khatu shyam mandir Sikar – The story of Shri khatu shyam ji dating back to Mahabharate times

Khatu shyam mandir Rajasthan : Khatu Shyam Ji Mandir is one of the most prominent pilgrim destinations in Rajasthan.

Located in the district of Sikar it is visited by thousands of devotees each year. Today I bring to you this beautiful story of Shri Khatu Shyam Ji.

Who is Shri Khatu Shyam Ji

According to hindu mythology the story of Shri Khatu Shyam Ji dates back to Mahabharata times. It is said that Shri Khatu Shyam ji is the incarnation of Ghatotkacha’s son, Barbarika.

If done with sincere piety, devotees who pronounce his name from the bottom of their hearts are supposed to be blessed and have their troubles eradicated.

The legend of Shri Khatu Shyam ji

The story of Shri Khatu Shyam ji dates back to Mahabharata times.

As per legend during the Mahabharata period (about five and a half thousand years ago ) there was a great warrior and a noble soul whose name was Barbarik .

He was grandson of Bheema ( One of the Pandava brothers ) . By doing satvik and selfless penance of the Navadurgas in the secret area located at Mahisagar Sangam, Barbarik obtained divine power and three arrows and bows.

During the war of Mahabharata, Barbarik decided to go to war and help Kauravaas. He was bound by his principle to help the weaker side in any war.

So he took the blessings of his mother and left for the battlefield. His intention was to help whoever loses in the war.

When Lord Krishna came to know about this story, he thought that in such a situation the war would never end. Therefore, disguised as a Brahmin, he stopped the way of Barbarika and asked him he was going.

Barbarik told Lord Krishna about Kurukshetra. Shri Krishna in the form of a Brahmin asked him to show his skill.

Barbarika pierced all the leaves of the tree with a single arrow except the one that Shri Krishna had buried under his feet. Barbarik prayed to Shri Krishna that he should remove his foot from the top of the leaf or your foot may get injured.

Shri Krishna withdrew his leg and asked for a boon from Barbarik.

Barbarik agreed to that. Shri Krishna in the form of Brahmin asked for head donation. Hearing this, Barbarik did not get upset at all, but requested Shri Krishna to give darshan in his real form because no ordinary person can ask for this donation.

Then Shri Krishna appeared in his real form.

Lord Krishna was extremely happy with the devotion shown to him, and by the great sacrifice of Barbarika that he granted him a boon, according to which Barbarika would be known by Krishna’s own name, Shyam Ji and in the kaliyuga would be worshipped in his own form.

After a long time, during Kali Yuga, the appeared miraculously in Khatu. It is said that while going home, a cow used to stand at one place on the way and shed streams of milk from all four udders.

When the cowherd saw this scene, he narrated the whole story to the king . Lord Shyam ji then appeared in the dream and asked him to dig the place where milk comes out from the udder of the cow.

He found the Shaligram Shilaroop Deity there and established it as per vedic rituals.

Significance of bathing in the Shyam Kund in the temple

Near the temple is a holy pond called the Shyam Kund. It is said that this is the point from where the head of Khatu Shyam Ji was retrieved.

A popular belief among devotees is that a dip in this pond can cure a person from their ailments and bring them good health.

With devotional fervour, people taking ritual dips in the pond are not an uncommon sight. It is also believed that bathing at the Shyam Kund during the Phalguna Mela Festival, which is held every year, is especially salutary

Khatu shyam ji mandir timings

Khatu shyam mandir open timings: The temple of Shri Khatu shyam ji is open from 4.30 AM in the morning and in general is open till 10.00 PM.

But there are some difference in timings in Summer and Winter seasons as described below!

Summer timings
Temple Open4.30 AM
Temple Close12.30 PM
Temple Open4.00 PM
Temple Close10.00 PM
Winter timings
Temple Open5.30 AM
Temple Close1.00 PM
Temple Open5.00 PM
Temple Close9.00 PM

Khatu shyam ji mandir aarti timings

Below are the aarti timings of Shri Khatu Shyam Ji

Shri Khatu Shyam Ji Mangala Aarti
( Performed early in the morning when the temple opens its gates to the devotees. )
04.45- 05.45 AM
Shri Khatu Shyam Ji Shringaar Aarti
( Khatu Shyam Ji’s idol is grandly ornamented, accompanied by an aarti. )
07:00-08:00 AM
Shri Khatu Shyam Ji Bhog Aarti
(  performed at noon when bhog or prasadam is served to the lord. )
12:15 से 12:30 PM
Shri Khatu Shyam Ji Sandhya Aarti ( At sunset )06:00-07:15 PM
Shri Khatu Shyam Ji Shayan Aarti ( At temple close )09 :00-10:00 PM

Khatu shyam ji mandir contact number

Shri shyam mandir committee manages Khatu Shyamji Temple administration.

You can contact Shri Shyam Mandir Committee at below numbers:



How to reach Shri Khatu shyam ji mandir

Shri Khatudham is located in Sikar , Rajasthan. Below is how you can reach Shri Khatudham.

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By Air: Nearest airport is at Jaipur. You can get taxi, buses from there .

By Road: It is very well connected with major cities of Rajasthan. You can reach till Jaipur or sikar and take state government bus, private bus or taxi from there.

By Train: Nearest railway station is Ringas Junction ( Station code RGS ) which is at 16km from Khatudham. There are a number of trains that run from Delhi and from Jaipur towards Ringas.

From Khatu bus stop, you can take an auto- rickshaw to the temple.

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