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The Mehandipur Balaji Mandir (Hindi/Rajastani: मेहंदीपुर बालाजी मंदिर) located in the Indian state of Rajasthan is a mandir dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman. The name Balaji is applied to Sri Hanuman in several parts of India because the childhood (Bala in Hindi or Sanskrit) form of the Lord is especially celebrated in those parts.
Adherents believe that the deity in the Mehandipur temple has divine powers to cure any person possessed by evil spirits. It is also believed that Shri Bala Ji Maharaj saves His devotees from unfavorable grahadashas (planetary configurations).
According to legend, the present-day forms of the “Divine Trinity” found in the Mehandipur Dham appeared around 1,000 years ago in a valley amidst the hills of the Aravali Range. Shri Ganesh Puri ji Maharaj, who was the 11th mahant of this pilgrimage center used to say that this area was covered by a thick and dense forest, full of wild animals, once upon a time. One of the ancestors of Shri Mahantji had dreams in which Sri Balaji Maharaj had indicated three divine deities and a magnificent temple. He had also heard a divine voice ordering him to get up and be prepared for Sri Balaji Hanuman’s duty. He was unable to see anyone initially but after years of “Sadhna”, Lord Sri Balaji finally appeared and showed him the place in the forest where the temple and the three divine forms were found.
That ancestor of Shri Mahantji started “puja” and “arti” regularly at the sacred spot in the forest. In the early days of the religious activities of the first mahantm some miscreants tried to dig out the deity, but they could not reach the bottom of the statue as it is a part of the hill surrounding the temple compound. There is a small pot at the feet of the presiding deity and the water in this pot never dries up due to the continuous flow of Blessed Holy Jal from the left side of the chest of Lord Shri Balaji Hanuman. The Divine Trinity in the Mehandipur Dham comprises Pawanputra Sri Balaji Hanuman, Sri Bhairava Baba and “Swayam-Bhu” Sri Pret-Raj Sarkar.
Sri Mehandipur Balaji Temple is in Dausa, Rajasthan. Basically Shri Mehendipur Balaji Temple is Lord Hanuman Ji’s Temple. Long ago the image of Lord Balaji and that of Pret Raja (the king of spirits) appeared from the Arawali hills. Now people suffering from malignant spirits and black magic or spell get their relief when they make an appeal for relief to Shri Bhairav ji and Shri Pret Raj Sarkar who holds his court and awards punishment to the malignant spirits, ghosts, goblins, ghouls, evil eyed witches, etc. Shrine of Balaji, Court of Pret Raja, Pooja griha, Bhairav ji temple and Ram Darbar are some of the spots worth seeing here.
Religious ritualistic performances; charity; feeding the poor, homeless and incapacitated people; water supply for all; and fodder for cows and stray animals are the activities of this temple.
Balaji temple at Mehandipur in Rajasthan is a very powerful place. It is believed that the deity in this temple has divine power to cure a person possessed with evil spirit. Hundreds of ‘Sankatwalas’, as the possessed people are referred to in local lingo, throng to the temple everyday to offer prayers and have ‘darshan’. The temple has also become a home and the last respite for the victims. The ‘Mahant’ of the temple, Shri Kishor Puri Ji, prescribes the treatment. It can include reading holy texts, following a strict vegetarian and simple diet, and even afflicting physical pain to one’s body.
One can witness people going through physical therapies like keeping heavy stones on their body, on arms, legs and chest, to ease their pain. There are others who inhale the smoke that fumes out of the sweet Patasas kept on smoldering cowpats. The ones with serious cases of spirit possession, who tend to get violent, are even shackled in chains within the temple premises.
Thousands of people are believed to have been cured in this way. Festival times (Holi, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera, etc.) are regarded as the most auspicious time to emancipate from the evil spirit.
The temple is situated in Dausa district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is 99 km from Jaipur and 40 km from Karauli and is quite close to the Bandikui railway station. The temple is located 3 km towards the right on the Jaipur – Agra national highway.
