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 Maa Vaishno Devi Ashram

HISTORY

Maa Vaishno Devi is believed to grant all four boons to her devotees, namely, Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Material Pursuits), Kaama (Contentment) and Moksha (Enlightenment).

Sh. J C. Chaudhry is the Managing Trustee and the founder of Maa Vaishno Devi Ashram at Vridavan. With his staunch belief in Maa Vaishno devi, who has always acted as a source of support and inspiration for him, he set out to establish an Ashram which will give all the devotees of Maa Vaishno Devi an opportunity to worship their Goddess and serve the poor along side.

His idea of an Ashram for devotees could not have been complete without a magnificent Maa Vaishno Murti (standing at an impressive height of 141ft from ground level), Devi Mandir, Darshan Gufa, Langar Hall, Free Dispensary, Dharamshalas, Spritual Hall, Meditation Hall, Yoga Hall and Library etc. In his quest to reciprocate to the Goddess for all her love, care and blessings, Sh. Chaudhry built a Maa Vaishno Ashram in Vridavan. The place of Ashram is itself a very holy place because of it being credited with the place of Lord Krishna childhood. This grand contribution by Sh. Chaudhry's is his endevour to relinquish it back to society through his religious involvements.

MAKING OF ASHRAM & MANDIR

The Goddess, Maa Viashno devi is one of the leading goddesses of the Indian Pantheon, which has a following of over a 1 Billion (Hindus) across the world. It is with the supreme devotion towards Maa Vaishno in the mind that this statue has been created. Jay Kay Trust, headed by its Managing Trustee Sh. J C Chaudhry, runs the Ashram and Temple. Creation of this grand shrine is to enable access of Maa Vaishno's darshan to millions of her disciples in the entire north of India. The beauty and galore of the Ashram does not stop at the famous Maa Vaishno's Murti. The Ashram houses beautiful Statues, Temple, Dharamshalas (Guesthouses), Langar hall, Yoga & Meditation Halls, etc. for the comfort and devotion of its followers. Sh Chaudhry has created this distinct monument with clean and virtuous objectives of providing goddess Vaishno's disciples a place where they can not only come and worship their deity but also experience a supernal aura of calmness, full of an incredible mix of elements which makes the visit to this holy shrine a fulfilling episode.

information for visitors
travelling to india
the most convenient airport for coming to vrindavan is delhi airport (indira gandhi international airport). the two other most common airports are mumbai and kolkata for international travelers. trains are available from both mumbai and kolkata to get you to vrindavan, which is located in the heart of mathura district of uttar pradesh (up).
traveling to vrindavan
from delhi airport you can get a taxi directly to vrindavan. taxis are available at the airport or you can arrange for a taxi from vrindavan to collect you, this is a better option as you are less likely to be cheated. if you know someone in vrindavan they can also arrange it for you. you should expect to pay about rs.1500 for a non ac taxi to vrindavan.
you can also get trains from the central part of delhi (i.e. new delhi railway station) to mathura, you will then need to get an auto rickshaw or taxi to the maa vaishno ashram at vrindavan, the train should cost no more than rs.100, this is for a general ticket and paying the extra for sitting in a sleeper class boggie, the auto rickshaw from mathura should also be no more than rs.25-30.
buses are also available from delhi, some buses come into vrindavan, otherwise you will have to get off the bus at chatikhara and then get a rickshaw to the maa vaishno ashram at vrindavan. the bus from delhi should be no more than rs.100, and the rickshaw from chatikhara no more than rs.10.
from mumbai you can get a number of good trains direct to mathura, second class sleeper will cost about rs.450 and 3 tier ac will cost about rs.1200. the golden temple or paschim express are both good trains.
from kolkata there are no good trains direct to mathura. you can get the kalka mail train to either tundla or aligarh and then get a taxi or bus to mathura/vrindavan, second class sleeper will cost about rs.500 and 3 tier ac will cost about rs.1200. a non ac taxi from tundla or aligarh will cost about rs.900. another option is to get a train to delhi and then come to vrindavan as detailed above.
where to stay in vrindavan accommodation is available inside the ashram for the devotees. apart from the dharamashalas at the ashram, there are a lot of other options which are available inside vrindavan. they all vary in their standards ranging form rs.50 per night for a very simple room with no facilities to rs.1500 per night for a room with ac, bathroom, kitchen and an abundance of other facilities. during festival times it is very difficult to find rooms at the last minute, so if you know you are coming, try to book your rooms in advance, busy times in vrindavan are kartik, gaura purnima and the month of sravana. below is a list of the guest-houses in vrindavan.
 
