A few days back, I visited Sri Bala Ji Maharaj ancient temple at Mehandipur (District Dausa). When I alighted the bus, I was obviously captivated by the ambience of the Holy Place even before reaching the sanctum sanctorum! On reaching the temple premises, there dawns a feeling of peace and tranquility and my spirits got uplifted optimally with love and light inside the inner recesses of heart. In essence, these feelings were came just naturally.
I have penned down some of my observations and experiences which are enumerated in the proceeding paragraphs.
Sri Bala Ji Mandir is one of the most prominent temples in India. It is located in Mehandipur in District Dausa (Rajasthan). This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama’s most committed Bhakta Lord Hanuman Ji.
Mehandipur is about 300 Kms from Delhi with all sorts of transportation such as Rail, Bus and Air available without much difficulty from all the major cities of India. The approximate time taken from Delhi to Mehandipur by bus from Delhi or Rail is around 3.30 hours.
On reaching the proper temple, I with my wife and others stood in the multiple lines which lead us to the holy place from where we could the statue of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj amidst the chanting of JAI RAM JI BHAKTA HANUMAN JI with HANUMAN CHALIISA also reverberated in the air. All were carrying their offerings with a feelings of satiety and expectations writ large on their faces. Reaching the proper place from where we could see the figurine of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj (The Priest too explained about this and also gave some Prasada while taking our offerings. We prayed for our wellness and also for the wellness our well-wishers there. Then we also had the dharshan of Sri Baba Bharav Maharaj and Pretraj Sarkar. To bent our heads in enormous reverence to them and prayed for their generosity and graces. We also were explained about the sacrosanct credentials of this place. It was also explained that we have to take the Prasada given to us there itself without looking back at all. After proper dharshan of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj, Sri, Bharon Ji Maharaj and pretraj Sarkar I felt very light suffusing with the feelings of love engulfing my entire being.
Subsequently, we visited Sri Ram Ji Temple, just opposite to Sri Bala Ji Maharaj temple – had Prasad and Bhivuti from this temple.
VARIOUS NAMES OF LORD HANUMAN JI AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
Lord Hanuman Ji is Rudra Avtara, another name of Lord Shiva. He is also worshipped by various names by His devotees such as Bala Ji (Child Hanuman), Anjaneya (Son of Anjana), Mahavira (Full of bravery and courage bestowed upon him by Sun God), Balarka (Sadrushanana like the rising sun), Batnasiddhikara (Granter of Strength), Bajranghbali (With huge strength), Bhakta Vastsaka (Protector of devotees), Bhavishya (One who knows about future happenings), Chiranjevini (Immortal), Chaturbahave (Four armed), Danta (Peaceful), Dheera (Most courageous), Deenabandhave (Defender of the oppressed), Daithyakulantaka (Destroyer of the demons), Kesrisuta (Son of kesri), Hanumanta (One with Puffy cheeks), Intrajit (Remover of the effect of Indrajit’s Brahmastra), Jai Kapeesh (Hailing monkey), Kapishwara (Head of monkey army), Kabalikruta (One who swallowed the Sun), Kumarabrahmacharine (Bachelor with youthful strength), Panchavaktra (Five faced), Pratapavate (Known for his bravery), Yogini (Yogi par excellence), Rudraveerya (Born of Shiva), amongst so other names for showering of His graces and blessings. He is known for His ritualistic healing power and have the power to remove the evil spirits from the bodies of the devotees and Mehandipur, the Abode of Sri Bala Ji exerts its positive influence on His devotees.
From the various names that Lord Hanuman Ji is known, it is evident that he helps his devotees to cure their sufferings, comes to their rescue in tiding over their difficult situations, curing them of their ailments caused due to some ill-effects of magical powers, one who bestows us courage as He is known for his courageous acts which He exhibited while Hanuman Ji was taken to Demon King Ravana’s palace in chains by his son Meghnatha while He was on the mission of locating Sita Maa in the custody of Demon King Ravana. He not only burnt the Golden Lanka of Ravana but also exhibited very benign demeanour to Ravana’s brother Babishana, a Ram Bhakta himself – PROVING HIS MULTI-FACETED ROLE AMONGST THE DEVTAS.
