| Sri naina Devi Ji
|| Baba Balak Nath Ji (Shahtalai)
| Badol Devi
|| Baba Basandi
| Baba Bangali
| Gugga Gehrwin
| Laxmi Narayan Mandir
|| Markandeya Ji
| Mandir Jalapa Mai
| Naras Devi
|| Shivalaya Bachhretu
| Shitla Mandir Jangla (Gehrwin)
Baba Balak Nath Ji Group Of Temples -
Miracle In Shah Talai -
Tapsya Sthali -
Shah Talai -
Temples In Complex -
How to reach -
Where to stay -
Fairs & Festivals -
Daily Pooja -
BABA BALAK NATH JI
BALAK NATH JI GROUP OF TEMPLES
Sidh Peeth Baba Balak Nath
is one of the major
religious place of worship with historical importance also. The sanctity of Sri Baba Balak Nath is highest amongst the Eighty Four Sidhas.
Sri Baba Balak
Nath Ji is a Hindu deity worshipped specially in the Northern Indian
States and generally all over the country and abroad as well. The
devotees offer ‘rot’, which is prepared with ‘flour’ and ‘gur’ at
the altar of Baba, (if pure clarified sugarcane juice is boiled,
what is left as solid is gur which is called jaggery also). Goats
are also offered to Babaji as a gesture for his love. Goats are not
slaughtered rather they are being fed and taken care of.
kilometers ahead of the Deot-Sidh Temple is a small town named
"Shah-talai”. It is situated about 55 km off-road Bilaspur on Bhager-
Badser road. The ancient name of this place was Changer-Talai. Baba
Balak Nath’s worship and grazing of Mata Ratno’s cattle’s, later
returning her mattress of Chach, got famous by the name of
Chhahtalai which later turned to Shahtalai, where Babaji is said to
have practiced Dhyana meditation.
famous as “Taposthali” of Sri Baba Balak Nath Ji.
Miracle in Shah Talai
It is told that Baba Ji came to Bachhretu Mahadev from Kurukshetra
where he had come with saints at the time of Solar Eclipse. There
after Baba Ji came to Shaha Talai and met 'Ratno Mai' - the epitome
of 'Dwapra's old woman' who had guided 'Mahakaul Baba Ji'. Thus Baba
Ji was to compensate what that old woman had done for Him in 'Dvapra
Yuga'. So Baba Ji took the most inconvenient work of Ratno Mai i.e.
Tapsya Sathali of Sidh Shri Baba Balak Nath Ji
Baba Ji made his shelter below a Banyan Tree. He told Ratno Mai that
he would meditate below Banyan Tree and graze the cows side by side.
He asked her to leave the bread and 'Lassi' (mashed curd) for him
there for eating after meditation. Baba Ji committed with Ratno Mai
to work for her so long she would remain satisfied. Everything
remained smooth till twelve years. People started complaining the
damage to crop field by the cows by the end of 12th year.
Shah Talai Temple
Ratno Mai used to ignore such complaints; but the complaint of
village head man broke the patience of Ratno Mai and she started
rebuking Baba Ji. At this, Baba Ji took Ratno Mai and village head
man to the field and on spot there was no damage at all. Everybody
was taken aback by this miracle.
Baba Ji came back to his place of worship and asked Ratno Mai to
take back her cows and let him go his way. Ratno Mai out of motherly
affection tried to persuade Baba Ji and reminded him about her
providing bread and lassi for 12 years. Baba Ji told that he has
kept all the bread and lassi safely as he never ate them. By saying
that Baba Ji threw away his 'Chimata' on the stem of Banyan Tree and
the breads supplied for 12 years came out. He further forcibly threw
the same 'Chimata' on the earth and spring of Lassi started coming
out taking the shape of a pond and the place came to be known as
Temples in Complex
1. Temple of Vat Brikash.
2. Temple of Chapaties.
3. Temple of Chhah Talai & Dhunna.
1. Temple of Lord Shiva Ji.
2. Temple of Guga Jahar Pir Ji.
3. Temple of Kali Mata Ji.
4. Temple of Gurna Jharai (1/2K.M.
downward from Vat Brikash Temple)
How to reach
Nearest airport-Chandigarh (180
Km from Shahtalai) Daily Flights are available to Delhi and Mumbai.
Nearest railway Station-Una (60
Km from Shahtalai). Daily trains are available to Una.
Shah Talai is connected from
District Headquarter Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur. Bus Services also
available frequently to Shahtalai.
Some devotees use to come through
boat from Bhakra to Kosarian and thereafter on foot 5 Kms to
Shahtalai through Shiv Mandir Bachhretu.
Where to stay
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Hotel Deot-Sidh and
various other private hotels ranging from Rs.300/- to Rs. 2500/- per
day. Hotel Green Valley, Hotal Anand, Hotel Shivalik, Hotel Pankaj,
Hotel Vikas, in
main bazaar at Talai, District Bilaspur. H.P.
Fairs & Festival
Though pilgrims visit this religious place
throughout the year yet the biggest “Chaitra Mela” from 13th
March to 15th April is organized every year in which lacs
of people from all over the country and abroad have been
There is considerable increase in the
number of devotees on every Saturdays and Sundays. The People come
to Shahtalai on saturday, stay for night at Shahtalai and in the
morning take bath in “Charan Ganga”, pay their respect in Vat
Brikash Temple, Gurna Jhari Temple and other Temples in Shah Talai
and thereafter go to Deot Sidh cave. The holy visit is said to have
been completed when the devotees first pay their respect in the
Temples of Taposthali (Tapo Bhoomi) at Shah Talai.
Everyday prayers are held in the morning and
the evening. 'Rot' (a bread made of raw sugar mixed with Wheat Flour
& Dry Fruit and cooked in Desi or Dalda Ghee or Vegitable-Oil) is
offered as oblation to Baba ji. The worship and adoration of Baba ji
is performed in local traditions by igniting 'Dhoop' and 'Agarbatti'
The Temple Trust Shahtalai has not appointed any
representative for the purpose of collecting donations in cash or
otherwise. Devotees are informed that no donations either in cash or
otherwise should be given to anybody personally. This is to avoid
deceit as well as to prevent devotees from being cheated by
Offerings to Shri Sidh Baba Balak Nath Ji in
cash or kind should always make at the office against printed
Devotees should note that all religious
functions and poojas in the premises to be arranged and performed
through the office of the Temple Trust. Necessary payments for these
are to be made at the office against a printed receipt.