Kainchi Dham: The Legacy of Mystics
Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg visited this hermitage to seek answers to life. Make a trip to this ashram and you could find the answers that you seek too!
In 1974, Steve Jobs was a young hippie wandering through Uttarakhand trying to find himself. He heard about Neeb Karori Baba and landed up at the Kainchi Dham Ashram, a serene hermitage built by the Baba at Kainchi, 30 km away from Nainital. Two years after his visit, Jobs, along with Wozniak, started Apple Inc. Steve Jobs often recalls this experience as life-changing. He even advised young Zuckerberg, who had just started Facebook, to make the trip to reconnect with his spiritual purpose.
Neeb Karori Baba was a mystic saint who is known to have influenced many people. A wealthy Brahmin from Uttar Pradesh, he renounced his life to become a Sadhu. His devotees considered him to be a Siddha Purusha – the knower of the past, present and future. The Kainchi Dham Ashram began as a simple platform for meditation in 1962. It was where the Baba, and others like him, meditated in the quietness of the hills. In 1974, a year after the Baba died, his devotees came together to build a temple dedicated to the saint. The temple complex is now open to the public.
One should visit the Dham not just because Jobs and Zuckerberg did, but to explore the intellectual and spiritual landscape of India.
Good to Know :
Location: 14 km from Sterling resort, on the Almora Road.
Timings: 5:00 am to 4:00 pm
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