guest-house rs. per night non ac / ac minutes walk from ashram phone no.
smt bhagwani devi dharamshala at the ashram 1500 inside the ashram compound 9997000604
shri tola ram chaudhry dharamshala 1500 inside the ashram compound 9997000604
mvt 750 / 999 15 2540079/3207578
agrasen (nri / indians only) 150 15 2540186
dhanuka ashram 250 15 2540075/38
iskcon guesthouse donations accepted 10 2540021
maheshwari ashram 100, 150 / 500 25 2540421
citrakoot 150 15 2540551
chintamani kunj 200 20 2540012
savitri yoga ashram 300 / 800 15 2540222
gita mandir 150, 200 25 2540291
sadhana kunj 250, 350 15 2540670
sri ram saranam 125 15 2540191
radheshyam ashram 400, 500 25 2540197
radheshyam palace 300 20 2540729
fogala ashram 150 20 2540489
sri krishna niwas 150 15 2540460
sriji palace 450 15 2540864
sriji dham 150 / 350 15 3292223
govinda mohan (loi bazar) 100 rickshaw 2443239
srila prabhupadas charitable trust 200 25 3296890
ananda krishna van 1000 ac 25 2540878/3298855
temple and garden 200 25 2540425
savitri seva sadan 300 25 2540880
country code:+91 | city code: 0565
 
etiquette to be observed in sri vrindavan dhama
rickshaws
always fix the fare in advance. never fight with the rickshaw driver. in case of dispute get help from a local devotee. never drive the rickshaw yourself. devotees in saffron cloth must never ride with a lady. ladies should never ride alone after dark.
eating
do not eat on the public street or sit at the tea stalls outside. it is not only dangerous to your health but also creates a bad public image. if you have to purchase anything to drink or eat from outside, bring them back to the ashram campus or to your room. ladies, especially, should not under any condition sit at the tea stalls.
temples
photography is prohibited in many temples in vrindavan. always inquire first as indignant caretakers are known to break cameras. it is best not to wear shoes when visiting temples or doing parikramas.
do not carry your shoes in a bag into any temple of the lord. many temples do not even permit wearing socks in the temple. carry small coins to give as donations. beware of touts, pickpockets and so-called guides. if you are harassed by aggressive pandas it is best to either ignore them or give a small donation and move on. do not get into an argument with them.
dress code
ladies should wear sari and have their head and bodies, including bellies covered at all times. they should wear sufficient and thick clothing while bathing in the yamuna or in any kunda. men should wear neat and clean dhotis and kurtas.
rooms
use your own locks on your room door. do not bring foodstuffs into your room as this may attract insects especially ants. you will find it easier to keep healthy. be mindful of where you keep your room keys as the receptionist may not have a spare one.
safety tips
do not allow strangers in your room.
always keep your room locked. if you are staying outside the ashram then insist on using your own locks.
keep your passport, money, flight tickets, jewelry and other valuables in a safe place. lockers are provided inside the ashram.
be careful of pickpockets when you are in a crowded place.
do not leave your camera or belongings unattended, as they can easily be stolen.
do not use any kind of fire in your room.
always drink bottled or reliably filtered water.
keep glasses in your pocket while downtowneven on a rickshaw. monkeys may steal them.
if you have any indications of sickness please contact a doctor immediately. you can take help of administrative office for this.
do not go alone to take a bath in the yamuna. go in a group. do not go out too deep into the water even if you are a good swimmer.
 
taxi fares
given below are the usual taxi fares for standard routes to/from vrindavan:
non air-conditioned
destination indica ambassador sumo qualis
delhi, drop off / pick up 1,540 1,540 2,035 2145
delhi, same day return 1,760 1,760 2,255 2420
agra, return (max 7 hours) 990 990 1,375 1430
tundla, drop off / pick up 990 990 1,375 1430
aligarh, drop off / pick up 880 880 1,100 1320
mathura, drop off / pick up 275 275 385 385
nandagram, varsana, radha kund, goverdhana (max 7 hours) 825 825 1,210 1430
mathura, gokul, raval, dauji (max 7hours) 715 715 990 1100
jaipur return 2,475 2,475 3,080 3300
 
