Anand Dham in Ahmednagar
Anand Dham is a very sacred place for Jain devotees of Ahmednagar city. It is home to the Samadhi of renowned Jain Saint Rastra Sant Acharya Anandrishiji Maharaj. During his lifetime he was considered to be one of the most prominent Jain saints of Ahmednagar district, however his universal and timeless message of love and tolerance touched the hearts of devotees from every religion and not just devotees from Jain religion alone. It was at this place that last rites of Acharya Anandrishiji were performed after he passed away on 28th March 1992. The place gets its name from the first name of Anandrishiji, i.e. ‘Anand’ and hence it is called Anand Dham.
But, the real unique thing, which makes Anand Dham so worth visiting is the beautiful lotus shape monument that surrounds the sacred Samadhi of Anandrishiji from all four sides. And add to this the immensely lush garden that surrounds this beautiful lotus monument, which makes this place so peaceful and serene. In fact, the entire vicinity of Anand Dham is deeply steeped in aura of love and harmony, the very message that Anandrishiji stood for all his lifetime.
Exactly behind the Samadhi is Dharmik Pariksha Board, which is a library-cum-museum and is always open to visiting devotees/tourists. It houses all the personal and valuable possessions of Anandrishiji as well as many important books written by him. Amongst collection of books one will also find many books on Jainism and on many renowned Jain saints from historical period. Needless to say, this museum-cum-library is as much worth visiting as the sacred Samadhi. Here the visitors will be enlightened about the universal teachings of Anandrishiji and all other prominent Jain saints.
Before raping up, a very important piece of information about Anandrishiji, which is really worth mentioning and is in fact testimony of his service to humanity. Ahmednagar’s most advanced multi specialty hospital ‘Anandrishiji Hospital’ is named and dedicated to this very saint. It was Anandrishiji’s much cherished dream that a advanced multi specialty hospital must be built in the very heart of Ahmednagar that is completely dedicated to human service. Today Anandrishiji Hospital is diligently paying humble homage to Sant Anandrishiji by healing and treating thousands of patients from weaker section of the society.