THOSE WHO WORSHIP HANUMAN JI ARE HELPED BY SHANI DEV JI TOO
After some time, when Hanuman was searching for Sita, he heard Shani’s cries from a deep place. When Hanuman looked here and there, he found Shani imprisoned in a cell. He requested Hanuman to free him. Hanuman freed him, but as he freed him, Shani looked at him and thus Hanuman became the victim of Shani’s gaze. In gratitude, Shani promised Hanuman that those who would pray to him on Saturday would be rescued from the painful effects of Shani. When Hanuman was burning Lanka, he found that he was not able to burn it properly. Then as Shani promised to Hanuman to help him in degrading Raavan, he looked at Lanka and turned it into black instead of a heap of gold.
The temple of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj is known for its healing power for removing evil spirits and black magic spell
ENCHANTING APPEARANCE OF STATUES OF SRI BALA JI MAHARAJ, SRI BARON JI MAHARAJ & PRETRAJ JI MAHARAJ
About 1000 years back, in ancient India, Mehandipur was a small village, surrounded by thick forest, where ferocious animals such as tigers, lions had made their habitation. It was also a place where all sort of dacoits, thieves, looters and other law breaking people lived there who made the lives of those living in this village and other surround area very difficult.
One of the ancestors of Baba Mahant Ji Maharaj (Mahant Goswami Ji) saw something unique in his dreams, he got up in the dream state itself, knowing very little what for and where he was headed to. In the sub-conscious state of dream world, he saw thousands of lighted wicks. He saw these wicks coming towards him. It also is reported that there were sound of the elephants and horses approaching. Then he saw (in his dream state itself) there a big gathering of devotees. All these devotees were in elephants and horses together were paying their respects to Sri Bala Ji Maharaj, Sri Baro Baba Ji and Sri Pretraj Sarkar Ji. Thereafter, the huge troops on horses and elephants went to the way they had come. Goswami was the only spectator of all this happening in that state. He was a little afraid of the scenario which went on before him. Subsequently, he retreated his way to his village. He tried to have some sleep. He continued remembering about the dream he had seen. He saw the three statues of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj, Sri Baro Ji Baba Ji and Sri Pretraj Sarkar. Thereafter, the gathering of these devotees on elephants and horses disappeared. Goswami came back home in that state itself and wanted to have some sleep, but the statues of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj, Sri Baro Baba Ji and Sri pretraj were still fresh in his mind and he could not sleep thereafter despite his best efforts. Seemingly, it sounded as though those statues wanted to tell him something important.
When he had some sleep again, he saw a huge temple and the same reverent statues and somebody was exhorting him to get up and take the responsibility of performing meditation/prayers. There was also the mystical utterance informing him to perform his part of the prayers and thereafter, and then He will perform the mystic deeds (Leela) for the spread of wellness of the general masses especially in Kaliyuga. Who was the mystical figure informing him about things which Goswami could not comprehended in its entirety? Who was uttering those sweet words but its tone and tenor were obviously very heart touching? Also, it being night, he could neither see anything nor could comprehend further what was being said.
Goswami Ji Maharaj did not pay any attention thereafter as though nothing had transpired: taking it only a dream. Subsequently, he had vision (dharshan) of Bala Ji Maharaj in person; addressed him his own and exhorted him to offer prayers to Him. Next day, he went to the statues he had seen in his dream and lo and behold, he was surprised to hear the sounds of ringing of bells and drums but there was none in sight.
Next, he informed the details of his dream to his village folks. They made a small prayer place there at the spot where the Goswami Ji had a vision. After this, the same villagers started getting graces of Sri Bala Ji just mystically. They could not understand anything about the positive change which they were experiencing in their lives. The people thought it was some trick being committed by somebody. Then, the statues just disappeared after sometime. The people realized the folly of disbelieving and prayed Bala Ji to forgive them. Surprisingly, the statues appeared again.
To their surprise, there is a water source at the feet of Bala Ji Maharaj, the water of which never exhausts even after the base container is totally full. It is surprising that a very minute water trickle from near the heart of the statue of Bala Ji Maharaj which continues eternity. The people who come on the pilgrimage bring this holy water for bringing about wellness in their homes. The same water (Jal) also is sprinkled on the pilgrim. During my visit to this Holy place, I too have brought a bottle full of water which in fact has mystical curing traits.
