History

History of Shri Balaji Temple.



SHRI BALAJI MANDIR

Washim is a district headquarter town in the Vidarbh region in Maharashtra. This small town with the population of about 1.5 lakh, is not fully developed one. However this place has a reference in Padama Purana in Ancient period of Indian history. This was a place where "Vatsa Rushi" performed penance for getting darshan of many Gods including Vishnu, Brahma & Shiva. All the Gods were pleased and came down to bless him. Lord Shiva blessed him and asked "What he want form him? " Vatsa told that he did not want anything as he was very much pleased since all the Gods came and stay in the form of "Karuneshwara". Therefor all the Gods stayed there in a group call in Sanskrit as Gulma & since Vatsa Rishi performed penance, the name of this place becomes a "VatsaGulma. This place was also knownas Vatsaranya in Krutyug and Vasukpur in Tretayug and in Dwaaparyugit was known as Vatsashram. After all there Yugas were over, the name of this place becomes Vatsagulma and remain for a long time till the presently known name Washim become popular in this Kaliyug!.

Another intresting story which relates to this place which most of us do not know is the very place Washim where the king of Ayodhya-Dasharatha the father of Lord Rama, was once hunting at this place.He was an adept archer and had mastered a subtle skill known as Shabda Bedhi - which means the ability of strike target by sound alone. Hearing what he belived to be an elephant. Dasharath let an arrow fly, only to kill the young Bramhin boy by the name Shravana Kumara, Sharavan Kumara's father, a rishi, cursed Deshratha, saying , "May you, too one day know the pain of losing a son". This cause will be find fulfillment many years later when Dashratha was forced to send a Rama into exile for 14 years.

HOW SRI BALAJI IDOL WAS FOUND HERE ?

It is a story of 200 years old One Rajput lady died and people of her community wanted to bury her by digging a pit near Chandreshwara Temple and presently known as Gopal Cinema Hall. While digging they found a few idols of Gods. On hearing the news the nabab Hashmat Junng Bahadur who was governing this place and Deshmukh who were landlord there came to the site and asked to dig some more. The idols of Sri Vishnu in the from of Sri Balaji is in the mandiralong with Laxmi , Ganesh, Bhrama, Parvati, Mahesha, Shards and Naga were found and taken out from the pit. All the people were very glad and took them in procession to "Kate Veesh" where Sri Hunuman mandir was there. In due course of all the idols from there were shifted to a small constructed house where the present Temple was come up.

Vatsagulma : Now Washim , was governed at that time by 3 different persons. East portion was under the Nizam rule, the central was under Peshwas and Western was under Nagpur's Bhosale. The idols were found in the western part of the region on the claim for the idols went legally with Bhosales.

HISTORY OF MANDIR

The Bhosale were going frequently to Bengal to collect revenue as that was under this control. However they were not successful every time. But then decided to send this time, there trusted and dutiful Sardar - Bhavani Pant Kalu with Chiman Raje Bhosale. Mr Kalu was knowing that some some idols was found in Vastagulma and come immediately there and prayed before Sri Vishnu- Balaji idol that if he wins this time in his Bengal War then he will construct a huge Mandir of Him at Vastagulma. With the grace of Sri Balaji , Mr Kalu was successful in his Bengal war visit and gave all the collection to Bhosale. He told them his wish and vow, before going to Bengal. They agreed immediately and we find now the present Mandir which came up with the efforts of Mr. Kalu who was the founder of this mandir. He also constructed a big tank called DEo Talav vey near to the Mandir. The construction was going on 12 years and completed in 1779. He lived 90 years (1718-1808) but left his memory in the form of this beautiful mandir to the people of this region. The present Trust is being managed by his 7th generation. Dhri Dynanshwara Allis Deelip (Dadasaheb) Narayanrao kalu, who is the chief of the trust. Meanwhile Mr. Bhavani Pant Kalu arranged daily "Puja Naivedyam(offering of food itoms) nd arti to Sri Balaji with the help of the family prist Mr. Lothe. As per Hindu tradition, the mandir is facing to east direction and therefore from 21st December to 22June period which is called "Uttarayana" daily Sun fays falls on Sri Balaji idol. It is very instructiong to note that the trust clelbrate all the temple festivals during "Dakshinayana-23ed June to 20 December every years.

ABOUT THE MANDIR

This one is 238 years old and the height of the idol of Sri Balaji is 4"1/2 feet. The beautiful sculpture on this idol made from back stone spearkle with ornament on his body. Above the head of this idol , one can see a beautiful Loed Ganesha and it's left 2 hand, there are Shankh and Gada. In his right hand, there is Chakara. Both sides there are carved Dasavataras of Lord Vishnu. On 22nd August 1783 all the idols were installed in the Temple with the properly performing "Paan Pratisthanpana". The daily rituals in this mandir since beginning are still continuing which are playing musical instruments call Choughada Sanai and Ponga in the early morning performing puja , dressing Pavaman, Purush Sukta, Shree Sukta and Shree Vishnusahasranama, Before 12 noon Maha Naivedya is prepared for Sri Balaji andafter that it is distributed among the present devotees. Evening Aarti is performed and at 9.30pm Shejarati is done. Oil lampis kept hurning 42 hours, The mandir trust have 10 acre of land which include the main mandir and some surrounding area in the town.

Before entering "Garbha Gruha" one can see the beautiful " cut mirror pieses work". Flowers pots. Peacocks, Sun God and Swastik design and some of important itams to mention here.

At the North entrance of the mandir , one can see a small balaji idol on the side of the door. Devotee perform puja ( Workship) here and express the wish which the god fulfilled by the Sri Balaji. Yhe water collected after holy bath to the idol as a tirtha is distributed among devotees. It is also believed that with this holy water if children will take bath they will be of diseases.