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19th century European scholars and so many Indian scholars(?) maintain that the events described in Mahabharat are imaginary. Their theory has been that Ramayan, Mahabharat, Vedas, Upanishads and the Puranas were written about 200 years before Buddha, somewhere around 700BC.
Here are some reasons to believe that this is actually a history:
- The country is named Bhaarat after the king Bharat (son of Dushyant & Shakuntala). What country would be named after the hero of a novel!
- There are too many changes in the Sanskrit language of these texts to occur in 200 years.
- European scholars brought the nomadic Aryan tribes, into India after 1500 BC. How could these Aryans create Sanskrit language, gain so much knowledge and write all these texts before 700 BC?
- Great Indian thinkers including Lokmanya Tilak, Sri Arbindo, and Dyanand Sarasvati rejected the European theory.
- It is absurd to say that these texts are fiction, because of its poetic nature. It was a custom to write everything (even Mathematical formulae) in poetic form.
- The time and place of events have been accurately recorded. All such recordings are redudant for a Maha-kavya.
- The details of the weapons, and wars are given to a minute detail, which is very boring for a “story”.
- The texts record some common dynasties, incedents, people and events. No two novels would have the same incedents, same people or same dynasties unless they are recording history.
- It is written in the texts from time to time that it is a “History”.
- A number of dynasties with their long lineage of kings (more than 50 from Manu) have been presented in the work. If it were just fiction, 4-5 kings would have sufficed to build the story on.
- Maurya, Gupta and Indo-Greek dynasties, are also recorded in our Puraanas. These dynasties are accepted only because, they are also recorded by Greek historians. What about the dynasties that existed before the Greek historians?
Timeline for Mahabharat:
At this point we can say that Mahabharat war occured latest in 3102 BC and earliest in 5561 BC. Considering this baseline for Mahabharat we calculate back in time …
- A tablet found in the Mohenjodaro sites(Not only statue of Krishna, but also of Shiva and Durga were found. This means that the people in the Sarasvati-Sindhu valley considered Krishna & Shiva as their gods. Also the “Arya” Krishna existed before “Aryan Invasion” destroyed the Saraswati valley! Knock! Knock! Anything wrong in the Aryant Invasion Theory?), dated 2600BC, depicts Lord Krishna.
- An Egyptian Pyramid, dated 3000 BC, has a verse from the Bhagavad Geeta.
- From Vishnu Puraan it is known that the Kali Age started on February 20, 3102 BC. Mahabharat occured, before the end of Dwapar, hence 3102 BC seems to be the lower limit for Mahabharat.
- Using the position of planets(During early times, it was not customary to keep a count of years. Panchang & Shaka came into being sometime in the last 5,000 years. Thus, the early Hindus gave the positions of Vernal equinox, Saptarshi & the planets to define exact time. This evidence from Ramayan and Mahabharat has been used to calculate the times for the events.) mentioned in Mahabharat, dates have been calculated for the great war. The great Aryabhatta calculated 3100 BC. Dr. Patnaik calculated October 16, 3138 BC. Dr. P.V. Vartak proves this date to be October 16, 5561 B.C.
Between Rama and Krishna there were about 60 kings. Say, each king ruled for about 35 years. (The history of India from 300 BC to 1700 AD, shows each king ruled for 40-45 years). So even after assuming a lower range of 35 years, one can say that Rama existed atleast 2000 years before Krishna. So Rama existed latest in 5100 BC and earliest in 7500 BC. (Dr. P. V. Vartak has calculated the birth date of Rama as 4th Dec 7323 BC.)
Dushyant’s contemporary Anaranya was Rama’s 40th ancestor. Thus Dushyant, must have existed @1200 years before Rama. That gives the time frame of 6300 BC – 8800 BC for Dushyant and his contemporaries: Parshuram, Vishwamitra, Vasishta and Bharat.
Anaranya, was the 62nd decendant of Manu. Thus Manu existed atleast 2000 years before Dushyant. So, Manu must have existed sometime between 8300 BC and 10,800 BC.