Shri Guru Dham, Bhakti Mandir
Throughout the ages, souls have been able to achieve the true path of Happiness with the help of their ‘Guru’. The Guru is a Divine personality who removes our ignorance by giving us the knowledge of God (Brahm), the Soul (Jeev) and the World (Maya). We then practice His teachings so that we can attain eternal happiness and our suffering ends, once and for all. The tradition of Jagadguru has been in place since the beginning of time so that the souls of the world can identify a personality that is capable of sharing this divine knowledge in the right way. Even if we already have a Guru, we can still study from Jagadguruttam (Original Jagadguru) and practice His teachings.
Shri Guru Dham, Bhakti Mandir, has been built in honor of Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, the 5th Original Jagadguru of this world. Prior to Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, there were 4 original Jagadgurus. For more information, please click: https://jkp.org.in/jagadgurus/
The building of Shri Guru Dham - History
It was the vision of Sushri Dr. Vishakha Tripathi Ji that Shri Guru Dham be built to honor Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj and all the immense gifts that He gave to the world. The foundation ceremony took place on 10th May 2014 and it took 7 years to complete this uniquely beautiful temple. Built just opposite to Bhakti Mandir, the Murthi of Shri Gurudev is just opposite to the Murthi of Shri Radha Krishna. It is a precious experience to be able to see Them from the entrance doors of each temple.
The opening of the temple took place on the 15th March 2021 as the ribbon was cut and the Grabha Griha doors opened to reveal Jagadguruttam to everyone.
The opening of Shri Guru Dham
Kalash Yatra – 13th March 2021
The Kalash Yatra of Shri Guru Dham took place on the 13th March 2021 as the Residents of Bhakti Dham, washed the temple with the holy water of the Ganga, Saraswati, Yamuna, Godavari, Kaveri, Indus and Narmada Rivers. With tears in their eyes, sadhaks washed each and every part of Shri Guru Dham Temple.
Shri Radha Govind Sankirtan, Puja and Shobha Yatra - 14th March 2021
A very special Shri Radha Govind Sankirtan was held outside Shri Guru Dham as Ashram Residents of Bhakti Dham sang with all their hearts to call out to their Beloved Hari Guru. The Puja that began on 13th March 2021 continued on 14th March until 5pm, afterwhich the Shobha Yatra took place.
Special Shri Radha Govind Sankirtan
3D Light show, Final Puja and Opening Ceremony – 15th March 2021
The final Puja ceremony for the opening of Shri Guru Dham took place on 15th March after a beautiful 3D Light show was presented on Shri Guru Dham temple exterior. The Light show was an expression of the Divinity of the temple as each stone was illuminated, reminding us that every part of Shri Guru Dham is a divine expression of Guru Bhakti. The opening of Shri Guru Dham then began at 10:30am as the Official Pracharaks of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj sang a Stuti to honor Jagadguruttam and all He has given to the world. By 11am, the Presidents of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, H.H. Sushri Dr. Vishakha Tripathi Ji, H.H. Sushri Dr. Shyam’s Tripathi Ji and H.H. Sushri Dr. Krishna Tripathi Ji sang Vedic verses as the moment became electrified with God’s presence. They then cut the ribbon and clapped as all the Pracharaks and Ashram Residents sang ‘Shri Guru Dham ki Jai!’, ‘Shri Guru Dham ki Jai’ continuously. The JKP Presidents then walked into the temple, lit the diyas and opened the doors of the Graba Griha for the very first time.
Unique Aspects of Shri Guru Dham
Shri Guru Dham stands 67 feet tall. The stones used are White Carrara Marble, exactly the same as those used to build Prem Mandir. The construction of the temple was atop Granite Blocks, that were used as the foundation of the temple. No steel or reinforcements were used. Self locking stones with pure copper clamps with stone keys were used.