Salasar Balaji Temple - Miraculous Balaji with Beard and Mustache

Salasar Balaji Temple - Miraculous Balaji with Beard and Mustache, it tells about the mandir of Salasar Balaji located in Churu district of Rajasthan.

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Salasar town located in Sujangarh tehsil of Churu district of Rajasthan is known as a Dharma Nagari after being converted into Salasar Dham because of the world famous Balaji temple.

This temple is famous all over the world because of Balaji and devotee Mohandasji. The temple of Salasar Balaji is situated in the center of the town. There are a lot of Dharamshalas and Prasad shops around the temple premises.

The entrance of the temple is quite grand. As soon as you enter the door, there are rooms on the left side for keeping luggage and shoes. There is also a provision of wheelchairs for the disabled.

Akhand Dhuna of Salasar Balaji

On going inside, there is an Akhand Dhuna place near the Janti tree in front. This place was the penance place of Mohan Das Ji Maharaj. It is said that this Akhand Dhuna was lit by Mohandasji Maharaj with his own hands.

In this way this Akhand Jyoti is burning since the time of establishment of the temple i.e. this Akhand Jyoti is continuously burning since 1754 AD (Vikram Samvat 1811).

It is a belief that Bhabhuti (bhasma) obtained from this Dhuna removes all the sufferings of the devotees. There is a small temple of Balaji near Dhuna, whose doors and walls are decorated with idols and paintings made of silver.

It is said that the devotee Mohandas used to offer prayers sitting under this Janti tree. Today devotees offer coconut and flag on this Janti tree as a mark of respect and ask for a vow by tying a red thread.

Going a little further there is a place for the Mundan Sanskar (Jadula). A large number of devotees perform the mundan ceremony of their children at this place. Going forward, the office of Shri Balaji Mandir is located.

Specialties of Salasar Balaji Temple

A little further from the office, there is an entrance to the main temple on the left. There is a way for the visitors to visit from the front side. On the right side there is a way to go towards the tomb of devotee Mohandasji.

The doors and walls of the main temple are also decorated with idols and paintings made of silver like the small temple of Hanuman ji.

The temple is very big and grand from inside. Walls decorated with gold and silver all around and pictures engraved on them fascinate the mind.

On the front, the statue of Balaji decorated with beard and mustache made of Shaligram stone is seated on a golden throne. This idol is decorated with a grand crown of gold.

Gold decorations are done all around the idol. A golden canopy made of gold is also adorned above the idol. There is Shri Ram Darbar in the upper part of Balaji's statue.

There is an idol of Ganeshji on one side and Radha Krishna on the other side. Next to the idol of Balaji, on one side there is Hanumanji himself and on the other side there is a statue of some saint possibly Mohandasji.

Why is the idol of Balaji in Salasar in the form of beard and moustache?

The bearded and moustache-like form of Balaji can be seen only in Salasar Dham in the whole of India. This form of Balaji is unique in itself because everywhere the idol of Balaji is without beard and moustache.

Balaji's bearded appearance in Salasar is because he had given darshan to Mohan Das ji in this form in his dream before coming to Salasar. Later, when Balaji was established in Salasar, then according to the darshan given in the dream, his form was made with beard and moustache.

Samadhi of Hanuman devotee Mohan Das

On going a little further from the front door of the main temple, the tomb of Hanuman devotee Mohandasji is situated on the right side. The tomb of his sister Kanhi Bai is also situated near this tomb.

Near the tomb of Mohan Das ji and Kanhi Bai, the inscription installed by Kanhi Bai's son Udayaram in Samvat 1852 can be seen even today.

After the morning aarti of Salasar Balaji, aarti is performed at the tomb of both of them. Similarly, before the evening aarti of Salasar Balaji, aarti is performed here.

History and story of Salasar Balaji

This temple was established by Mohandasji Maharaj in 1754 AD (Vikram Samvat 1811) on Shravan Shukla Navami Saturday. The construction of the temple was completed in 1758 AD (Vikram Samvat 1815).

It is said that the artisans who built the temple of Salasar Balaji, Noor Mohammad and Dau belonged to the Muslim religion.

Who was Hanuman Bhakt Mohandasji?

According to the information received, Mohandasji was the youngest son of Pandit Lachiramji Patodia, a resident of Rulyani village in Sikar district. Since childhood, his interest in religious works was very high.

His sister Kanhi was married in Salasar village and she became a widow shortly after the birth of her only son Uday. Mohandasji started living in Salasar village to support his sister and nephew.

How did the idol of Balaji come to Salasar?

Mohandasji, following the Brahmacharya, used to remain engrossed in the devotion of Balaji most of the time. Pleased with his devotion, Balaji appeared to him in the form of a sage with beard and mustache and promised to reside in Salasar in this form.

To fulfill his promise, in 1754 AD (1811 Vikram Samvat), Balaji appeared as an idol in a farmer's field in Asota village of Nagaur district. The same night Balaji appeared in the dream of Thakur of Asota and asked him to take this idol to Salasar.

On the other hand, Mohandasji was told in a dream that no one should drive the bullock cart by which the idol will come to Salasar and install my idol where the bullock cart itself stops.

As per the order received in the dream, this idol of Balaji was established at the present place in the temple. It is said that Mohandasji and Balaji often used to do wrestling and other sports along with talking to each other.

