Balaji Temple, Salasar
The Salasar Dham, as many call it, is located in the Salasar town of Churu district of Rajasthan. It is believed that a certain farmer of Asota in Nagaur got a stone in his field while ploughing. The stone was the relic of Hanuman, known as Balaji. The village headman immediately took the relic in his custody and began worshipping it.
One night the headman got a divine revelation of sending the relic to Salasar. On the same night, the king of Salasar also got another divine revelation to set up a temple for the relic. After much awe and efforts the temple was finally established and is still being worshipped by all with great devotion. The legend aside the temple was set up in 1754 CE by Mohandas Maharaj with the help of Muslim architects. In course of time, the temple was remodelled many times to give it its current form.
The temple complex is an art of architecture. The Salasar Balaji Temple is built with brick, mortar and marbles, sighting its history of renovation.The use of mosaic, white marbles and gold & silver wares in the sanctum, walls and gates of the temple are jaw dropping. There are many rituals of worship in this temple. The Salasar Balaji is a religious circuit of the region because many temples are located nearby, acting as its sightseeing destinations.
Being located on NH65, there is no commutation crunch for the travelers and devotees going to or returning from Salasar Dham. On Chaitra Purnima and Ashvin Purnima large fairs are organized which millions of devotees visit as they pay homage to the deity. Salasar Balaji is in the religious circuit that includes the pilgrim centers of Rani Sati Temple and Khatushyamji, which are both located close to it.
Initially a small construction, the temple of Salasar Balaji is now considered to be a Shakti Sthal (a place of power) and Swayambhu (self creation) by faith, belief, miracles and wish fulfilments of the devotees. Made completely out of silver, the temple is spread in a huge area. Beautiful inscriptions of ‘Shree Ram’ and intricate carvings of Shree Balaji beautify the silver walls inside the temple. The temple room was full of devotees who come from all over India to take the blessings. It is one of the biggest temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman in India
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