Famous for a temple dedicated to “Shyam Baba” a.k.a. Barbarik, Bhima’s grandon is a small village located in Rajasthan called “Khatushyamji”. Also known as Khatu this village is situated in the Sikar district. Furthermore, apart from the temple being devoted to Shyam Baba this village is also famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva known as “Gourishankar Temple”. Important travel information related to this “pious” is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit Khatushyamji:
The ideal time to visit this village is during the winter season which begins in October and ends in March when the climate is extremely pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 22 degree Celsius to a minimum of 5 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Khatushyamji?
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this village is the Ringas Junction. The Ringas Junction Railway Station is well connected to a major city like New Delhi. Taxi/jeep services are available from this railway station to the village.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services that are available from New Delhi well connected to this village. Additionally, there are also a number of bus services that are available within the state i.e. Rajasthan that connect to this small hamlet.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this religious village is located in Jaipur. The Sangneer International Airport, Jaipur is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
c. Religious significance:
The temple was built in this small village called Khatu in reverence of Bhima’s (one of the Pandava brothers) grandson Shyam Baba (Barbarik). According to a legend Barbarik had received a boon from Lord Krishna himself that he would be worshipped as “Shyam” i.e. another name of Krishna in the Kaliyuga by his devotees. Krishna also stated that those devotees who worshipped him (Barbarik) from the bottom of their heart would have all their wishes fulfilled. A myth also states that Lord Shiva was so impressed by Barbarik’s ability in warfare that he gifted him three special arrows a.k.a. teen baan.