Temple Profile: Mandir Shri Khatu Shyam Ji
Location: Khatu, Tehsil-Danta Ramgarh God Worshipped: Lord Shyam Ji (Krishna)
District: Sikar Road Distance from Jaipur: 80 Kms
Built in the year: 1027 A.D. Nearest Airport: Sanganer, Jaipur (90 km)
By Sh.Roopsingh Chauhan/Smt Narmada Kanwar Nearest Rly. Station: Ringas (16 km)
       

Cause of Establishment:
The history of Shri Shyam originates from the Mahabharata. Bhima was a Pandava prince, whose son Ghatotkacha was the father of Barbarika, hence Barbarika was the grandson of Bhima. Owing to the fabulous chivalry and prowess of Barbarika, Krishna did not want him to participate in the great war. So, he begged of him his head which Barbarika gave him without any hitch but on the condition that he be allowed to witness the war. Krishna set up his head on a hilltop and also blessed him that he would be deified and worshipped in Kaliyuga like him and that his worshippers shall have their wishes fulfilled. Some 975 years ago the wife of Roopsingh Chauhan saw in her dream that deity instructed him to take his image out of the earth.
The indicated place, when dug up, yielded the present idol of Shri ShyamJi, which was enshrined in the temple. That spot is now known as Shyam Kund.

       
Brief of the Diety:

Lord Shyam Ji- his head is worshipped. The idol is made of rare stone and commands tremendous respect from visitors. Shyam Ji is the family god of lacs of families.

Religious sect to which the temple belongs: Vaishnava sect.

Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:

The temple has been built in ancient style of architecture. The shutters of the Sanctum Sanctorum are covered with silver sheet beautifully. Outside is the prayer hall, Jagmohan. The walls of which have beautiful depiction of mythological scenes elaborately painted. The entrance gate and exit gate are made of marble, the brackets of which are of marble having ornamental floral designs.

Important Architectural Characteristics:

Originally the temple was built 975 years ago by Smt. Narmada Kanwar and her husband Shri Roop Singh Chauhan. In Samvat 1777 (1720 A.D.), Diwan Abhaisingh at the behest of the then king of Jodhpur, renovated the old temple. The temple took its present shape at this time and the idol was enshrined in the Sanctum Sanctorum. There is an open chowk before the entrance gate of the temple. A big hall for prayers of the size 40'6"x15'4" is also there. In the South-East is the temple of GopinathJi. For the management and disposal of temple work, a seven member committee is constituted. The Public Trust of this committee is registered under registration No. 3/86.

Material of Construction:

Lime mortar, marble and tiles.

Total Construction Time: 8 months in building the original temple
Religious aspects of temple:

Lord Shyam is worshipped as Krishna himself. Devotees from far-flung areas and distant places such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Nepal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Panjab assemble here on days held specially sacred to Lord Shyam Ji. In a routine way, hundreds of visitors visit everyday. A number of Dharmashalas (Charity lodges) are available for their comfortable stay. Newly married couples come to pay homage; newly born babies are brought to the deity's temple for Mundan (the first hair shearing) ceremony and Sawamany feasts.

Unique features of the temple:

People filled with devotional fervor come here and take a holy dip in the Shyam Kund. They believe, this sacred bath will relieve them of diseases and contagion.

Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):

From tenth day to twelfth day of the month of Falgun, a great festival is held and attended by millions of devotees. Other festivals are Janamashthami, Jal Jhulani Ekadashi, Holi, Basant Panchami.

Timings:
Morning Time: Winter: 6 am to 12 am, Summer: 4.30 am to 1 pm

Evening Time:

Winter: 4 pm to 9 pm, Summer: 5 pm to 10 pm
Custom & Traditions of Temple:

Traditions and customs of Vaishnavas are followed. Descendants of the original founders Shrimati Narmada Kanwar and her husband Shri Roop Singh Chauhan have been rendering service to the deity.

Details of Temple:
Sanctrum:(Sanctorum) 1
Others: Open chowk before entrance gate, big hall (40'6"x15'4") for prayers
Vandana (If any particular) in text:

Praise of Shyam Sunder

Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:

  The temple is a centre of faith of millions of people.

 

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