Blessed with some of the most spectacular sceneries and beautiful landscapes anywhere in the country, Himachal Pradesh is a travelers’ paradise. The ancient temples, monasteries and a number of other sacred places make this hilly north Indian state the ‘Land of Gods’.
This article introduces you to one of the most popular pilgrimage centers in Himachal Pradesh- the temple of Baba Balak Nath Ji.
About the Temple
The Baba Balak Nath temple is a cave shrine on a hilltop known as ‘Deothsidh’ in the Dhaulagiri Hills of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. The temple, which itself is known as Deotsidh, is dedicated to a Hindu deity Baba Balak Nath Ji who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Baba Balak Nath Ji is to have blessed by Lord Shiva that he will always remain 13 years old. That is why the deity is known from the name of Babaji.
The naturally carved cave of the temple is considered as the abode of Baba. The women are not allowed to enter the cave. They can instead see the Babaji’s idol from a raised platform just opposite to the cave.
This noted pilgrimage place is thronged by millions of pilgrims from the India and overseas all the year round. Babaji is widely worshiped in the Northern Indian States, especially in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, and generally all over India and foreign lands as well.
Devotees visit this holy place especially during Navratras to seek the blessings of the Baba ji whose idol is located in the natural cave. They offer ‘rot’ (sweet thick bread), which is prepared with wheat flour and gur (jaggery), at the altar of Babaji. Devotees whose wishes are fulfilled offer goats to the deity but not as sacrificial animals but as a thanksgiving gesture. A stream of devotees can be seen in the temple on Sankrantis and Sundays.
Just four kilometers further from the temple, situated a small town named Shahtalai where Baba ji used to graze the cows of “Mata Ratno” as well as practiced Dhyana (meditation).
Like many other famous shrines and temples in Himachal Pradesh, Bala Balak Nath temple is also worth seeing. There are thousands of temples in Himachal Pradesh, many of which are situated in isolated valleys and high ranges. While visiting these temples in Himachal you can seek an opportunity to earn blessings of Babaji by paying a visit to the Baba Balak Nath temple.