Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Dham is situated in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh in India. It is situated between Pahuj and Sonmriga rivers and is at a distance of 100 kms from two major cities; Gwalior and Jhansi .
During the period from 1960 to 1985, Chambal has been notorious throughout India for its criminal activities which mushroomed because of lack of education, sources of income and arable land.
In 1990 a great divine saint set foot on this place at a very young age of 17 with a pledge to start a mission that would transform the social fabric of this region as well as to spread the message of spiritual living among the masses.
Even though this saint was very young to undertake a mission of such enormity, yet anyone who came to him was touched by his divinity and compassion and he firmly established his place in their hearts. The site chosen by this young saint for the dham had a small ancient hanumanji temple which was in a dilapidated state in the middle of the infamous ravines of chambal area. No one frequented this temple neither any worship was performed at its altars. In 1991 this young saint took a pledge to organize a yagya (hindu religious ceremony) that would heal the wounds of suffering that had been faced by the people of this region for a long time. This yagya was successful and it made people realize the effect of a pledge taken by a saint for the upliftment of humanity. As our curiosity gets better of us regarding the identity of this saint, he is none other than shri ravishankar ji maharaj who is the living embodiment of supreme consciousness.
Between the period of 1991-95 numerous spiritual, religious and humanitarian activities were performed under the supervision of divine master. In 1996, maharaj shri took another pledge to organize another yagya on a much bigger scale for world peace in memory of his guru brahamrishi Devraha Baba. Everyone thought that it was almost impossible to organize a religious event at such a large scale in such a remote location however maharaj shri proved all of them wrong and the grand event which was commemorated as the largest religious ceremony in Asia by BBC London was completed with great success.
In the year 2005 after 14 years since maharaj shri first set his foot at this place and took the pledge to start this mission, the ashram has now evolved into a dham (pilgrimage) and was rechristened Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Dham. Maharaj shri says that one can search for knowledge in Ayodhya, detachment in chitrakoot and devotion at vrindavan (3 places of significance for hindu religion) however rawatpura dham is one such place where one can aspire to achieve all these 3 qualities. Any one who comes to rawatpura dham with an honest quest for truth, a pure and simple heart and asks for strength and direction in any aspect of life would without doubt get his wish fulfilled.
Today in the year 2007 this region which was once infested with external and internal turmoil has now undergone a miraculous transformation. Gone is the negativity that was rampant earlier. This has now been replaced with fearlessness, joy, divine love, peace under the auspices of Rawatpura Dham and its wonderful mentor maharaj shri.
The making of rawatpura dham is a story, the magnitude of which can only be assimilated when one visits this divine place and experiences the transformation that has been its hallmark since its humble beginnings under a small hanumanji temple 17 years back.