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Baba Khatushyam & his Other Names
  Dec 30, 2020     Shyam Saawariya  

In Hinduism, Khatushyamji is the name and manifestation of Barbareek. Also called Shyam Baba, he is a very popular supernatural power. The original Sanskrit name Barbarīka is often replaced in Rajasthan by the Hindi version, Barbarīk also spelt as Barbareek.In the Skanda Purana, Barbareeka, Baliyadev (IAST Barbarīka) was the son of Ghatotkacha and Maurvi, daughter of Daitya Moor, a Yadava king, though other references state he is a warrior from the south. Barbarella was originally a yaksha, reborn as a man. He was bound by his principle of always fighting on the losing side, which led him to stand witness to the battle of Mahabharata without taking part in it. In Nepali culture, Kirata King Yalamber of Nepal is portrayed as Barbareeka while Native of Kathmandu Valley portrays him as Akash Bhairav.In Rajasthan, he is worshipped as Khatushyamji, and in Gujarat, he is worshipped as Baliyadev is believed to have been sacrificed before the Mahabharata war to ensure the victory of his grandfathers, the Pandavas. In return for his sacrifice, he was deified by a boon given by Krishna. He is much worshipped in Rajasthan.


Name of Khatu Shyam

  • Barbarika: Khatushyam's childhood name was Barbarika. His mother and relatives used to call him by this name before the name Shyam given by Krishna.
  • Sheesh Ke Daani: Literally: "Donor of Head"; As per the legend related above.
  • Haare Ka Sahara: Literally: "Support of the defeated"; Upon his mothers advise, Barbarika resolved to support whoever has less power and is losing. Hence he is known by this name. This has also led to a popular verse often sung by people who are passing through difficult times: Haare Ka Sahara, Khatushyam Hamara.
  • Teen Baan Dhaari: Literally: "Bearer of three arrows"; Reference is to the three infallible arrows that he received as a boon from God Shiva. These arrows were sufficient to destroy the whole world. The title written below these three arrows is Maam Sevyam Parajitah.
  • Lakha-datari: Literally: "The Munificent Giver"; One who never hesitates to give his devotees whatever they need and ask for.
  • Leela ke Aswaar: Literally: "Rider of Leela"; Being the name of his blue-coloured horse. Many call it Neela Ghoda or "blue horse."
  • Khatu Naresh: Literally: "The King of Khatu"; One who rules Khatu and the whole universe.
  • Kalyug ke Avtaar: Literally: "The God of Kali Yuga"; As per Krishna he will be the God who will save good people in the era of Kali Yuga.
  • Shyam Pyarey: Literally: "The God who loves all and all love to him, the spiritual relation between bhakt and Bhagwan called nishkaam Pyaar/prem "
  • Baliya Dev: Literally: " Dev with superpower; newly born children are blessed in the temple located in Vasna, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Morechadidharak: Literally: "The bearer of the stick made of peacock feathers"
  • Shyam Baba
  • Barish Ka Devta: Literally: "The God of rain"; One who controls rain according to his will. Prevalent name in Kamrunag Temple at Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Yalambar


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