About Mehandipur Balaji Temple
The Mehandipur Balaji Temple is a temple dedicated to lord Hanuman and is situated in Dausa district of Rajasthan. This legendary temple is said to be the only religious place in India where live exorcism takes place with sights of people banging their heads on pillars and some pouring hot water on themselves without feeling any pain. The idol of lord Balaji has a hole on the left side of his chest through which a stream of holy water flows at all times. This holy water is collected in a vessel and the vessel is kept on the feet of the idol for devotees to have it as prasad. This holy water is said to be the main cure for all the problems ( Exorcism or even real life problems). Three deities are worshipped namely Shree Pretraj Sarkar, Kotval Kaptan Shree Bhairav Dev , Shree Balaji.
Exorcism In Mehandipur Balaji Temple
Unlike regular temples / shrines where you’re greeted with holy chants, prayers, loud thudding of bells when you enter the Mehandipur Balaji Temple you’re most likely to be greeted with loud shrieks and screams of those possessed by ghosts or spirits (Sankat). People can be seen chanting and head banging in circles with long open hair, banging their heads on pillars and even people pouring hot water on themselves without feeling any pain. Whoever is possessed with spirits or ghosts (Sankat) upon stepping into the temple doesn’t need help from any priests or family members. As soon as he/ she steps into the temple they’re on their own and are treated only by the powers present inside the temple. All of them stay in the hall dedicated to Shree Pretraj Sarkar.
There used to be a chamber where there were adults and children that were possessed were tied up using ropes and chains to big rocks and were beaten by the priests in order to free them from the evil spirits.Also no food and water is given to them until the spirits leave their body. People used to hang upside down from the roofs too.
But presently there is no information regarding whether these practices are still being followed or not.
People believe that this place is bestowed with magical powers and hence this temple attracts thousands of devotees every day to get exorcised and find relief from black magic and evil spirits. It is believed to provide the best counter curse to weld off ghosts and evil spirits. However even those who do not believe in ghosts even their soul would think twice before visiting this temple.
Mehandipur Balaji History
The history of the temple dates back a thousand years. The story behind this temple is said to be that once the senior priest ( Mahant ) had a dream and saw three deities in his dream which was the first indication of the laying down / construction of the temple. The place where the temple is built now was at the time in the middle of a supremely dense forest with wild animals and wild plants in its surroundings. It is said that that deities manifested / appeared in the middle of the dense forest and instructed the senior priest ( Mahant ) to serve in order to fulfil his duty. After this whole incident the priest starting praying, serving and worshiping the three deities who appeared at the same place where the deities instructed him. Following which the place was identified with those three deities ( the place was unknown to people otherwise )and their idols were established there.
This temple is extremely famous in the northern parts of India . The senior priest ( Mahant ) looks after the temple. The first senior priest ( Mahant) was Ganesh Puri Ji Maharaj. The present senior priest ( Mahant) is Shree. Kishore Puri Ji who very strictly and diligently follows all the religious traditions and rules and is extremely diligent about being purely vegetarian and reads the holy books. The Siyaram Bhagwan Temple situated just opposite to the Balaji Temple is extremely magnificent and beautiful. The idol of the god established there is very captivating. On Saturdays and Tuesdays the prayers and worshiping is conducted in an extremely special manner with huge crowds of people coming from all over India.
Mehandipur Balaji dos and don’ts
There are some strictly unavoidable instructions that you must know about and follow if you’re planning on visiting the Mehandipur Balaji temple.
- Whenever you get out of the temple don’t ever try to turn around and look back at the temple. Walk away with your back towards the temple without peeping a glance at the temple.
- If you’re going back home do not take the holy offerings ( prasad ) or any food items with you. It is advised to donate all the food items that you get in the village itself keeping the condition of the village in mind. Even donate there as much you can.
- It is advisable to NOT talk to anyone in or around the temple. It is also said that you must not touch anything in or around the temple.
- If you’re leaving the village where the temple is situated it is mandatory that you leave all the food items , packets of packaged food , beverages , water bottles in the village only. So in order to avoid wastage bring only the amount of food that you require while you’re in the village because you’ll have to leave the remaining behind.
Rituals To Be Followed There
There are three rituals to be performed in sequence by every person visiting the mehandipur balaji temple.
The first thing to do when you reach the temple is to buy Durkhasta ladoos that are easily available outside the temple. Each person needs to get the ladoos in two plates. The first plate informs the god about your presence and the second one is to ask for guidance in solving your problems.The ladoos are to be given to the priest who adds them to the fire in front of the idol. The ladoos that are left are rotated anti-clockwise over the person’s head 7 times and are thrown away without looking back.
Arzi consists of 2.25 kg urad dal , 1.25 kg ladoos and 4.25 kg rice. This is offered to Shree Pretraj Sarkar and Shree Kotwal Kaptan Bhairav Ji. All of this is easily available in shops outside the temple.
It is specifically done on tuesdays and saturdays. If you wish for something and the wish is fulfilled you need to offer savamani to god.
ALSO IF YOU HAVE WISHED FOR SOMETHING FROM LORD HANUMAN AND IT GETS FULFILLED THEN MAKE IT A POINT TO VISIT HIM BACK ONCE THE WISH HAS BEEN FULFILLED. IT IS MANDATORY.
How To Reach Temple
By Air: Dausa is easily accessible from Jaipur International Airport located at a distance of about 62 kilometers. From here, you can easily get a cab to Mehandipur Balaji Temple. Another convenient airport to reach the town is the Kheria Airport in Agra located 133 kilometers away from the town.
By Rail: Another feasible option to reach the town is via railways. Dausa is well- connected to most of the towns and cities of India through rail routes. Dausa Railway Station is the closest railway head to the Mehnadipur Balaji temple. Apart from this, Bandikui Junction is another railway station located at a distance of around 38 kilometers from Dausa.
By Road: Dausa has great connectivity to all the major cities located nearby. The town is located at a distance of about 55 kilometers from Jaipur and can be accessed easily via road. If you wish to reach via roadways, the best option is to go for Rajasthan state transport or private buses running regularly from the cities like Delhi, Agra and other nearby districts and cities to Dausa.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple and Aarti Timings
If you are visiting this place, then there is one thing that you must attend – Aarti of Mehandipur Balaji . Aarti is done two times a day. One is early morning and another is in the evening. I have given the timings below.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple Timings:
Winters: 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Summers: 5:30 AM To 8:00 PM
Morning Aarti timings:
Summer: 6:15 Am to 6:45 AM
Winter: 6:25 AM to 6:55 AM
Evening Aarti timings:
Summer: 7:15 PM to 7:45 PM
Winter: 6:35 PM to 7:05 PM