ShreeNathji – Shree GovardhanNathji





Moving from Giriraj Govardhan to Shri Nathdwara

Several years later Shreeji remembered the promise made to Ajaba about His moving to Mewar. At the same time Shreeji knew, the lineage holders of Shri Vallabhacharya would not agree to let Him shift unless they were forced by some evil to move from here.

So according to His divine plan, He ordered a Moghul king to make Him leave Giriraj Govardhan and also made the leela so that His own mandir will become secret.

Varta:

Once the Shayan arti was over and all the sewaks left, a muslim would come and clean Jagmohan and Kamal Chowk with his beard. He was doing this for 12 years but no one was able to see him, as he came from akash maarg and went back through the same maarg. Finally one day Shree GovardhanNathji accepted his sewa and gave him two paan beeda from His Bantaji. Shreeji gave him hukum, “In 52 years I have given you Raj to rule. You attack so that I will have to leave Shri Giriraj and hide. Never come back to My mandir again, as it will become gupt after I leave. You construct a mahsjid here and do dandavat, but never go inside”. With this hukum, the muslim left for Agra, and with Shreeji’s blessings he was given a kingdom to rule.

That is how God works in unknowing ways. To the world it is not visible none understood why some happenings take place in an instant. It can only be through Thakurjee’s leela. Like anyone can always argue that Thakurjee is so powerful, why could He not prevent the Moghuls from causing so much damage? What at times we do not realize that it is only with His wish that so many incident take place. They are not understood by us because God wishes to keep them secret. Here Shreeji had to move away to Mewar for the fulfillment of His commitment to His dear bhakt Ajaba; so He created the exact circumstances for His sewaks to be forced into moving Him.

So as the Mughal menace was increasing it was thought necessary to shift Shreeji also to a safer place. The invaders destroyed the Idols looting the Hindu mandirs. In that period Shri Govindaji was in charge of taking care of Shreeji. His older brother Shri Girdhariji had already entered in the eternal lila. Shreeji told Shri Girdhariji about the worries of Shri Govindaji. So Shri Girdhariji appeared to Shri Govindaji and explained the wish of ShreeNathji Himself to move from here to Mewar.

“It is ShreeNathji’s wish to Play in a hidden way at Giriraj Govardhan. He has to go to fulfill the wishes of His bhakts. So ready His Rath, and tomorrow after sunset start the journey with ShreeNathji. Do whatever He commands and go where He wishes to go. Old Babu, Mahadev will go ahead with a torch and lead the way.  The first night you will stay at Agra, from here you should have the next camp prepared in advance so that when ShreeNathji reaches there, all is perfectly ready for Him. ShreeNathji will convey His desires to His bhakt Ganga Bai only, so you will ask her what to do”. “Shri Acharya had made Shreeji patrika and named Him Gopal, as Shreeji will always be a protector of cows. On the way through the journey, there are several bhakts waiting, whose manorath Shreeji has to fulfill”. After explaining the details, Shri Giridhariji returned to Shreeji mandir.

The next day, ShreeNathji was offered His Rajbhog earlier, and His Rath made ready for His travel by the Dandvati Shila. The three brothers, Shri Govindaji, Shri Bal Krishanji, Shri Vallabhji, gathered with the Vrajvasi and bhakts requesting ShreeNathji to proceed, but Shreeji would  not move. So they asked some Vrajvasi to come and tease ShreeNathji. When they did, as ShreeNathji had said earlier to Shri Girdhariji, He laughed and like a little child got in His Rath ready for the travel. Again the Rath would not move. When asked, Shreeji said that He wanted Gangabai to travel behind His Rath. Once all was completed according to ShreeNathji’s desire, the yatra began.

The journey to Mewar, as desired by Thakurjee, began in 1669 AD, on Asadh Sud Punam on Friday, during the last 3 hours of the night. ShreeNathji with all His sewaks arrived in Sinhad (Nathdwara) in1672 AD, on Falgun Vad Satam on Saturday.

Then, later in the vartas it comes that Shreeji’s Rath   stopped exactly at the spot where Shri Gusainjihad predicted several years back. It was the area where princess Ajaba Kunwari’s Haveli stood earlier; that became his final  destination from Vraj, Girirajji.

Later by the time ShreeNathji decided to shift to Mewar, He had stopped interactions in the direct manner and over later time period moved totally inside as He did not get the required bhao,. As we all know God needs highest purity and bhao to be able to interact with His devotee; which unfortunately is missing today.

During this entire journey Shreeji insisted to keep His bhakt, an old lady by the  name of Gangabai in the Rath behind Him.  She became His voice; whenever Shreeji’s Rath stopped they asked Gangabai what is it that Shreeji required. When that wish was fulfilled the Rath would move again. The large procession consisted of all His Vrajvasi friends and several sewaks. These Vrajvasi till today stay in Nathdwara and serve ShreeNathji, though generations have passed.

The Journey from Giriraj Govardhan to Sinhad, Nathdwara

They reached Agra in one night; Shreeji stayed in His Haveli here. Shree Navneet Priya was in Gokul at that time. He too, after performing many miracles was finally brought to Agra and since has stayed with Shreeji at Nathdwara.

