In India, the cult of the Bābā Bālak Nāth is especially popular in the Himachal State, where situated his main shrine, and in the eastern part of the Punjab State, which is attached to it. At past, the small shrines consecrated to him, could be seen mostly all over the area of the Himachal State, but nowadays, the cult of the Baba Balak Nath is slowly spreading all over India. In the twentieth century, the numerous temples consecrated to him, were built at the various cities of the country. This was done mostly by the people who originated from the same state, and who worship him as their patron deity.
Although the name of the Siddh Bābā Bālak Nāth is one of most well known amongst other names of the Great Natha Siddhas, in accordance with most legends about him, he never became the member of the Natha Order (or the disciple of Goraksh Nath). His relationship with the Nātha yogis in general, and with Guru Gorakh Nath in particular, are not easy to understand. It is much possible that he was a yogi of the Natha Sampradaya, but at the same time, from the various legends about him, it appears clearly that he tried to establish himself as somewhat apart from it. What is most remarkable about him is that he repeatedly refused to perform the splitting of his ears by the Guru Goraksh Nath and preferred to remain aughar life-long. As can be seen from his name, possibly that he was initiated into the Natha Order by some yogi of the sect, whose name became lost in time; in accordance with some legends by Guru Goraksh Nath, and in accordance with others by the Lord Shiva himself. The name Bālak Nāth is the common name used amongst the Natha Yogis even today, and usually it is given to those of them, who became yogi while they still were very young (Bālak means a young boy). At present, within the Natha Sampradaya there are still existing few yogis with the same name. It is difficult to say was the Baba Bālak Nāth the disciple of the Guru Goraksh Nath or not, but all legends unanimously agree that he met him, and even has the contest of magical powers with him.
The Main Place
The main shrine sacred to the Baba Balak Nath and the place of his penance, also known as the Baba Balak Nath Siddh Peeth, are located at the places Deot Siddh and Shaha Talai in the district Hamirpur of the Himachal Pradesh (state). The small city Shaha Talai is situated in the lower part of a hill and Deot Siddh shrine on its peak, about six kilometers above it, if go by motor road, or about one kilometer, if go by direct foot path. The both places form one complex consecrated to the worship of Baba ji, consisting from the different temples scattered at the different places associated with various periods and events of his life. The most of those temples appear as being built not long time ago, but the tradition related to them of older origin. Today this place is the popular spot of pilgrimage, and visited through year by the thousands pilgrims as from the Himachal State, as well as from the other parts of India.
The main place of worship of Baba Balak Nath, known as Deot Sidh (Siddha), situated in the natural cave on the top of the hill. Inside the cave, there is a stature of Baba ji, seated in padma asana, and using the yogic stand (adhārī) as the support of his hands. In older times, the use of this kind of staff for the supporting of the body weight, was widely prevalent amongst the Natha Yogis, and in India this tradition undoubtedly associated with the Nath Panth. About the origin of the name Deot Sidh, the local legend says that the light of deot, which is the local spelling of the Hindi word deepak or oil lamp, lighted by Baba Ji, was extraordinary, and could be seen in all distant villages around. Because of this phenomenon, the people started calling Baba ji ‘Baba Deot Sidh’, and later the place became famous under this name.
In his main shrine, Baba Balak Nath is worshiped by the offering of rot parsad (the food which is first offered to the deity, and then distributed amongst worshipers), which is prepared in the form of thick chapatti, consisting from ghee (clarified butter), wheat flour and jaggery (half-refined sugar of brown color). There are many different kinds of parsada associated with the various deities of the Hindu Pantheon, out of them the name 'rot parsad' is always associated with the Nath Panth and with the Guru Goraksh Nath, although their formula of its preparation is more complicated then used in this place. The original rot prasad, as it prepared by the Natha Yogis, include in itself many costly ingredients, and the process of its preparation consumes a lot of time and energy. However, numerous Natha yogis, situated in remote ashramas, who does not have that many resources, sometimes prepare it in the simplified form, which is similar with the mentioned above. Probably this tradition was started by the Baba Balak Nath himself, and now, after the financial issue is no more problem, it is still maintained in its original form, which came down from his time.
