Sri Neem Karoli Baba Hanuman Mandir
Jai Hanuman Jai Sri Ram Jai Guru Dev
We Are Completing Hanuman’s Temple With the Help of a $50,000 Challenge Match
Through His continuing Grace, two devotees have offered a $50,000 challenge match toward the completion of the remaining work by July 1st in honor of Guru Purnima and the one-year anniversary of the temple opening. Not only will this be an auspicious time for completion, it is also when the ashram's Celebration of Ram Dass’s life will take place. Ram Dass held this project so close to his heart and in his honor it is hoped that the temple for Hanuman-ji that he brought to America at Maharaj-ji's behest will finally be completed.
Hanuman Das update's about the temple on February 24, 2020 here
Although 2019 ended and 2020 began as a time of deep sadness of the tremendous loss of beloved satsang,
we look forward to the joy of the temple fully completed.
The Sri Neem Karoli Baba Hanuman Mandir was consecrated on July 13, 2019, after moving our beloved Hanuman-ji into His new mandir with great fanfare and appropriate pujas. Although not entirely finished, the consecration of the temple took place in conjunction with Guru Purnima for two primary reasons. The first is that it was strongly felt that Hanuman-ji was simply ready to move, that the leap between the old temple and the new mandir was imminent and He could not wait any longer. For those of us who care for Him daily, it was possible to see the anticipation in the expression on Hanuman-ji's face and to feel His anticipation at expanding into a new larger space built just for Him.
Please enjoy this video of Hanuman-ji's great leap from His old home to His new mandir
The second reason was Ram Dass’s strong desire to see his dream manifested in reality - the opening could not be put off. For these two reasons, as well as the summer being a better time to host a large gathering, an occupancy permit was applied for even though many details were not yet completed.
While the new temple is fully usable and has become a natural part of the flow of the ashram, there is a need to finally finish the work and complete Hanuman's new home. The floor still needs to have a considerable amount of work done, there is still a lot of cabinetry work to complete, the sound system and necessary adjustments for acoustics are still not complete and there is more cement work to be done on the exterior.
The new Mandir for Hanuman has been an intention of the ashram, Ram Dass and many devotees for over forty years.
Hanuman is installed, the temple is being used daily and is functioning beautifully, but it is not finished! Let’s finish it!
As in the Ramayana, Taos Hanuman-ji has brought Ram’s ring to Sita, who represents our soul and the Earth Mother.
With it come tidings of Her eminent release from captivity.
Hanuman’s message brings the promise of love and faith, the faith that moves mountains.
His presence, no doubt, will reunite Sita with Ram, our souls with the Supreme.
In the Taos temple Hanuman plays a special role in this historic transmission of devotion and wisdom from India to the West and
His mission to deliver Ram’s ring to Sita is a reality.
Jai Guru Dev!
To learn more about How Hanuman Came to America, please go visit here.
If you would like to donate via mail please note "Mandir Fund" on the memo portion of the check and mail to:
Neem Karoli Baba Ashram
PO Box 1710 Taos, New Mexico 87571
To contribute by credit card by phone please call: 575-751-4080.
To find out more about supporting the mandir with satsang gatherings, peer-to-peer giving, ashram sustainability, or for questions regarding contributions and gifts, please contact Annapurna Devika at 575-770-5866.
It has been said that Maharaj-ji did not seek funds to build His temples; rather, the funds and building materials came when needed. An endeavor such as this can only be accomplished by Him!
“Maharaj-ji had Hanuman in every temple He built. That’s a clue, that Hanuman is important to Maharaj-ji. In building this Hanuman temple, we sevites respond to Maharaj-ji’s love for Hanuman. Building this temple is bringing us closer to Maharaj-ji. This temple will be a gathering place for devotees, who through Hanuman will come to know Maharaj-ji. I visited Jaipur, the place where Hanuman was made. I met the family that carved Hanuman. They were excited to make our flying Hanuman, who would fly over the ocean to the USA and now Hanuman will reside in a beautiful new temple made just for Him. My heart is happy and filled with joy!” – Ram Dass
Maharaj-ji’s Taos ashram was established over forty years ago when our Hanuman-ji, commissioned by Ram Dass, arrived in the U.S. The ashram began as a humble and informal gathering place for devotees to remember Baba, share stories and food, and to enjoy the company of satsang. In 1981, the milking room in the 100-year-old adobe barn was converted into a tranquil temple room where Hanuman was installed. To this day, Hanuman-ji still sits on part of the original mango wooden crate in which he made the long journey from India to America.
This is the only Hanuman mandir being constructed in Maharaj-ji’s name in the United States at this time, following Baba’s long and loving tradition of building Hanuman temples throughout India for the benefit of the surrounding communities.
Construction of Hanuman’s New Temple began in September 2016 with a fire puja and we've been amazed at how quickly the construction has moved. The nearly completed temple is already a beautiful addition to this sacred ground.
As Maharaj-ji’s teachings and Hanuman-ji’s example of unconditional love and seva spread, the temple has become a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of devotees and visitors who come for darshan. Having outgrown our small multi-use space, we put plans in place to build this new Mandir that would meet our growing communities needs and provide the home we promised Hanuman-ji nearly 40 years ago when we first opened His crate in Taos.