Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Dausa, Rajasthan

About

About Lord Balaji Hanuman

A vanara by origin, Lord Hanuman a.k.a. Bajrangbali, is one of the main characters of the epic “Ramayana”, in which he stood up with Lord Rama, against the demon king Ravana. He burnt Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana, down, by lighting it up with his tail.

Lord Hanuman, himself, is a dedicated and supreme devotee of Lord Rama. So much so, that the legend says when he tore his chest apart, there was image of Lord Rama, and Goddess Sita.

In Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Lord Hanuman is in his Balaji avatar. As the verse in Hanuman Chaleesa goes “Sankat mochan naam tihaaro”, at this holy place, Lord Hanuman makes sure no devotee goes back with any sort of troubles, especially that caused by evil spirits.

About Mehandipur Balaji temple

Mehandipur Balaji Temple, located in Rajasthan is one of the most famous temples in the country, vis-a-vis its counterpart, Salasar Balaji.

Most of the people know this temple because of the exorcism practices that happen here. Since the temple houses Lord Hanuman and Sri Pret Raj, as deities, the temple is considered to have healing effects on the people possessed by one or more evil spirits.

It is believed that the deity in this temple has divine power to cure people.

The victims come here and file an ‘appeal’ before the Lord, after which Shri Pret Raj Sarkar holds his court, identifies the spirit, ghosts, ghouls, etc and awards punishment, thereby setting the victim free from the possession.

Since Indians comprise of a large population of believers in the supernatural, when any person is tired of all the medicines and doctors, and if the symptoms seem to be out of humane reach, Lord Balaji Hanuman’s door is the one to knock.

Hundreds of ‘Sankat walas’, as the possessed people are referred to in local lingo, can be seen in the temple premise. The ‘Mahant’ of the temple, Shri Kishor Puri Ji, prescribes the treatment, which might even include beating up of the victim.

Prasad

Prasad offering at Mehandipur Balaji temple

Unlike any other temple, there’s a proper way of offering Prasad here.

From one of the shops around the temple, buy the yummy yellow laddoos, preferably two packs, since you have to offer the Prasad to all the three deities.  Once you enter the temple in the queue, handover the laddoos to the pundit in front of each deity, one by one. In the end, you’ll be left with some of the laddoos, the real Prasad.

Once you are done with the third deity, eat some of the Prasad, and encircle the remaining over your head, and throw it backwards. Now leave the premise, without looking back.

Even if you are not in possession of any evil spirits, but the Prasad here is said have healing abilities, and thus apart from being tasty, it protects you as well!

Order yours online, at: http://www.onlineprasad.com.

Rituals

What to do when you reach Mehandipur Balaji temple?

As soon as you step on the floor of the temple, you will instantly understand the reason behind the huge crowd of devotees, coming from even the most extreme locations of India.

If you are with your children to be able to accompany you to the temple, make sure they do not panic by the visuals there, and moreover since the temple premise doesn’t allow the kids to play around, keep your kid in check.

Join the queue, align yourself with the administration’s instructions, and seek blessings from the Lord.

If you are in a hurry or want the “just another temple” feeling from here, conclude your journey right now. If not, then walk around a bit. You’ll come to know the ‘famous’ side of this temple, the Exorcism that happens here. People undergoing exorcism are tied up with chains or underneath big stones, etc, in order to set them free from the evil spirits. Sometimes, chained victims are not given food and water, and in regular intervals are beaten up by the pandit, so that the spirit shoos away.

Since opinions vary, some people find it cruel and inhumane, while the devotees consider it the ultimate treatment, which nobody else can offer.

Apart from this the temple contributes to charity, feeds the poor, homeless and incapacitated people. The temple also provides free water supply for all and fodder for cows and stray animals are the activities of this temple.

Once you are done witnessing all this, make a visit to the “wishing tree”, and seek a wish from the Almighty, and exit the premise. Do not turn around.

Nobody exits with a sceptical point of view about the temple. You either become a believer, or a strong critic.

Also, thousands of people are believed to have been cured in this way.

