ShreeNathji’s most favorite place – His Personal gaushala is situated about 3 km from His Haveli, at Nathdwara. Surrounded by hills it is a very picturesque place; with a lot of open grounds. It was planned and built with the Haveli. As you see, numerous peacocks live in these surroundings. In the above picture, they seem to be feeding on freshly harvested wheat It houses about 2000 cows with a staff of 50 guwals to take care of them.
A lovely view of the Gaushala
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 Giriraj Govardhan, at Mathura. ShreeNathji Himself confirmed this to Shri Vallabhacharya. This cow also recognized her Gopal and would go on top of Shri Govardhan 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 aathada in full faith will give guaranteed results. The whispered words are received directly by Shreeji Himself; provided the shraddha is there!! I was here first time with gurushree in February-2005 – did the aathada under his guidance and supervision. The aathada done in the presence of a Sadhya is totally clearing of all negativity of the past – our spine crosses totally through the surya bindu of this sacred cow. At the same time gurushree stands there with his mantra shakti and blessings – he granted me total mukti on this day from all the past births and the movement towards merging with the Divine Thakurjee. Since then I have been lucky to visit Nathdwara several times; each yatra has opened me, taking me closer and deeper to Divine ShreeNathji and my own true reality and identity. Many times I feel Shreeji likes to be away from His mandir; and He spends time with us at the Gaushala. This I can feel at times when His sweet voice tells us about some incident at His gaushala, and how much He loves being here with His beloved Gomata, as He calls them.
There is daily two 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.
Gaumata, feeding peacefully.
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. “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.
There are paintings all over the gaushala, donated by bhakts.
Whatever offering is made to Shreeji Himself at His mandir in whatever form, He returns back savaya (25% more) to the donor. Finally nothing is actually kept by Shreeji.
The look of this place has been maintained in the original form.
It is only at the gaushala bhent that He accepts all totally and nothing is returned to the giver. 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 Dear Shreeji, Thank you for all Your kripa on this bhakt.. Shreeji ki Jai ho!