Mehandipur Balaji Temple

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Mehandipur Balaji Mandir (Hindi/Rajastani: मेहंदीपुर बालाजी मंदिर) is a mandir in the Indian state of Rajasthan 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 there. It is important to note that the temple is not dedicated to Balaji another name for Krishna. Unlike similar religious sites it is located in a town rather than the countryside. Its reputation for ritualistic healing and exorcism of evil spirits attracts many pilgrims from Rajasthan and elsewhere.[1][2]

Location[edit]

The temple is situated in Dausa district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is 100 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 from Balaji Mod. This pilgrimage center is the roughly at the following distances from these places:

City Km
Delhi 255
Meerut 110
Agra 140
Alwar 80
Bharatpur 80
Shri Mahaveerji 49
Dausa 35
Hindaun 44
Mahwa 17
Bandikui 27
Lucknow 470
Chandigarh 520

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gold 1990, p. 278
  2. ^ Kakar 1982, pp. 53–88

References[edit]

  • Gold, Ann Grodzins (1990), Fruitful Journeys: The Ways of Rajasthani Pilgrim, University of California Press, ISBN 0520069595 
  • Kakar, Sudhir (1982), Shamans, Mystics and Doctors: A Psychological Inquiry Into India and Its Healing Traditions, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0226422798 , Chapter 3, "Lord of the Spirit World"
  • Satija, D. C.; Singh, D.; Nathawat, S. S.; Sharma, V. (1981), "A psychiatric study of patients atennding Mahnipur Balaji Temple", Indian J Psychiatry 23 (3): 247–250, PMC 3012952, PMID 22058548