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Baba Balak Nath Temple At Deotsidh – Himachal Pradesh – Story – Rituals

The cave temple dedicated to Baba Balak Nath is located on the
spur of a hill in Deotsidh town in Himachal Pradesh. A murti of Baba Balak
Nath is worshipped in the cave here.

Deotsidh Baba Balak Nath Temple Story

Legend has it that once a parrot flew to Mount Kailash and
accidently heard the Amar Katha being narrated by Shiva to Goddess Parvati. Shiva,
angry at being disturbed, aimed the trishul at the parrot. The parrot took
refuge in the stomach of the wife of Rishi Vyasa and requested Shiva to make
him immortal once he emerged in human form. The baby that wife of Sage Vyasa
gave birth became Baba Balak Nath.

According to the Lok Srutis Shiva blessed Baba to become the
Siddha symbol for devotees in the Kalyug, and for his childlike image to remain
forever. Hence the name Balak (meaning child) Nath.

Siddha in Sanskrit means ‘the accomplished one’ referring to the
person who has overcome his ahamkara, and is believed to be immortal.

Baba Balak Nath in his incarnation reached Bilaspur where he
met an old woman called Ratno Mai. Baba undertook to graze her cows in return
for roti and lassi.

Twelve years later, villagers complained to Ratno Mai that
her cows were damaging their crops. When rebuked for negligence by Ratno Mai,
the Baba challenged the villagers to show the damage and indeed nothing could
be located.

In her anger, Ratno Madi had asked Balak Nath to return all
the roti and lassi she had given him over the last 12 years. And, lo and
behold! Roti and lassi started pouring out. This lassi soon filled the village
pond which came to be known as Shaha Talai.

The fame of Baba Balak Nath spread far and wide and the
Tantric Guru Gorakhnath invited him to join his sect. Baba refused and
Gorakhnath decided to forcibly capture him.

Baba escaped to a cave on this hill to meditate. A Brahmin called
Banarasi became his great devotee, and started lighting a lamp outside his
cave. People started calling him Baba Deotsidh or the ‘Light of Truth,’ and
later the cave or cave became a sacred pilgrimage for his devotees.

There is a tharra, or mound, just below the cave
temple of Baba Balak Nath, where devotees offer roti prepared with flour and
sugar or gur. The cave, which was earlier out-of-bounds for women, had recently
opened its doors to women.

Sunday is the most auspicious day in the cave temple and
there is a huge rush of devotees here on weekends and particularly on Sundays.
Month long Chaitr Malas are celebrated here every year from 14th March to 13th
April every year.

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