As it is customary in many others mountain temples, sometimes goats are also offered to the shrine, although nowadays they are not slaughtered, but left unbound. It is widely believed that Baba Balak Nath is still present around this place, being invisible, and that by visiting his shrine, his blessings are obtained, and the desires of worshipers become fulfilled. Presently the temple complex is not in the possession of the Natha Yogis, and it is said that it never was. After Bābā Bālak Nāth departed from there, it was managed by the local priests, and nowadays, it was taken over and managed by the Government of the Himachal State (Siddh Baba Balak Nath Temple Trust). Presently, the trust conducts numerous religious activities and maintains the premises of the place.
Baba Balak Nath as the Lord Kartikeya
In accordance with the ancient custom maintained in the temple, women are not allowed to enter in the main shrine of Deot Siddh, but they can see the image of Baba ji from distance, from the platform raised opposite the cave. Probably this custom has originated from the association of the Baba Balak Nath with the Deity of the Hindu Pantheon, known as the Lord Kārtikeya, who is the son of Shiva and Parvati. In the same way as Kartikeya, Baba Balak Nath is often shown as accompanied by peacock, standing on a snake. Peacock is known as the natural enemy of snakes, and on some images of Kartikeya this bird is shown with a snake in his mouth. In addition, peacock is associated with the Bhagavan Krishna, who always carries its ‘eyed’ feather on the top of his head. Kartikeya also known as Shakti-dhara, because he keeps the spear in his hand, which is symbolizes his control over the personal Power (Shakti) of Shiva.
There exist few more names associated with the Lord Kartikeya, each of which has its symbolic meaning. He is known as Subrahmaṇya, which literally means 'one who has perfected celibacy', or 'best Brahmana’, or disposed to Brahmins; he is Kārtikeya (literally 'Him of the Kṛttikās') because he was breast-fed by the six Karittikas, who mothered him; he is known as 'Ṣaṇmukha' because he has six faces. Since he was born out of the life-source that slipped ('Skanna) from Shiva, he is named 'Skanda'. Because he is always known as young boy and unmarred, he is called 'Kumāra'. Amongst his other names are Gāngya (the son of Gangā), and Svāmi Nātha (the preceptor of his own father), Agni bhoo (born from fire) and Tarak jeet (the defeater of the Demon Taraka). In the state of Tamil Nadu he is known as Murugan, which is the Tamil word having meaning 'never decaying beauty or everlasting youth and godliness'.
The Family of Shiva
Kartikeya, along with his brother Ganesha recognized as the two children of the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and as the members of the Shiva's Family. At numerous Shiva temples, all over India, the main image of Shiva in form of the Shiva Linga often would be surrounded by the members of his family, consisting from his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya, his consort Goddess Parvati and Shiva's bull Nandi (Nandi is often placed in the front of the main entrance into the Shiva shrines). While Ganesha was born from the dirt of body of his mother Parvati, Kartikeya was born from the fire, which came out from the third eye of Shiva; while Ganesha is worshiped as the God who removes all obstacles in this world, Kartikeya bestows on his worshipers the power of the mystical and spiritual knowledge. Kartikeya is worshiped as the separate deity mostly in the Southern India, the state of Tamil Nadu is one of main places of his cult, where he is recognized as the God of Tamils and the Patron Deity of the Tamil land. He is worshiped as the member of the above mentioned Shiva's Family, in the numerous Shiva temples scattered all over India. In the Siddha tradition of the Southern India, the Lord Muruga is worshiped as the Guru of all Gurus; as the immortal, eternally youthful teacher, he symbolizes the awakening of the Divine Power Kundalini. In this his aspect he is known as Tarakari, the one who makes to cross over the ocean of existence (bhava samudra); he is also known as Deva Sena Pati or the Leader of the armies of Gods, because from the moment he was born, he collects the armies of Gods to fight the forces of darkness and ignorance.
The contest of Kartikeya and Ganesha
In accordance with the ancient legend, traced from various Puranas, when Ganesha and Karikeya became grown up, they asked their parents to arrange marriage for them. Now, in accordance with the Hindu customs, it is the older brother, which must be married first, and older one is recognized also as the senior one. Because of this reason, it became very difficult for the parents to choose to whom of them they should give their preference. The both children were equally dear to them, and Shiva and Parvati did not want to hurt the feelings of any one of them. At last, Shiva decided to solve this matter by performing contest between two brothers, and both of them agree to this condition. Then, Shiva declared the rules of competition, in accordance with which, both of them were told to travel three times around the world and return to the same place; whoever of them will come back first, would be declared the winner, and married earlier.