air-conditioned
destination indica ambassador qualis
delhi, drop off / pick up 1,705 1,705 2,255
delhi, same day return 1,925 1,925 2,750
agra, return (max 7 hours) 1,155 1,155 1,650
tundla, drop off / pick up 1,155 1,155 1,650
aligarh, drop off / pick up 1,045 1,045 1,595
mathura, drop off / pick up 330 330 440
nandagram, varsana, radha kund, goverdhana (max 7 hours) 990 990 1,650
mathura, gokul, raval, dauji (max 7hours) 825 825 1,320
jaipur return 3,025 3,025 3,850
 
buses
there is a daily bus service to delhi from the bus stop outside the ashram.
fare: rs.85/- per person
timings: 5:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm.
post office
letters can be mailed from the government post office located on the ground floor of the gurukula building, inside of vrindavan. you can take help of administrative block also for this service.
timings: 10am to 5pm (closed on sundays).
lockers
please keep your valuables in a safe place. to assist you, the temple has a locker facility where you may deposit your cash, travellers cheques, passport, tickets & other documents for safe-keeping. the locker facility is located at seva sthal and at administrative block.
timings: 7:30am to 1:00pm & 4:30pm to 8:30pm.
lost and found
contact the ashram office.
timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  1. LOCATION MAP OF ASHRAM
    11, Maa Vaishno Devi Ashram,
    Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg,
    Chhatikara, Mathura (UP)
    Phone: 0-9997000603/04
    Email : info@maavaishno.org





Vrindavan Ashram 

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The wonderful Neeb Karori Baba Vrindavan Ashram is located in Krishna’s holy city of Vrindaban on the plains of Uttar Pradesh. The first temple was inaugurated in 1967. This ashram is on Parikrama Marg a short ways from Mathura Road. It was in Vrindaban that Maharaj-ji chose to leave His body in 1973.

Within this ashram is the Mahasamadhi Mandir of Neem Karoli Baba / Neeb Karori Baba. This is the site of Maharaj-ji's Mahasamadhi Bhandara in September. This ashram has experienced a lot of growth, including addition of a Ram-Sita-Laxshman-Hanuman Mandir, new ashram rooms, new paint, an excellent new kitchen, and large meeting hall.

Maharajji's Vrindavan Ashram has Beautiful Gardens during several months of the year.

Some westerners are permitted to stay at this ashram. A letter of introduction and prior arrangement with the ashram are a must if you wish to stay in the ashram.

For more information, contact the Ashram Manager. Address: Baba Neeb Karori Ashram, Parikrama Marg Goshala, Vrindaban, Dist: Mathura, UP 281121, India, Telephone: (0565) 2443111 (IMPORTANT NOTE: This telephone number was corrected Sept 26, 06. The previous number had a 7 instead of a 2.)

"A wife must serve God by serving her husband."
Maharajji

Because we're physical beings, and because we are identified with our physical bodies, we seem to think that a Guru, a real Guru, is also a physical body. But it's not that way.

And even though He has left that particular physical body, His presence is stronger than ever. And for me, He is that presence. You know. He's a living presence in my own heart and when I remember myself, I'm remembering Him. When I'm aware..., I'm aware of that presence that He is; that's what He is for me. It's almost as if He is the air. And the space that we live in.

And He never goes anywhere. We don't look. When ever we look, He's there. So, even when we're not looking, He's there. But we don't look. So, my whole spiritual practice is to keep aware and to keep seeing Him all the time. You know. As much as I can. And when the heart is charged up and turned on, you know, that's when you're aware of His presence. That's who He is for me now – become the whole universe.

Mukunda: About Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji

 Even the beggar becomes a king, the lame persons are able to walk or even fly, the blind is able to see this universe, and many of the difficult writings of the destiny which are at the forehead of a person can be wiped out.  Even the fundamental essence of a person or a personality or a being can be made to change.

A poet has said while comparing the river and a saint that the river actually flows from higher to the bottom because that is the very nature of a river and she is tied by that, not for her personal pleasure, but because that is her personal nature to be pure, to be graceful, and to become compassionate for the well-being of others.  And, that is precisely what the saints do.

