…ShreeNathji’s most favorite place – His Personal Gaushala is situated about 3 km from His Haveli.
Any visit to ShreeNathji is incomplete without a visit here. It is as important as the Mandir. Shreeji likes staying here – in the midst of His beloved ‘Gaumata’-as He calls them.
Shreeji’s Personal cow is Lalitha today; her mother was Rukmani who died about 5-6 years back.
This personal cow is in direct lineage of the original herd of the Nand-vansh. She had appeared in Jatipura when the Ardh-Bhuja of Shreeji first appeared from the Gowardhan hill. ShreeNathji Himself confirmed this to Vallabhacharya. This cow also recognized her Gopal and would go on top of the Gowardhan daily and feed her milk to Shreeji. (Cows can feel the vibrational levels and the fragrance of their loving Govinda, more than any of us humans). Since then the hierarchy has been maintained very strictly, and the cow came here when Shreeji moved from Mathura to Nathdwara.
At this time, Lalitha is called the wish fulfilling cow – any wish whispered in her ear after doing the athada in full faith will give guaranteed results. The whispered words are received directly by Shreeji Himself in the presence of His devoted bhakt – gurushree; provided the shraddha is there!!
Surrounded by hills it is a very picturesque place; with a lot of open grounds. It was planned and built with the Haveli. . It was planned and built with the Haveli. It houses about 2000 cows with a staff of 50 guwals to take care of them.
The head guwal changes every year.
This time of the evening is called Sandhya or Gaudhuli, when the Gaumata come back to the Gaushala
There is daily one thuli offered here from the Mandir to the gaushala.This can be sponsored if one is lucky enough to get the required date; as only two people get the opportunity daily. This as I witnessed is cooked in the most ancient manner at the Gaushala itself. Apart from this if any Vaishnav wishes to offer food they can do so directly here by buying grains from the shops. But this is also monitored as extra feeding would have a bad effect on the health of the Gaumata.
It is only at the gaushala bhent that He accepts all totally and nothing is returned to the giver. Gurushree tells me that Shreeji does the karm of taking His cows to graze; if anyone helps Him in this karm of His, He is the happiest and only blessings are returned. Not that we do this offering for return of blessings, it is with the bhao of doing some work for Shreeji; as ultimately in devotion to Thakurji it is only the purity of bhao that matters. Nothing else will help you get closer to Him...
My Gurushree and Mahagurushree, both take delight in watching the gaumata feed in perfect discipline. Without any fight they come and stand in the designated spot and finish their food totally. No grain is wasted. “Perfect discipline is to be learnt from these gaumata”; both tell me every time I am there. “Humans should learn the value of sharing and not wasting precious grains”.
“They should also take a lesson of not pushing around when doing My Darshans and take care to follow a proper queue; then all will get a chance to do proper Darshans”; Shreeji’s voice echoed.
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