According to Hindu mythology there exist nearly 36 crores (360 million ) of Devi- Devta (God-Goddess) in Hindu worship manual, to understand this, first of all I want to elucidate what the main goal of Hinduism is. The ultimate goal of Hinduism is Moksha, but not the worship of a God or two Gods or several Gods. This is often an awfully vital point to grasp Hinduism. We don’t pray to Gods because we believe their superiority; however we believe that they will show us the trail towards enlightenment and consequently lead towards Moksha.
Let me justify now, the various styles of faith in Hinduism.
Monotheism: Monotheism is the belief in theology, that only one spiritual being (God) exists. This form isn’t wide practiced in Hinduism nowadays, however, Hindus will believe theism.
Polytheism: polytheism is the belief that there’s more than one spiritual being. This is often a widely popular belief in Hinduism nowadays and one in every of the process has characteristics of Hinduism, as a result of which no alternative thought, faith believes in theism.
Although 36 crores Hindu deities come underneath the concept of theism, however, we believe that the total world is running underneath the three deities:
The Brahma– Brahma the creator of this universe. it’s to be believed that Brahma had created this whole world, the spiritual being along with his four faces had additionally delineated the four Vedas specifically the Rig-Veda, the Samaveda, the Atharvaveda, and the Yajurveda that are to be considered as the base of Hinduism.
The Vishnu– Once the Brahma had designed the universe and had assigned the work to every individual, now it’s the responsibility of Vishnu to monitor the work done by an individual. In Hindu iconography, Vishnu is usually depicted as having the dark or pale blue complexion and having four arms. He holds a Padma(lotus flower) in his lower left hand, Kaumodaki gada(mace) in his lower right hand, Panchajanya Shankh (conch) in his upper left hand and the Sudarshana Chakra (discus) in his upper right hand.
The Mahesh (Shiva)– (The Destroyer within the Trimurti, the Hindu triad) after completing the earthbound journey written by Lord Brahma everyone has to leave this world, which is a universal truth, so lord Shiva is responsible for that action to be performed on time.
Now the question arises is that, if there are only three Deity then what about the remaining in 36 Crore? They all are just conformation of one among three: like Lord Rama is another name of Vishnu, Lord Krishna as Vishnu, Lord Hanuman is also another form of Lord Shiva.
Lord Hanuman who is called to be a God of power has many places to worship at: Mehandipur Bala ji, Punrasar Bala ji and Salasar Bala ji.
History of Salasar Bala Ji
It all started after the demise of pandit Sukhram ji of Salasar, who had married to Kanni bai, the daughter of pandit Lachhi ram ji of Rulyani village. To look after of the duo, the widowed sister, and nephew Udhay Ram, who was 5 years old at the time when Sukhram ji kicked the bucket, Mohan the youngest of the five brothers of Kanni bai decided to come with his sister at Salasar. Mohan, who was the apex devotee and staunch believer of lord Hanuman after reaching at Salasar got the ideal environment at his sister’s place and started worshiping and reciting lord Hanuman ji’s name there.
To fulfill the daily needs of bread and butter both(Mohan and Udhay Ram) started plowing the fields which pandit Sukhram ji had left, once plowing the field, the axe kept on falling from Mohan’s hand, his nephew, who was working with him observed and asked his uncle if everything was alright? To which Mohan said that, some power was distracting him from doing work and pulling the axe. Upon reaching home Uday Ram narrated the whole story to his mother Kanni, she then decided to get his brother married quickly, so that his brother could not reach the level of sainthood. She then called a Nai(Barber, earlier in the Hindu society, barbers used to do the matrimonial associations and messaging) to sent shagun at bride’s home, but to which Mohan said, “the bride to whom you are sending the matrimonial alliance is already died”. When the barber reached bride’s home, what he saw was really shocking, as the bride was died and her body was being taken for funeral. Barber then explained everything to Kanni bai and Mohan, Mohan then told his sister “ Bai mero jiwan Bala ji ri bhakti khatar banyo hai (that my life is all about worshiping lord Hanuman)”. It was henceforth believed that with the blessings of Hanuman ji pandit Mohan was a Bhavishyadryshta (could see through the future). There after taking sanyaas, Pandit Mohan turned to Pandit Mohan Das ji and started devoting more time for his tapasya (meditation). This then became a regular practice. Attaining Lord Hanuman was his only objective in life then. His voice words became ‘Siddh’ (Proven).