On learning the conditions of the task, Kartikeya became very happy, because he thought that his mount peacock is much faster then the slow rat of Ganesha. He immediately mounted his peacock and left on his journey, hoping to return first. After his brother left, Ganesha, asked both his parents to seat together, and then walked around them three times. When the three circles were completed, he told them that in accordance with his understanding, both of them were the complete universe for him. His wise answer pleased his parents, and he was declared as the winner of the contest. Soon after, Shiva and Parvati have arranged his marriage with the two daughters of Vishva Rupa (the image of the world), named Siddhi (magical powers) and Buddhi (wisdom). From his wife Siddhi, Ganesha had obtained a son named Laksha (aim) and from his wife Buddhi a son named Labha (benefit).
When after encircling the complete Universe for three times, Kartikeya has returned to the same place, he became furious to learn about what happened, which he took as cheating. Shiva and Parvati tried their best to pacify his anger, but he was so upset by the situation that he declared that he never would be married. Because of this, one of his names became Kumara, which means ‘one who is unmarried’. In the Natha folklore he is recognized as one of 'jatis', or those Ideal yogis who are perfectly free from all sexual desires. The name Ku-mara also can be translated as 'one who destroys evil'.
The Two Temples of Kartikeya
Presently, the worship of Kartikeya as separate duty, is prevalent mostly in the Southern India, but in older times, it was also quite wide spread in the Northern India as well. In the connection with the above-mentioned legend, the two places situated in the Northern India are of special interest: one is the temple of Kartikeya known as Achaleshwar Dham, situated 7 km away from Batala city in the Punjab State, and other is the Kartik Temple in Pehowa city, situated 27 km from Thanesar, in the Haryana State. The both places have associated with them somewhat different, somewhat similar versions of the same legend about the contest of the two divine brothers.
Although nowadays, the worship of Kartikeya along with his Seven Mothers, is almost unknown amongst the Natha Yogis, in accordance with the numerous Sikh scriptures, the first temple, also known as Achal Batala, was the very important place of their pilgrimage in the medieval times. The temple is situated not far away from the town Batala, and because of this reason the place has became famous as ‘Achal Batala’. The place is very ancient, and used to hold a six days long annual fair, taking place around Shiva Ratri festival, on which numerous pilgrims and sadhus, amongst which the Natha Yogis were predominant, used to come. Just opposite the temple, is situated the Gurdwara Shri Achal Sahib, which was build around the spot where the legendary discussion of the Guru Nanak with the contemporary Natha Yogi Bangar Nath has taken place. In accordance with the Natha Tradition, the word achal means ‘fixed firmly’ or ‘immovable’, and associated with Śeṣ Nāg (the Divine Snake supporting the Earth), who also known as Achal Nāth or Acal Acambhe Nāth (the Lord of the wonderful immovability).
The second temple, dedicated to the Lord Kartik, located in the town of Pehowa in the modern Haryana State, and also recognized as very ancient. It is situated close to the city Thanesar (Sthaneswar), in the famous historical area known as Kurukshetra, mentioned in Bhagavat Gita as the spot where the legendary Mahabharata battle took place. In accordance with the legends prevalent around the Baba Balak Nath Siddh Pith, it is from this area that Baba ji has came to the place of his penance in the Himachal State. What makes this place remarkable in connection with the above-mentioned custom prevalent in the Siddha Peeth of the Baba Balak Nath, is that it has the similar practice, not allowing women to enter inside the temple. The legend circulating around the temple, says that it was the Goddess Parvati, who assisted her favorite son Ganesha to win the contest with the favorite son of Shiva Kartikeya. After his returning back, Kartik became so annoyed with his Divine Mother, that he tore off his skin, because it was made of her milk, and placed it in front of her. After that, he pronounced the curse strictly forbidding women to enter into the temple.
There exists one more legend about the reasons why Kartikeya remained ever unmarried. In accordance with it, after Kartikeya has accomplished the mission he was born for, and defeated the demonic being Tāraka Asura, his parents were so pleased with him that they allowed him to enjoy indiscriminately, as he pleased. Kartikeya took the advantage of the situation and started have romance with the wives of gods. After gods complained about this situation to his parents, he was advised by them to restrain himself from this kind of activity, but he continued to behave as he pleased. No one was enough powerful to oppose this mighty god, and to stop this misbehave, his mother, the Goddess Parvati has accepted the form of all wives of the Gods. When Kartikeya has realized that all women were the forms of his mother, he took a vow, to look on every woman as on his mother.
