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Sri Hanuman Ji Temple

Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj used to visit Vrindavan quite often. This was well before the Ashram at Vrindavan came up. He would come to Vrindavan and stay at the place of Hathiwale Baba on Parikramam Marg, which was actually a shack at that point of time. Others who accompanied Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj to Vrindavan were accommodated in some dharamshala. The shack where Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj used to come and stay is now a temple well known to all as Gore Dauji Mandir. At that point of time the place was outside the main hub centre of Vrindavan and there was no inhabitation in the area. It was actually in wilderness bereft of any vegetation except thorny bushes. Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj specifically chose the place where the Ashram exists. There was a lot of apprehension in the devotees about such a place being chosen and the same was conveyed to him by some of them to him to which he replied in times to come this place would be hub centre of all the activities. What could not be perceived then by minor mortals like us today reflects on what he had told then. Once an uninhabited land, full of thorny bushes, bereft of any vegetation and a place where no one ventured in those days was blessed by him and by his grace the place has become a centre of all major activities.

This land was of Dr Harikishan Ji Having acquired the land the first thing that was done was Pran Prathistha was a small moorti of Sri Hanuman ji by Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj himself. The moorti is located adjacent to the big Hanuman ji’s moorti at the Hanuman Mandir.

In Samvat 2025 (year 1968) Sri Mangatu Ram Jaipuriya Ji constructed Hanuman Ji temple in the memory of his brother Raisahab late Seth Puranmal Ji Jaipuriya. The statue of Hanuman ji was built in Jaipur . Upon the arrival of the statue in Vrindavan it was found broken but by the grace of Mahraj ji it was found ok without any treatment.

When Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj ji’s Vrindaban temple was completed, he told Bhavani Singh to be pujari there. The young boy was not a Brahmin (as priests traditionally are) and knew nothing of puja and rituals. Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj called in a pundit and told him to teach the boy the prayers. Then Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj sent him to the bazaar to buy a sacred thread and tulsi beads. Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj put these on him and told him to do the puja to Hanuman, that now he had become a pukka pujari (first-class priest).

Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj had gone out one day, and Jaipuria ji, the man who had built the temple, came and questioned Bhavani Singh as to his caste, his knowledge of Sanskrit, and soforth. Bhavani Singh answered that he was not a Brahmin but a Thakur (a lower Hindu caste). Jaipuria ji was upset, and just then Baba Neeb Karori Maharajappeared and called him away.

Jaipuria ji complained to Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj, and in the big hall infront of many people a discussion followed. Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj then asked Bhavani Singh if he knew Sanskrit; if he could read the Bhagavad Gita. Bhavani Singh said no and Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj retorted “Don’t lie.” Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj told that Bhavani Singh knew the eighteen chapters of the Gita by heart. Jaipuria ji then asked to hear chapters eleven and twelve. Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj threw his blanket over Bhavani Singh’s head and hit his head a few times. Then Bhavani Singh began to sing the Gita in the best Sanskrit, impressing all the Brahmins. Jaipuria ji broke down and threw himself at Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj ji’s feet. Bhavani Singh remained pujari for a year and a half. Although he never again recited the Gita, when that boy would perform a puja he was in such communion with God that much peace would come to all. (Miracle of Love)

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Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj was born in the village “Akbarpur” (Now in Firozabad district earlier in Agra district) of Uttar Pradesh (India) in a wealthy jamindar (landlord) family. He was born on Shuklpaksh Ashtmi in the month of Margsheersh.

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