ShreeNathji-MahaPrabhuji 17th Baithakji at GaharVan, Barsana, Vraj Mandal:
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); seva is done of Gaddi (Seating).
Here are some pictures displayed from my visit to the 17th Baithak of Mahaprabhuji, located Gahavar Van at Barsana, Vraj Mandal
17th BAITHAK at GAHAVAR VAN
Gahavarvan is an area with deep forests.
The famous story of Cobra and Ants is associated with this place.
Once Shri Mahaprabhuji was taking a walk with his disciples and saw a cobra with thousands of ants biting it. Shri Mahaprabhuji gave the following explanation:
Cobra-snake was a Guru in Vrindavan in its past life, who made disciples for money, did not worship the Lord and lived a selfish life. These ants were all its disciples. They are taking revenge in this life for ruining their previous lives by making them followers and not guiding them properly.
Shri Mahaprabhuji threw some sacred water over the snake and ants. They all became liberated and went to heaven in a celestial chariots.
Next to Shri Radhaji Temple, Below Morkuti, Post Barsana- 281405, Taluka Chhata, Dist.
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Village – Gahavarvan
Contact Person & Phone:Chaturbhujdas Mukhiyaji M: 099174 928 55, M: 097581 919 83
Nearby Railway Station:Mathura (From Mathura to Barsana 40 Km.)
(This Charitra, Varta about this Baithakji is taken from website: