Nathdwara-ShreeNathji Gaushala

…ShreeNathji’s most favorite place – His Personal Gaushala is situated about 3 km from His Haveli.

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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.

Main entrance to ShreeNathji Gaushala at Nathdwara

View of the inside

View of the inside

Shreeji’s Personal cow is Lalitha today; her mother was Rukmani who died about 5-6 years back.

Lalita

Lalita

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.

Lalita-Shreeji’s personal Gaumata

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.

Gaushala, Very old and picturesque

Gaushala, Very old and picturesque

These structures are very old and built when the Haveli was built up

These structures are very old and built when the Haveli was built up

Sunset at the Gaushala.

Sunset at the Gaushala.

This time of the evening is called Sandhya or Gaudhuli, when the Gaumata come back to the Gaushala

Thuli being laid out

Thuli being laid out

This is food spread for the cows according to the season

This is food spread for the cows according to the season

It is made sure that all food is mixed properly

It is made sure that all food is mixed properly

Some Vaishnavs also like to feed the cows with their hands

Some Vaishnavs also like to feed the cows with their hands

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.

The Gushala staff who serve the Thuli, prepared in the most traditional manner

The Gushala staff who serve the Thuli, prepared in the most traditional manner

All eating in perfect harmony

All eating in perfect harmony

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...

Returning to their particular cow shed

Returning to their particular cow shed

These go across the street, the gaushala is spread across a huge area

These go across the street, the gaushala is spread across a huge area

You can see a gwal carrying milk to the Haveli

You can see a gwal carrying milk to the Haveli

A painted Gau with Shreeji Chavi

A painted Gau with Shreeji Chavi

Another one has Krishn painted on it

Another one has Krishn painted on it

This one has Lalan Chavi on it

This one has Lalan Chavi on it

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.

No wasted grains

No wasted grains

View of a cow shed with Gopis on the walls, it is customary to have gopis around Shreeji

View of a cow shed with Gopis on the walls, it is customary to have gopis around Shreeji

This gate has lovely paintings from Shree Krishn leela

This gate has lovely paintings from Shree Krishn leela

A painted cow on this gate of another shed

A painted cow on this gate of another shed

You can see the Bulls in the background. All of Nathdwara has hand painted walls of various forms

You can see the Bulls in the background. All of Nathdwara has hand painted walls of various forms

This particular painting has Shree Krishn Himself, milking His cow. Makes one feel how sacred a Gaumata is, when God Himself takes care for Her

This particular painting has Shree Krishn Himself, milking His cow. Makes one feel how sacred a Gaumata is, when God Himself takes care for Her

ShreeNathji as ShreeKrishn

ShreeNathji as ShreeKrishn

Divine DarshansShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn

Divine Darshans
ShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn

 

 

 

 

 

Jai Shreeji!!

For many more pictures of Nathdwara please visit:

 

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

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