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Dhams & Temples

Kaibalyadham, Chittagong

During the life-time of Sri Sri Ramthakur, three hermitages were set up, two of them were at Pahartali in Chittagong, Bangladesh and at Jadavpur, Kolkata, Indiain the name “Sri Sri Kaibalyadham” and the other at His holy birth-place – Dingamanik, in the name “Satyanarayan Seva Mandir”, Bangladesh. His mortal remains were buried at Chaumohani, Bangladesh where another hermitage has been established later in the name “Samadhi Mandir”.

Sri Sri Kaibalyadham is an absolutely private religious endowment founded by Sri Sri Ramthakur and now belongs to His disciples, devotees and the spiritual family of Sri Sri Thakur. The Mohant of Dham is the supreme spiritual and administrative head of Dham. The Mohant of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, Pahartali, Bangladesh shall be the Mohant of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, Jadavpur and of all other temples/ Dhams/ Ashrams that now do exist and that may be found in future in India, Bangladesh or in any other country.

The Mohant of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham appoints a Committee of Management for different Dhams from the disciples of Sri Sri Thakur, for the proper management and all round well being of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham. The members of the committee of management elect, subjected to the approval of the Mohant, a Secretary and a Treasurer and/ or other office bearer from among the members of the committee of management. The Mohant indicates by directives, suggestions and pathway the committee should follow during his absence from the station.

Kaibalyadham Jadavpur

It was 1940 when Sri Sri Thakur was staying in a house at Kolkata. One day during a conversation with His close disciples Thakur said to late Dr.Kshitibhushan Sen that He did not have any place to stay. Rather surprised to hear this, Dr. Sen said that he had a land at Jadavpur, Kolkata, and he would be glad to build a house for Thakur if He so wanted. Thakur agreed to that proposal and came to see the land with Dr. Sen. Where at present the Tulshimanch has been constructed, Thakur stood at that very spot. Thakur liked the land and said that there would be a small two storied building with one bed room and verandah on the first floor and another room at ground floor. Thakur also said that the staircase of the building would be very narrow so that only one person could move there at a time. Thakur would stay in the first floor and call someone by ringing a bell, if needed. Thakur asked to demarcate the place as Satyanarayan peeth where He was standing and describing His desire. He also asked to show Him the whole plan when it would be ready. When the plan was ready, Thakur approved it and the construction of the building was over by 1942. Dr. Sen met Thakur and He declared with great joy the date of Grihaprabesh as 13th Falgun, 1349 B.S (26th February, 1942).

The disciples were conveyed accordingly and preparations were made to turn this occasion a grand success. On 13th Falgun, Thakur was staying at the house of late Kunjalal Majumder, one of His very devoted follower, at 11, Earl Street, Kolkata, and did not attend the function despite repeated prayers of His disciples and did not even meet any of His disciples who came to attend the ceremony. However, He was kind enough to direct His close disciples to take His sacred shoes to the function. Those sacred shoes were worshipped by Srimat Shyamacharan Chattopadhyay, the second Mohant of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham. Thakur also declared that temple at Jadavpur as the another Sri Sri Kaibalyadham and it would be a branch of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham at Pahartali, Chittagong, Bangladesh. After much persuasion and prayers from the disciples, He obliged them by arriving in front of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, Jadavpur, stayed there for some time in the car itself and came back to the place where He was staying.

Initially, the office and the kitchen for mahaprosad was on the ground floor at that time. In front of the temple, a Tulsi mancha was set up where Satyanarayan puja was performed everyday by the devotees with kirtan. Later on, this temple and the Tulsi-mancha were renovated and a new attractive Shrine was constructed, where the photograph of Sri Sri Kaibalyanath is now worshipped everyday. A separate three storied building was also constructed within its premises for accommodating office, Charitable dispensary, kitchen, room for serving mahaprosad, room of Mohant, Library, room for initiating new devotees etc. A display cum sale section having books on life and teachings of Thakur, published from Sri Sri Kaibalyadham and various photographs of Thakur has also been set up in the ground floor. Over the years, this Dham has gradually developed in different directions like running a charitable medical center with experienced and specialized doctors in different branches of allopathy and homoeopathy, extending financial aid for the treatment and education of the needy and poor and arranging seminars for the promotion of awareness of diseases like cancer, diabetes etc. Every year the annual festival of this Dham is performed on the date of its inauguration and thousands of devotees assemble on that day. Devotees from different parts of India and even from Bangladesh come to pay their respect.

Samadhi Mandir, Chaumohany Ashram

The location of this Ashram is on the southern side of Chaumohani market, Bangladesh. The place is known as Chaumohani as most of the canals meet here from all sides of Noakhali district. Chaumohani market was a very small market in its early stage, but now it has turned out to be a famous business center of Bangladesh. A foreign jute company at that time established their business over there and they took a bungalow of Sri Upendra Saha on rent for their managers. In course of time that company closed down their shutters and the bungalow remained vacant for two years.

In the last phase of His life, Sri Sri Thakur expressed to Sri Upendra Saha, one of His close disciples, His desire to stay in a quiet place for a few days. Sri Saha informed Thakur that his bungalow at Chaumohani was lying vacant and he could make all arrangements if Thakur wanted to stay there. After getting His consent, the bungalow was renovated a little by Sri Saha and Thakur stayed there for about seven years at a stretch till the date He passed away of course there were short breaks when He went on occasional visits to different places. Most of the time the main door as well as the main gate of the bungalow used to remain closed and Thakur did not want to meet devotees. In due course, however, the door used to be kept open occasionally to fulfil the intense desire of the devotees who came from a distance for a Darshan.

Thakur used to get up early in the morning and after walking leisurely in the veranda for some time, He used to read news paper. But whenever any devotee came for His advice, He never refused him. For the spiritual uplift of all irrespective of religion, caste and creed He continued to deliver His advice untiringly even when He was sick. Most of His words of advice were hard to understand but still devotees could never leave the place such was the attraction.