The Disciple of Shiva
About the reasons how Baba Balak Nath has became the disciple of Shiva, a local legend says that one old Sadhu has came on pilgrimage to the place called Mani Mahesh, located in the Himachal State. There he was advised by a local woman to stay near the sacred lake, the spot, which she told, was occasionally visited by the consort of Shiva Goddess Parvati. After following her advice, the yogi was able to get the sight of the Goddess and through her grace of her consort Shiva. The divine couple, being pleased by his penance, blessed him with the never-ending young age and magical powers (siddhis). Adi Nath Shiva has accepted him as his disciple and named him Balak Nath.
In accordance with the legend current presently at Shah Talai, Bābā Bālak Nāth has come there from the region of Kurukshetra, which is the area located in the modern Haryana State. This area mostly famous because it is believed that the Great battle Mahabharata, described in the epic with the same name, has taken place somewhere near to the place presently known as Thanesar. At some distance from the place, there exist huge tank filled with water, known as Brahma Sarovar, which is the popular place of pilgrimage. The spot is sacred, and at the time of solar eclipses and ‘Somavati Amavasya’ (Sacred No-Moon Day that happens on a Monday), thousands of people come here to take bath in it. Presently there exist many religious establishments situated on the banks of the tank, one of which belongs to the Natha Yogis. As it usual at the places of pilgrimage, there many sadhus staying at the place trough year.
The known part story of Bābā Bālak Nāth starting from this place, and almost nothing known about his life of before he came there, excluding above mentioned legend of Mani Mahesh. It is told that he along with few other saints (possibly Natha Yogis), has came to Kurukshetra to participate in one of such great bathing at the time of solar eclipse. After it he went towards mountains, and reached the place where situated Bachhretu Mahadev temple, and from there he went to place presently famous as Shaha Talai. It is said that the old name of the place was Changer Talai. There he has met an old woman, 'Ratno Mai', about which it is said that at the time of her previous life at Dwapara yuga, she was in close relationship with ‘the Maha-Kaul Baba ji ’(i.e. Balak Nath) and even was his spiritual guide (probably the same woman who advised him how to meet Shiva). As result, Baba ji has unfulfilled karmic debt to her from his previous life, without finishing which, he was unable to proceed further with his yoga practice. To compensate for done by her in their previous lives, the Baba Balak Nath has accepted the responsibility of taking care of her cows. He decided to settle in Shaha Talai, where he spent the next twelve years of his life under a huge Banyan tree. He told to Ratno Mai that he will be taking care of her cows, and side by side with it, would continue his penance. He asked her to bring him daily ‘roti’ (kind of unleavened bread) and 'lassi' (mashed curd left after removing butter) for food. Before accepting this commitment, Baba ji has put forth one condition that he would work for her as long as she would remain satisfied by his work. Daily he was sitting under the Banyan tree, watching for her cows and doing his yogic practices side by side; Ratno Mai was bringing him roti and lassi as she promised, and in such way twelve years has passed. There were not any complains from her during all this time.
Near the end of the 12th year, protests started coming from the people of the village that cows neglected by Baba ji, started damaging their crop. Ratno Mai tried to pacify people by herself, remembering about her agreement with Baba ji, until the day came when the village head publicly scolded Ratno Mai for the serious damage of his crop by her cows. This time Ratno Mai has lost her patience and for the first time in twelve years she started reproving Baba ji for his negligence. On hearing this, he took her and the village chief to the field about which they were complaining. When they reached there, they saw that to their wonder, it became miraculously restored, and there was no any damage at all. Numerous people, who were much astonished to see this wonder, saw this miracle.
Ratno Mai has understood that it was Baba ji, who by his Yogic powers did this, and she apologized for her imprudence, but it was too late. After this, the Baba Balak Nath has taken her to the Banyan tree where their agreement has taken place, and told her that now it was terminated, and she has to take care of her cows by herself. He told her that his karmic debt to her was extinguished and it was time for him to live the place. Ratno Mai has became very upset by what happened, because she developed strong motherly affection for Baba ji, who became her as her own son during passed years. First, she tried to dissuade him from going and accused him for ungratefulness, for all done by her for him. Then she reminded him that although his previous karmic debt has ended, a new one was created, because of food she provided him during passed twelve years; therefore, he has to recompense it also.