Things to note

  1. Shrine of Balaji, Court of Pret Raja, Pooja griha, Bhairav ji temple and Ram Darbar are some of the spots worth seeing here.
  2. After you wish for something from the Lord here, do not look back while exiting.
  3. If the wish is granted, do offer a thanks giving visit here, preferably on Tuesday or Saturday.
  4. The sants and fakirs there might tell you that you need to submit ‘x’ amount of money in order to remain free from the spirits etc, and many other kind of tactics. Do not to be fooled by all this. Have faith in God.
  5. Do not smoke/drink.
  6. Photography is not allowed.
  7. The universal thing to note, beware of the pickpockets!

History

History of Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Dausa

According to Shri Ganesh Puri Ji Maharaj, 11th Mahant of Mehendipur Dham, the present day temple, was once only a dense forest. One night, Sri Balaji Maharaj came in his ancestors’ dreams and ordered him to serve the lord, and showed him where the place where the three deities are present. From that day onwards, the ancestors began worshipping the trinity on that spot, in the forest.

It is also said that, some people with mischievous intentions tried digging out the idols from that spot, but were unable to.

As the faith strengthened, the Lord once again came in the dreams of the ancestors, but this time the ancestors had a vision of the temple and the Lord being served. Thus, the temple, as we see in its present state, was built, housing the three lords.

The three deities, the trinity, include Sri Balaji Hanuman, Sri Bhairava Baba, and Sri Pret Raj Sarkar.

Sri Pret Raj is considered to be the King of Spirits, thus since the day his image emerged from the Aravalli hills, people suffering from possession of evil spirits, black magic, etc, locally referred to as “Sankatwalas”,  come here to get out of the satanic trap!

In Layman’s words, if you’ve heard of “Exorcism”, from Hollywood, and you want to witness it with your own eyes, let us make you aware of the fact that, it has been going on here since ages!

Important festivals

The festivals celebrating Lord Hanuman or related to him, or the eves considered as the days of the dead, like amavasya etc, are the ones to remain cautious about when coming here.

Some of the major festivals include:

  • Holi
  • Hanuman Jayanti
  • Dusshera
  • Sharad Poornima
  • Shivratri
  • Ramanavmi
  • Deepawali
  • Vijay Dashmi

It is said that these days are regarded as the most auspicious time to liberate the victim from the evil spirit, and giving “mukti” to the soul.

How to reach

Where is Mehandipur Balaji Temple?

Mehandipur Balaji Temple is located in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, which is not that far from the major cities like Delhi and Jaipur, and north India, which contribute the maximum to the number of devotees coming here.

By road

If you prefer car, from Delhi, either come via Alwar-Mahwa or Mathura-Bharatpur-Mahwa highway. You’ll have to drive for around 270-275kms.

The temple is located on the Jaipur-Agra National Highway, and thus is only 99kms from Jaipur.

Since the venue is on the NH, buses are easily available.

By train

You can also reach Balaji Temple by the age old Indian Railways, connecting Dausa with several cities including Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Bharatpur, etc. From Dausa, you can hop onto any of the plying buses to reach the temple.

By air

Not the preferred mode of travelling to reach here, but if you don’t have any of the above options, then look for a flight to Jaipur, or Agra, i.e. a place from where you can get another means of transport, rail or road, because, Dausa doesn’t have an airport.

Temple timings

The temple remains open until 9:00 P.M in summer, and 8:00 P.M in winter. Make sure you plan your visit accordingly.

The temple remains closed on eclipse nights.

Aarti timings:

  • 6AM – 7AM
  • 6PM – 7PM

In and around

Accommodation at Dausa

Apart from the budget friendly Dharshalas around the temple premise, following are the options you can look at, for staying:

  • Talabgaon Castle Heritage Resort

Village Post Talabgaon, Dausa

Mob. 09413331359

http://talabgaoncastle.com/

 

  • Umaid Lake Palace

Kalakho Post Office, District Dausa

Call 01427203166

http://www.umaidlakepalace.com/

 

  • Madhuvan Hotel

Jaipur-Agra Highway, Near Roadways Bus Depot, Dausa

 

  • Pinky Hotel

Agra Road, Dausa

 

For more hotels, visit: http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotels-g2285989-c3-Dausa_Rajasthan-Hotels.html

Where to eat near Mehandipur Balaji Temple

Prasad will obviously not be enough for your appetite; you’ve got to have something local!

