Chaudhary Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chaudhary Group, has completed building Shashwat Dham, a center of excellence for spiritual learning in the sacred land of Nepal, and is set to open it to the public next month.
President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari will inaugurate Shashwat Dham, after which it will be open to visitors from across the world. Renowned spiritual masters from India Jagadguru Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchee Kamakothi Peetham and Founder of Art of Living International Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be present on the occasion as special guests amongst other spiritual leaders.
The unveiling of the inaugural plaque by President Bhandari will be followed by Grand Interfaith Congregation, in which renowned saints and religious leaders of different faiths from the region will speak.
Consecration of the spiritual marvel of Nepal, Ekambareshwara – The Shiva Temple, which is heart of the Shashwat Dham, will take place simultaneously. Top government officials, political party leaders, businessmen, and dignitaries from different walks of life from across the world will attend the event, apart from thousands of general public.
With the slogan of “Dharmo Raksyati Raksyitah” (Spirituality Saves Those Who Save It), Shashwat Dham is an abode for spiritual seekers, explorers, and nature lovers. It is expected to be one of the most important places of spiritual pilgrimage in Nepal.
“Built in recognition of the public affection toward the oriental spiritual heritage, Shashwat Dham is a destination for all to attain spiritual strength, get exposed to the eternal knowledge passed over generations through saints and sages of ancient times, and experience the inner human nature of love and joy,” said Nirvana Chaudhary, CEO of Chaudhary Foundation and Managing Director of Chaudhary Group. “It is a place where people can delve into the ancient knowledge and experience mental peace and inner joy in a tranquil yet vibrant environment.”
At the genesis of Shashwat Dham is a blessing from Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati to the Founder of Chaudhary Group Late Lunkaran Das Chaudhary, who wished to open a Shiv Temple and Sanskrit Gurukul in order to spread the message of spiritual positivity among the people. Through the establishment of the Dham, Binod Chaudhary, the President of Chaudhary Group and Founding Trustee of Shashwat Dham, has fulfilled the dream of his father.
Spread over verdant 12 acres land amidst scenic backdrops of Devchuli and Barchuli hills of Nawalparasi district in central Nepal, Shashwat Dham houses Ekambareshwor—The Shiva Temple—built with the world famous Khajuraho-style of architecture. The temple is surrounded by a pond where holy waters from famous shrines such as Badri, Kedar, Haridwar, Muktinath, and Pashupatinath are poured.
Apart from the Temple, the Dham has a Vaidik Karmakanda Gurukul, Sri Sri Center for Meditation and Yogic Sciences, heritage store, organic pure vegetarian restaurant, manuscript resource center, museum, spiritual souvenir store, and organic farm among others.
There is a well-equipped audio visual center where visitors can view the latest activities in famous shrines of Nepal and India such as Pashupatinath, Muktinath, Swargadwari, Gosaikunda, Badri, Kedar, Haridwar and others. Similarly, there is a religious information center from where visitors will get information on the different site of religious interest.
The flora of the area contains trees of religious importance such as vara, peepal, ashoka and others that represent the 27 constellations of the 12 zodiac signs according to Indian astrology. The water fountain around the Temple and the special lighting system that throws different colored lights on different faces of the Temple make it even more attractive. Spiritual music keeps playing through the invisible speakers around the Temple.
The vegetarian restaurant offers pure organic food to the visitors at minimal price. The visitors in high season have the facility of offering arati even from outside the Temple. There is a Mannat Wall where visitors pray for their wish fulfillment and put sacred threads around their wrists. Special attention has been paid to the security and hygiene of the place.
The Shashwat Dham is expected to be a destination for spiritual tourists from not only Nepal and India but from the entire world. It will be a place from where the message of peace, harmony, positivity and spirituality flows to the general public that will help minimize current social and personal maladies such as lack of moral ethics, depression, negative and destructive thoughts, and lack of social harmony and coherence.