Holy Places In India - Khatu Shyam Ji Temple

The temple of Khatu Shyam Ji located in Sikar, Rajasthan is the most famous among the temples of Lord Krishna in India. Khatu Shyam ji is considered to be the most famous god of Kali Yuga. The temple of Khatu Shyam Ji, built in Khatu village in Sikar district of Rajasthan, is very much recognized among the Hindu devotees. Devotees say that whatever demands they give from Shyam Baba millions of times, that is why Khatu Shyam ji is also known as Lakhdatar. According to Hinduism, Khatu Sham ji is considered to be an incarnation of Krishna in the Kali Yuga. Lord Krishna gave him a boon that Khatu Shyam ji would be worshiped under his name Shyam in Kalyug. This is the reason that Khatu Shyamji is worshiped by crores of devotees in the country today.

Here, 40 lakh devotees, who have faith in Baba Shyam, arrive every year to see him. Especially a few days before Holi, a grand fair of Khatu Shyam is held here in February-March, in which devotees of Baba come not only from the country but also from abroad. 

It is said about the Khatu Shyam Temple that this temple of Khatu Shyam Ji was built during the Mahabharata period, the history of this temple is also related to the battle of Mahabharata.Let me tell you that earlier Khatu Shyam ji's name was Barbarik. He was the son of the mighty Gadadhari Bhima and Nag Kanya Maurvi. He had all the qualities of becoming a brave warrior since childhood. He learned the art of war from his mother and Sri Krishna. He obtained three arrows by doing severe penance of Lord Shiva. These three arrows were enough to make him victorious in all three worlds. Once he came to know that there was going to be a war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, he also expressed his desire to join the war. For this, when he reached his mother to seek his blessings, he pledged to fight the war from the loser's side.

When he came to know this promise of Barbarik, he took the form of a Brahmin and started mocking him and said that what war will he fight with the three arrows. Then Barbaric said that one of his arrows is enough to kill the enemy army, so if he used three arrows, the universe would be destroyed. Knowing this, Lord Krishna challenged Barbarik to pierce all these leaves of Peepal. Barbaric accepted the challenge. To test him, Shri Krishna pressed a leaf under his feet. Barbarik marked all the leaves with an arrow and started circling near Shri Krishna's feet and told Shri Krishna that a leaf is pressed under your foot, remove your feet or else your feet will get hurt.After this Sri Krishna asked Barbarik on whose side he would join the war. Barbaric replied that those who lose will fight the war on their behalf. Sri Krishna knew that the Kauravas were to be defeated in the war, so if Barbarik fought with them warily, wrong results could come. He expressed his demand for donations to stop Barbaric. In charity he asked for Barbaric's head. Barbaric said that I will definitely donate. He cut off his head at the feet of Shri Krishna and expressed his last wish to him. They said that they want to see the war of Mahabharata with their eyes till the end. Sri Krishna, accepting his wish, placed Barbarik's head on a hill at the battlefield from where Barbarik saw the Mahabharata war from his eyes to the end. After the war, the Pandavas started fighting to whom the credit of victory in the war goes. Then Barbarik said that he won the war because of Shri Krishna. Sri Krishna was very pleased with this sacrifice of Barbarika and gave him the precious promise to be worshiped as Shyam in the Kali-yuga.

The famous Khatu Shyam Ji temple in Sikar district is believed to have been built in 1027 by Raja Rup Singh Chauhan, the ruler of Khatu village and his wife Narmada Kanwar. According to the legend, King Roop Singh once had a dream, in which he was asked to build his temple after finding Shyam's head in the pool of Khatu. Then King Roop Singh built a temple in the name of Khatu Shyam Ji in Khatu village. But in 1720 it was rebuilt by a famous Diwan Abhay Singh.

A few days before Holi, a grand fair of Khatu Shyam is held here in February-March, in which devotees of Baba come not only from the country but also from abroad. Phalgun fair is the main fair of Khatu Shyam ji. This fair is held for 5 days in which devotees celebrate the festival of Holi with Shyam Baba.

In summer, the temple is open for devotees from 4:30 am to 12:30 pm for darshan. At the same time, there are darshans from 5 pm to 9 pm. Whereas in winter, the doors of the temple are open from 5:30 am to 1 pm and in the evening the temple is open from 5 pm to 9 pm. Talking about Aarti, Mangal Aarti in summer is at 4:45 in the morning, while in winter the time of Aarti is changed to 5:45. Lord Khatu Shyam's makeup is done in the morning at 7 o'clock in the summer, and in the morning at 8 o'clock in the winter. The time of Bhog Aarti in the summer is kept at 12:15 in the afternoon while in the winter the Bhog Aarti takes place at 12:30. In summer, the evening aarti is at 7:30 pm and in winter, the aarti is done at 6 pm. 


Near the temple of Khatu Shyam ji is the holy pond named Shyamkund. Nahan has great importance in this pool. It is believed that bathing in this pool cures all human diseases and makes the person healthy. There is a lot of recognition to take a dip here especially during the annual Falgun Fair.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
If you are going by flight, the nearest international airport is Jaipur, from where the distance to the temple of Khatu Shyam Ji is 95 km. 

BY TRAIN
The sacred temple of Khatu Shyam Ji is located in Khatu village, 80 km from Jaipur. The nearest Ringus railway station is Khatu Shyam ji. The distance from where Baba's temple is 18.5 km. From the railway station you will get many taxis and jeeps for the temple of Khatu Shyam ji.

BY ROAD
If you are going from Delhi to By Road Khatu Shyam ji's temple then it will take 4.30 to 5 hours to reach here.

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