Following are some of the decent eateries you can try:

  • Zaika Restaurant

Adjoining Pinky Hotel, Agra Road, Dausa

 

  • Sitaram Mishthan Bhandar

Railway Station, Agra Road, Near Jain Dharamsala, Dausa

 

  • Sharma Tea Stall & Restaurant

Nr J.k Hotel, Jaipur Rd, Mandi Rd, Dausa

 

  • Arvind Restaurant

Opp Old Cinema Lalsot Road, Lalsot Road, Dausa

Aarati

 

मेहंदीपुर बालाजी आरती

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा, स्वामी जय हनुमत वीरा ।

संकट मोचन स्वामी, तुम हो रणधीरा ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

पवन-पुत्र अंजनी-सुत, महिमा अति भारी ।

दुःख दारिद्रय मिटाओ, संकट भय हारी ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

बाल समय में तुमने, रवि को भक्ष लियो ।

देवन स्तुति कीन्हीं, तुरतहिं छोड़ दियो ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

कपि सुग्रीव राम संग, मैत्री करवाई ।

अभिमानी बलि मेट्यो, कीर्ति रही छाई ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

जारि लंक सिय-सुधि ले आए, वानर हर्षाए ।

कारज कठिन सुधारे, रघुबर मन भाए ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

शक्ति लगी लक्ष्मण को, भारी सोच भयो ।

लाय संजीवन बूटी, दुःख सब दूर कियो ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

रामहिं ले अहिरावण, जब पाताल गयो ।

ताही मारि प्रभु लाये, जय जयकार भयो॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

राजत मेहंदीपुर में, दर्शन सुखकारी ।

मंगल और शनिश्चर, मेला है जारी ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

श्री बालाजी की आरति, जो कोइ नर गावे ।

कहत इंद्र हर्षित मन, वांछित फल पावे ॥

ॐ जय हनुमत वीरा..

*****

Sri Hanuman Ji Aarti

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Dusht dalan raghunath kala ki ||

 

Jake bal se ghirdhar kape |

Rog dhosh jake nikat na jhape ||

Anjani putra maha baldhai |

Santan ke prabhu sada sahai ||

 

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

 

De bhira raghunath pathai |

Lanka jare siya sudhi laye ||

Lanka so kot samudar se khai |

Jat pavansut bar na layi ||

Lanka jare asur saghare |

Siyaramji ke kaaj shavare ||

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

 

Laxman murchit pade sakare |

Aani sanjeevan pran ubhare ||

Pethi patal tori jam-kare |

Aahiravan ki bhuja ukhare ||

Baye bhuja asurdal mare |

Dahiye bhuja santjan tare ||

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

 

Sur nar muni aarti utare |

Jai jai jai hanuman uchare ||

Kanchan thal kapor loo chayi |

Aarti karat anjani mai ||

Jo hanuman ji ke aarti gavey |

Basi baykunt param pad pavey ||

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

Aarti kejeye hanuman lalaa ki |

For audio bhajans, visit: http://www.jaybalaji.com/mehndipur.php?sk=nm

Misc

  • Ladies and sankat-walas must be accompanied by an attendant.
  • All the devotees are advised to treat sankatwalas humbly.
  • The physical pain given to the sankatwala is actually given with the intention of hurting the evil spirit, and not the other way round.

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehandipur_Balaji_Temple
  2. 2.     mehandipurbalaji.tripod.com
  3. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g2285989-d3704947-r154725346-Mehandipur_Balaji_Temple-Dausa_Rajasthan.html
  4. http://www.prophet666.com/2010/06/mehandipur-balaji-aarti-english-hindi.html

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