Mehandipur Balaji Temple Rajasthan
Mehandipur Balaji temple located in dausa district of Rajasthan is dedicated to hindu god Lord Hanuman. Mehandipur Village is located nearby the small hill, this village is not well developed. The name Balaji is applied to Shri Hanuman in several parts of India because the childhood (Bala in Hindi or Sanskrit) form of the Lord is especially celebrated there. Thousands of devotees flock to this temple to get cured and get evil spirits exorcised.
There are three main deities of the temple- Lord Hanuman, Pret Raj (The King of spirits), Bhairav. Saturday and Tuesday are the busiest day in Mehandipur temple because they both are the days of lord hanuman.This temple is famous especially in northern part of india. Its reputation for ritualistic healing and exorcism of evil spirits attracts many pilgrims from Rajasthan and elsewhere in india.
The person who is suffering from evil spirits (sankatwalas) get relief from sankat by the methods like arji,sawamani ,darkhast,bhog of bundi ke laddu offering to balaji maharaj ,rice and urad pulse to bhairav baba (kotval kaptan,head of army and pretraj sarkar king of evil spirits).
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is situated near Todabhim, Karauli district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The village is situated at the border of two districts- Karauli and Dausa. And the temple is also divided as half and another half in districts by border. The Ram Temple in front of main temple is also divided the same. It is 66 km from Jaipur, 44 km from Hindaun City and 38 km from Dausa and is quite close to the Bandikui railway station. The temple is located at 3 km from the Jaipur – Agra National Highway no. 11 from Balaji Mod. Mehandipur Balaji temple is located in Dausa district of Rajasthan, 255 km away from Delhi.
As the legend goes, the images of Lord Balaji and that of Pret Raja (the king of spirits) appeared from ‘Mehandipur Dham’ around one thousand years ago in a valley, amidst the hills of the Aravali Range.
The first mahant of the temple was shri ganeshpuriji maharaj and the present mahant of the temple shri Kishorpuriji is very strict to follow vegetarian and reading holy books. Religious ritualistic performances, charity, feeding the poor, homeless and incapacitated people, water supply for all and fodder for cows and stray animals are the activities of this temple.
Some other temple near to the balaji mandir are Kali mata at teen pahad, anjani mata ka mandir,ganeshji temple at saat pahad,panchmukhi hanumanji,samadhi wale baba(first mahant),are some important temple in the mehandipur balaji.The prasad from mandir is distributed in nearby Hotels, schools, colleges and many other public places free of cost.
The temple of shree siyaram bhagvan in front of balaji mandir and the murtis of siyaram bhagvan are very beautiful .
For people, who don’t believe in ghosts, this is a holy place to come where evil spirits are exorcised. This temple has been known for many years, for exorcism from evil spirits attachments and black magic or spells. In 2013, an international team of scientist, scholars and psychiatrists from Netherlands, Germany, AIIMS, New Delhi, and University of Delhi started a study to evaluate all aspects of treatment and rituals at Mehandipur Mandir.
One can witness people going through various physical therapies like keeping heavy stones on their body , on arms, legs and chest , to ease their pain. There are others who inhale the smoke that fumes out of the sweet Patasa’s kept on smoldering cowpats. The ones with serious case of spirit possession, who tends to get violent, are even shackled in chains within the temple premises.
This may appear a bit anachronistic at the first glance, but thousands of people are believed to have been cured in this way. Festival time (Holi, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera etc) are regarded as the most auspicious time to emancipate from the evil spirit
Medical science may discard such approach to the ailment as self-deceptions based on blind faith, but for the believers, the power of Balaji is something supernatural, something beyond metaphysics.
How to Reach Mehandipur Balaji Temple ?
By Air – The nearest airport from Mendipur Balaji temple is Sanganer, Jaipur (113 kms)
By Rail – The Nearest Railway station from Mehandipur Balaji temple is Bandikui (40 kms)
By Road – Mehandipur Balaji is well connected to All major cities of North India .There is very frequent service of buses on Agra Jaipur highway. The journey can be performed by car or by bus from delhi either via Alwar-Mahwa or mathura-Bharatpur-mahwa.