Who is Mystic Neem Karoli Baba? How to reach his Ashrams?

‘Neem Karoli Baba, also called Neeb Karori Baba, was a Hindu teacher who followed Lord Hanumana. Throughout the world, he is known as the spiritual master.


A video from not long ago shows cricket player Virat Kohli, actress Anushka Sharma, and their daughter at an ashram in Vrindavan. The couple had a spiritual break when they visited the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram. Do you know who Neem Karoli Baba is, why he’s so well-known, and how to get to his Ashrams?

Who is Neem Karoli Baba?

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Neem Karoli Baba was a Hindu teacher who believed in Lord Hanuman. His followers called him Maharaj-ji. His real name is Lakshman Narayan Sharma, and he was born into a wealthy Brahmin family in the village of Akbarpur in the district of Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh around the year 1900. His parents’ will made him marry when he was only eleven years old. However, his home soon became empty, and he became a travelling sadhu. As his father had asked, he returned home to settle down and get married. He had a daughter and two boys.

He said he helped many Americans, including the famous Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, find their spiritual path when they toured India in the 1960s and 1970s.

How Baba lakshman dass got his name as Neem Karoli Baba?

Baba Neem Karoli, also known as Baba Lakshman Das, left his home in 1958. In the village of Neem Karoli in the Farrukhabad area (U.P.), Ram Dass says that Baba Lakshman Das had to get off the train because he got on it without a ticket. Even though they tried several times, the train driver could not start the engine. After that, someone told the driver that the sadhu should be allowed back on the train. Residents had to walk a long way to get to the nearest station, so Baba Neem Karoli agreed to get on the train as long as two things were guaranteed: first, the railway company would build a station at Neem Karoli, and second, the railway department would treat sadhus better.

After the authorities agreed to his terms, Neem Karoli Baba joked, “What is it up to me to start trains?” The train started immediately after he got on, which was a surprise. After Baba’s approval, the train left. Later, a train stop was built in the village of Neem Karoli. The people in the area then loved and respected him and called him Neem Karoli Baba.

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Who are the notable disciples of Neem Karoli Baba?

All over the world, people from all walks of life follow Neem Karoli Baba. The artist Jai Uttal, the author and meditation teacher Lama Surya Das, the singer and spiritual teacher Bhagavan Das, and the poet Krishna Das are some of his most well-known followers. Famous followers include author and scholar Yvette Rosser, Dada Mukerjee, John Bush, filmmaker Daniel Goleman, American spiritual leader Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, and humanitarian Larry Brilliant and his wife Girija.

Together with his friend Dan Kottke, Steve Jobs went to India in April 1974 to learn about Hinduism and Indian culture and to meet Neem Karoli Baba. The teacher had died in September of the previous year, though, when they got there. Neem Karoli Baba also moved well-known Hollywood actress Julia Roberts. Steve Jobs pushed Mark Zuckerberg to visit Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram in Kainchi dham. Jeff Skoll, one of the founders of eBay, and Larry Page, the CEO of Google, also went on the journey.

Where are Neem Karoli Baba Ashrams?

Numerous ashrams dedicated to Neem Karoli Baba have been built in India, such as in Kainchi, Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Shimla, the town of Neem Karoli near Khimasepur in Farrukhabad, Bhumiadhar, Hanumangarhi, and Delhi; as well as in Taos, New Mexico, USA.

How to reach Neem Karoli Baba ashram in Uttarakhand?

From Kumaon in the northern part of the state of Uttaranchal, Northern Railways trains go to Kathgodam. Within two hours, that bus will take you to Kainchi. A lot of people take the bus to get to the ashram.

How to reach Neem Karoli Baba ashram in Uttar Pradesh? 

Baba Neem Karoli’s most well-known Ashram is in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. It is called Mahasamadhi Mandir. It’s only 1.9 km to the Ashram from the Vrindavan Bus Station and 2.1 km to the Vrindavan Railway Station.

Baba Neem Karoli left this life at the age of 76. When Neem Karoli Baba fell into a diabetic sleep, he died around 1:15 AM on September 11, 1973, in a hospital in Vrindavan, India. Later, at the Vrindavan ashram complex, a Samadhi was built. It holds some of his items.

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