The Magic of Khatu Shyam Temple: A Traveler’s Guide

The Khatu Shyam Temple is a significant Hindu temple devote to Lord Khatu Shyam Ji, a manifestation of Lord Krishna. This is a place where you get all your wishes true and boost your when you feel low. It is located in the Rajasthan district of Sikar.

The temple is about 1000 years old where the head of the Khatu Shyam is worshippe. The body of the Khatu Shyam is worshipe in the small village of Hisar Haryana, Syhadva. 

So many people want to know the story behind the building of the Temple and the Story of Khatu Shyam but got confuse by reading a lot of scripted stories on the internet. Don’t worry we are here to let you know the right facts and story about Khatu Shyam Mandir.

Who is Khatu Shyam Ji?

Khatu Shyam Ji’s real name was Barbarika but now called by a number of names. He was the grandson of the brave prince, Bhima, who was the second Pandava brother and Hidimba. His mother was Kamkantakta also knowing by the name of Morvi and his father was Ghatotkacha. 

Known from the Hindu Mythology, he was born on the Dev Uthani Ekadashi of Shukla paksha of Kartik Month. When Barbarika was born, within a moment he became a young man. 

Why is Khatu called Barbarika?

His hair was curly from the roots and till some length then it was straight. That’s why his mother Morvi and father Ghatotkacha called him Barbaika. However, Barbarika was strong and had a warrior personality. He was not afraid of anything. He learned this bravery from his mother and the Lord Krishna. 

What powers are held by Barbarika or Khatu ji?

Barbarika was very religious and spiritual. By doing extreme penance of Lord Shiva, he impresses them, and Lord Shiva gives him three infallible, which are know by the name of “Teen Baandhar”. Durga Maa was also happy with him and bestowed upon him a bow capable of making him successful in all three worlds.

These were the strengths of the Barbarika or Khatu ji. He became renowned as the “bearer of three Arrows” after obtaining the Teen Baandhar.

Why Khattu or Barbarika was asked for the head of charity by Krishna?

The story is from the medieval Mahabharata. It was the time of battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas. When Barbarika came to know about the battle he wanted to be part of it. And told he his mother that he wanted to witness a war, then his mother asked him, whose side you will fight? He answered and promised his mother that he would be on the side who would be defeat in the battle. 

Afterward, Barbarika took the horse and rode off with his three arrows and bow. As he was on his way for the battle, he met Krishna, hidden as a Brahmin, who asked him where he was going it was not a playground, it was a battlefield. Then Barbarik said that his one arrow could end the battle in just one minute. Krishna asked how this will happen. Barbaika stated that these arrows and bow were giving to him by lord Shiva and Durga. 

He went on to say that the first arrow will fingermark all those things that it wants to demolish. The second arrow will mark objects that want to be save. When he uses the third arrow, it will destroy everything that has been marking before and then return to the shudder. Then Krishan examined him and challenged him to make holes in the peepal tree leaves.

Conversation Between Krishna and Barbarika

In the face of Brahmin, Krishna pulled a leaf from the tree and tucked it behind his foot. After this, the arrow started looming around the leg of Krishna. Then Krishna asked why this was happening. Barbarika answered that any leaf must be under your leg. 

So, he warned him to lift his leg otherwise, it would hurt his foot and make a hole because of the leaf under his foot. Even he pierced the leaves with one arrow only. Then Krishna understood that arrows are actually powerful and infallible. Even today that tree has pierced in each leaf. 

Krishna asked whom will you favor in the war of Pandavas and Kauravas. Barbaric answered the same, that he would be on the side that is weaker. However, Krishna knows that Pandavas are going to be the winner of the battle. But if Barbarika were in the war then Kauravas would win because he has powerful arrows and a bow. Or he would be oscillating on both sides and no one will be victorious and he would only be a survivor. 

How does Barbarika understand that the Brahmin in Krishna?

Krishna decided and asked him to donate his head to him. Then somewhere understood that he was not an ordinary Brahmin. 

Hence, Barbarika was please to come in his real form. Watching Krishna his guide, he smiles and says, “For what reason did you do this ? Krishna answered that he wanted guru Dakshina that’s why he did this. Babarika replied, “he had no problem giving his head but he wanted to see the war”. Therefore, Krishna agreed to this. And placed his head on the top of the hill to show him the battlefield. 

What was the reaction of Pandavas after the Battle or War?

After the winning of Pandava’s brother, they argue with each other about who is responsible for beating the battle. Krishan said, “It was the Barbarika’s head who watch the whole battle, then it should be judge by him”. Babarika says that it is Krishna who is responsible for the winning of war. In the whole battle, he saw a chakra that was spinning all around the war and killing each one who was not on the side of dharma. Then Panadava realized that they were only a medium for Narayana to remove Adharma from the earth. 

After all this, Krishna asks Barbarik for something he wants. He (Krishna) was very please with the sacrifice of Barbarika and gave Barbarika a boon ( Vardan) that in Kaliyug, you will be know by the name of Shyam because in that era only the one who supports the defeat is capable of bearing the name Shyam. That is the reason Barbarik is know to us as the Khatu Shyam Baba.

Different Names of Khatu Shyam Ji

  • Shri Shyam 
  • Khatu Vale Shyam 
  • Shish Ke deni
  • Kaliyug Dev
  • Khatu Naresh 
  • Khatu Vale Nath
  • Shyam Baba
  • Khatu Naresh
  • Morvinandan Shyam
  • Hare Ka Sahara 
  • Jai Morvaye

How Khatu Shyam Mandir or Temple was built?

