Baba Balak Nath, Dham

         Baba Balak Nath is a famous name in Himachal Pradesh and outside. It is believed that Balak Nath lived in the area where at present a big complex of temples, Saraeins (Dharam Shalas) have been constructed in the thick woods. As legend goes on that a young boy came to the area at present in Hamirpur District as a Nath cult disciple for Tapasya. He made his sheat near a small village with very less population. He used to go to the house-holds to beg food. One old lady named Ratno generally giving him bread and sour milk (Chhachh) once got angry with him for some reason. After that the young Nath disciple stopped to go to Ratno Mai. At this the old lady repented most and tried to search the Bal Yogi. Once when she succeeded to come across him he requested the old lady to go to a tree with a big hole. When she went there he said all your bread and sour milk is here which you had been giving to me for the last twelve years and saying this he disappeared. Due to this strange instance Ratno mai was very sad and was unable to think what to do to search the young Nath Yogi.

       During the course of time the local residents mainly cattle breeders and peasants started to worship the idle of that Young Boy termed by them as Balak Nath. The place where they placed the idle was a place difficult to approach as it was at the height in a natural cave. Historically it is presumed that Balak Nath was one of the disciples of famous Guru Gorakh Nath, the head of the Nath sect of Shaiv cult.

       Baba Balak Nath Dham as it is now a days is situated near Shah Talai and on the other hand Bilaspur boundary starts. Being a sacred religious place people from all over the Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, Hariyana and other states come to visit Baba Balak Nath Dham and offer their presents and carry with them the Aasirvad of the Baba. But mainly Baba Balak Nath is the most liked deity of cattle breeders and peasants. One may go to Baba Balak Nath Dham from Bhota, Badsar and Barthin of Bilasput district.  



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