He had two identities — to his devotees, he was Neem Karoli Baba and to his family, he was Lakshmi Narayan Sharma — a husband, father and grandfather.
Maharajji established many temples in the Himalayas around Nainital and in the Gangetic plains in Delhi, Vrindavan and Lucknow. Temples in the West were built by devotees in Germany and the USA.
Several of Baba's devotees have written books on their experiences with Him. There are several social networking groups for and by Baba's devotees on Facebook, Yahoo and Google.
‘‘He is one of the most unique phenomena among the religious fraternity of Saints, Sages and holy Fakirs of Northern India. It would not be a wonder to me, if, as I am sitting and dictating this article on a mildly warm summery afternoon at Jaipur, in Rajasthan, at this moment Babaji is perfectly aware of this fact and knows exactly where I am staying, what words I am dictating ... has convinced most of his closest followers that Sri Baba Neem Karoli was a ‘Siddha Purusha’ (perfected being) and knower of the past, present as also of the future — Trikala Jnani.’’
It is said that Maharajji's word was the last word on any matter. Soon after Maharajji said that smallpox would be eradicated from this world — smallpox really vanished. A post-card was released to mark this occasion.
‘‘But the mystery is why this modest ashram would attract such a steady stream of American tech visionaries. Along with Jobs and Zuckerberg, Google’s Larry Page and Jeffrey Skoll, co-founder of eBay, have also made the pilgrimage.
‘‘Everybody in the world wants to go and see this place,’’ said Larry Brilliant, a doctor who once lived at the ashram and later became head of Google’s philanthropy division.’’