Mehandipur Balaji Mandir: Paap Se Mukti
Did you ever feel goosebumps when someone talks about temples with you? No, well that’s because you haven’t yet visited Mehandipur Balaji Mandir that is in Dausa district of Rajasthan, 255 km outside Delhi.
Though, the temple is famous for exorcism, it is not merely a prime reason for its visitors, there are many other who pay a visit based on their ‘mannats’ (vows).
This is a temple named after Lord Hanuman. It is famous by the name Balaji because ‘Bal’ in Hindi means ‘Child’ and the place depicts the childhood of Hanuman.
There are three main deities of the temple- Lord Hanuman, Pret Raj (The King of spirits) and Bhairav baba. The sacred place is run by Gangadham Charitable Trust.
People visit the holy place in look for peace and prosperity. They bow their heads and fold their hands in front of their beloved deity while chanting their mantras.
Why do people visit here?
“Bhoot Pisaach Nikat Nahin Aavai Mahaavir Jab Naam Sunavai”
A line that is mentioned in the Hanuman Chalisa is truly witnessed by almighty’s followers in the Mehandipur mandir as the temple is infamously famous for exorcism. People arrive here to achieve relief from the evil spirits that they are possessed with, or someone they know, and to ‘thank’ the lord for fulfilling their vows that were impossible for the rest to complete.
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Numerous people endure various physical therapies like:
– Keeping heavy stones on their body, on arms, legs, and chest, to ease their pain.
– Some inhale the smoke that fumes away from the sweet Patasa’s (kept on smouldering cowpats.)
– The ones with a serious case of spirit possession, who has the tendency to get violent, are even shackled in chains within the temple premises.
If legends are to be believed, then around one thousand years ago, the image of Lord Balaji and Pret Raja (the king of spirits) appeared from ‘Mehandipur Dham’ in a valley, amidst the hills of the Aravali Range. This area was once covered by a thick and dense forest, filled with wild animals.
A priest had a dream where Sri Balaji Maharaj had indicated three divine deities (Lord Hanuman, Pret Raj and Bharav baba) and a magnificent temple. He had also heard a divine voice ordering him to serve for Sri Balaji Hanuman’s duty. He was unable to see any one initially but after years of “Sadhna”, Lord Sri Balaji finally appeared and showed him the place in the forest where the temple and the three Divine Forms were found. Then the ancestor of Shri Mahantji started puja and arti regularly.
It is said some Mughal emperors attempted to destroy it but as long as they digged it out the root of the idol got deepen into the hill. and they couldn’t succeed with this misdeed.
There is a small pot at the feet of the “Presiding Deity” and the water in this pot never dries up because of the continuous flow of “Blessed Holy Jal” from the left side of the chest of Lord Shri Balaji Hanuman.
Timings to visit:
Summer= From 7am to 9pm
Winter= From 7am to 8pm
– It is believed to be very auspicious, if you visit the sacred place during Holi, Hanuman Jayanti, Dussehra, Diwali or another festive day.
Prasad and Aarti
Prasad is a devotional offering made to a god, typically consisting of food that is later shared among devotees. Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities.
Here is a sneak peek of their aarti:
The Chappan Bhog (56 food offerings) Timings:
Balaji’s chappan bhog Prasad is distributed in Balaji Bhawan at 7.30pm onwards.
From afternoon 2pm to 4pm bhajan-kirtan (prayers) takes place in Pretraj Darbar.
Rooms to live in Mehandipur
It is quite a long journey to Mehandipur and you must book a room before you visit there to avoid any last-minute hassles, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays as these two days are of Lord Hanuman. You can easily get a room to stay as there are plenty of Dharmshalas, hotels and ashrams near by the temple.
Before visiting the sacred place go through the rules as experienced by the visitors:
You must follow a few specific rules that every visitor must comply with:
- If you have any eatery or beverage item then while leaving the village you will need to empty them.
- You cannot eat or drink anything when you either enter or exit the village.
- Prasad is not to be eaten or taken back to home
- Turning back, once you have left the village is a strict ‘no-no’- according to their belief it might grab the attention of an “unknown” towards you.
If you are a citizen of Delhi and willing to check out Mehandipur Balaji by car, then follow this route:
– Start at Dhaulakuwan
– Take NH-8 Jaipur Highway
– Cross the first Toll Plaza near Ambience Mall
– Head straight to Manesar
– Cross the 2nd Toll Plaza (Rs. 27) before Daruhera
– Take slight left from Daruheara Bus Stand & Market towards Bhiwadi
– Take Right Turn on to the Alwar Road (SH 25)
– Continue your journey on SH 25, cross first Toll Plaza (Rs. 50 till Alwar)
– Keep on SH 25 and do not enter Alwar City
– Cross 2nd Toll Plaza (Rs. 45 till Sikandara)
– Continue travelling when traveling to Sikandra
– After a few km from Sikandra, take left switch on NH-11 (Agra-Jaipur Highway)
– Travel 25 km towards Agra
– On your right, you’ll see the gate of Mehandipur Balaji
– Take Right Turn, drive 3 km Mehandipur Balaji Temple
The approximate distance from Delhi to Mehandipur Balaji via Alwar is 270 km. This Delhi Mehandipur Balaji route passes through National Highways and State Highways.
Delhi-Mehandipur Balaji Route via Agra and Bhartpur
The approximate distance of Mehandipur Balaji route via Agra and Bhartpur is 400 km.
You need to go through NH-2 and NH-11 to reach Mehandipur Balaji. Here is the driving route to Mehandipur Balaji via Agra and Bhartpur:
Start at Dhaulakuwan
Take the Ring Road towards Ashram
Keep left on the Ashram flyover
Take Right Turn below the flyover on to the Mathura Road
Continue straight on NH-2, cross Faridabad and Palwal
Take NH-11 to Bharatpur
Cross Dausa and reach Mehandipur Balaji Temple
Full story of Lord Hanuman’s Life
Disclaimer: We at pujaa.se do not support any such black magic or exorcism related believes. All the information provided in this article is clearly based on the information extracted from various other sites.
Mehandipur Balaji Mandir: Paap Se Mukti
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