Khatushyam – The Brave Warrior
Khatushyam, also considered as the manifestation of Barbarika, is son of Ghatotkacha and grandson of Bhima, and a Hindu god. His name consists of the word “Shyam” which is another name for KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... as KhatushyamKhatushyam
Khatushyam, also considered as the manifestation of Barbarika, is son of Ghatotkacha... was granted the boon by Krishna himself that he will be worshipped by his name in the KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence... Yuga. Khatushyam is one of the most important and popular deities of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana.
Khatushyam is generally portrayed only as a head, wearing a thick moustache and a crown, and decorated with many jewels and ornaments. He is always depicted with his three arrows in his quiver which are believed to be granted by ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... himself. That is why he is also known as Teen Baan Dhaari which literally means “Bearer of the Three Arrows”. The arrows are worshipped with great devotion by the people as well. He is shown as a fearless warrior and protector of the weak.
There are many legends which state that when barbarika He was the son of Ghatotkacha and Maurvi. He was originally a yaksha but then later was reborn as a man. He had a principle of always fighting on the losing side. He didn’t take part in the battle of Mahabharata. He is worshipped immensely in Rajasthan as Khatushyamji. He made big sacrifices to ensure the victory Pandavas who were his grandfathers. In return he was blessed with a boon by Krishna. He decapitated himself and in return asked Krishna to place his head somewhere high from where he could easily witness the complete war.
was born he received blessings from Krishna. He was told that he should worship Durga. Following the direction of the deity, he meditated and worshipped Durga with all his devotion and sincerity. The goddess was pleased by his prayers and blessed him with great strength and wisdom. She also told him to wait there for some years as a Brahmin The conventional Hindu caste system divided society into four sects and Brahmin was known as the learned class who gained the knowledge of sacred texts written on Hinduismwould come there to meet him and would help him attain a new level of revelation. Barbarika stayed there while meditating and practicing his skill, and after a few years a Brahmin named Vijay came there. Vijay asked Barbarika to help him meditate and to make sure that he was not disturbed. Barbarika agreed to help after which Vijay went into deep meditation. While Vijay was meditating, came there but Barbarika killed them. He also killed a demon named Palasi who was troubling the Nagas from the hell. Upon this vasuki, He is one of the king serpents, given high privilege in Hindu mythology. He is depicted with a gem on his head. He is the snake of Lord Shiva and the brother of another snake named Manasa. He is the jewel of Shiva and sits around his neck. He was blessed by Shiva and thus given an important status. He was one of the main participants in the churning of the ocean. He was used as the churning rope and his one end was held by the demons and the other by Gods. His face was at the demons side and thus they were affected by his venom.
the king of Nagas, came there and told Barbarika to ask for a boon. Barbarika replied that he wanted that Vijay’s meditation should be completed without any disturbance. Seeing the selflessness of Barbarika, the gods were very pleased. On this Shiva granted three supreme arrows to Barbarika which were unfailing and would help him to be victorious in all the three worlds.
When Barbarika got to know about the great war of Kurukshetra, It is one of the many cities of Haryana which has a huge historical significance. The fight between Kauravas and Pandavas, depicted in Mahabharata, was fought on the grounds of Kurukshetra. Bhagavad Gita was also preached here by Krishna to Arjuna. The land is also known as Dhamakshetra.
he decided to get involved in it and help the weaker side. The war was between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. They were the descendants of Kuru. Duryodhana was considered the most important Kaurava. They were hundred in number and had only one sister named Dushala. They were parented by Gandhari and Dhritarashtra. They fought against the Pandavas in the war of Mahabharata. They also didn’t want the Pandavas to rule and thus also sent them into exile.
