Tulsi Peeth is an Indian social service institute and religious spot situated at Janki Kund in Chitrakoot (MP). Established by Hindu religious educator and Sanskrit scholar Jagadguru Rambhadracharya, the institute was formed in the year 1987 (Aug 2). According to legends and mythological stories, this peeth is a place where Lord Rama handed over his Sandals to his younger brother, Bharata. Here is an overview of its historical evidence.
Tulsi Peeth in Historical Terms
It was in the year 1983 when Rambhadracharya undertook the 2nd six-month Payovrata and followed a strict diet where he only had milk & fruits. During this time, he only used to speak in Sanskrit. Hemraj Singh Chaturvedi, the Chitrakoot’s Yuvraj got impressed by him and hence he donated around 60 by 80 feet of land area. The area was adjacent to the Mandakini River. Rambhadradas’s sister, Gita Devi, used to persuade him to build an ashram here.
Rambhadradas had four rooms built there. He started going to the place more frequently. This is the time when he undertook the nine-month Payovrata at the newly constructed Ashram in the year 1986. He started performing Kathas and inspired his followers. This made Ramcharandas Phalahari, Rambhadradas’ guru to wish for staying with him in Prayag. However, Rambhadradas got reluctant.
In the year 1988, Umacharan Gupta, the Manikpur businessman gave an offer. Gupta wanted to build an Ashram with a more expansive area as well as a temple in order to stay there permanently. Soon after the offer was given, Rambhadradas agreed and started the construction. This is how the Kanch Mandir got its advent on 11 March, 1987. After this, the Tulsi Jayanti occasion in 1987 (AUG 2) was the day when Tulsi Peeth got its recognition here.
Which buildings and temples Tulsi Peeth runs?
Raghav Satsang Bhavan, aka Kanch Mandir, is the temple having three peaks, alongside the attached hall. It was built in the year 1987. The deities here are Rama, Sita & Lakshmana. There is a temple of Hanumana right to the south of this main temple. Upon your visit, you can find idols of Valmiki, Tulsidas, and Ramanandacharya in this temple.
The architectural face of this temple is so beautiful, with all doors and windows showcasing extraordinary glass attire. On walls of the hall, Ramcharitmanas’s stories are displayed in the form of glass paintings. One can also take a glimpse of the mesmerizing 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in regard with Bhagavata Purana.
Another building regarded to be of immense prominence here is the Tulsi School. This school is basically for the blinds, the ones who are visually challenged. This school was established on 23rd of August in 1996 by Rambhadracharya. The pupils are assisted with free boarding, lodging, education, clothes and even food. Besides school education, the students also receive free vocational training services too. Then, there is the Sitaram Gaushala whciih is a bit smaller than other buildings. Here. cows get reared & cared.
Next, there’s the Manas Mandir which is the temple constructed in the year 2008. The mandir it is situated at Tulsi Peeth’s entrance. It houses the statue of saint Tulsidas at the center. Manas Bhavan is also an exhibition of sixteen scenes from Ramcharitmanas.It was established in the year 2011. Darshan happens to be a two-story building, and its ground floor serves the Tulsi Peeth office with a room for the students of Rambhadracharya. Its first floor is Rambhadracharya’s Residence.
Are you planning to visit Tulsi Peeth?
If you are planning to visit Janki Kund in Chitrakoot, there’s a reason why you might like your first-ever visit to Tulshi Peeth. Owing to its architectural magnificence and religious beliefs, the place has garnered ever-booming popularity.