India is a roller coaster ride with scenic locations, mountains, beaches, adventurous sports, and rich flora and fauna. Apart from this, India is an extravagance of culture, beliefs, and mysteries. In this Land of Wonders, every place either has a History or a Mystery. One such place well known for Mysteries is the Mehandipur Balaji Temple in Rajasthan.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Dausa district of the state of Rajasthan, dedicated to Lord Hanuman (the god of strength). The mighty Hindu God is also famously known as Balaji, hence the name of the temple. Many devotees believe that this place is bestowed with magical powers and hence this pilgrimage site stands witness to thousands of devotees flocking every day to get exorcised find relief from Black Magic.
It is believed to provide the best counter-curse to weld off ghosts and evil spirits. The temple of Balaji Maharaj built-in Mehandipur is very famous especially in the northern part of India.
The person who is suffering from evil spirits (Sankatwalas) get relief from distress by methods like Arji, Sawamani, and Darkest. Bhog of Boondi ke Laddu offering to Shri Balaji Maharaj, Rice and Urad pulse to Bhairav Baba (Kotval Kaptan, head of the army and Shri Pretraj Sarkar, king of evil spirits).
Saturday and Tuesday are the busiest days in the temple because both these days are the days of Hanumanji.
- Timings: 5:00 AM to 8.00 PM
- Entry Fee: NA
- Photography: Not allowed inside the temple
- Address: Mudigere – Mehendipur Balaji Temple Road khodla, Mehandipur, Rajasthan 321610
How to Reach Mehandipur Balaji Temple
The nearest airport to the temple is Jaipur airport which is well connected with Delhi and Agra airport. The journey of 66 KM from Jaipur airport to the temple is then to be continued by car or bus
Jaipur is well connected to all the major railway stations of the country. A regular bus service connects the railway station to the temple.
The Mehandipur Balaji Temple is well connected with Jaipur, Agra and Delhi railway station. Regular bus service is available from the temple connecting it with the above-cited railway stations. The Alwar – Mahwa or Mathura – Bharatpur-Mahwa highway can also be used to commute to the temple by car.
Aarti Time in Summer :
Morning from 6:15 AM to 6:45 AM, Evening from 7:15 PM to 7:45 PM
Aarti Time in Winter :
Morning from 6:25 AM to 6:55 AM, Evening from 6:35 PM to 7:05 PM
Note: All the above timings may vary on special days.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple Rituals
The regular activities performed in this temple include pious rituals and providing food to the needy. There are some specific rituals that must be performed by the visitors, making sure that the right sequence is followed. The rituals can be broadly classified into three parts:
Durkhasta: This ritual requires you to take small Durkhasta laddoos from any shop outside the temple. You will be provided with two plates of these laddoos and all you have to do is offer these plates to the priests standing in front of the Mehandipur Balaji Temple. They will pick as much as they want and add them to the fire burning in front of the deity. Each plate contains 4-5 laddoos. The time of Durkhasta is after the morning prayer and before the evening prayer.
The significance of the two plates is that the first plate is to inform God that you are there for his blessings while the second pate is to request him to guide you into achieving your goals and solving your problems. After offering, you must move on and do the same for Pretraj Sarkar and Kotwal Bhairav Ji. After the last offering, you must eat two laddoos out of the leftover ones. The container having more of bhog left in them are encircled by people around their head for 7 times anticlockwise and then thrown away without looking backward.
Arzi: After Durkhasta, you are required to order for Arzi from any of the shops outside that has a fixed cost of ?270. It includes 1.25 kgs of Laddoos, 2.25 kgs of Urad Dal and 4.25 kgs of Boiled Rice. This is supposed to offer to Pretraj Sarkar and Kotwal Bhairav Ji in two separate containers.
Savamani: Before leaving the temple, if you ask for any wish, you must tell Balaji that once you come back again, you will offer Savamani, a ritual of offering to be done on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Where to Eat
The rules of the temple do not allow you to eat or drink anything inside the temple premises and strictly say No to the food pushers there. Also, you must empty all the food packets and bottles as you leave the village. However, after you are done with visiting the temple, you can have food at some of the restaurants around the area. One of the popular ones is Surbhi Food Plaza, where you can have some good vegetarian food. They have a small kitchen and make food live, in front of you. It is most famous for its paranthas.
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- Don’t touch or talk to strangers inside the temple
- Strictly no to food, don’t eat or drink anything inside the temple.
- Before visiting the temple don’t eat meat, onion or non-veg food.
- Don’t carry any prasad or food items while going back to the village.
- Don’t turn back while leaving the temple, who knows someone might wait for you behind.
- As you leave the village empty all your food packets and water bottles
As you set to leave the place, make sure you do not consume anything or don’t carry any prasad, water or food item from here. “Mamma told me, don’t be talking to strangers, because strangers are danger”. These lyrics from a popular Bollywood dance number is perfect for this spot, as talking or touching someone is prohibited here as many people are believed to be possessed, and if you touch them you might get affected. Apart from this, once you leave the temple, you should not look back because who knows an evil spirit is watching you and you might give an invitation from them. As soon as you exit the temple premises it is strictly advised to leave the village without having even a drop of water.
Visiting this temple comes at a cost. You might have a very disturbing experience after visiting this temple as it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. This place though is a very renowned site for healing people suffering from black magic. You have been warned!
Note: We don’t make any guarantees if the above-stated facts are not correct