- Salasar Balaji
Salasar Balaji is a religious place for the devotees of Lord
Hanuman. It is situated in Churu districtof Rajasthan. SalasarDham attracts innumerable Indian worshipers throughout the year. On Chaitra Purnimaand Ashvin Purnimalarge fairs are organized every year where more than 6 to 7 lakhs of people assemble here to pay their homage to the deity. HanumanSewa Samiti looks after the management of the Temple and the fairs. There are many Dharamshalas to stay and restaurants to eat. The temple of Sri Hanumanis situated right in the middle of the Salasartown.
Salasartown is a part of district Churuin Rajasthanand it is situated on the Jaipur- Bikanerhighway. It is at a distance of 57 kilometers from Sikar, 24 kilometers from Sujangarhand 30 kilometers from Laxmangarh. Salasar town lies under the jurisdiction of the Sujangarh PanchayatSamiti and is well connected with Delhi, Jaipurand Bikanerby regular bus service run by the RajasthanState Road Transport Committee. Indian Airlines and Jet Air fly to Jaipur, from where Salasar is 3.5 hours drive via a taxi or a bus. Sujangarh, Sikar, Didwana, Jaipurand Ratangarhare the nearest railheads for Salasar Balaji. This city is about 170 kilometers from the city of Pilanithat hosts the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. The road from Delhito Pilaniis very good and Balaji is often accessed via that route by people approaching from the direction of Delhi.
On Saturday, Shravan Shukla-Navami -Samvat 1811, a miracle happened. A
Ginthala-Jatfarmer of village Asota in district Nagaurof Rajasthan was ploughing his field. All of a sudden the plough was hit by some stony thing and a resonating sound was created. He dug up the soil of that place and found an idol covered with sand. His wife reached there with his lunch packet. The farmer showed the idol to his wife. She cleaned up the idol with her sari (dress). The idol was that of Balaji Lord Sri Hanuman. They bowed their heads with devotion and worshipped Lord Balaji. This news of the appearance of Lord Balaji spread in the village Asota immediately. The Thakur of Asota also heard the news. Balaji ordered him in his dream to send the idol to Salasar in the Churu district. Same night a devotee of Lord Hanuman, Mohan Dasji Maharaj of Salasar saw Lord Hanuman or Balaji in his dreams as well. Lord Balaji told him about the idol of Asota. He immediately sent a message to the Thakur of Asota. The Thakur was surprised to discover that Mohandasji knew minor details without coming to Asota. Certainly, it was all happening by the grace of the Almighty Lord Balaji. The idol was sent to Salasar and consecrated at the place known as Salasar Dham today.
Places of interest
Dhunia of Mohandas ji is the place where the holy fire lit by the great Lord
Hanumandevotee Mohandas ji is still burning. Hindudevotees and pilgrims take holy ashes from here. Sri Mohan Mandir is situated very close to the Balaji temple and it is popular because the footprints of Mohandasji and Kanidadi are found there. This place is supposed to be the Samadhi-Sthal of both these holy devotees. A continuous "paath" of the Ramayanhas been taking place here for the last eight years. In the temple premises of Lord Balaji, "Akhand Hari Kirtan" or the "continuous chanting of the Ramaname" has been continuing for the last 20 years. Temple of Anjani Mata is situated two kilometers away from Salasar Dham towards Laxmangarh. Anjani Mata was the mother of Lord Hanuman or Balaji. Gudavadi Shyam temple is also within a kilometer of the Salasar Dham. Two bullock carts from the times of Mohan Dasji are placed here within the Balaji Mandir premises. Shayanan Mata Mandir, which is situated about 15 km from here on a unique hillock in the desert area is supposed to be about 1100 years old and is worth visiting too.
The festival of Sri
HanumanJayanti is celebrated on ChaitraShukla Chaturdashi and Purnimaevery year. Lacs of devotees arrive here on the occasion of Sri HanumanJayanti from every corner of India. Fairs are organized on AshvinShukla Chaturdashi and Purnimaand devotees turn out in huge numbers for these fairs too. Fairs on BhadrapadShukla Chaturdashi and Purnima are also as attractive as the rest of the fairs. Free food, sweets and drinks are distributed on these occasions.
There are many
Dharamshalas in the town around the Salasar Balaji Dham. Most of these are run by trusts but a few independent Dharamshalas are also there. Some of the Dharamshalas in the town where devotees can stay are: -
* Ramaswaroop Seva Sadan
* Malu Seva Sadan
* Dharmashala's of Bombay walas
* Dharmashala of Ganganagar Walas
* Guest House of Calcutta walas
* Agrawal Seva Sadan (under construction)
* New Dharamshala of Sirsawala
* Adampur Seva Sadan
* Fatehabad Seva Sadan
* Sri Fazilka ashram salasar sabha
* Sarda Seva Sadan
* Piti Dharmashala:
* Sri Keshavdev Sureka Bombay walon ki Dharmashala
* Jajodia Dharmashala
* Kejriwal Dharmashala
* Rajgarhia Dharmashala
* Dhanotia Dharmashala
* Sangaria Seva Sadan
* Dilliwalon ki Dharmashala
* Bhattu Seva Sadan
* Phasi walon ki Dharmashala
* Goenka guest House
* Sri Balaji Seva Mandal Dharmashala
* Poddar guest house (Sujangarh)
* Vilayati Ram Guest House
* Sarada guest house
* Sureka Dharmashala
* Duggar guest house
* Hanumangarhwalon ki Dharmashala
Ratangarhwalon ki Dharmashala
* Anupgarh Dharmashala
* Dalmia Seva Sadan
* Three Star Hotel for tourists
* Shri Seth Murlidhar Ji Mansingka Dharamshala.
* Sri Fazilka ashram salasar sabha (registered)
* [http://www.salasarbalaji.com/ The official website of the Dham]
* [http://churu.nic.in/tour.htm Churu district website]
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