Dayot Sidh Baba Balak Nath Ji

According to the folklore, there was the parrot that had heard the Amarkatha (immortalizing fable) narrated by Lord Shiva to Mata Parvati. When Lord Shiva came to know the fact, to avoid his wrath the parrot entered a narrow cavern. Thereafter it flew and entered the mouth of sage Vyas’ wife and took shelter in her abdomen for 12 years and then took birth from her. Later he was known as sage Shukdev.

Baba Balak Nath worked as a cattle grazer for an old lady called Ratno Maai at Shahtalai. It is believed that Ratno was sage Vyas’ wife in her pervious birth and Baba Balak Nath served her becused he owed 12 years to her for which he had taken shelter in her abdomen. Ratno maai used to give loaf and (residue of skimmed milk) to the Baba when he left for cattle grazing every morning.

One day after the completion of 12 years, the cattle that Baba grazed entered the villager’s fields and destroyed their crops. On knowing the incident Ratno Maai got furious and said to Baba Balak Nath that he had not handled his job sincerely and wasted the food she had been providing to him for 12 years. On hearing this, the Baba returned all the loaves and lassi Ratno Maai had been providing him for 12 years and disappeared from Shahtalai and entered a small gorge.

This place is presently known as Dayot Sidh. This place was an abstruse valley with dense forests. Now many temples have been built and millions of people throng here every year. The place is approachable from Hanogi through Mandi-Jahu-Bhota-Dayot Sidhroute.

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