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The Mehandipur Balaji Mandir (Hindi/Rajastani: मेहंदीपुर बालाजी मंदिर) located in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Dausa district is a mandir dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman. The name Balaji is applied to Sri Hanuman in several parts of India because the childhood (Bala in Hindi or Sanskrit) form of the Lord is especially celebrated in those parts. Adherents believe that the deity in the Mehandipur temple has divine powers to cure any person possessed by evil spirits. It is also believed that Shri Bala Ji Maharaj saves His devotees from unfavorablegrahadashas (planetary configurations).
According to legend, the present-day forms of the “Divine Trinity” found in the Mehandipur Dham appeared around 1,000 years ago in a valley amidst the hills of the Aravali Range. Shri Ganesh Puri ji Maharaj, who was the 11th mahant of this pilgrimage center used to say that this area was covered by a thick and dense forest, full of wild animals, once upon a time. One of the ancestors of Shri Mahantji had dreams in which Sri Balaji Maharaj had indicated three divine deities and a magnificent temple. He had also heard a divine voice ordering him to get up and be prepared for Sri Balaji Hanuman’s duty. He was unable to see anyone initially but after years of “Sadhna”, Lord Sri Balaji finally appeared and showed him the place in the forest where the temple and the three divine forms were found.
That ancestor of Shri Mahantji started “puja” and “arti” regularly at the sacred spot in the forest. In the early days of the religious activities of the first mahantm some miscreants tried to dig out the deity, but they could not reach the bottom of the statue as it is a part of the hill surrounding the temple compound. There is a small pot at the feet of the presiding deity and the water in this pot never dries up due to the continuous flow of Blessed Holy Jal from the left side of the chest of Lord Shri Balaji Hanuman. The Divine Trinity in the Mehandipur Dham comprises Pawanputra Sri Balaji Hanuman, Sri Bhairava Baba and “Swayam-Bhu” Sri Pret-Raj Sarkar.
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