Khatu Shyam Mandir: Revered as the earthly abode of Shri Khatu Shyam Baba, often regarded as the embodiment of Lord Krishna in kalyug, the Khatu Shyam Mandir at Sikar in Rajasthan stands as a symbol of profound spirituality. This revered temple attracts throngs of devotees daily, seeking the divine darshan of Shyam Baba, believed to fulfil every devout wish merely through His gaze.
Lakhi Mela 2024
A significant event on the spiritual calendar, the Lakhi Mela holds immense significance for devotees of Baba Khatu Shyam. Scheduled from March 12, 2024, to March 21, 2024, during the auspicious Falgun month, this grand fair organised by the Shri Shyam Temple Committee witnesses fervent participation from devotees across the nation. The festivities culminate with the ceremonial flagging of Baba Shyam at Sujangarh, marking the conclusion of the vibrant celebrations.
The Mythological Tale of Lakhi Mela
Rooted in mythological lore, the Lakhi Mela traces its origins to the selfless sacrifice of Barbarika, the grandson of Pandu’s son Bhima, during the Mahabharata era. It is believed that Barbarika’s offering of his head on the Dwadashi date of the Falgun month, as per the wish of Lord Shri Krishna, initiated the tradition of the Lakhi Mela, continuing until the Dwadashi date of the same month each year.
Who is Khatu Shyam Ji?
According to ancient scriptures, the lineage of Khatu Shyam traces back to the illustrious era of the Mahabharata. Khatu Shyam Ji is none other than Barbarika, the son of Ghatotkacha and grandson of Bhima.
During the tumultuous times of the Mahabharata war, Barbarika made a pivotal decision to support the weaker side. Lord Shri Krishna, foreseeing the implications of Barbarika’s choice, sought his selfless sacrifice, transforming it into an eternal legacy of devotion.
According to mythological tales, it was on the Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha of the Falgun month that Barbarika offered his head at the feet of Lord Shri Krishna.
Pleased with Barbarika’s devotion, Lord Shri Krishna granted him the boon of being worshipped in kalyug. Since then, Barbarika came to be known as Khatu Shyam Ji.
Khatu Shyam Ji’s Birthday in 2024
Every year, devotees commemorate the auspicious occasion of Khatu Shyam Ji’s birth on the sacred Ekadashi of the Kartik month, also celebrated as Dev Uthani Ekadashi. This year, the divine festivities marking Khatu Shyam’s birthday coincide with Dev Uthani Ekadashi on November 12, 2024, fostering an atmosphere of spiritual rejuvenation and reverence.