After the war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Krishna while giving a blessing to Barbarika or Khatu Shyam’s head drowned it in the Rupavati River. The Kaliyug then began, and the Head was discovere near Khatu village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district. The question you may have now is how the head was discovere.

From the village of Khatu, many cows were send to eat grass from the grassland, but one of the cows didn’t give milk after coming from the grassland. Other cows were give milk on a daily basis. The cow owner was very tense by this situation. So, one day he went with all the cows on the grassland, then he saw that a cow was standing at a burial point and started giving milk on her own to that place. The situation seemed like someone was drinking the milk from that place. 

The owner was shock and went to the ruler of Khatu Shyam, Roop Singh Chouhan, and told him the story of the cow. Then Roop Singh Chouhan told his workers to dig the place.

What was the situation when the place was buried?

On the night of the same day, Roop Singh Chouhan saw a dream, in which Khatu Shyam came to his dreams. And told him that “now it was time of come of my head to come in the Kaliyug” and told him the whole story behind his head. Ask Roop Singh to dig the place carefully and you will get my head from there. And at last, told him to take the head and make the mandir in the name of Kahtushyam.

The following day, the same thing occurred, they found the head of Khatu Shyam from there in a box. Roop Singh Chouhan ruler of Khatu Shyam at that time, made the mandir and installed the head in the mandir. The temple of Khatu Shyam first appeared in Kaliyug in 1027 CE. 

What is Shyam Kund?

The Shyam Kund is the location where the head of Khatu Shyam was establishe. The people came to this place and believed that whoever took a dip in the Shyam Kund could get rid of all his illnesses, and the water from Shyam Khud would provide them with good health. 

It is also known that if a pregnant lady takes a bath in Shyam Kund for the blessing of a baby boy, then she is blesse with a boy in the future. Anyone who is feeling like a failure in their life, if they take a bath in Shyam Kund they get success in their life very soon. 

One of the rituals found in the Khatushyam is coconut with wrapped Mouli on it. People came here and told their wishes to Khatu Shyam ji and tied the coconut with Mouli on it. After they got what they wished for, they came back to Khatu Shyam to untie their coconut. 

Construction and its Architecture

On the 11th day of Shukla Paksha in the Phalgun month of the lunar calendar, Barbarika offere his head to the Krishan, and the temple was establishe. 

Moreover, it was also knowing that in the starting no one was there to take care of the temple and then it was the Chauhan Rajput who took care of the temple. 

Some Facts about KhatuShyam Mandir

  • Khatu Shyam Mandir provides energy whenever you feel lower and like a failure. 
  • Every Skin problem will be solve if you take a bath in Shyam Kund.
  • Worshipping Khatu Shyam ji fills our desire and protects us from evil eyes and forces.
  • This place is visit by millions of people from India and even out of India. 
  • After visiting this place, you will have a boost in yourself and it also saves us from misfortunes and accidents.

Festivals in KhatuShyam Mandir

The most significant Festivals celebrated at Khatu Shyam Temple are:-

Khatu Shyamji’s Falgun Lakhi Mela – This fair is celebrated between the 9th to 12th month of the year. It is the biggest festival for the devotees of Shyam Baba. 

Khatu Shyam Rath Yatra– This is the happiest day for the people who are in love with Khatu Shyam. However, this is the only day when Baba Shyam is seen outside the temple. Khatu Shyam Ji goes on a tour of the city called Rath Yatra, except this day everyone has to go temple for Baba Darshan. 

Shyam Baba’s birthday– On this day, the devotees of Baba collected at the Khatu Shyam mandir and cut cake for them. 

Khatu Shyam’s Ekadashi and Dwadashi Mela– This is the special day when Khatu Shyam gives his head to Krishna. 

Benefits of worshipping Khatu Shyam Baba

There are infinite benefits of worshipping Khatu Shyam Baba, some of which are listed below:-

  • Khatu Shyam helps his devotees to give their best in whatever they are doing in their life.
  • Help you face every problem confidently which comes into your life.
  • When someone worships with a pure heart, they get the best, healthier, and longer life.
  • Worshipping the Khatu improves your personality and confidence in life.
  • You will always protected by the blessing of Khatu Shyam ji. 
  • No negative energy can affect you in any way.

Arti performed at Khatushyam Mandir

In one day, five arti are performed for worshipping Khatu Shyam Ji:-

Mangala Aarti – This arti is done just after the opening of the Temple.

Srinagar Aarti– A ritual of doing make-up with Arti and also putting ornaments on Baba Shyam.

Bhog Aarti– Done in the time of noon, when everyone is served parishad 

Sandhya Aarti– This is conducted at the time of sunset in the evening. 

Shayan Aarti– Organized at the night, at the time of closing mandir. 

The “Shri Shyam Arti” and “ Shri Shyam Vinati” are narrated at these Aarties. The mantra of Shyam Baba is another one that is chanted by the devotees.


Khatu Shyam Temple is not an ordinary temple, this temple has devotees in millions. In the heart of Rajasthan, India, the Khatu Shyam Temple stands as a symbol of unshakable devotion and heavenly favor. 

The temple, which is based on old mythology and tradition, tells the story of Barbarika, a brave warrior loyal to Lord Krishna who eventually converted into the adored deity, Khatu Shyam Ji.

Moreover, the temple is a pilgrimage place, attracting devotees from all over the world in search of blessings, peace, and spiritual enlightenment. For more information visit

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