ShreeNathji-Mahaprabhuji 32 Baithak At Champarayan

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Baithaks in Pushtimarg religion are holy places where Shri Vallabhacharya, the founder of Pushtimarg, and close bhakt and sewak of ShreeNathji, narrated the Holy Bhagvad Katha. There are total of 84 Baithaks 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 from my visit to the 32nd Baithak of Mahaprabhuji, located at Champarayan, 60 km away from Raipur in Madhya Pradesh.

Though it is numbered 32, it is the most important as 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.

ShreeNathji, Vallabhacharya

ShreeNathji, Vallabhacharya

Shri Vallabhacharya was born in the VS 1535 or AD1478.

ShreeNathji, Shri Yamuna Maharani, Shri Vallabhacharya

ShreeNathji, Shri Yamuna Maharani, Shri Vallabhacharya

Mangala Aarti at Baithak

Mangala Aarti at Baithak

Close up of darshans

Close up of Mangala darshans

View from a distnce

View from a distance

Beautiful architecture

Beautiful architecture

See the lovely Kamal on the top at the entrance of the baithak

See the lovely Kamal on the top at the entrance of the Baithak

Main entrance to baithakji

Main entrance to Baithakji

This lovely entrance leads you to the main building

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

Inside the hall, please read the board, as it tells you the significance of this place

Walk through this beautiful place

Walk through this beautiful place

This place is built in the middle of a jungle and luckily it has not been destroyed

This place is built in the middle of a jungle and luckily it has not been destroyed

 

Hall where bhakts can wait for darshans

Hall where bhakts can wait for darshans

Live darshans are shown here, as it can get very crowded during festive ocassions

Live darshans are shown here, as it can get very crowded during festive occasions

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Painting which describes the birth and resurrection of Shri Vallabhacharya

Painting which describes the birth and resurrection of Shri Vallabhacharya

Before the darshans open, a lone bhakt saying her prayers

Before the darshans open, a lone bhakt saying her prayers

Complete Shringar darshans of Gaadi sewa

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

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

Entrance to Shri Yamunaji

A small Stream of Mahanadi river flows near the temple which is believed to be form Yamuna river and worshipped.

A small Stream of Mahanadi river flows near the temple which is believed to be form Yamuna river and worshiped.

These are the Buble bee which live on this tree. there are several holes in the trunk where they just disappear

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

The very old tree trunk with numerous holes

ShreeNathji-Mahaprabhuji pratham mila on Govardhan Parvat. Shreeji had summoned Vallabhacharyaji to come and start His sewa here, also to build His mandir

ShreeNathji-Mahaprabhuji pratham milan on Govardhan Parvat. Shreeji had summoned Vallabhacharyaji to come and start His sewa here, also to build His mandir

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.

(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/

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ShreeNathji-“Pavitra Ekadashi”

 

In 2012, “Pavitra Ekadasi” falls on the 29th July, Sunday. The mahurat for offering “Pavitra” for ShreeNathji this year is early morning, 6.05 – 7.33 am. We go to the two ShreeNathji Haveli close by and have some divine darshans of Shreeji being offered “Pavitra”. Here the Presence of Dear Shreeji is total at His Haveli, as He gives us divine darshans of His natkhat Plays!

I feel very lucky, as my birthday also falls on this very auspicious day; which was 16th August 1956, Shravan Shukla Giyaras, in the afternoon at 1.03 pm, at the Abhijit mahurat. Every birthday on “Pavitra Ekadasi”, Gurushree changes my sankalp thread also, after completing his offering for Shreeji “Pavitra”, in his office and home.

Today again we are graced with the  Presence of my Dear Mahagurushree, Divine ShreeNathji on this occasion as He tells me, “Tum kitni naseeb wali ho ki har saal, aaj tumhara janmdin hai, aur tumhara sankalp thread bhi badla jata hai, mere “Pavitra” ki tarah!” (He also calls me His ‘best friend’- you can read further details here : http://abhashahra.wordpress.com/about/ )

Today we have also updated the ShreeNathji Application for the Bhog Darshans:

http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org/m/index.htm

 

Shravan Shukla Giyaras, or “Pavitra Ekadasi”, is a very auspicious day for all Vaishnavites and Pushti maarg followers. This day comes once every year, when ShreeNathji is offered a ‘Pavitra’ (a reshmi or cotton thread). Today is the day when Shreeji accepts this offering from all His bhakts everywhere. This ‘offering’ darshan can be had in Shreeji Haveli’s all over the world. The bhakts who have personal sewa in their homes also change the “Pavitra” for their ShreeNathji Swarup or Chavi.

