Khatushyamji or Khatu or Khatoo is a small village in the Danta Ramgarh tehsil of the Sikar district of Rajasthan, India, with significant religious significance. It is home to one of Khatushyamji’s or Mahatma Barbarik’s most revered temples. Thousands of devotees and visitors from all over India gather here every year, making it one of the top attractions in Sikar.
Main Attractions in Khatoo Village
Khatu Shyam Mandir
The Khatu Shyam Ji Mandir is one of the most prominent pilgrim temples in Khatoo village in Rajasthan, and it is located in the district of Sikar. Khatu Shyam Ji is the incarnation of Ghatotkacha’s son, Barbarika, according to Hindu mythology. Devotees who say his name from the bottom of their hearts are supposed to be blessed and have their problems eliminated if they do so with sincere piety.
Barbarika’s powers was said to be unrivalled before the Mahabharata combat began, according to Hindu legend. He had made the decision to favour the weaker side in order to stay just, a decision that would have resulted in the extinction of both sides, leaving just Barbarika alive. Shree Krishna is supposed to have begged Barbarika for his head (sheesh daan) in order to avoid such disastrous consequences. Then, Shree Krishna is so pleased with Barbarika’s dedication. And immense sacrifice that he awarded him a boon. According to which Barbarika would be known as Krishna’s own name, Shyam Ji, in the kali yuga (current times) and worshipped in his own form.
Shree Krishna blessed Barbarika’s head after the battle and drowned it in the Rupawati River. The head was discovered buried in the village of Khatu in Rajasthan, at a place that had been unknown until the kali yuga began. When a cow was crossing the burial point, her udders began spontaneously spewing milk. Villagers were surprised when they dug up the location and uncovered the buried skull. Roop Singh Chauhan, the then-Khatu king, had a dream in which he was asked to place the head within a shrine. The temple was built at this time, and the head was placed within it.
The temple, which is made of white marble, is a true architectural marvel. Aside from being a popular site for believers, many people come to the temple to marvel at the structure’s grandeur. Jagmohan is the name of the enormous prayer hall, which is encircled by artistically painted mythical figures on the walls. While the entry and exit gates are built of marble with artistic floral designs on the marble brackets, the sanctum sanctorum shutters are covered with a gorgeous silver sheet that adds to the temple’s magnificence.
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A sacred pond near the temple is called Shyam Kund. This is reported to be the location where Khatu Shyam Ji’s head was recovered. A prevalent belief among believers is that taking a plunge in this pond will cure one’s diseases and restore one’s health. People taking ritual swims in the pond aren’t unusual when there’s a lot of devout fervour in the air. Bathing at the Shyam Kund during the Phalguna Mela Festival, which takes place every year, is also thought to be very beneficial.
Flowers are plucked from a consecrated garden near the temple and offered to the deity in the temple. This is another one of the beautiful attractions of Khatoo village in Rajasthan. The Samadhi of the famous devotee Lt. Alu Singhji is located on the property.
Near Khatushyamji’s temple, there is a Shiva temple. According to tradition, the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb’s forces attempted to destroy the temple by spearing the Shiva Linga. The warriors fled, scared, as blood fountains emerged from the Shiva Linga. Now also we can see the spear mark on the Linga.
How to reach Khatoo Village in Rajasthan?
If you are wondering how to reach khatu village, Khatoo is accessible by road, air and train. The nearest railway station is Ringas Railway Junction which is 17 km away. You can fly to Jaipur, then hire a cab to Khatoo. Jaipur is 78 km from Khatoo.
Due to it being a popular destination for devotees, hotels and restaurants are another one of the specialities in Khatoo. Some of the most popular restaurants are Radhey ki Haveli, Agrasen Misthan Bhandar, Hotel sawamani and many more! Khatu village is definitely one of the top places to visit in Sikar.
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