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Timings : Winter Season : 5:30 AM - 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM; Summer Season : 4:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Khatushyam JI, Sikar Overview

Located at a distance of around 65 kms from Sikar in Rajasthan, in the tiny village of Khatoo, Khatushyam Mandir is a revered Hindu temple. The temple is visited by more than 85 lac devotees each year who come here to revel in the beauty of the temple and to seek blessings from the Lord himself. The temple was built 1027 AD by Roopsingh Chauhan and his wife Niramala Kanwar. There are a lot of myths and legends attached to the temple and the pilgrims have a firm belief that all your wishes are granted if you visit here.

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Legend of Khatushyam Mandir

Among the many legends attached to the origin of Khatushyam Mandir, the most prominent one goes to say that when the Mahabharata battle was over, Barbarika’s head was buried in the nearby village of Khatoo. For many years after, the burial site remained unidentified. Later, after the Kaliyuga period had begun, one day a cow neared the site and suddenly milk started flowing out of her udder. The villagers were surprised and they dug up the ground near the incident. And then they found the head of Barbarika buried inside. So they handed over this head to a Brahmin who kept it and worshipped it for long.

At the time of the incident, Roopsingh Chauhan was the king of Khatoo (the village). One night he had a dream where he was motivated to build a temple and felicitate the head, which he did. The temple was built and inaugurated on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Kartik. 

There is another, slightly different version of the story. According to that story, the wife of Roopsingh Chauhan- Narmada Kanwar had a dream and the supreme power in the dream told here about Barbarika’s head being buried in the spot there. She was asked to take it out and build a temple at the same site. So then the place was dug up and the head was discovered which was later installed in the temple built at the spot.

Architecture of Khatushyam Mandir

Khatushyam Mandir boasts of a rich architecture and has been fashioned out of lime mortar,  tiles, marbles and rare stone. The idol is installed in the sanctum sanctorum, the walls of which have been beautifully done up with golden sheets. The prayer hall is called Jagmohan which is situated just outside the centre. The entrance and exit gates are made in marble and the hallways have elaborate paintings on the walls depicting mythological creatures.

Besides, there is a small but pretty garden near the temple premises which is called the Shyam Bagicha. The flowers for the prayers and the idols are provided by this garden. There is also the samadhi of a great devotee named Aloo Singh within the garden. The ‘Shyam Kund’ from where the head of the Lord was discovered is also located very near the temple. Devotees take a dip in this pond; it is considered holy. There are also two other temples of Gopinath and Gaurishankar which are also located nearby.

History of Khatushyam Mandir

Khatushyam Mandir was first built in 1027 AD by Roopsingh Chauhan and his wife Narmada Kanwar. Later, in 1720 AD, the temple was restored and renovated by a nobleman- Diwan Abhaisingh. At this time, the sanctum sanctorum was built and the idol was installed. It is also the structure that stands even today.

Darshan Timings at Khatushyam Mandir

Winter Season : 5:30 AM - 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Summer Season : 4:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Mangla Aarti : 
Winter Season - 5:30 AM, Summer Season - 4:30 AM

Pratah or Shringar Aarti :
This is performed at the time when Baba Shyam is being dressed up in the morning.
Winter Season - 8:00 AM, Summer Season - 7:00 AM

Bhog Aarti : 
This is performed at the time when bhog (prasadam/ food) is served to Baba Shyam.
Winter Season - 12:30 PM, Summer Season - 12:30 PM

Sandhya or Evening Aarti :
This is performed in the evening at sunset.
Winter Season - 6:30 PM, Summer Season - 7:30 PM

Shayan Aarti :
This is performed at night, at the time of closing the temple.
Winter Season - 8:30 PM, Summer Season - 9:30 PM

Festivals at Khatushyam Mandir

Falgun Mela is the grandest festival that is celebrated at the Khatushyam Mandir every year. It is celebrated for 5 days i.e. from the 8th to the 12th day (ashtami to dwashi) in the month of Falgun (Feb/ March). Aside from the regular devotees and pilgrims, several musicians visit the temple at this time to sing bhajans and aartis for Baba Shyam. 

This period is also called the Nishyan Yatra. Many devotees start a foot yatra at the same time, from the nearby town of Ringus to Khatu Dham. They purchase a flag (nishan) to carry on this 19 km journey and they march along with the chants of Shri Shyam. Some people also play with colours and distribute food to the poor on the way. The devotees enjoy this journey as the marriage of Khatu Shyam Ji.

How to Reach

The nearest railway station to Khatushyam Mandir is in Ringus which is at a distance of 18.5 km from here. From the railway station, there are several jeeps, taxis and buses available that can take you to the destination. You can either choose to travel in public transport or hire a private vehicle, both of which are available right outside the railway station. The nearest airport is in Jaipur that is at a distance of 95 km from the temple.

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Rutvi Saxena 1 year ago
The legend of Khatushyam Ji is not supremely popular but has its own believers among the hindus. If you're religious and want to visit all the temples in Sikar, an overnight journey to Ringus railway station and back is convenient. If, like me, you want to explore Jaipur as well, the temple is about an hour's drive from the city and will take up an entire day. Rajasthan is best avoided duirng the harsh summer months, and the sweets you will get at Khatushyam are some of the purest in India, make sure to buy them. You can make donations to the temple, and they give each devotee a little bottle of gulab ittar too! If you're a krishna bhakt, do look up the legend and offer darshan at this temple.

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