It happened such that once Pandit Sukhram and his wife Smt. Kaanhibai resided in Salasar and were blessed by a boy named Shri Udayram. After the demise of Pdt Sukhram when Udayram was only 5 years old, upon the crisis arising on his family, Kaanhi Bai moved to her parent’s house in Rulyani Village in Rajasthan itself for a better upbringing of his child. After a long time, she decided to return back to Salasar to continue with her life, he father Pdt Lachhi Ram asked his youngest son Pdt Mohan to accompany his daughter and stay with her for help. Pdt Mohan was a spiritually inclined person and upon reaching Salasar got the ideal environment at his sister’s place and starting worshipping and reciting Lord Hanuman Ji’s name at that place.
It happened once that Uday Ram and Pdt Mohan were plowing the farm when the axe kept falling from Pdt Mohan’s hand to which he told his nephew that some power was pulling and throwing it from his hand again and again. Interpreting it spiritually that he is unnecessarily getting into the worldly acts.
To this when Udayram told the same to his mother Kanhibai, she decided to get his brother married quickly for his betterment and that he did not turn into a saint. She quickly attained all necessary clothes, jewelry etc to get the marriage done. She was sending the Shagun through the ‘Nai’(Barber, earliar in the Hindu society, barbers used to do the matrimonial alliances and messaging). Pdt Mohan told that the bride they were sending the matrimonial alliance message will die and upon the barber reaching the brides home, the bride girl’s body was being taken for funeral.
It was henceforth believed that with the blessings of Hanumanji Pdt. Mohan was a Bhavishyadryshta (could see through the future). There after taking sanyaas, Pdt Mohan turned to Pdt Mohan Das and started devoting more time for his tapasya (meditation). He forgot day and night and started disappearing into jungles for many days for meditation of Lord Hanuman. Udayram used to search him with the help of villagers many times and awoke him from deep meditation after uncovering him from sand. Washed him up and fed water. Took him back to home after pleading and fed him food at home. This then became a regular practice. Attaining Lord Hanuman was his only objective in life now. His voice words became ‘Siddh’ (Proven).
Udayram Ji, then on his land and close to his house, got a kutiya (shack) named Ram-Hanuman made for Pdt Mohan Das for his meditation. And Mohan Das Ji started doing tapasya at that place.
One day Mohan Das Ji was having dinner with his sister, Kanhibai and there came a call for bhikha from outside, ‘Alakh’! He urged his sister to give food outside to the bhikshak outside. Upon going out, she could not find anyone. Mohandas Ji looked outside himself however could not search any. He understood that it was Lord Hanuman himself and he missed by his darshan. Exactly after 2 months, the same voice came from outside and Kanhibai recognized that voice and told Mohandas that it was the same voice. Mohandas ran outside and saw the glorious face of that Sant(saint) who had beard and moustaches and a stick in his hand. It was Shri Hanuman himself come to his great devotee to give darshan. After giving darshan when he was returning back, Mohandas Ji started running after him. Running all the way in the jungle at a place Hanumanji stopped and asked him what he wanted. He would give him whatever he wanted. It was a leela and a test of Hanuman ji and Mohandas Ji understood it well.
Mohandas fell on his feet and held Hanuman ji’s feet strongly saying that what he wanted, he has got it and has no more desire left. And if HE was happy with his devotedness, then He should come with him to his home. To this, Hanumanji was absolutely pleased and came with him to his home and also had refreshments and rested for a while on an untouched/ pavitra Shaiyya(sleeping/resting place). And as Gods do there after. Ram Bhakt Hanuman disappeared. The faith in Mohandas Ji for his Lord Hanuman went to the apex level and there after he forgot all and started went in complete bhakti of his Lord and demanded a darshan regularly and Hanumanji came repeatedly as well. The next step was that he never wanted Hanumanji go back again and that he stayed with him (physically) and he could not stay a second without him. The great Ram bhakt Hanuman knew what he was into and gave him the verdaan(boon) that soon he will come to him in the form of his auspicious idol of Salasar Balaji and stay with him at Salasar. Then what was the delay! But for Mohan Das every minute was like years and he started waiting desperately for the fulfillment of his boon.
One day a thakur of Village Asota came for Mohan Das ji’s darshan and asked for a seva. To this he said if he had a good idol maker in his place and that he gets him a Hanuman Mahaprabhu’s idol made and sent. The thakur was pleased to fulfill Mohan jis requirement. Soon in his village Asota, Rajasthan a villager’s plow with his bulls got stuck while farming in his farm. Upon digging he discovered a beautiful idol of Hanumanji with Rama Lakshman on his shoulders. The farmer Jaat and his wife cleaned the idol with great belief and offered eatables to the idol and sent the information 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 ji and he immediately delivered him to Salasar. He remembered his conversation with Mohandas Ji and immediately collected the villagers and told them the entire story and mounted the auspicious idol of Great Hanuman on the bullock cart and departed for Salasar along with the villagers doing kirtan on the way.
The bullock cart stopped at Salasar on Samvat 1811 Shrawan Skhukla Navmi on the say 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. Mohandas gave deeksha to Udayram and also the responsibility of the idol and mandir. They then also decorated the idol with a beard and moustache just like the way Hanumanji gave darshan to Mohan Das the first time. They lit up the jyoti in front of Lord Hanuman on Samvat 1811 which is running constantly till date. The jyoti at the tapasya stali of Mohan Das ji was started by Mohandas ji himself and is still running constantly as it is.
Salasar Balaji Bhakt Shiromani MohanDas Ji took a Jeevit Samadhi early morning on Samwat 1850 baishakh Tryodashi. The Shraadh of Mohandas ji which is on Pitrapaksh Trayodashi is also Shri Balaji Temples’ main festival. Thousands of pilgrims visit this day and the mela continues for 10-15 days
Jai Shri Hanuman | Jai Salasar Balaji