NEW DELHI-During PM Narendra Modi’s recent US visit, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that he had visited a temple in India during the initial days of Facebook on the advice of late Apple founder Steve Jobs. The temple Jobs was talking about is Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital, Uttarakhand. He himself had visited the temple during the 1970s. Zuckerberg arrived in Pantnagar, about 65 km from Nainital,
and drove to Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram. The baba who died in 1973 continues to enchant several high-profile Americans. Jobs is said to have got the vision for creating Apple after he visited there. “He (Jobs) told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed as the mission of the company I should visit this temple that he had gone to in India, early on in his evolution of thinking about what he wanted Apple and his vision of the future to be,” Zuckerberg told Modi at a town hall meeting. “So I went and I travelled for almost a month, and seeing people, seeing how people connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone has a strong ability to connect reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing and that is something I’ve always remembered over the last 10 years as we’ve built Facebook.” Zuckerberg had to extend his stay in the ashram to two days after a storm in Pantnagar hit flights schedule.