Khatushyam temple is located in the district of Sikar in the state of Rajasthan, at a distance of 48 km from Sikar and 300 km (approx.) west of Delhi. It is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Rajasthan. In Hinduism, KhatuShyam is a name and manifestation of Barbarik, Grandson of Bhima and Son of Ghatotkach. Barbarika had obtained a boon from Krishna to the effect that he would be known by Krishna's own name (Shyam) in the Kaliyuga era (presently ongoing) and worshiped. Krishna had declared that Barbarika's devotees would be blessed just by pronouncing his name from the bottom of their hearts. Their wishes would be granted and troubles removed if they worship Shyamji (Barbarika) with a true piety.
The temple is architecturally rich. Lime mortar, marble and tiles have been used in constructing the structure. The shutters of the sanctum sanctorum are beautifully covered with silver sheet. Outside is the prayer hall, named Jagmohan. The hall is large in size (measuring 12.3 m x 4.7 m) and its walls are elaborately painted, depicting mythological scenes. The entrance gate and exit gate are made of marble; their brackets are also of marble and feature ornamental floral designs.
SANCTUM: KhatuShyam (Sheesh Ke Daani)
DATE BUILT: 1027 AD
BUILT BY: Roopsingh Chauhan
Winter: 6.00 am to 12.00 am and 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Summer: 4.30 am to 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm
HOW TO REACH
Nearest Bus Stand
Khatu : 17 kms. from Ringas.
Ringas : 63 km. from Jaipur on Jaipur-Sikar highway NH-11.
Nearest Railway Station
Ringas : 17 km. (by road)
Jaipur : 80 km.
Delhi : 266 km.
Nearest Airport: Jaipur and Delhi.
SIGNIFICANT TIME TO VISIT
Shukla Ekadashi and Dwadashi: The 11th and 12th days of the bright half of every month in the Hindu calendar is of special significance to the temple. This is because Barbarika was born on the 11th day of the bright half of the month of Kartika, and he donated his head (Sheesh) to Krishna on the 12th day of the bright half of the month of phaagun on Tuesday. Darshan on these two days is therefore considered auspicious and devotees come in their thousands every month.
Nishan Yatra: It is believed that your wishes are granted if you offer a Nishan at the temple. A Nishan is a triangular flag of a particular size, made of cloth, which is hoisted on a bamboo stick. It is carried in one's hands while covering the route from the town of Ringas to Khatu (17 km) on (bare) foot. Nishans are offered in millions during the Phalguna Mela.
Phalguna Mela: The most important festival associated with the temple is the Phalguna Mela which occurs just 8–9 days before from the festival of Holi. Barbarika's head appeared on Phalguna Shuddha Ekadashi, the 11th day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Phalguna. Therefore, the fair is held from the 9th to the 12th of that month. The fair has now been extended to nearly 12–15 days of the bright half of the Phalguna Month.
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Address: Near Shyam Darbar, Sikar,
Khatu, Rajasthan 332602
Phone: 01576 231 182