Salasar Ke Balaji
ABOUT SALASAR BALAJI
Salasar ‘DHAM’, located in the Churu District of Rajasthan is a religious destination on the Jaipur- Bikaner highway. The idol of Hanuman in the Salasar temple is considered as ‘Swayambhu’ (Self Creation) and is a major ‘SHAKTI STHAL’ (Place Of Power). Salasar Balaji is in the religious circuit of Ranisati Dadiji Mandir, Jhunjhunu, Shri Shyam Ji, Khatu, and Shri Balaji, Salasar. These three important pilgrim centers are close to each other and attract millions of people every year. Connected by the National Highway the 165 Km drive from Jaipur takes approximately two and a half hours, with plenty of refreshment stops en-route. It is also in close proximity to Sikar (57 Km), Lakshmangarh (31 Km), Sujangarh (27 Km). Mandava and Simode Fort Resort are two luxury tourist attractions, which are just an hour and a half drive from Salasar.
In Asota, a small village in the district of Nagaur, Rajasthan, one Saturday on Shravan Shukla-Navami of Samvat 1811, a Jat farmer while working in his field, got his plough stuck and hit some thing making an unusual sound – “Thlikk”. Digging the place deeper he found an idol covered with sand. When his wife arrived with his lunch at the field, he showed her the Idol. She cleaned the Idol with her Sari and discovered that the Idol is of Lord Hanuman. They bowed their head with devotion and worshipped Lord Hanuman as Balaji.
The news of the appearance of Lord Balaji spread in the village of Asota immediately. The same night, Thakur of Asota had a strange dream and the “Thakur” was ordered, in his dream, by Balaji to send the Idol to Salasar. Simultaneously, at Salasar, a devotee of Lord Hanuman by the name of Mohandas saw Lord Hanuman or Balaji in his dream. Balaji told him about the Idol found at Asota. Mohandas immediately sent a message to the “Thakur” of Asota who was surprised as to how Mohandasji knew minor details of the Idol of Lord Hanuman without coming to Asota. Certainly it was the charisma of Lord Balaji.
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