Who is Baba Khatu Shyam? Why is he Famous?

In India, we have many miraculous religious places. “Khatu Shyam Mandir” is one such religious place; and, one of the most famous places. As per the believes, anyone who visits this temple, all his/her desires are fulfilled. 

Who is Baba Khatu Shyam?

The actual name of Khatu Shyam Ji is Barbareek. Barbareek was the grandson of Bhima and son Ghotottakch. Ghotottakch possesses both the strength like his father Bhim & elusive power like his mother Hidimba. Therefore, Barbareek also possesses the qualities of heroes and great warriors from his childhood. Also, he had achieved mastery of Warcraft and skills from Lord Shri Krishna and his mother, Mauravi.

When Barbareek grew up a little, he had done fierce Tapasya or Meditation (austerity) of Lord Shiva, as a result of which Lord Shiva provided three miraculous arrows to Barbareek. And, that’s the reason Barbareek’s name is also famous as the “Bearer of three Arrows”. Lord Agnidev gave Barbareek a divine bow, with which he got the ability to conquer all the three worlds (तीनों लोक).

Why is Khatu Shyam Ji Famous?

When Barbreek got the information about the war of Kauravas-Pandavas, he also decided to participate in the war. So, he asked his mother, from which side should I fight? On listening to this, his mother thought that many people are fighting hard on behalf of the Kauravas; and, the situation of Pandavas seems to be weak. So, she said to Barbareek, Son, support the losers; and, fight on behalf of the weak. On hearing this, Barbareek took blessings of his mother, sat on his blue horse and promised to his mother that he will always support the losers; and, moved towards the battlefield.

Due to this promise, the saying “Haarey Ka Sahara Baba Shyam Humara” (हारे का सहारा बाबा श्याम हमारा) became famous.Khatu Shyam

When Barbareek was on his way to the battlefield, he found a Brahmin on the way. This Brahmin was none other than Lord Krishna, who wanted to test the Barbreek. Shri Krishna, in the disguise of the Brahmin, questioned Barbareek that was he going to fight with the help of only three arrows? How can you fight a war with just three arrows?

Barbareek answers that one of his arrows are capable of ending the enemy army; and, after this, the arrows will not even destroy but will return to their quiver. Barbareek replied that a single arrow is enough to destroy all his opponents in the war. And, it would then return to his quiver. He says that the first arrow is to mark all the things that he wants to destroy. If he uses the second arrow, then the second arrow will mark all the things that he wants to save. On using the third arrow, it will destroy all the things that are not marked and then return to his quiver.

In other words, with one arrow he can fix all his targets and with the other, he can destroy them. Hence, by using all the three arrows, the entire world can be destroyed.

Lord Krishna’s Test:

The Brahmin pointed to a Peepal tree and asked Barbareek to pierce all the leaves of the tree with a single arrow. Barbreek left an arrow after meditating God. That arrow pierced all the leaves of Peepal tree. Then, the arrow turns towards the Brahmin’s feet and began revolving around his feet. Actually, Krishna hid a leaf under his feet. Barbareek realized that the arrow was going around the feet of Brahmin to pierce the same leaf. Barbareek said, “O Brahmin, remove your leg, otherwise the arrow will pierce your feet”.

Shri Krishna was pleased with Barbareek’s courage and asked on behalf of which party will Barbareek fight. Barbareek said, he hasn’t set a party to fight from, he will only fight on behalf of the losing side according to his promise to mother. Shri Krishna went into a deep thought by hearing this because he knew that Kauravas are aware of Barbareek’s this promise.

Kauravas’ Planning:

Kauravas planned that they would fight with less army on the first day of the war. This will lead to Kauravas’ defeat in the war, due to which Barbareek will join them to fight against Pandavas. If Barbareek will fight on behalf of the Kauravas, their miraculous arrows will destroy the Pandavas.

Lord Krishna’s Strategy against Kauravas Plan:

To make the plan of Kauravas a failure, Krishna in Brahmin’s disguise, sought the promise of giving a donation from Barbareek. Barbareek promised to donate. Now Brahmin told Barbareek that he need his head in the donation. Barbareek was surprised to hear the demand of this unique donation and understood that this Brahmin is not an ordinary person. As Barbareek was the man of his words, he promised to donate his head for sure. But, he requested Brahmin to appear in his real form (the originality).

