Shyam Khatu Temple aka Khatu Shyam Ji Mandir is a hindu temple which is located in the district of Sikar, Rajasthan.
According to Hindu mythology, Khatu Shyam Ji is the manifestation of the son of Ghatotkacha, Barbarika. It is said that devotees who pronounce his name from the bottom of their hearts are blessed and have their troubles removed, if they do it with true piety.
Khatu Shyam Ji Temple/Mandir Opening & Closing Darshan Timings
Morning 5.30 to Afternoon 13.00
Evening 17.00 to Night 21.00
Morning 4.30 to Afternoon 12.30
Evening 16.00 to Night 22.00
Pooja Timings of Khatu Shyam Ji Mandir
|Days||Aarti/Pooja||Winter Timings||Summer Timings|
|Monday to Sunday||Mangla Aarti||05.30||04.30|
|Monday to Sunday||Pratah or Shringar ( Morning ) Aarti||08.00||07.00|
|Monday to Sunday||Bhog Aarti||12.30||12.30|
|Monday to Sunday||Sandhya (Evening) Aarti||18:30||19.30|
|Monday to Sunday||Sandhya (Evening) Aarti||21:00||22.00|
History of Khatu Shyam Ji Temple
Legend says that before the beginning of the Mahabharata Barbarika’s last wish was to see the battle of Mahabharata. Therefore, Lord Krishna placed his head on the top of a mountain so that Barbarika could see the war.
Many years after the beginning of Kali Yuga, the head was found buried in the Khatu village located in present day Rajasthan.
The location was obscured until well after the Kali Yuga period began. After that, suddenly on an occasion, milk started flowing spontaneously out of a cow’s udder when she neared the burial spot.
Astonished by this incident, the local villagers dug the place up and the buried head was found.
The head was handed over to a Brahmin who worshipped it for many days, awaiting divine revelations to find out what was to be done next. Roopsingh Chauhan, king of Khatu, then had a dream
where he was inspired to build a temple and install the head therein. Subsequently, a temple was built and the idol was installed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Phalgun.
Architecture of Khatu Shyam Ji Temple
Built with white marble, the temple is truly an architectural wonder. Apart from being a popular destination amongst devotees, many people visit the temple to gaze with wonder at the beauty of the structure.
The large prayer hall is named Jagmohan and is surrounded by walls that depict elaborately painted mythological scenes. While the entrance and exit gates are made of marble, with marble brackets that feature ornamental floral designs, the shutters of the sanctum sanctorum are covered with a beautiful silver sheet that adds to the grandeur of the temple.
How To Reach Khatu Shyam Ji Temple?
The nearest airport is the Jaipur International Airport, which is about 80 km from the temple, from where you can travel via road to the temple.
The nearest railway station to the temple is Ringas Junction (RGS), which is about 17 km away from the temple. You find a number of cabs and jeeps (private or shared), waiting right outside the station to take you to the temple.
There are also several private and government buses that run between Jaipur and Khatu. However, there are no reserved seats available on these buses. From Khatu bus stop, you can take an auto- rickshaw to the temple.
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