Baba Ji answered her that destined events happening by their own way and it is impossible to change them. He told her that he has not created any new debt because he never used roti and lassi she was daily bringing to him. Then Baba Ji thrown his fire tongs (chimta) at the trunk of the Banyan Tree under which he used to sit during passed 12 years and told, ‘Now take your roti, mai!’ When the fire tongs strike the trunk of the tree, a piece of wood became slashed from it, revealing the heap of chapattis inside it. Then he pushed his chimta into ground and told her, ‘and here is your lassi (curd) Mai.’ And, immediately from that very place came out a spring of curd, which soon became a pond of curd. This pond is still could be seen in Shaha Talai, and the place got its new name because of it. Chach talai means ‘the pound of curd’, and later word ‘chach’ became distorted into Shah. At the place where was situated that legendary banyan tree, presently was constructed hollow structure symbolizing it, which is called 'Vat Vriksh Tapo Bhoomi’ or ‘the Land of penance under hollow tree’. Close to it is a temple with images of the Baba Balak Nath, Guga Chauhan and Nahar Singh. It is believed that the soil of that place is an effective medicine against foot diseases of cattle.
Amazed to see miracles performed by Baba ji, Ratno Mai was not able to argue further; being very sad about him leaving the place, all she could do, was to start weeping in front of him. On seeing her sorrow, Baba ji comforted her by saying that he is not going far away, but would stay in jungle above, at the distance about half kilometer from the old place. There she may see him whenever she want. After this, he has shifted his 'Dhuni' in jungle at the place situated below a thorny bush.
Baba Balak Nath and Guru Goraksh Nath
As it was mentioned before, the relations of the Baba Balak Nath with Nathas and the Guru Gorakh Nath were not much easy to understand. It is said that Guru Goraksh Nath wanted Baba ji to join His sect, in accordance with other sources he wanted only to split his ears and put earrings (kundals) into them (in such way intending to became his chira guru).
In accordance with the local legend, Goraksh Nath thought that it could be useful for the Nath Sect to get such a distinguished yogi admitted into it. Baba ji was not willing to do neither of these. Non-declared contest has taken place amongst both yogis, as result of which Balak Nath finally succeed in his intentions. There exist two different versions of the legend about this contest, one which is circulated as spoken tradition around the temple, and another amongst the Natha Yogis. The first shows Goraksh Nath as being defeated by Baba Balak Nath and second as being victorious, but living him without splitting his ears.
The Natha Version
In accordance with the version of the legend circulated amongst the Natha Yogis, when Guru Goraksh Nath has met Baba Balak Nath, he wanted to split his ears and insert earrings (kundalas) into them. To avoid this, Baba Balak Nath flew into air, trying to escape, but Guru Goraksh Nath has extended his hand extraordinary long to catch him, and dragged him back. When Goraksh Nath continued to persist in his intentions, Baba Balak Nath repeatedly protested, and told him that he will split the lobes of his ears only by the Lord Shiva himself. At this point, the Guru Goraksh Nath has granted his desire, and left him alone after blessing him.
Note: The practice of splitting ears by force is not prevalent amongst the Natha Yogis, and before making cut into the lobes of ears, the candidate asked trice not to proceed further. By trice conforming his determination to get own ears pierced, the yogi accepts his personal responsibility for the action, which is about to happen, so that he cannot blame any one else in future, but only oneself. Moreover, the procedure of splitting ears is quite painful and complicated, to be performed by ‘a side of a way’; it takes few weeks, for ears to be properly healed, so that yogi may move around on his own.
Probable explanation: In accordance with the tradition prevalent around the Deot Sidh, the Baba Balak Nath was present through the Four Ages (yugas), and in his previous life was known as Maha Kaul Baba ji. Matsyendra Nath is recognized as the greatest from all Kaula Yogis, and as the founder of the Kaula Tradition. Also the legends about Matsyendra Nath describe him as one who was able to leave his body by his free will and enter into the other bodies. In this context, it is not impossible that after Matsendra Nath has left his old body, he was reborn in the new body as the Baba Balak Nath. The splitting of years is required for those yogis, who want to be liberated from the bondage of their bodies, but does not required for those who are already free. In this context, it appear as natural for the Guru Goraksh Nath to have concern for his Guru, and to show him respect by leaving his ears without splitting (it is not proper for the Natha Yogi to be the guru of own guru).