The Saint Called Nobody

"He appeared and disappeared for years, being known by different names in various parts of India. His western devotees knew him as Neem Karoli Baba, but to the Indians he was simply Maharajji,” writes Baba Ram Dass of his guru in his book Miracles of Love. Ram Dass, formerly Richard Alpert, professor of psychology and colleague of LSD guru Timothy Leary, met Neem Karoli Baba in 1967. During that time, Alpert was quite a firm believer in the mysticism of psychedelic drugs. However, one meeting with Maharajji changed his whole view of life. And after Neem Karoli Baba left his body on September 11, 1973, Ram Dass, along with some other disciples, compiled stories and anecdotes about the sage. The result was Miracles of Love—an attempt, in the words of Ram Dass, “to give Maharajji’s darshan to all”.

What About Maharajji's Names?

Maharajji

It is clear that Maharajji has left us many names by which to remember Him.

 

Maharajji left two names by which He is best known worldwide.

These names are "Baba Neeb Karori" and "Neem Karoli Baba". In India, there are often many ways of pronouncing the same word(s). The village of Neeb Karoli, where Maharaji resided for some time in the 1930s is the principal source of the name. In essence, the meaning is "the baba from Neeb Karori." However, the village name is alternately pronounced "Neeb Karori" or "Neem Karoli" in common daily speech. So, you can see "it's complicated'. Ram Dass and the Westerners picked up on the "Neem Karoli Baba" version and that name was brought to the West. More properly, Maharajji's name would be pronounced (and written) as "Baba Neeb Karori". However, there is also the case that at the time Maharajji was called Lakshman Das when He lived in Neeb Karoli village. Maharajji's birth name is Lakshmi Narayan Sharma.

In this manner Maharajji has encompassed a greater area of names. These create more ways for His devotees to find Him.

About Laxmi Narayan Sharma

Maharajji was born in the village Akbarpur  (Firozabad district) of Uttar Pradesh (India) in a wealthy Brahmin jameedar (landlord) family. He was born on Shukla Paksh Ashtmi in the month of Margsheersh and was named Laxmi Narayan Sharma by his father Shri Durga Prasad Sharma. From early childhood Maharajji was detached from worldly attachments. At the age of eleven he was married to a girl from an affluent Brahmin family.

Immediately after his marriage Maharajji left home and went to Gujarat. He roamed around various places in Gujarat and the entire country. After around 10-15 years (this is approximate and is as told by elders from village of Akbarpur) his father was informed by someone that he had seen a sadhu (ascetic) who was a lookalike of his son in the village of Neeb Karori (misspelt as 'Neem Karoli' at times) in the Farukkhabad district in Uttar Pradesh

I Shall Give You a Mantra

In 1935 I was on vacation from school and went to Dakshineshwar on a religious pilgrimage. When I reached the place where there were many Shiva temples, a man appeared before me whom I had not noticed to be there before.

"My son," the man said, "You are a Brahmin? I shall give you a mantra."

"I will not take it," I said, "I do not believe in it."

"You must take it," he insisted and so I relented.

Thereafter I faithfully recited the mantra daily. Many years passed.

It was June 1955. I had some close friends who were like members of the family. Every Sunday we'd chat in the evening at our house.

Around 9:00 p.m., I saw my wife, aunt, and mother going out. I asked them where they were going, and they said just to an adjacent house, that some baba was visiting. One of the fellows with me said cynically, "Does he eat? I can arrange food for him."(This fellow was a hunter)

My wife said, "You should not say things like that."

In ten minutes they returned. They reported that he had been sitting in a dirt hut with an oil lamp and had told them to go. When they didn't go, he said, "Go! Your husband's Bengali friends have come. Go and serve them tea. I shall come in the morning."

In the morning my wife and I went over together. Maharajji was on a small cot in a tiny room. As we entered he sprang up and took my hand, saying, "Let's go." We left so fast that my wife had to remove her sandals to keep up. He took us to our own house and said, "I shall stay with you." When the women from the other house came to take him back he would not go.

Later he questioned me: "You are a devotee of Shiva?"

"Yes."

"You already have a mantra." It was at that moment that I realized it had been Maharajji who had given me the mantra twenty years before.

shri guru arti 

Glory to you Gurudev, ocean of compassion, helper of the downtrodden,
the support and well wisher of your devotees. Glory to you !
Glory to you ! Destroyer of ignorance and remover of worldly ties.
Glory, glory, glory to you Gurudev.

