Discovery of Sheesh in Khatu
After the Mahabharata battle, Barbarika’s head (Sheesh) was buried in the village ( Khatu ) in Sikar District . The location was obscured until well after the Kaliyuga period began. Then, on one time, milk started flowing suddenly out of a cow’s udder when she neared the burial spot. surprised at this incident, the local villagers dug the spot the buried head of Barbarik was discovered.
Shyam Baba Temple
The head was handed over to a Brahmin who worshipped it for many days. Roopsingh Chauhan, king of that time of Khatu, then had a dream where he was motivated to build a temple and set up the head there. Afterward, a temple was built and the idol was installed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Kartik. After establishing this temple countless miracles done here and a lot of bhagats come to observe this khatu shyam ji temple.
Shyam Kund’s Story
There is another, only a little different version of this legend. Roopsingh Chauhan was the ruler of Khatu. His wife, Narmada Kanwar, once had a dream in which the holy being instructed her to take his illustration out of the earth. The indicated place (now known as Shyam Kund) when then dug up. Sure enough, it yielded the idol, which was appropriately enshrined in the temple.
Khatu Temple History
The original temple was built in 1027 AD by Roopsingh Chauhan and his wife Narmada Kanwar. In 1720 AD, a nobleman known as Diwan Abhaisingh renovated the old temple, at the behest of the then ruler of Marwar. The temple took its present shape at this time and the idol was enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum. The idol is made of rare stone. Khatushyam is the family deity of a large number of families.The temple is constructed of pure white Makrana marble and is an example of unique architecture. The idol is in form of a head "SHISH" which appeared in the holy pond as Shyam Kund.
The "SHISH" was retrieved and was instituted in the temple Architectural features The temple is architecturally rich. Lime mortar, marble Krishana form Shyam Baba and tiles have been used in constructing the structure. The shutters of the sanctum sanctorum are beautifully covered with silver sheet. Outside is the prayer hall, named Jagmohan. its walls are highly painted, depicting legendary scenes. The entrance gate and exit gate are made of marble; their brackets are also of marble and feature ornamental floral designs Precincts .Baba Shyam ke Aashirvad se khushiyo ki bel sada hari rahegi.
There is an open space in front of the entrance gate of the temple. The Shyam Bagicha is a garden near the temple from where flowers are picked to be offered to the god. The Samadhi of Aloo Singh,(a great devotee), is located within the garden. The Gopinath temple lies to the south- east of the main temple. The Gaurishankar temple also lies nearby. There is an interesting tale associated with the Gaurishankar temple. It is said that some soldiers of the mughal emperor Aurangzeb wanted to destroy this temple. They attacked the Shiva lingam enshrined within this temple with their spears. Immediately, fountains of blood appeared from the Shiva Linga. The soldiers ran away, terrified. One can still see the mark of the spear on the Lingam.
Khatu town is situated in the Sikar District, Rajasthan, India. Shyamji's temple, constructed of the famous Makrana marble, lies in the heart of the town.
Lord Shyamji is considered to be the God of the Kaliyug means (the present age where sin and wrong doing is at its maximum.)
India -> Rajasthan -> Sikar/Jaipur - >Khatu P.O.
Address :Khatu Shyam Baba Temple, District : Sikar, State : Rajasthan
Khatu : 17 kms. from Ringas.
Ringas : 63 km. from Jaipur on Jaipur-Sikar highway.
Nearest Railway Station :
Ringas : 17 km. (by road)
Jaipur : 80 km.
Delhi : 266 km.
Nearest Airport : Jaipur / Delhi
How to Reach :
One can either land at Delhi or Jaipur from any part of the country by Rail / Road / Air and from there, follow the suggested routes.
Distance from Khatu Shyam Mandir
Jaipur - 80Kms | New Delhi - 300Kms | Mumbai - 1210Kms | Kolkata - 1505Kms | Chennai - 2000Kms