Mauni Baba Cave in Rishikesh has a very rich story, culture and very great importance in the formation of the Uttarakhand as Dev Bhoomi. Mauni Baba cave is a very rich in nature & in spirituality, which is situated in the area of Rajaji National park along the bank of Himalayan water streams. This place falls on the way to Neelkantha Mahadev Temple while chasing trails of Park by hiking from Ramjhula Bridge, can be spotted at a distance of 5 km behind the Beatles Ashram.
About Mauni Baba Cave
The cave is nature-formed cave surrounded by the Himalayan trees and famous for the bird-watching, during the winter seasons more than 800 species of Himalayan birds migrate in the park around cave neighborhood. The cave is dedicated to a very awakened monk, locally known as Mauni Baba, who is no more, passed away many many years ago, literally Mouni stands for “ silence “ & Baba stands for “Sadhu“, who observe the silence whole life, till the last breath of life as a path to advance towards spiritual awakening. Therefore, there are many many Mouni Baba in India but in the Himalaya, in Rishikesh to find such a person is really a delightful and blissful moment for the spiritual seekers.
Presently, in the cave’s Ashram, there two Sadhus are living, the main Sadhu, is known as Jatadhari Baba, is a kind of Himalayan ascetic, who lives in severe austerity & totally aloof from the mainstream. The word Jatadhari stands for the person, who has the long hair till the feet and follows a sect of Shiva, is called Shaivism and another one who lives with Babaji is a disciple of him who looks after Ashram.
Structure of the Cave
It is dome type structure of the solid big rock, fixed on the bank of water streams, surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains and tall tree, filled absolutely with natures. And, in the structure, there is a very small door to enter, one has to bend at 90 degrees precisely to get in the cave, as you enter, you find the small space with fire altar for rituals & rites ( Yajana ), merely 7 to 8 people can accommodate inside, but cave is totally filled with trans physical energy, and the very place, where Mouni Baba used to meditate. So, today, many of us, go there for silence retreat with Baba Ji.
Things to do in Mauni Baba Cave
Mauni Baba is famous for many things. it is the best spiritual adventure in the neighbourhood in Rishikesh
1- BIRD WATCHING:- the cave is located in the Rajaji Jungle area, the water streams around makes the best option, watching birds from the promises of the cave. It is a natural home for the species of Himalayan birds. You can watch and identify some rare Himalayan birds. Many people come to the cave for watching birds which provides a huge opportunity to watchers
2-TREKKING:-The 2 km trek trails from Beatles Ashram is an easy grade and not moderate. This could be an excitement & nature-filled experience for amateurs. Hiking through the park roads in the midst of lofty tall trees gives a fresh & cool environment around. Mauni Baba has another route which leads to Neelkantha & Bhoothnath Cave.
How to reach to Ashram
It is easy to reach there crossing Ramjhula Bridge behind the Beatles Ashram or by transport, one has to take more than 7 km long route, after reaching the end of the road, then about 1 km, has to walk uphill to reach Ashram Place.
It is just behind the Beatles Ashram, on the way to Neelkantha Mahadev Temple trails