Brahma[the creator], Vishnu[the preserver], and Shiva[the destroyer] are all
different forms of the Guru. The Vedas and Puranas all describe the greatness
of the Guru.Om Glory...

One can perform recitation of mantras, penance, go on pilgrimages, do other
kinds of benevolent works and millions and millions of spiritual practices,
but without the grace and support of the Guru one cannot attain realization.
Om Glory...

If I'm alive, I'll talk to you


On the morning of September 8, Maharajji called for me and we talked privately for three-quarters of an hour on various subjects. After that I saw him again at four o'clock in his room with two or three others.

He was saying to us, "All those who come into this world must go. Nobody will stay here. They must go. Knowing this, why do people at the time of death go "Whooooo, whooooo" (he feigned great weeping)? Why do they cry ? They should go gladly. They shouldn't cry. After some general talk, he said, "Now I shall go. I won't stay and I won't give darshan anymore to anyone."

One devotee asked, "Maharajji, where will you go that we people will not be able to get your darshan ?"

"Oh, too far! Too far!" Maharajji replied.

"Where?" the devotee asked again.

"Oh, there...near the Narmada River," Maharajji said.(The Narmada River starts in Amarkantak, traditionally from the throat of Shiva.) The bus driver came shortly after that to take away all those people who lived elsewhere. Some man had just arrived and asked for a private darshan, but Maharajji said, "Baba Neem Karoli is dead! Who will you talk to now?"

The man laughed and said, "All right, if you order me to go then I will, but I'll return at eight in the morning and talk with you then!"

Maharajji said, "All right. You come. If I'm alive, I'll talk to you."

Outside in the courtyard the Westerners were singing and had begun to shout in unison the traditional salutation, "Sri Sri Sri One Thousand Eight Neem Karoli Baba Santa Maharaj ki jai!" Inside, Maharajji commented, "Baba Neem Karoli is dead! Now their voices will have to reach there," he said, pointing heavenward.

Release the Anger Maharajji reacted in a variety of ways to those of us plagued by anger; and all of those ways sooner or later brought the anger to the surface and helped us begin to let go of it.  Sometimes a devotee would become the object of a continuous barrage of abuse from Maharajji. The abuse, coupled with the underlying love, was a great panacea for even the most hidden and deep-seated anger.  For others it seemed as if situations just developed around Maharajji that forced anger to the surface like a badly inflamed boil.  And at just the right moment, Maharajji would be there with the necessary cup of milk to soothe the soul after surgery.  For two years, Maharajji made Dada do many things as part of the temple management that he avoided at home.  And throughout, Maharajji would abuse him to face and behind his back, from morning until evening. In the course of this training Dada learned to control his anger. After two years Maharajji asked Dada's wife if he got angry anymore, and she replied, only very rarely.

Faith...No Fear

All the colorful melodrama that transpired wherever maharajji went; all the various ways the devotees thought of and reacted to Maharajji, and his many faces in response; the anger and abuse, the chiding, the tenderness-all of this filled the time and space when we were around him, and yet . . .  we knew that this was a part, but not the essence, of the relationship.

It was not act or words or opinions, but something far more subtle that Maharajji was transmitting to us. It was deep within ourselves that Maharajji was gently transforming us.

There was no aspect of life that was not touched by him.

It was at this deeper level that we felt Maharajji to be the shepherd and ourselves to be a part of the flock. Through this unspoken process we developed faith where previously there had been fear. 

Our faith was that in the midst of the changing uncertainties of the universe, if we kept Maharajji in our hearts, if we just stayed under his blanket in trust, then it would be all right.

Devotees who had been with Maharajji for many years often reflected a fearlessness in the manner in which they lived, as the result of their faith in his protection. Some he specifically taught to be fearless.

One time I was reported to the officials for packing underweigt fruit boxes. I was innocent, but the charge had me worried. Maharajji chastised me: "Coward! Never be a coward! Be brave! Coward! Why do you fear? Don't you know me? I am with you!"

Then he reminded me of how Ram protected his devotees. He said that he too would always protect his devotees. Even if they committed hundreds of murders, he would give them complete protection.

 

SHREE NEEL MADHAV SANYAS ASHRAM ,
VRINDAVAN — Vrindavan

SHREE NEEL MADHAV SANYAS ASHRAM,

POST CHATIKARA, VRINDAVAN ROAD, DISTT MATHURA

UP-281001 . TEL 0 931991 5372