When did Mohandasji die?

Later Mohandasji gave his chola to his nephew Uday Ram and appointed him as the first priest of the temple. On the day of Vaishakh Shukla Trayodashi of Vikram Samvat 1850, Mohandasji took a living Samadhi and ascended to heaven.

Major festivals of Salasar Balaji

There are mainly two festivals celebrated in Salasar Balaji Temple. One of these, Shravan Shukla Navami is celebrated with great fanfare as "the foundation day of the temple or the appearance day of Balaji Maharaj". Second, Mohandasji's Shraddha day is celebrated on the day of Trayodashi in Pitrupaksha.

Every year two fairs are organized with great pomp in Salasar Dham. One fair is held on the day of Hanuman Jayanti (Chaitra Purnima) and the other on Sharad Purnima (Ashwin Purnima).

Aarti Timings in Salasar Balaji Temple

Salasar Balaji Temple can be visited from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm. Several aartis are performed in the temple throughout the day which are as follows -

Mangala Aarti - 5:30 AM (winter), 5:00 AM (summer)
Mohandas Ji Aarti - 6:00 AM (winter), 5:30 AM (summer)
Rajbhog Aarti - 10:15 AM (winter), 10:00 AM (summer)
Dhoop Gwal Aarti - 5:00 PM (winter), 6:30 PM (summer)
Mohan Das Ji Aarti - 5:30 PM (winter), 7:00 PM (summer)
Sandhya Aarti - 6:00 PM (Winter), 7:30 PM (Summer)
Bal Bhog Stuti - 7:00 PM (Winter), 8:00 PM (Summer)
Shayan Aarti - 9:00 PM (winter), 10:00 PM (summer)
Rajbhog Mahaprasad Aarti (Tuesday only) - 11:00 AM (winter), 10:30 AM (summer)

What needs to be done by devotee to fulfill wish (Manokamna)?

There is a Janti tree near Akhand Dhuna in the temple of Salasar Balaji. It is said that the devotee Mohandas used to offer prayers sitting under this Janti tree.

This tree is considered very old and sacred. To fulfill wish, Devotees of Salasar Balaji meditate on Balaji Maharaj with full dedication and ask for a vow by tying coconut and red thread on this Janti tree.

Along with this the devotees who bring the flag also offer their flag at this place. Manauti's coconuts are considered very sacred, so they are not used for any other purpose.

Contact Number of Salasar Balaji Temple

Shri Hanuman Seva Samiti does the entire maintenance of Shri Balaji Temple of Salasar Dham. For any work related to the temple, the office bearers of Shri Hanuman Seva Samiti should be contacted.

Salasar Balaji Temple Address - Shree Salasar Balaji Temple, Salasar, Churu, Rajasthan, Pin Code: 331506
Salasar Balaji Temple Phone Number - 01568-252749, 01568-252049

How to reach Salasar Balaji?

Salasar Balaji Temple is located in Sujangarh tehsil of Churu district of Rajasthan. You can go here by bus or train.

The distance of Salasar is 27 kms from Sujangarh, 45 kms from Ratangarh, 35 kms from Laxmangarh, 60 kms from Sikar and 170 kms from Jaipur.

The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport at a distance of 184 kms, Kishangarh Airport at a distance of 165 kms, Bikaner Airport at a distance of 190 kms and Jodhpur Airport at a distance of 265 kms.

Which is the nearest railway station to Salasar Balaji?

Sujangarh Railway Station is the nearest to Salasar Balaji. The distance of Salasar Balaji from Sujangarh Railway Station is 27 kms. After Sujangarh, the second nearest railway station is Laxmangarh, 35 km from Salasar.

How to reach Salasar Balaji from Khatu Shyam?

The distance from Khatu Shyam to Salasar Balaji is about 100 kms. To go from Khatu Shyam to Salasar Balaji, one has to go via Mandha turn, Palsana, Ranoli, Goria and on National Highway 52, beyond Sikar bypass via Phagalwa, Kachwa, Nechwa, Ganeri.

Broadly speaking, first one can go from Khatu to Sikar via Ringas, then from Sikar to Salasar. Since you are going towards Sikar, if you go via Mandha turn then the route will be a little shorter for you.

How to reach Salasar Balaji from Jaipur?

If you want to go from Jaipur to Salasar by train, then you will have to go from Jaipur to Sikar via Ringas and then from Sikar to Laxmangarh. One has to go from Laxmangarh to Salasar by bus.

If you want to go from Jaipur to Salasar by bus or your own vehicle, then you will have to go from Jaipur to Sikar by National Highway 52, then from Sikar you will have to go via Fagalwa, Kachwa, Nechwa, Ganeri.

How to reach Salasar Balaji from Delhi?

One can go to Salasar from Delhi via Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Loharu, Chidawa, Jhunjhunu, Mukundgarh, Laxmangarh. The distance from Delhi to Salasar by this route is about 320 kms.

Another way from Delhi via Rewari, Neemkathana, Reengus, Sikar is via Phagalwa, Kachhwa, Nechhwa, Ganeri and can go to Salasar. The third way from Delhi to Salasar is via Jaipur via Sikar.

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Images of Salasar Balaji Temple

Salasar Balaji Temple Miraculous Balaji with Beard and Mustache


Ramesh Sharma {M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), PGDCA, MA (History), CHMS}

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