Shri Krishna and the goddesses secured Barbareek's head at
the top of a high hill near the battlefield with the help
of nectar vines so that he could watch the war till its end.
Then after blessing the Pandavas and the head of Barbareek,
the goddesses disappeared.The
most destructive, most desolate war of Mahabharata started.
Lakhs of soldiers were killed from both sides on the battlefield
and it was only after 18 days of fierce battle that with great
difficulty the question of victory and defeat was decided.
It was because of the artful Shri Krishna's policies that
the Pandavas could achieve victory. On achieving victory,
all the five Pandavas began describing their own individual
courage in glorious terms and began to show arrogance at their
victory. Each of them was thinking himself to be the cause
of this victory. While Arjuna was arrogant about his archery
skills, Bhim was proud of his clubbing skills. Each of them
thought himself to be the rightful recipient of victory.
Shri Krishna said, "Oh brave Pandavas! Don't be so proud
of yourselves. The correct decision regarding the real winner
can only be taken by the brave Barbareek's head. You all were
fighting in the battle but that brave man's head has seen
all that happened on the battlefield from beginning to end
from the top of the hill with rapt attention. Come, let's
go, and ask the brave Barbareek's head." All the Pandava
brothers accompanied Shri Krishna to the peak of the hill
where Barbareek's head was secured with nectar vines. In front
of Barbareek's head, all the Pandavas began to say that they
were each responsible for the victory and were so happy that
they couldn't contain their happiness within themselves.
Barbareek's head smiled and said, "Oh brave Pandavas!
You have achieved the victory in this war only because of
Lord Krishna's plans and policies. It was only because of
this artful God's delusions that you have emerged victorious.
The actual winner of this war is only Lord Krishna. It's only
because of his wisdom and policies that you have won the great
battle of Mahabharata.Barbareek's
head continued, "Oh brave Pandavas, I could see only
the Sudarshan Chakra revolving everywhere which was hacking
the Kaurava army to pieces and Draupadi assuming the fearful
form of Mahakali Durga, was drinking bowl after bowl of blood
and was not allowing even one drop of blood to fall on the
earth." Saying this Barbareek's head became silent and
flowers were showered from heaven on his head.
all this, the Pandavas became ashamed of themselves and started
begging for forgiveness. Lord Krishna said, "Barbareek,
I am pleased with your great sacrifice and I grant you the
boon that you will be greatly worshipped by the name of Shyam
in my form only in the Kaliyug. Devotees will be blessed just
by remembering you and by worshipping you with a true heart
and piety, all the jobs of the devotee will be completed."
brave, philanthropic, generous, courageous Barbareek's head
was later buried in the land of Khatu and by Lord Krishna's
boon, and then the time came for the head to appear. A shepherd
used to graze the cows of Khatu outside Khatu. One of the
cows while returning home after grazing used to stop at a
place some distance away from the village and milk used to
start flowing from her teats into the earth. The cow's owner
was very worried and upset that his cow was not giving any
milk daily. He admonished the shepherd and asked him whether
he milked the cow every evening so that the cow was not giving
any milk to him. Even after the shepherd denied, the cow's
owner did not believe him and followed the cow the whole day
and what he saw was that at a particular distance from the
village, milk starts flowing from the teats of the cow and
enters the earth. Seeing this, he was dumbstruck with astonishment
and began wondering who was inside the earth that drank the
milk in such a fashion. He became eager to know more about
started getting the field dug up. When the digging was completed,
a sound was heard beneath the earth. Then he gave orders for
the digging operation to proceed slowly. After passage of
some time, the brave Barbareek's head i.e. Shyamji's head
was found. The cow's owner gave away the head to a Brahmin.
That Brahmin worshipped the head continuously for many days
in his house.
to Bhaghavat Purana, this place was the town of Khatu Khatank.
In a dream, the king of this place saw Shyamji's head, who
told him "Oh King! You build a temple here and taking
the head from the Brahmin, install it in the temple. You will
also get a share in the fame for this." Then a temple
was built in that city and the head of Shyamji that is Barbareekji
was installed there at an auspicious time according to rites
and rituals on the 11th of the brighter half of the Kartik
month.Even today those devotees who meditate and worship the
sacrificer of the head-shyamji with a true heart, faith and
deep devoutness, Shri Shyamji riding on a blue horse comes
running to fulfill their prayers.The Shyamji of Khatu if known
by various names.
the midst of Khatu town, a beautiful temple of Makrana is
build of Shri Shyam-the donor of the head. There is a Shyam
pond at a little distance from the temple where the head of
Shri Shyamji had appeared. There is a special importance to
bathing in that pond. Many devotees believe that by bathing
in that pond, the afflictions of the body are cured. There
is a Shyam garden a little distance away from the temple.
The flowers for the decoration of Shri Shyam are chosen from
is done five times in Shyamji's temple. All the times, devotees
immersed in devoutness and joyful prayer, dance and sing.
A big fair is held at Khatu on the twelfth of the Shukla Paksha
of the Phalgun month. Lakhs of men and women sing devotional
songs on the night of the eleventh and getting immersed in
the joy of Krishna, they dance the whole night. And at dawn
of the twelfth, people go to the temple and worship Shri Shyam.
People take their children for mundan ceremony and newly wed
couples offer prayers for their happy married life on the
12th of Shukla Paksha in the month of Phalgun.
the fair, lakhs of devotees walk in procession of foot from
Reengas to Khatu carrying religious symbols and offer those
colorful symbols of Shri Shyam at Khatu temple. Though devotees
throng Khatu daily, it is on Vijaydasahmi that Khatu is overcrowded
with devotees. The sight of thousands of devotees offering
unique symbols of their faith of Shri Shyam with songs and
dances is a marvelous sight. On the 11th of the brighter half
of the Kartik month also, Shri Shyam's birthday is celebrated
with gusto and fervor in Khatu.
SHYAM PRABHU KI JAI"
"LELE KE SAWAR KI JAI"
"SHISH KE DANI KI JAI"