While on his way, Barbarika encountered a Brahmin. The Brahmin was actually Krishna in disguise who came there to test the true powers of Barbarika. When he saw Barbarika he mocked him that he was going to the battle with only three arrows. Upon this Barbarika replied that three arrows were enough for him to destroy his opponents and that the arrows would return to his quiver. He told the Brahmin that with his first arrow he could mark all the things he wanted to destroy, with his second arrow he could mark all the things he wanted to save and with his third arrow he could destroy all the things marked by him for destruction. The Brahmin then challenged him to pierce through all the leaves of the pipal tree, they were standing nearby, with one arrow. Barbarika accepted the challenge and started meditating before shooting his arrow. While he was meditating the Brahmin quietly plucked a leaf from the tree and hid it under his foot. After that Barbarika shot his arrow. The arrow pierced through all the leaves, except for one, and starting revolving around the Brahmin’s foot. Upon this the Brahmin asked why the arrow was moving like that. Barbarika replied that there is still one leaf left which was under his foot and advised him to lift it. As soon as the Brahmin lifted his foot, the arrow pierced through the last leaf. Krishna then realized the true power of the arrows granted by Shiva and came to know that even if he tried to hide someone or protect them from any harm, Barbarika’s arrows would find them. The Brahmin then said that Barbarika was indeed a mighty warrior but he should also perform some charity. Upon this Barbarika replied to the Brahmin that he might ask for anything he wants. The Brahmin then asks for Barbarika’s head in charity. This surprised Barbarika and he asked the Brahmin to reveal his true identity. Then Krishna showed him his true form and Barbarika bowed down to him. Barbarika then asked Krishna why he wanted his head. Krishna replied that Barbarika was the mightiest warrior and whichever side he would choose to fight for will definitely become the strongest. Due to this the other side would become weaker and Barbarika will have to switch to that side and fight for them. Eventually, no one would be left alive except Barbarika. Barbarika then offered his head to Krishna and asked him a wish that he wanted to see the whole battle of Kurukshetra. Krishna put his head on top of a mountain from where the whole battle scene was visible to Barbarika’s head. After a long battle, the Pandavas emerged victorious, but they were in a dilemma as to who was responsible for their victory and started arguing among themselves. Krishna advised them to ask Barbarika’s head, who had witnessed the whole battle, to ask for his judgment. To this Barbarika replied that it was in fact Krishna who was truly responsible for the victory of the Pandavas because of his planning and his great presence and role. Barbarika then became popular with the name of Khatushyam in the Kali She is the embodiment of empowerment and a fierce aspect of the Goddess. She is black in her complexion and thus she is named Kali. She is the Goddess of time, power, change and destruction and is majorly worshipped in South India, Bengal and AssamYuga as a boon by Krishna himself.
After the battle, the head of Barbarika was drowned in river Rupavati by Krishna and he gave his blessings to Barbarika. It is believed that the head was found in the village of Khatu in Rajasthan in the Kali Yuga. Legends state that once Roopsingh Chauhan, the ruler of Khatu had a dream in which the deity instructed him to build a temple where the head was found. Therefore, the temple of Khatushyam was built right on that spot in Khatu, Rajasthan and is considered as one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the devotees.
Worship and Beliefs
The most famous temples of Khatushyam are in Khatu, Rajasthan and Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The festivals of Krishna Janmashtami, Holi, Jhool Jhulani Ekadashi and Vasanta Panchami are celebrated with greatest zeal and passion at the temples. The main annual festival, however, is the phalgun mela. It is one of the most important festival celebrated in Khatushyamji in a district named Sikar, belonging to Rajasthan. As the name suggests, the festival is celebrated in the month of phalgun which corresponds with February-March according to the Gregorian calendar. Baba Shyam’s idol is decorated and worshipped on this day after making huge offerings of fruits and sweets. People sung devotional songs and hymns in his name. Pilgrims from all over the country come to Khatushyamji with holy flags in their hand, while playing instruments. They come of foot a mostly without shoes or slippers.
Everyday thousands of devotees come and pray to the deity. New born babies are brought to the temple for their Mundan ceremony. The eleventh and twelfth days of the growing moon phase of a month is of special significance to the deity. This is because Barbarika is believed to be born on the eleventh day of the growing moon phase of the Kartik month. Moreover, it is believed that he gave his head to Krishna on the twelfth day of the growing moon phase of the Phalgun month. During the Phalguna Mela millions of devotees from all over the world visit the temple and offer their prayers to Khatushyam. the deity blesses his devotees with happiness, fearlessness and prosperity. Khatu Shyam Khatu Shyam
In Hindu mythology, Khatu Shyam Ji is a name of Barbarika, son of Ghatotkacha and grandson of Bhima (one of the Pandava).symbolizes the selflessness, humility, fearlessness, wisdom and reverence one should cultivate in one’s life.