| SATSANG ASHRAM (DEOGHAR)
Satsang ashram in Deoghar is one of the holiest of the
holy places for the followers of Sri Sri Thakur Anukul
Chandra who spent his last 25 years of active life here.
Satsong ashram was the center from where Sri Sri Thakur's
man-making programme was directed. Thus a cluster of socio-industrial
and cultural institutions have developed at deoghar. A
visit to the ashram would inexorably take one out of the
cobweb of mental blocks and would give one a feel of freedom,
peace and progress. It shows the way of communal harmony
and peaceful co-existence to the egocentric and trife
torn world of today.
Sri Sri Thakur encouraged people to earn independent
living with innovative zeal and with concern for the
environment. That is how a number of small and integrated
industrial activities are seen within the premises of
satsong ashram. There are literary activities, which
is seen in the form of a number of books and periodicals
in all languages. Jouranls like 'Alochana' and 'Saptarchee'
(in Bengali), 'Ligate' and 'The See-ence' (in English),
'Urjana' (in Oriya), 'Aryayan' (in Hindi) and a few
more periodicals get regularly published from this place
and carry the message of 'living with peace and progress'
to the humanity.
Ashram attracts a large number of devotees everyday.
Twice a year, mass congregations take place; once on
the occasion of Bengalee New Year in the month of April
and second in the aftermath of Dusserah in October.
Ashram operates it's spiritual and social mission through
a large number of messengers, known as ritwiks, who
are nominated workers by the order of Sri Sri Thakur
About 190 km from Ranchi, Parasnath (also knows as Samved
Shikhar) is the biggest hill of Jharkhand 4431 ft. above
sea level. It is the most sacred / adored place of the
Jains. It is believed that 20 out of 24 Teerthankars
attained their Nirvana there. Both Shwetambar and Digamber
Jains have their temples there.
Anjan Gram is believed to be the birth place of Lord
Hanuman. Goddess Anjani was the mother of Lord Hanuman
on whose name this place has been called Anjan Gram.
A very ancient statue of Anjani mata is situated inside
the Anjani cave. Surrounded by the Netarhat hills and
the river Khatwa Anjan Gram is located at a distance
of some 130 kms from Ranchi.
About 80 km. from Ranchi on Ramgarh Chitarpur Road,
Rajrappa is situated at the confluence of rivers Damodar
and Bhairavi popularly knows as Bhera. Rajrappa, which
was once desolate hillocks with a small temple of Chhinamastika,
now turned into a famous pilgrim resort for the Hindu
devotees mainly from Bihar and West Bengal. The headless
statue of Goddess Chhinamastika stands upon the bodies
of Kamdeo and Rati in a lotus bed. The Chhinamastika
Temple is a very sacred and popular place of Hindu pilgrimage.
The temple is very old and its architectural design
is the same as that of other temples of tantrik importance.
Though its antiquity is yet to be dated. Some people
are of the opinion that the present temple is a renovated
one of the original and traditional temple turned into
ruins. A number of other temples have come up around
the original temple. Particularly, the temples of Mahavidyas
(Tara, Shodashi, Bhubneswari, Bhairavi, Bagla, Kamla,
Matangi, Dhumavati) built in a series, attract more
devotees. Rajrappa has turned into a popular picnic
spot. Pilgrims come here throughout the year. A number
of devotees perform their marriages here and childrens
have their mundan ritual (hair cut) to take blessings
from Maa Chhinamastika. On the day of Makar Sakranti
(14th January) a religious fair is held which is visited
by lacs. On the Dussehra day also the number of visitors
coming increases considerably. Rajrappa can be easily
reached from Ranchi and Hazaribagh. It is on the route
to Bokaro from Ramgarh