Thereafter the installation of three devtas (Bala Ji Maharaj, Pretraji and Baba Bero Ji Maharaj were undertaken in accordance with the religious rituals. It is also reported that Sri Bala Ji Maharaj has appeared in front of Goswami Ji in person.
During that period the entire area was ruled by a particular king. The Goswami Ji, the Smadhi-wale Baba Ji, told all these things to the ruling king but he did not believe on Goswami Ji’s story. After seeing the statues, the king mentioned that these were the handiwork of an artist. Thereupon, the statues disappeared and even after digging deep, the statues could not be located. Then, the king asked for forgiveness from the deities for the lapse of doubting the truth and asked for taking pity on his agyan (ignorance).
Subsequently, all the three statues appeared just mystically as these had disappeared. Thence after, the king had firm belief on Bala Ji and allowed Goswami Ji to worship and built a huge temple there. The Goswami remained worshipping Balaji Maharaj till he took smadhi. On getting old, he prayed for letting his future generations to pray and worship Sri Bala Ji Maharaj with reverence. It was around 1000 years since these three statues appeared but the Goswami’s generations (11) Mahants from Goswami’s families have bestowed their prayers and seva to Sri Bala Ji.
Sri Bala Ji is the Sankat Mochan (one who delivers from pain and sufferings). He is the incarnation (Avtar) of Kaliyuga for devout. Whosoever prays with sincerity, gets what that person wants.
Presently, the Mehendipur is a big city with all the facilities provided in abundance. I personally saw that there is a prevalence of goodness/wellness, peace and prosperity around the place. since all have indomitable belief in Him. They believe that Sri Bala Ji Maharaj delivers them from all their misfortunes. I also saw a boon on satiety on the faces of the people residing there and the shopkeepers provided the goods and services to the pilgrims on cheap costs. There is no scarcity of either food or lodging for the pilgrims – sufficiency of everything.
Now coming to the neyeye of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj, the people who come with all sorts of problem approach with a sincere for deliverance. It may be due to bad spell of evil and dark forces who retard our progress in our lives. I personally saw some people crying for mercy (especially women) and it has been reported that they get cured from their ailments! Such is the curing powers of this place.
On the visit of the Sri Bala Ji temple, the devotees take with them naryal, some cloth, a red flag, some ladoos just wrapped in red cloth. These items are to be given to the priest who ensures that all the devout get the dharshan of Bala Ji. The priest also gives Prasad to each devotee which is to be consumed in the temple prescient only.
The application for redemption to Bala Ji is as per time schedule for Bala Ji, Sri Baron Ji and Sri Pretraj Ji. In each of them sincerity in prayer should be above board. The offerings for each of them is also different but one thing should always be borne in mind that Prasad which is handed over to the devout has to be consumed inside the premises of the temple. It has not to be brought back at all.
Then there is the figurine of Sri Baba Baron. The devout also pray there after presenting some offerings to Him. Sri Baron Baba also helps the devout in ridding from their misfortunes caused by dark forces. Subsequently, there is the figurine of Pretraj Ji which also delivers the devotees off their misfortunes.
Devotees suffering from evil spirits get relief from their sufferings by the methods like Arji (Appeal), Sawamani and Darkhast. The Bhog of :-
(a) Laddus are made to Sri Bala Ji Maharaj. The devotees throng for removal of their sufferings in all the days of the week but especially on Saturdays and Tuesdays there is a great gather of the devout as both these days are very dear to Bhagwan Hanuman Ji.
(b) Rice and urd pulse to Bhairav Baba Ji (Kotval Kaptan, Head of army).
(c) The offering of rice and urd pulses to Sri Pretraj Sarkar (King of evil spirits).
The following are some of the prominent temples in Mehandipur:-
· Opposite to the temple of Sri Bala Ji Maharaj is the famous temple of Lord Rama with the idols of Maa Sita Ji and Lakshmana. The temple is very beautiful where the devotees are offered Parasadh consisting of dry fruits and also Bhavuti (which has curing power).
· Anjani Mata Temple (Mother of Lord Hanuman Ji).
· Temple of Panchmukhi Manuman Ji.
· Kali Maa temple at Teen Pahaad.
· Sri Ganesh Ji Maharaj temple.
· Samadhi Wale Baba Ji.
· On the path of Teen Paheed, there are so many temples on both the sides of the pat
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