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Neem Karoli Baba’s Kainchi ashram is located in the beautiful secluded mountain in the Kumoan Hills in Uttarakand. The first temple was inaugurated in June 1964. It is approximately 38 km from Naini Tal. 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. Beautiful Gardens.

Baba Neem Karoli is a great saint of India. He was born Lakshmi Narayan Sharma and after the birth of his youngest child he left home and decide to lead the life of a sadhu. The exact details of Neem Karoli Baba's birth and early years are not known.

Baba left his home around the time when his youngest child (daughter) was eleven (1958) and wandered extensively throughout northern India as a Sadhu. During this time he was known by many names including Lakshman Das, Handi Wallah Baba, and Tikonia Walla Baba.

 When he did tapasya (dedicated worship) and sadhna  in Bavania in Gujarat, he was known as Tallaiya Baba.  In Vrindavan, local inhabitants addressed him by the name of Chamatkari Baba (miracle baba). Baba Neem Karoli was a lifelong adept of bhakti yoga, and encouraged service to others (seva) as the highest form of unconditional devotion to God.

 In the book Miracle of Love, compiled by Ram Dass, a devotee named Anjani shares the following account:

“Facts are few, stories many. He seems to have been known by different names in many parts of India. Appearing and disappearing through the years. His non-Indian devotees of recent years knew him as Neem Karoli Baba, but mostly as “Maharajji” – a nickname so commonplace in India that one can often hear a tea vendor addressed thus. When he was asked about himself, he would respond that he was "nobody". He gave no discourses; the briefest, simplest stories were his teachings. Usually he sat or lay on a wooden bench wrapped in a plaid blanket while a few devotees sat around him. Visitors came and went; they were given food, a few words, a nod, a slap on the head or back, and they were sent away. There was gossip and laughter for he loved to joke. Orders for running the ashram were given, usually in a piercing yell across the compound. Sometimes he sat in silence, absorbed in another world to which we could not follow, but bliss and peace poured down on us. Who he was no more than the experience of him, the nectar of his presence, the totality of his absence.”

 A Sadhu and Guru, the Baba was related to my father so I knew his many secrets and his miracles he is the same Baba, who Steve Jobs (Apple) in his young had gone looking for, to meet and seek blessings (the incident is mentioned in Steve Jobs biography), all though he could not meet Baba in person, Baba’s blessings also gave him energy, supporting him to achieve his success. 

It is with his blessings that one of his disciples was able to become the President of India. 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 (the author of BE HERE NOW) and Bhagavan Das and the musicians Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. Other notable devotees include humanitarian Larry Brilliant and his wife Girija, Dada Mukerjee (former professor at Allahabad University, Uttar Pradesh, India), and scholar and writer Yvette Rosser. Baba Hari Dass was also a disciple who maintained one of the ashrams before heading to the USA to become a spiritual teacher. Steve Jobs, along with his friend Dan Kottke, traveled to India in 1973 to meet Neem Karoli Baba, but arrived after the guru left soul from the body in September of that year. Hollywood actress Julia Roberts was also influenced by Neem Karoli Baba. A picture of him drew Roberts to Hinduism.

Neem Karoli Baba”s ashrams are in Kainchi, Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Shimla, Bhumiadhar, Hanuman Gadi, Lucknow, Delhi in India, and in Taos, New Mexico and USA.