Introduction to Shashwat Dham
Shashwat Dham is the divine platform of Sanatan Dharma and spiritual attainment. Amidst the scenic foothills of Dev Chuli in Nawalparasi and spread over 12 verdant acres, the temple is a destination for explorers, spiritual seekers and nature lovers alike to discover ancient knowledge and inner peace. It lies in the Devchuli region of the Nawalpur district on the east-west highway and is 22 km west from Narayanghat, Chitwan.
Shashwat Dham is the pride of Nawalpur, it is the pride of this Nation. Within a few years on establishment, Shaswat Dham welcomed 3 million visitor in 10th Nov, 2019. In the year 2018, Dham was recognized as the best tourist destination place in the country by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
There was always an urge inside us to create a platform where one can experience inner peace through ancient knowledge and through Vedic rituals of Santan Dharma. And our vision was blessed by HH Sri Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya jee, two decades ago. During his visit to Nepal, he inspired us to build a temple not just as worshipping place but he showed us an urgency of karmakandi pundits who are well versed with vedic knowledge, practice and way of life prescribed for an ideal Brahmin. Thus, Shashwat Dham along with Gurkul that delivers true pundits who upholds and preserve the spiritual as well as religious values of the Sanatan Dharma was envisioned in the year 1997 B.S.
Shashwatdham is a reflection of our inspiration as well as learning from both these remarkable distinguished personalities of our times Shankaracharya Jee and Guru Dev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Jee. This vision came to reality on 7th of March 2016 when the temple was officially inaugurate by Honorable President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar conducted an auspicious Pranpratishapan of the temple. Former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shad Dev inaugurated the Sarbadharma Sabha which conducted a deeper conversation about the importance of Dharma in our life.
Shashwat Dham Components
The major components of Shashwat dham is it temples. The main temple is the temple of lord Shiva Shree Ekambareshwar Mahadev. Buddhist Chaitya where sacred relic presented by Government of Srinlanka has been laid in the Chaitya which has astoundingly graced the prudential blessing to this platform. Beside these there are numerous other temples like Hanuman temple, Buddha Kunda, HariHar, Nawa graha and 108 Shiva linga.
The major education centers in Shashwat Dham is Vedic Karmakanda Gurukul, where free education to Batuks is provided, from various part of the country with objective to deliver devoted pundits who can sustain the Hindu rituals and culture.
Hindu and Buddhist Resource center is another educational centers were numerous divine element of Hinduism and Buddhism is displayed and opened for public.
Sri Sri Center is Art of living center open to all to carry out structure programs on spirituality and yoga.
Unnati Bazaar is collection of products sourced from all over the country rich in craft and traditional techniques that forms an integral part of livelihood, bio diversity and cultural heritage. Each product tells a story of a region, indigenous materials and skills that have been safe guarded and handed down through many generations
Food and refreshment
Annapurna and Khaja Ghar are two major outlets where complete vegetarian food is served along with refreshments. It is a perfect place to relax and reflect.
Beside these major components there are other components which are spread out within the complex and adds to the beauty of the complex like Arjuna Rath (Dharma Kshetra), Krishna lila, Samundra Manthan, Dhunge Dhara, Garden of syncretism, Yagyashala, Amphitheatre, Leela game and more.
Blessing From The Divine
Param Pujya Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswatiji Maharaj, Mulamnaya Sarvagya Peethadheeshwar Sri Kanchee Kamakoti Peetham, Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu
In sanatana dharma it is suggested that 5 devatas must be worshipped in each household along with Ishwara (Shiva), Amba (Parvati), Vishnu, Ganesh and Sun, Lord Adi Shankaracharya has included Kartikeya thats why Shankaracharya is also addressed as the founder of Shanamata.Being in union with God is the eternal (Shashwat) joy. From Ganesha to Hanuman, Acharya Shankaracharya has sung hymns of praises for all devatas, so that we all naturally, and with pure devotion can take refuge at the lotus feet of the divine. Shashwat Dham in the divine land of nepal shall continue to inspire people for seeking eternal truth, observing the teaching of the dharma (righteousness), culture, tradition and walking on the path of dharma (righteous action), artha (rightful living), Kama (rightful enjoyments), & Moksha (final emancipation).
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The quest for the imperishable and the non-changeable has been eternal in humanity. Though many thinkers and philosophers have pondered over it throughout history, it has been integrated holistically into eastern society for ages. This way of life that has existed forever is known as sanatana dharma.
I am very happy that Binod Chaudhary ji has established Shashwat Dham to be a center for this timeless knowledge. It beautifully integrates various facets of Sanatana Dharma blending both ancient and modern elements in design as well as in operation. May it uplift everyone in body, mind and spirit and guide them to the eternal!
Binod K. Chaudhary Founding Trustee
Shashwat Dham is the pride of Nawalpur, it is the pride of Chaudhary Family and it is the pride of this Nation. There was always an urge inside us to create a platform where one can experience inner peace through ancient knowledge and through Vedic rituals of Santan Dharma. And our vision was blessed by HH Sri Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya jee, two decades ago. During his visit to Nepal, he inspired us to build a temple not just as worshipping place but he showed us an urgency of karmakandi pundits who are well versed with vedic knowledge, practice and way of life prescribed for an ideal Brahmin. Thus, Shashwat Dham along with Gurkul that delivers true pundits who upholds and preserve the spiritual as well as religious values of the Sanatan Dharma began its journey almost 15 years ago. That was the inception of this heavenly Dham with Vaidik Karmakanda Gurukul with guidance of Shankaracharya Jee.