Khatu Shyamji Fair

March 2018
Khatu Shyamji Temple is an important pilgrimage site in Rajasthan. However, it is more popular for the annual fair that takes place around February and March. Khatu Shyamji is a home of the famous Shyamji temple. Shyam is another name for ‘Krishna’. All round the year this place is hoarded by devotees, but the number almost doubles during the time of fair. Numerous followers of lord Krishna gather at this yearly fair between Phalgun Sudi Dashmi and Dwadashi. The Khatu Shyamji Fair lasts for three days.

In Hinduism, KhatuShyam is a name and manifestation of Barbarik, son of Ghatotkach and grandson of Bhima. Khatu Shyam Ji is also known as Khatu Naresh, Sheesh Ke Dani, Teen Baan Dhari, Haare Ka Sahare and Baba Shyam.

Khatushyamji is considered to be the God of the Kaliyuga. It is said that Barbarika had obtained a boon from Krishna that he would be known by Krishna’s own name (Shyam) in the Kaliyuga and worshiped. Khatu Shyam Ji is synonymous with Krishna and hence is worshipped in the same form.

Khatushyamji or Khatu is a village of religious importance in Sikar District of Rajasthan in India. It is home to a famous temple of Shyam Baba. Khatushyamji’s temple in Sikar, Rajasthan is constructed of the famous Makrana marble. Holy pond near the temple is sacred as his Sheesh (Head) was retrieved from the same pond. It is believed that a dip in this holy pond cures a person from all kinds of ailments.