After visiting the Kainchi Ashram dedicated to Shri Neeb Karori Maharaj, I recently paid a visit to a temple in Delhi for which Maharaj ji himself chose the land in 1970.
This temple, in Mehrauli’s Jaunapur village, is believed to be a jagrit (glorious) place which has witnessed immense grace of Maharaj ji. For centuries, Jaunapur village was bearing the brunt of a sage’s curse and eventually this place got relieved from that curse after Maharaj ji’s arrival.
The statue of Lord Hanuman in this temple was installed by Maharaj ji himself. It is present at the same place from where His small swayambhu (self-existing) idol was dug out on Maharaj ji’s instructions.
Beside this there are temples of Maharaj ji, Gauri-Shankar ji, Goddess Vaishnavi.
There is a place called kuti (cottage) which houses idols of gods, goddesses, Maharaj ji along with pictures of great sages and saints. Inside the kuti, there is narrow staircase leading to another place called gufa (cave). Next to kuti, is a temple of Nag Devta.
One more temple dedicated to Maharaj ji was got built by a sewadar (volunteer) late Baba Sevanand ji. Sundar Kaand is often recited in this temple on Saturday.
The entire temple area is spread in 40-50 acres approximately. One of the priests in the temple told me that people in this area donated this entire land to Maharaj ji.
The vast area of the temple boasts of its serene beauty and is surrounded by abundant greenery.
Exploring the temple area and sitting here is very peaceful.
Here, Lord Hanuman ji’s temples exceed the number of other ones.
The temple committee also runs a hospital and a school from 1st to 12th class in two shifts, where around 3000 students study.
Across this temple, there is a gaushala (cowshed) which has about 150 cows and calves.
Before entering this cowshed, one can see a well which ended the centuries-old water scarcity after Maharaj ji blessed this area with his presence.
Be it the Kainchi temple in Uttarakhand or the Jaunapur ashram in Delhi, the profound divinity engulfing these places touches everyone’s heart. Various temples constructed across the country during Maharaj ji’s lifetime as well as after his mahasamadhi (the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one’s body) literally follow his teaching – “Love All, Serve All, Feed All.”