The Shah Talai Version
Although the version of the same legend prevalent around Shah Talai shows an erroneous image of the Guru Goraksh Nath, which is different from his actual personality, and contains some statements, which are based on the ignorance about the customs of the Natha Tradition, I still have placed it in this article for informative purposes. Thus, for example, the statement that 'for the increasing of his own fame, the Guru Goraksh Nath was recommending to forsake the worship of Shiva and to start worshiping him', by no means can be accepted as true. The Guru Goraksh Nath, along with other prominent exponent of Shaivism Adi Guru Shankaracharya, were the two persons who contributed to the spreading the worship of Shiva all over India as no one else.
In accordance with the legend current in Shah Talai, one day, the Guru Gorakh Nath came along with his 300 disciples to Baba ji dhuna (the place he was after he left Shah Talai). First, he asked Baba ji for providing all of them with seats. In response, Baba ji put his towel on ground and it became expanded to the size big enough to accommodate all 300 disciples of the Guru Gorakh Nath. It is said that after all of them took their seats, the big part of the towel still remained not occupied. Then Guru Goraksh Nath asked Baba ji to bring water from a mountain pound situated near the way they came from. When he went there and filled a bowl with water, he found that Goraksh Nath has applied his magic on it, duty which water poured into it was disappearing. He understood that Goraksh Nath was trying to bring him down by this miracle. In response, the Baba Balak Nath has made the pound itself disappear, and when he came back, he told to Goraksh Nath that he did not brought water because there was no pond. Goraksh Nath who saw the pond by the way, not believed him and send his disciple Bhartrihari to investigate the matter.
The Baba Balak Nath went to the place of the pond together with Bhartrihari, who also saw it before, and second became astonished to see that it has disappeared. There Baba ji explained him that his guru Goraksh Nath was a haughty person, who for the increasing of his own fame was recommending to forsake the worship of Shiva and to replace it with own worship. Bhartrihari whose eyes became opened by told, decided to abandon the company of Goraksh Nath and started live there near the Baba ji.
When Baba Ji returned without water and without Bhartrihari, Gorakh Nath sent Bhairon Nath to bring Bhartrihari back along with water. Bhairon Nath could not spot neither the pond nor Bhartrihari, and he came back empty handed. After Gorakh Nath has realized that water was not available, he asked Baba ji to serve milk to all of them. Baba ji called a non-milking barren cow and milked her. The cow give enough milk to satisfy everyone. After all yogis have enough, there was still lot of milk left in the bowl of Baba ji.
Then Gorakh Nath threw his seat made of skin of tiger to sky and asked Baba ji to bring it back to the ground. Baba Ji has thrown his chimata (fire tongs) towards it and the skin became ripped apart into small pieces, which felt on the ground. After this, Baba Balak Nath asked Guru Gorakh Nath to bring his fire tongs back to the earth. When Gorakh Nath asked Bhairon Nath to do this, he was unable to accomplish this.
Reaching to Deoth Sidh
After being defeated in every contest, the Guru Gorakh Nath ordered his disciples to insert earrings in the ears of Baba ji by force, but everyone of them became faint before this could be accomplished. During the struggle that followed, the Baba Balak Nath made a loud cry and flew to the place where modern 'Charan Paduka' temple is situated. From there, he proceed to the cave on the top of the hill, presently known as his main shrine Deot Sidh. The cave then was occupied by a demon, and Baba ji scared him away by his yogic power. Then Baba ji decided to continue his penance in that cave. The local legend says that Bhartrihari also settled near the same place.
About how the tradition of the worship at Deot Sidh was originated, the legend says that Brahmin named ‘Banarasi’ from the nearby village Chakmoh, once came for the grazing of his cows to the cave of the Baba Balak Nath. There he met Baba ji, to whom he complained that some of his cows were barren. The Natha yogis are famous as being able to cure barren cows by their talismans and by the ash from their dhunas, and Baba ji asked Brahmin to show him his cows. When they reached to the place where the cattle was grazing, surprisingly, they saw there only few lions and tigers. Banarsi was astonished to see these creatures instead of his cows, until Baba Balak Nath has told him to call his cows. When Banarasi called them, the cows appeared within no time, and he realized that this was a miracle performed by Baba ji. After seeing this wonder, Banarasi became the close devotee of Baba ji, and continued to visit him. One day, Baba Balak Nath has told to him that his time to withdraw has come, and asked him to continue the tradition of his Dhuna and worship as it was started by him. Banarasi followed these directions and maintained the tradition.
References: this article is written as the compilation of the numerous sources from internet along with the spoken Natha Tradition.