This day is important for bhakts, as today is the day when Shri Vallabhacharya received Brahm sambandh from Shree Krishn – ShreeNathji, Himself.

Nearly 520 years ago, on Vikram Samvat 1549,AD 1492, Shravan Shukla Giyaras, Shree Krishn Himself Appeared in the Form of ShreeNathji before Shri Vallabhacharya. He told Shri Vallabhacharya to initiate people in the ways of total surrender and sewa, through Brahm sambandh. Thakurjee promised Shri Vallabhacharya He would accept the sewa of all the devotees who were initiated with the Brahm sambandh. Shree Krishn gave him the Mantra for initiation on this day.

Shri Mahaprabhuji then garlanded ShreeNathji with a “Pavitra” (cotton thread garland) and offered Him some misri (crystals of sugar). After this divine meeting ShreeNathji disappeared. Shri Mahaprabhuji composed “Shri Madhurashtakam” praising the form and beauty of Shree Krishn the way He appeared before him.

Shri DamodarDas Harsaniji was the first vaishnav to be initiated into Pushti Bhakti marg by receiving Brahm-Sambandh from Shri MahaPrabhuji.

 

This occasion is celebrated as Pavitra Ekadashi. It is also known as the day of the Birth of Pushti marg – The path of Grace and Bhakti.

JAI SHREEJI!!

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ShreeNathji being offered “Pavitra”

Above picture courtesy:  http://pushti-marg.net/index.html

 

 

ShreeNathji is sad..

….taken from my website for  ShreeNathji:

http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org/shreenathji_mandir.htm

…..  Another amazing happening I was a witness to was in the Mangala darshan when at Nathdwara with Gurushree Sudhir bhai.
I was woken up very early by Gurushree. He said,  “We will go and sit in the outer parisar (compound) of ShreeNathji Haveli early today, just inside the Lal Darwaza where we always wait for Mangala on a regular basis. Shreeji has sent a hukum (order) to me to be there early.”

I have learnt from earlier experience at Nathdwara, to just follow the orders whenever Gurushree says something, as the explanations and understandings come later.

So I showered and we reached there at around 3.30 am. Once there we realized what was happening.

As there is the construction work going on around the Haveli; a truck was being loaded with the stone debris from the inside of the left side area right inside the Lal Darvaza.

It caused immense noise as the workers did not have any instructions from the temple board to work silently.

We were astonished as to how the mandir board allows this much noise all through the night.
We realized why we were called here so early when Shreeji’s melodious voice echoed, in which Shreeji told us,

“See there is no bhao.  They do not even consider that I (Shreeji) am  sleeping inside and would be disturbed. I called you’ll early to show this, that no one cares. Why should I stay here? All are selfish”.

We had tears in our eyes. Today how non feeling human has become. God has to come out and take care of Himself. Have we lost all bhao?

The entire mandir board, as well as the Tilkayatji is responsible for this lack of proper planning and supervision in the Haveli work.

Entire nights Shreeji may have not been able to sleep because of the very loud noise of loading stones in a truck.

It is an accepted fact that Shreeji lives here, that is why none is allowed in the premises once the Shayan Darshan is over. No one inside dares to make any noise so as not to cause disturbance to Thakurjee.
How angry do ‘we’ get when during some festivals loud music is played and ‘our’ rest disturbed?
Loud noise or music is prohibited after a certain hour as it disturbs ours,  humans rest and sleep.
But our Dear Shreeji, being so full of kindness and compassion lets it be. In a very sleepy and tiny voice He again said,

“Koi baat nahin, humans have lost all bhao, its ok”. “Main yahan se bhaag jaata hun, yahan soata hi nahin”.  (It does not matter. Humans have lost all bhao. I run away from here. I do not sleep here any more.)

 

ShreeNathji is happy with the renovation of His Haveli; only problem is the authorities are not careful about when the work should be carried out

… more  from my website for Shreeji

http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org

Jai Shreeji!

