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Famous Khatu Shyam Ji Lakhi Fair in Rajasthan begins
The famous Khatu Shyam Ji fair in the district Sikar of Rajasthan began from Feburuary 28 which will culminate on March 9. The devotees from various places have started reaching the temple of Barbarika who had obtained a boon from Krishna for being known by Krishna's name Shyam. The manifestation is regarded as the grandson of Bhima of Mahabharta times.

The Khatu Shyam fair is especially popular in the Indian state of Rajasthan and Haryana. It is believed that devotees' wishes get granted and troubles removed if they worship Shyamji with a true piety and devotion. Several lakh devotees will attend the fair that will last for almost two weeks.

The groups of devotees from various places come on foot singing devotional songs describing the deity as Haare Ka Sahara (Support of the defeated), Lakha-datari: (The Munificent Giver) and Teen Baan Dhaari (Bearer of three arrows- received as boon from God Shiva). People in various towns and villages on the way look forward to devotees on foot and serve them with food and soft drinks.

The three arrows of the deity are deemed as signs of three "taaps" or strife at the levels of physical, mental and emotional existence of humans which get removed with chanting of name of Baba Shyam or Krishna, it is believed by pilgrims to the temple.

The Indian Railways have arranged special trains for Sikar from March 6 to 9 when the fair will be at its peak. One special train will be run from Hissar town of Haryana for the pilgrims to attend the fair.

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