In Hindu mythology, Khatushyamji is a name and manifestation of Barbarika, son of Ghatotkacha. Barbarika had obtained a boon from Lord Krishna that he would be known by Krishna's own name (Shyam) and worshipped in the Kaliyuga era. Krishna declared that Barbarika's devotees would be blessed just by pronouncing his name from the bottom of their hearts. Their wishes would be granted and troubles removed if they worship Shyamji (Barbarika) with a true piety.
Khatushyam temple is located in the district of Sikar in the state of Rajasthan, at a distance of 48 km from Sikar and 300 km (approx.) west of Delhi. It is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Rajasthan.
The temple has a magnificent architecture. The outside prayer hall named as Jagmohan has its walls elaborately painted, which depict many mythological scenes. Lime mortar, marble and tiles have been used in constructing the structure. The shutters of the sanctum are beautifully covered with silver sheets. The entrance and exit gates are made of marble and feature very beautiful ornamental floral designs.
The fair held here is an exception of vitality, crowd and resplendence. The shops are very beautifully decorated and various cultural shows and sweet titbits are available for the visitors.
Bathing in the Shyam Kund:
This is the holy pond near the temple from where the idol was retrieved. It is believed that a dip in this pond cures a person from ailments and brings good health. Filled with devotional fervour, people take ritual dips in the Shyam Kund. Bathing during the annual Phalguna Mela festival is deemed especially salutary.
Types of Aarti performed in Khatu Shyamji Temple
Mangala Aarti: It is performed in the early morning when the temple is opened.
Shringaar Aarti: It is performed at the time of make-up of Baba Shyam. At this time His idol is grandly ornamented.
Bhog Aarti: It is performed at noon when the bhog (Prasadam) is served to the Lord.
Sandhya Aarti: It is performed in the evening, at sunset.
Sayana Aarti: It is performed in the night before the temple is closed.
Two special hymns, the Shri Shyam Aarti and the Shri Shyam Vinati, are chanted on all these occasions. The Shri Shyam mantra is another litany of the Lord`s names that is chanted by devotees.