ShreeNathji-Eakadasi Miracle from Shreeji…

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ShreeNathji-Mangala Darshans

I am recounting my two very special days at Nathdwara, when something very special and miraculous happened. These two very auspicious days were:

13 June 2008 – Ganga Dassera – Jyesth Sud Dasam; Chitra Nakshatra; Kanya Rashi (till
14.24) then Tula Rashi

14 June 2008 – Nirjala Ekadasi; Bhim Agyaras – Jyesth Sud Agyaras; Swati Nakshatra;
Tula Rashi

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ShreeNathji Haveli at Nathdwara

We were present for darshans on these two days at Nathdwara. They have been miraculous days.
On Ganga Dassera, there is a pond created before Thakurjee. Many herbal ingredients are added in this. Several lotus, fragrant flowers swim in the sacred waters. This is with the bhao that Gangaji who is considered the younger sister of Yamunaji comes to meet Shreeji. Both combine in this water to pay respects to Shreeji. Also the sewaks who cannot go till Haridwar can bathe in the Ganga here today.
The crowd is extreme today; bhakts from all villages around, as well as from far of cities are here today to participate in this sacred ritual.
Luckily, with Shreeji’s kripa, we were allowed to bathe in this pavitra (sacred) waters before the crowds came in. An unusual experience. Doing ‘dubki’ in the front of Shreeji with His Blessings flowing in the waters, granting higher purity; is an experience very difficult to describe in words. Many old sewaks are also there bathing in the waters.
I received Prasad of the lotus flowers from one of the sewaks; waited for nearly an hour before the Aarti was done.
From here we went to Navneet Priya’s mandir where a pond was also created, similar to the larger one. Here we cannot enter the waters. The entire Shringar was of lotus today.

The atmosphere in Shreeji’s Haveli and in Nathdwara town is of a huge mela.

The next day was a very auspicious day, it being Nirjala Ekadasi.
We did the three morning darshans in the regular way; though because of the extreme crowds it becomes difficult even to walk at a regular pace. It is incredible how so many bhakts are accommodated in the narrow lanes and the mandir parisar.
It was in Rajbhog Darshans that Shreeji did this unique leela. It was the senior mukhiyaji in sewa today. We stood praying and watching him complete the final Shringar for Shreeji.

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Shreenathji
Complete Shringar Darshans

Shreeji is offered His Flute and Chadi’s in this darshan. His three lotus are also placed on His arms, around His waist. Carefully, the mukhiyaji placed the two lotus; as he tried placing the third one, Shreeji refused.
Instantly I heard Shreeji’s sweet, melodious voice in my ears, “Arrey hatao; chubta hai”. (Take it away, it hurts). In that perfect moment saw the mukhiyaji remove the third lotus away from Shreeji. It was in perfect timing as I heard Shreeji saying these words in my ears, that the mukhiyaji also followed the same instructions. Shreeji made him realize that He would not accept this lotus today. When Shreeji refuses anything the mukhiaji doing the sewa has to bow and ask for forgiveness; which he did.
Heard Shreeji’s naughty laughter again, “Dekho maine nahin liya, usko bola hatao, ha, ha, ha; main aise hi karta hun”. (See I did not accept it, told him to remove it. Ha, ha, ha, I like to play in this way). I could not believe my eyes and ears. It was sakshat Darshans. Shreeji was here with us blessing us so closely. Looked around, but no one else seemed to hear or understand. What bliss, Shreeji played this mischief to show us His Presence.

We did the Aarti, bowed and left.
On the way back realized Shreeji’s Presence with us. “Main tumhare saath chalta hun. Aaj maaza aaya, voh mukhiya ko bevakuf banaya; ha, ha, ha. Mujhe kuch nahi chubta tha. Woh tou tumko khel dikhana chahata tha. Tum hamesha boltee ho na, darshan dene ke liye, tumhe aaj dikha diya. Mukhiya ki koi galti nahin thi, voh to mera khel tha tumhare liye. Maine maasti kari, tumhe anand aaya ke nahin? Chalo yeh mera khel ‘MERI’ website par likh dena. Koi puche to bolna, ‘Shreeji ka hukum’ hai.”

(I will come with you’ll. Had a lot of fun today, I fooled the mukhiya, ha,ha, ha. Nothing was pricking me. I only wanted to show you a khel. You always keep asking for darshans, I showed you my Play today. It was my khel for you today, the mukhiya did not commit any mistake. I did some maasti, did you enjoy in this? Ok, write about My Play on ‘MY’ website. If anyone asks why, say that it is Shreeji’s hukum (order).

Shreeji goes out of His way to play this leela for granting us His Darshans. Who says that Shreeji is not Present here?
“Yeh tumhara Prasad, aaj ke liye, ab tik, tik mat karna, bahut dimaag khati hai, ki darshan karao”; Shreeji said.
(This is your Prasad for today, hence forth stop all your tik, tik (pestering), you keep eating my brains and his, for My Darshans”).

…Taken from my website

http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org

http://www.shreenathjibhakti.org/ekadashi_prasad.htm

Jai Shreeji!!

Shreenathji

Divine Darshans
ShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn