Haidakhan Temple: One of the Must Visit Place in Ranikhet, Uttrakhand
Haidakhan temple is considered one of the major pilgrimage sites in Almora district of Uttrakhand, located near famous hill station of Ranikhet. This is the place, wherein Haidakhan baba inhabited after returned from the 45 days of austerity in the cave of Mount Kailash in June 1970 and then lived till 1984.
Haidakhan baba’s followers believed that he was not born from a woman, he was incarnated. In 1971, he travelled whole India and passed his spiritual message to people. Actor Shammi Kapoor has been also a famous disciple among others of Haidakhan Baba.
He always gave the message of humanity and said that one day my body will be eliminated but I shall be continuously served to humanity as a soul. Haidakhan temple is also known for communal harmony. Baba jee used to say all religions of the world goes towards the same truth, and all are equal. All religions have only one objective that is to distribute simplicity and love among people. He emphasized again and again that I am a preacher of “Sanatan Dharma’’ not Hindu Dharma. He used to say that every city has a central point and all the roads go toward that point. Religion has same work to do so. The focal point of his lesions is ‘Karma Yoga’ and he said that everybody needs to do their job done with truthfulness and hard work. He focused on the mantra “Om Namah Shivay” and said that there is the power of many Hydrogen bombs in this mantra and this is highly creative. He predicted about the drastic natural calamities in future and called as grand revolution. The way of truthfulness is only chance to survive from this, he said.
His teacher Harikrishna Jee had been also lived at this site from 1860 to 1922. On 14th February 1984, baba Haidakhan was died due to heart attack, wherein the temple is located.
How to Reach Ranikhet:
The nearest Railway stations are located in Kathgodam and Haldwani. Daily trains are available to reach Kathgodam from Delhi and other major cities. You can reach Ranikhet by taxi and bus. It consumes approx 3 Hrs to complete the distance of 80 Km from Kathgodam/Haldwani. Haidakhan temple is situated approx 5 Km from Ranikhet.
By Air, you have to reach Pantnagar airport from Delhi and to complete an onward journey to Ranikhet by the road that is approx 120 km.