Baithaks in Pushtimarg religion are holy places where Shri Vallabhacharya, the founder of Pushtimarg, narrated the Holy Bhagvad Katha. They are total 84 in number and spread all over the country. Mahaprabhuji had circled the whole of India three times and done sthapna of these various Baithaks.
Each Baithak has its own particular Charitra (description).
Baithaks are holy places where there is no Idol or Chitra (Picture); sewa is done of Gaddi (Seating).
Here are some pictures displayed from the 32nd Baithak of Mahaprabhuji, located at Champarayan, 60 km away from Raipur in Madhya Pradesh.
Though it is 32 in number, it is also the birthplace of Shri Mahaprabhuji and hence a very important pilgrim place for all Pushtimarg bhakts, as Shri Vallabhacharya is their primary Guru.
Shri Vallabhacharya was born in the VS 1535 or AD1478.
It was on Vaishak Vad Giyaras (11th) in Vikram Samvat 1535, or AD 1478; in Satbhisha Nakshatra on a Thursday; during the Abhijit mahurat, 12.40-1.00 in the afternoon; when ShreeNathji’s Lotus Face Appeared from Govardhan to give His divya Darshan to the lucky people of the village; According to Shree Krishn’s desire, on the same day but in the Abhijit mahurat, 12.40-1.00 at night, Shree Vallabhacharya also appeared at Champaran in a ring of fire.
ShreeNathji, Shri Yamuna Maharani, Shri Vallabhacharya
Mangala Aarti at Baithak
Close up of Mangala darshans
View from a distance
See the lovely Kamal on the top at the entrance of the Baithak
Main entrance to Baithakji
This lovely entrance leads you to the main building
Inside the hall, please read the board, as it tells you the significance of this place
Walk through this beautiful place
This place is built in the middle of a jungle and luckily it has not been destroyed
Hall where bhakts can wait for darshans
Live darshans are shown here, as it can get very crowded during festive occasions
Painting which describes the birth and resurrection of Shri Vallabhacharya
Before the darshans open, a lone bhakt saying her prayers
Complete Shringar darshans of Gaadi sewa
Mukhiyaji with the jhoola. the tree in the background is the point where the original tree stood, this is a branch of the same tree. Under this tree Mahaprabhuji was found in a ring of fire
Entrance to Shri Yamunaji
A small Stream of Mahanadi river flows near the temple which is believed to be form Yamuna river and worshiped.
These are the Bumble bee which live on this tree. there are several holes in the trunk where they just disappear
The very old tree trunk with numerous holes
ShreeNathji-Mahaprabhuji pratham milan on Govardhan Parvat. Shreeji had summoned Vallabhacharyaji to come and start His sewa here, also to build His mandir
ShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn
(Details of Mahaprabhuji life and teachings,can be read on my website: http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org
Details on the Baithaks can be read on website: http://www.vallabhkankroli.org/