Lord Krishna appeared in his true form. Barbareek said, “O God, I am committed to give my head but my desire is to witness the war. Shri Krishna was happy by Barbareek’s earnestness & blessed him to fulfill his wish. Barbareek cut off his head and gave it to Krishna.

Shri Krishna sprinkled Amrit of fourteen deities on the head of Barbareek; and, placed it on a hill near the battlefield, from where the Barbareek could see the battle. After this, Krishna performed the cremation of Barbareek’s body with the scientific method.

End of the Mahabharata:

The great war of Mahabharata ended and Pandavas were victorious. After the victory, Pandavas started to debate that the credit of the victory goes to which warrior. Shri Krishna said, since the Barbareek is witnessing this war, therefore he is the best person to answer this question. Then, the Paramveer Barbareek said that the credit of the victory of this war goes to Shri Krishna only. Because all this has only been possible due to the excellent war policy of Shri Krishna. Everything behind the victory was only the illusion of Shri Krishna.

Barbareek as Khatu Shyam Ji:

By this verse of Barbareek, the gods & goddesses showered flowers on the Barbareek’s head. Shri Krishna was very pleased with Barbareek’s greatness and he said, “O heroic Barbareek, you are great. It’s my boon that from today you will become famous by my name Shyam. In Kaliyug, you will be worshiped in Krishna avatar and fulfill the wishes of your devotees. And, then  Shri Krishna buried Barbareek’s head in the land of Khatu, a place in Rajasthan, near Jaipur.

Lord Shri Krishna’s word has been proved. Today, Barbareek is known as Lord Shri Khatu Shyam Baba. Because his head appeared in Khatu, found by a shepherd, who gave that away to a brahmin. Then, Baba Khatu Shyam appeared in the dream of the King of Khatu. Khatu Shyam Ji told him to build a temple and place his head in that temple. The king did the same. And that’s why we see only the head of Baba Khatu Shyam in his temple.

Haarey Ka Sahara Baba Shyam Humara:

Khatu ShyamBaba Khatu Shyam constantly keeps his blessings on his devotees. As per his promise to his mother, he always is the supporter of the losers. That’s why, the one who gets persecution from all over the world, if s/he remembers the names of Baba Shyam with a true heart, s/he definitely gets help from Baba Khatu Shyam Ji. And, all her/his problems vanish. The glory of Baba Khatu Shyam Ji is immense.

Shyam Pond near Khatu Shyam Temple:

Khatu ShyamThere is a pond near Khatu Shyam Temple. This pond was dug out to take out Shyam Ji’s head. This is the place where Shyam Ji’s head was found. Taking a dip in the pond has a special significance. As per the beliefs, the afflictions of the body are cured & all your wishes come true.

How to Reach Khatu Shyam Temple?

Khatu Shyam Temple is in Seekar, Khatu, Near Jaipur, Rajasthan (India). You can travel to this place either by your own conveyance, bus, train or by air.

Nearest Railway Station:

Jaipur is the nearest railway head. From Jaipur Railway station, buses & cabs are available for Khatu Shyam Temple.

Nearest Airport:

Jaipur International Airport is the nearest one. From here, you will get cabs to Khatu Shyam Temple.

Best Time to Visit Khatu Shyam Temple:

It’s the best time throughout the year whenever your heart says to visit. However, during summers, the place Khatu is too hot, so accordingly you can decide.

Khatu Shyam Temple Timings:

Winter Timings: 

Morning – 5.30 AM to 1.00 PM

Evening – 4.30 PM to 9.00 PM

Summer Timings: 

Morning – 4.30 AM to 12.30 PM

Evening – 4.00 PM to 10.00 PM

On special occasions, the temple remains open for 24 Hours:

  • On every Shukla Paksha Ekadashi (11th)
  • Every Kartik Sudi Ekadashi, Shyamji’s birthday – from Phalgun Sudi Dashmi till the end of the festival, Baba Khatu Shyam Ji’s doors remain open for 24 hours.

Special Note:

Khatu ShyamThe doors of the temple remain closed from 12.30 PM to 1.00 PM for the Bhog Aarati, when Shyam Ji is served with the Prasadam or food.

If you are failing constantly, and not getting any solution or answer for the same, Khatu Shyam Ji will definitely help you out.

Plan your visit whenever your heart says & see the miracles of the blessings !!!

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