One day when Mohan das ji was having dinner with his sister Kanni bai, suddenly a voice of Bhikshuk (Vagrant) came from outside, which was asking for Bhiksha(Alms) to which Mohan das ji requested his sister to give something to the Bhikshuk. Upon reaching outside she could not find anyone. Mohan das ji himself searched for that bhikshuk for long, but he too was failed, at the same time Mohan das ji realized that it was Bala ji himself, who had come to give darshan(Sight), but he had missed it. Exactly after two months the voice whispered again and Mohan Das ji when approached the door, he saw the glorious face of a saint who had beard and mustache and a stick in his hand. It was Shri Hanuman ji himself, who had come to give darshan to his great devotee. Soon after when the saint was returning Mohan das ji fell at his feet and requested to come inside his Kutiya(Small house), as Bala ji was enlightened with Mohan das ji’s devoutness he agreed to come but with a condition that he could only come when he was served with churma(Dish made of chapatti) and kheer(Rice pudding) cooked with proper cleanliness and he would rest on untouched cot, to which Mohan das ji agreed instantly. One another day Bala ji came in the same attire as he was in, when first met to Mohan das ji, saint (Bala ji) then, after having meal and a rest asked Mohan das ji of what he wanted, Mohan das ji then in his humble voice said, “after getting your darshan I’ve achieved everything, but I request you to stay in Salasar forever”, and then Bala ji too agreed and boon Mohan das ji that you would never marry and will get fruit of what you are doing and will do forever. After hearing this Mohan das ji get upset to which balaji asked what was wrong, then Mohan das ji said “ I can do worship unconditionally but after him how could his nephew would do, that too without marrying, as his clan would not grow, Bala ji then agreed and boon again that only he and his entire clan would be in his service forever”.
One day a thakur(head) of Village Asota(village near Salasar) came for Mohan Das ji’s sight and offered him the help of any kind . To this Mohan das ji said if he had a good idol maker at his place that could get him a Hanuman ji’s idol. The thakur was pleased to fulfill Mohan das ji’s requirement. Soon in his village Asota, a villager while ploughing with his bulls got stuck abruptly. Upon digging he found a beautiful idol of Hanuman ji with Rama and Lakshman on his shoulders. The farmer Jaat and his wife wiped the soil wrapped around the idol with great belief and offered eatables to the idol. The information was then sent to the thakur. Thakur got the idol with great admiration to his place. Same day he had a dream in which Lord Hanuman told him that “ he has appeared for Mohan Das and he immediately being delivered to Salasar ”. Thakur remembered his conversation with Mohan das Ji and immediately collected the villagers, told them the entire story and mounted the auspicious idol of Great Hanuman ji on the bullock cart and departed for Salasar along with the villagers doing kirtan(Chanting religious songs, Bhajans) on the way.
When the bullock cart reached Salasar Mohan das ji welcomed it graciously and the discussion on where to lay the idol started, after discussing for hours they concluded that “the bulls are to be left open and the place where they will stop by their own, the idol would be laid there”, so after roaming for hours they stopped at a place and the idol was laid on Samvat 1811 Shrawan Skhukla Navmi on the day of Saturday. Craftsman Noor Mohammed and Dau were called upon to enable the establishment of the idol the same day. Thereafter in Samvat 1815 the temple was also constructed. They lit up the jyoti in front of Lord Hanuman ji on Samvat(The Hindi form of years)1811, which are running constantly till date. The jyoti at the tapasya sthali (The place of Tomb) of Mohan Das ji was started by Mohan das ji himself and is still running constantly as it is. After many years of service when Mohan das ji grew old, he decide to take Samadhi( Alive Tomb) but before taking that he wanted to meet balaji once again, to which he meditated and Bala ji gave darshan, he then took permission for Samadhi and asked Bala ji “ hey prabhu aapka Kapi roop to har jagah vikshit hai, meri apse vinati hai aap yahan usi roop me viraje jaise apne mujhe pehli baar darshan diye the”(My lord ! your this form of idol is worshiped everywhere, but I request you to please stay in Salasar in the form you first appeared to me i.e. The attire in which saints live), Hanuman ji agreed and gave permission for Samadhi too. Salasar is the only place where people can have a glimpse of Bala ji in saint form.
Salasar Bala ji Bhakt Shiromani Mohan Das Ji took a Jeevit Samadhi ( Alive Tomb) on Samwat 1850 baishakh Tryodashi early morning. The Shraadh(The rituals done after death, every year) of Mohandas ji which is on Pitrapaksh Trayodashi is also Shri Bajaj Temples’ main festival. Thousands of pilgrims visit this day and the mela(Fair) continues for 10-15 days