DEOTSIDH – BABA BALAK NATH TEMPLE
Baba Balak Nath Sidhpeeth is one of the most famous pilgrim- center of North Indian Hill State Himachal Pradesh i.e. the God’s own land. His shrine is known as “Deotsidh”. It is situated 45 kms. away from “Hamirpur” near the border of Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts of Himachal Pradesh, India.
The Ancient Cave and temple architecture graces the DeotSidh in Hamirpur District. Lakhs of devotees from India and abroad visit this temple to reinforce their firm faith in the “Siddha Tradition”.
The Baba Balak Nath Temple is situated at the village of “Chakmoh” in the district of Hamirpur on the hilltop, in a natural cave carved in the hills, considered to be the abode of Baba. An Idol of Baba is placed in the cave.
Story of Baba BalakNath Ji –
The most popular story about the birth of Baba Balak Nath as ‘sidh-purush’ is associated with the Amar Katha of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva was sharing the Amar Katha with Goddess Parwati in the cave of Amarnath, and Goddess Parvati fell asleep.. A kid-parrot was there in the cave and he was listening the entire story and was making noise of ‘yes’ (“hmm..”). When the story finished, Lord Shiva found Goddess Parwati sleeping and so he understood that someone else had heard the story. He became very angry and threw his Trishul on the kid-parrot. The kid-parrot escaped from there to save his life and Trishul followed him. In the way, the wife of Rishi Vyas was yawning.
The kid-parrot entered her stomach through her mouth. The Trishul stopped, as it was unreligious to kill a lady. When Lord Shiva knew all this he also came there and narrated his problem to Rishi Vyas. Rishi Vyas told him that he should wait there and as the kid-parrot would come out, he could kill him. Lord Shiva stood there for a very long time but the kid-parrot did not come out. As Lord Shiva stood there, the whole universe got disordered.. Then all the Lords met Sage Narada and requested him to request Lord Shiva to save the world..
Then Narada came to Lord Shiva and prayed him to leave his anger as the child had already heard the Amar Katha.and so now he had become immortal and now nobody could kill him. Listening to this, Lord Shiva told the kid-parrot to came out and in return the kid-parrot demanded a blessing from him. Lord Shiva accepted that and the kid-parrot prayed that as he comes out as a man, any other child who gets birth at the same time would be granted all kind of knowledge and would be immortal.
As Lord Shiva accepted this, a divine baby come out from the mouth of Rishi Vyas. He prayed Lord Shiva and got his blessings. This divine baby was called Sukhdev Muni later. The other babies who got birth at that time were famous as Nau Nath and Chaurasi Sidh. One of them was Baba Balak Nath.
Shah Talai named region is situated about 55 kms. ahead from Bilaspur on Bhager- Badser road. This place is only 4 km to Deot Sidh temple. Ancient name of this place was Changer Talai. Baba Balak nath’s worship and grazing maa ratno’s cattles, later returning her mattress of chach-it got famous by the name of chahtalai which later turned to Shahtalai.