“Khatu Shyam: Who is Baba Khatu Shyam ji? 

What is its story? Paramdham Khatu is located in Sikar district of Shekhawati, Rajasthan. Khatu Shyamji is seated here. Khatu’s Shyam temple is very ancient. This fair is held here every year from Falgun month Shukla Shashti to Baras. Devotees who glorify Shyam Baba are present not only in Rajasthan or India but in every corner of the world. Let’s know who is Baba Khatu Shyamji? 

What is his story? Who is Khatushyamji: Khatu Shyamji is the Kalyugi incarnation of Lord Krishna. Ghatotkacha was the son of Bhima of Mahabharata and Barbarik was the son of Ghatotkacha. Barbarik is called Baba Khatu Shyam. His mother’s name is Hidimba. Story of Khatu Shyam: Barbarik was the best archer in the world. Only three arrows were enough for Barbarik, on the basis of which he could destroy the entire army of Kauravas and Pandavas. In the battlefield, Bhim’s grandson Barbarik stood under a Peepal tree at the middle point of both the camps and declared that he would fight on the side which would be losing. Krishna got worried by this announcement of Barbarik. When Arjuna and Lord Krishna appeared in front of Bhima’s grandson Barbarik to see the miracle of his bravery, Barbarik showed only a small sample of his bravery. Krishna said that if you pierce all the leaves of this tree with a single arrow, then I will agree. Barbarik took the order and released the arrow towards the tree. When the arrow was piercing all the leaves one by one, a leaf broke and fell down. Krishna hid it by placing his foot on that leaf thinking that it would avoid being pierced, but the arrow piercing all the leaves stopped near Krishna’s feet. Then Barbarik said that the Lord has pressed a leaf under your feet, please remove the feet, because I have ordered the arrows to pierce only the leaves and not your feet. Seeing this miracle of his, Krishna got worried. Lord Krishna knew that barbaric will support the loser with a promise. If the Kauravas are seen losing, then there will be trouble for the Pandavas and if the Pandavas are seen losing in front of Barbarik, then they will support the Pandavas. In this way he will destroy the army on both sides with a single arrow. Then Lord Krishna disguised as a Brahmin reached the gate of Barbarik’s camp in the morning and started asking for donations. Barbarik said – Ask Brahmin! What do you want? Krishna in the form of Brahmin said that you will not be able to give. But Barbarik fell into Krishna’s trap and Krishna demanded his head from him. Barbarik voluntarily donated his head for the victory of his grandfather Pandavas. Seeing this sacrifice of Barbarik, after the donation, Shri Krishna gave Barbarik the boon of being worshiped in his own name in Kaliyuga. Today Barbarik is worshiped in the name of Khatu Shyam. The place where Krishna kept his head is named Khatu. Unknown secret: 1. Khatu Shyam i.e. Mother Saivyam defeated:. That is, the one who gives strength to the defeated and disappointed people. 2. Khatu Shyam Baba is the best archer in the world, only Shri Ram is considered greater than him. 3. The birth anniversary of Khatushyam ji is celebrated with great pomp every year on Devuthani Ekadashi of Kartik Shukla Paksha. 4. Khatu’s Shyam temple is very ancient, but the foundation stone of the present temple was laid in 1720. According to historian Pandit Jhabramall Sharma, this temple was destroyed by Aurangzeb’s army in 1679. At that time many Rajputs had laid down their lives to protect the temple. 5. The famous fair of Baba Khatu Shyam is held in the premises of Khatu Shyam temple. This fair runs from Shukla Shashthi in the Hindu month of Phalgun to Baras. There is a special day of the fair on the eleventh day. 

6. Barbarik was a worshiper of the goddess. With the boon of the goddess, he had received three divine arrows which pierced their target and came back to him. Barbaric was invincible due to its victory.

 7. Barbarik was more powerful and elusive than his father Ghatotkach. 

8. It is said that when Shri Krishna asked Barbarik for his head, Barbarik performed bhajans throughout the night and worshiped on Phalgun Shukla Dwadashi after bathing and cut off his own head and donated it to Shri Krishna. 9. Before donning the head, Barbaric expressed his desire to see the war of Mahabharata, then Shri Krishna established his head at a high place and gave him the sight of observation. 10. 

After the end of the war, when the Pandavas were debating to give credit to Vijayashree, Shri Krishna said that only Barbaric’s head can decide this. Then Barbarik said that in the war only Shri Krishna’s Sudarshan was going on on both sides and Draupadi was drinking blood as Mahakali. 

10. In the end, Shri Krishna gave a boon that in Kaliyuga you will be worshiped in my name and the welfare of the devotees will be done only by remembering you. 11. Baba Shyam appeared from the Shyam Kund located in Khatu Dham after the visions and Shri Krishna appears in the temple in the form of Shaligram.”


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