Loknath Baba Mandir, Garia:7, Pranobananda Road, near Kavi Nazrul Metro Station, Garia Bazaar, Valley Park, Garia, Kolkata, West Bengal 700084
The Loknath Baba mandir at Garia was established in 1950 by a family member of Nag’s of Baradi, named Bramhaprasanna Nag. Baradi was the place at Sonargaon, Narayangunj district near Decca where Baba stayed in an ashram in the days before he passed away.
The mandir was in a hut initially and then the mandir shifted to a new permanent structure besides the old mandir. A bedi (elevated square structure) has been made in the place of the old mandir.
The oil painting of Baba here in the temple is rare and original, painted from the picture of Baba clicked at Baradi by Bhawal Raja. Nobody other than Bhawal Raja clicked Loknath Baba’s photograph. No other authentic photograph is available.
The puja and rituals here follow the practice followed in Baradi. The mandir pujari still maintain relationships with Baradi as before.
An annual celebration on Magh Purnima (19th Jaista) is organized every year as establishment day.
Mandir Timing: 8.30 to 12.00 in the morning
4.30 to 8.00 in the evening
A brief life of Baba Loknath Bramhochari
Loknath Bromhochari was born in the year 1760 (18th Bhadra, 1137) at Village Chaurashi Chakla near Calcutta (now Kolkata, north 24 Parganas, West Bengal) in a Brahmin family. His Father’s name was Ramnarayan Ghoshal and his mother was Kamala Devi.
At the age of 11, he left his house and accompany his Guru Pandit Bhagawan Ganguli of Kalighat Tempel for spiritual practice. He stayed at Kalightat Temple for a short time where he was taught Vedic Shastras. Then he went to the forest for meditation with Pandit Bhagawan. He practiced Ashtanga yoga and difficult Hatha yoga there for 25 years.
Loknath Baba was almost 7 feet tall, skinny and he never slept, used to keep his eyes open all the time, never blink even.
Loknath Baba meditated in the Himalayas in the icy cold condition almost bare body for about 50 years. Then at the age of 90, he got self-realization.
After enlightenment, he went to pilgrimage on foot and traveled to many countries viz. Afghanistan, Persia, Arabia, Israel, China, Tibet, France. He also made three pilgrimages to Mecca.
At the end of his journey, he came to the town of Sonargaon near Decca in the Narayanganj district. He stayed with Nag family, zamindar of Baradi. Baradi was within Sonargaon town. A small mandir was built in an isolated place for Baba where he stayed. That place became his ashram. People of all works of life, Hindus, and Muslims, Rich and poor used to come to Loknath Baba to take his blessings. His age was then 136 years.
He preached to love and believe unconditionally in God. He said, ‘In Danger, Remember Me.’
In the year 1890, 3rd June (19th Jaistha, 1297) Baba Loknath while meditating sitting in the usual Gamukha yoga Ahsan, left his soul from his body. His eyes were open even then. His age was 160 years at that time. Before he passes away, he said, ‘whoever seeks my blessings, will always get it.’\
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