The story of "Barbareek" dates back to the "Era of Pandavas and Kauravas or the age of "Mahabharat". After their escape from the 'Wax Mahal', the Pandvas, alongwith mother 'Kunti', were staying in the forests of "Hidaimb". It was here that the great 'Bhim" killed the demon 'Hidimb' and married the demon's sister named 'Hidimba'. Hidimba then gave birth to 'Ghatotkach'. Before he was to be crowned as the ruler of the state, 'Ghatotkach was asked to meet the Pandavas at Indraspath by his mother with an intention of his marriage. .After reaching Indraprasth, 'Ghatotkach expressed the purpose of his visit there. From there, on orders from Lord Krishna, 'Ghatotkach headed for 'Mur Mahal' for marrying Morvi, the daughter of Demon 'Mur'. Observing all precautions as guided by Lord Krishna, 'Ghatotkach could answer all the questions and queries raised by Morvi and put her at ease. Thus, their marriage ceremony took place there. In due course of time, Morvi gave birth to a son, who like his father ('Ghatotkach), turned up as a matured and grown up man at the very instance of his birth! Due to his natural curly and thick hair, he was named "BARBAREEK" In due time, after receivinbg enough skills and learning from Lord Krishna himself, Barbareek was told to visit the Goddess at an undisclosed location and seek divine blessings and powers from her. The Goddess was happy with the devotion of Barbareek and blessed him with divine powers. Again, Lord Shiva too, being pleased with the devoted prayers and penance, gifted him with three unfailable arrows. On reaching the forests of 'Hidimb', Barbareek got the news of declaration of war between the Pandavas and Kauravas and came to know that his father too headed towards the battlefield. Taking permission from his mother and grandmother. Barbareek now proceeds towards Kurukshetra. While leaving, he promises his mother and grandmother that he will use the three divine arrows only for the protection of the losing side in the battle. The Pandavas and Kauravas come to know the prowess of Barbareek in the battlefield. In the meanwhile, Lord Krishna, alongwith Arjuna, come to meet Barbareek. There Barbareek explains to them about the powers of his three special arrows. Lord Krishna now tests the power of the special arrows asking Barbareek to fire them at the leaves of a marked tree, meanwhile hides a leaf of the tree under his toes. Krishna is amazed to see the reach and accuracy of the arrow that it hits all the marked leaves as well as the hidden leaf under his toes. The Lord gets disturbed knowing fully well of the impact of Barbareek's oath that he will fire the divine arrows for the protection of the losing side only in the ensuing battle. Krishna does not want to see the 'dharmayuddh' (war against evil) to end that way (i.e. an undesired victory to the Kauravas). So, Krishna asks Barbareek to donate his head for the sake of 'Devi Chandi' to him. Happily and without any hesitation, the great warrior cuts off his head on his own and gifts it to Lord Krishna. Much pleased with his non-selfish act of courage, and to help him see the ongoing battle, Krishna brings nectar from the Goddess and revives (the head of) Barbareek. As time moves on, the 'Battle of Mahabharat" reaches its destined end. Pandavas now want to take all the credit of victory to themselves. However, the Lord advises them to visit Barbareek, who could witness the whole proceedings of the war in front of his eyes. Barbareek tells them that he could not see anything during the battle except Lord Krishna and his "Sudarshan Chakra"! Being moved by the great valour and sacrifice of Barbareek, Krishna blesses him with the name "Shyam", that is his own name bestowed to him by Mother Yashoda. He also blesses him to be the known Diety of Kalyug and thus to become the saviour of his devotees. The head of Barbareek appeared on the 'Khatu's chest and the King of Khandela built a temple of him there. The same is today known and famous as "KHATU DHAM" or "Shyam Temple"! Devotees now throng the Khatu Dham to offer their prayers and realise their life aspirations!
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