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.

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Mangla Aarti Darshans

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Mukhiyaji doing the Mangla arti

Bhakts taking the arti after darshans

Bhakts taking the arti after 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

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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 occasions

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

Some bhakts who have been lucky to go inside for the darshans

Some bhakts who have been lucky to go inside for the darshans

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 from 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

Divine Darshans
ShreeNathji-Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn

Shreenathji ManglaJai Shreeji!!

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 : https://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