad, Bhumiadhar, Hanumangarhi, Lucknow, Delhi in India and in Taos, New Mexico, US.
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.
One more religiously significant sites in the list of famous places to visit in Nainital, Kainchi Dham was built in 1962 by Neem Karoli Baba, the founder of Hanuman Garhi. A temple and an ashram, Kainchi Dam is engulfed by lush greenery and marvelous hills. Set alongside a glistening river, the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is visited by several believers and worshippers regularly.
Made famous to the world by Ex-Apple CEO, Steve Jobs’ visit in the 1970s and followed by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the temple hosts a massive fair every year on June 15th which is attended by locals and visitors alike.
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 15thBhandara, 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 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.
Best Time to visit Kainchi Dham
Kainchi Dham Temple welcomes its devotees during all times of the year. The summers here are a splendid one, making it a pleasant time for the visitors and devotees. The winters here are extremely beautiful as you get to experience the splendid beauty of snow-covered peaks,and the coziness this offers, in temperatures below 0 degrees.
Monsoon, however, can be a little tricky due to jammed roads and heavy downpour but offers the most mesmerizing look of this place with all colors coming out in their purest natural form after being washed by the rains.
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