Deluge of devotees at `Zuckerberg Temple’ after FB CEO’s revelation. Zuckerberg-Neem Karoli Baba-Kainchi Dham
Soon after Face book founder Mark Zuckerberg’s revelation in an interaction with PM Modi in the US that he had visited an Indian temple on the advice of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the temple in question, Kainchi Dham in Nainital district, has seen renewed interest among devotees who are visiting the place to seek the blessing of Neem Karoli Baba.
Vinod Joshi, who looks after the management of the temple, told TOI that the influx of visitors had increased after the Facebook CEO’s disclosure. “Earlier we used to get 50 devotees per day. Now, it has almost tripled,“ he claimed. Some of the new ones, in fact, have come looking for what they are now calling the `Zuckerberg Temple’.
Neem Karoli Baba, a saint who many believed had miraculous powers, came to these hills in 1942 and set up Kainchi Dham in 1962. Located at an altitude of about 1400 mt on the Nainital-Almora road, on the banks of the Shipra river, the name `kainchi’ is derived from the two sharp hairpin bends on the road.
Prabha Singh, a devotee, said she was motivated to come here after reading and watching news about the dham since the past few days. “I already knew about Neem Karoli Baba since there is a temple dedicated to him in Delhi’s Mehrauli.But after I came to know that his fame is spread across the world, I was motivated to visit the dham.”
Temple officials said that besides Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs – who reportedly came here in the 1970s when the saint was still alive but could not meet him – a number of other prominent foreign celebrities have been regular visitors to Kainchi Dham. They included Hollywood actress Julia Roberts, Ram Dass, also known as Dr Richard Alpert, a researcher on the effects of the drug LSD, musicians Jai Uttal and Krishna Das, humanitarian Larry Brilliant, an epidemiologist who was associated with Google’s philanthropic arm google.org, as well as bestselling author Daniel Goleman.
Source/Credit : Times Of India & Vineet Upadhyay