The two jal bhariya, Shreeji’s sewak went to fil water from the river. They met with muslims and fought and killed all of them Shreeji realized that these two are very strong and will wait here to kill the rest of the mlaech. But Shreeji’s plan was to move on and complete the journey as required. So ShreeNathji Appeared before them and explained, “Shri Giridhariji has filled you both with strength and courage to destroy all the mlaech when they attack. But My desire is different. I have made promises to many bhakts who I will meet on the way. The promises I had made to them have to be fulfilled. So stop this fight. After fulfilling all the promises I will return to Vraj, so you enter my leela and stop the war”. With Shreeji’s grace, both received divine vision and saw the Giriraj shine with jewels. They also could see the mahejit and the mlaech who cleaned the place with his beard. With Shreeji’s blessings, both received complete gyan. They threw their weapons, and left their physical body to enter ShreeNathji’s leela. The brothers names were Sewa and Sabha.

After playing many leelas here, celebrating the Annakut festival in Agra Shreeji gave hukum to Gangabai,“I wish to go to Dandoti Ghat. Make the preparations”. After completing the Rajbhog arti, they left for Dandoti ghat.

On the way He desired to stay at the Chambal River.

Then beyond Dandoti Ghat in the town of Krishnapur, Shreeji decided to stay.

From here He proceeded to Kota-Bundi. In the town of Kota at Krishnsvilas, near a rock marked with a lotus, ShreeNathji stayed for 4 months of the rainy season.

From here He proceeded to Jodhpur; passed through Pushkar on the way. At the Pushkar lake Shreeji’s Rath got stuck; on inquiry through Gangabai, Shreeji said He could smell Lotus. Everyone present then offered Him Lotus which made Him happy.

The next stop was at Kishangarh. ShreeNathji’s Rath was in the nearby town of Ujad. A dense forest of Dhak trees was close by. There was a beautiful lake and a river flowed from a Saddu Pandering on a nearby mountain. ShreeNathji loved this place surrounded by Kesuda flowers and expressed His desire to celebrate the Vasant Utsav (Saddu Pandering season) here. Halt here was for around three months.

Near Jodhpur, three Kos away, was Chapaseni, village, where ShreeNathji expressed His desire to stay. There was a huge Kadamd Khedi here, and it was Chapaseni village where ShreeNathji Saddu Pandeent the third Chaturmaas (rainy season of four months).

Since He began travel from Giriraj, ShreeNathji Saddu Pandeent three Chaturmaas on the way.

The first Chaturmaas was Saddu Pandeent at Krishnpur in Dandoti Ghat, near the Chambal river.

The second Chaturmaas wasin Krishnbilaas at Kota. (He halted here for four months).

The third Chaturmaas was spent  in Chapaseni at Jodhpur. He also celebrated an Annakut here. Halt here was roughly for five months.

The fourth Chaturmaas ShreeNathji was at His mandir in Mewar.

The 2 years, 4 months and 7 days ShreeNathji took to travel from Vraj to Mewar, He spent living in His Rath.

Rana Shri Raj Singhji was told about ShreeNathji’s plan to live in Mewar. His mother explained to Rana that because of the destruction from the Mleach ShreeNathji had to come here; but you do not need to fear, as taking care of Thakurjee is of prime concern. It has been through the good fortune of Mira Bai and Ajaba Kunwari that Shreeji has decided to come and live here, so every possible sewa should be extended for Him.

So in the year 1671 AD, on Kartik Purnima, ShreeNathji headed for Mewar.  Shreeji’s Utthapan, Bhog, Arti, Shayan were done at a small village which had a very deep lake nearby. As the water of this lake was found to be pushkal, this water was used in ShreeNathji sewa for that day. Later suddenly at night all the sewaks heard the goonj of Jai Jaikar coming from the lake side. As the source of this Jai Jaikar was not visible they all gathered at the lake side and asked,”Who are you who do this Jai Jaikar”? The reply came from the akash maarg, “We are thousands of ghosts who have been living at this lake since thousands of years because we did not get mukti. Today when ShreeNathji drank water from this lake, a Pushpak Vimancame here and said that that all the pischach who live here can assume a divya body and come to Vaikunth with them. Shree Vaikunthnathji said this and has made us all board this celestial plane. When today ShreeNathji accepted water from this lake, He granted mukti to all of us. After having waited for thousands of years for this moment, we are freed today with His kripa, so we do this Jai Jaikar as we depart for Vaikunth”.

Shri Govindaji and all those gathered were surprised on hearing this varta. Right from mid night till praat kaal the jai jai could be heard.

Next day after completing ShreeNathji’s Rajbhog, they started their travel and reached Sinhad (later known as Nathdwara) in 23 days.

Here ShreeNathji’s Rath was stuck in a point under a Pipar tree. When asked why, Shreeji replied, “My bhakt Ajaba Kunwari lived here; so My mandir should be built here, I will live here for a long time; this place reminds Me of Vraj, I like the mountains here”. “There is also the Banas River which represents Yamunaji”. “This is Ajaba Kunwari’s land”, Shreeji said; “I will stay here. Tell all the Gusain Balak  to build their baithak here also”.

Shri Govindaji began preparations to get the mandir ready. He ordered Gopaldas Usta, to hire maximum people and make sure that ShreeNathji mandir is ready in the earliest possible time. Work began day and night with hundreds of workers, and in a few months Shreeji’s mandir was ready.

In 1672 AD in Falgun Vad Satam, Saturday, Swati Nakshatra Shri Damodar Maharajji (Shri Dauji) established ShreeNathji’s Paat in the mandir Haveli. It was all perfectly done with Vastu pratishta and pujan, according to Vedic rites. Slowly all the various rituals and festivals were started again here similar to the Govardhan hill. Since then Shreeji happily began living here at Mewar.

A Gaushala was also built close by for all of Shreeji’s cows.

Shri Dauji Maharaj with a lot of loving care took care of Shreeji, and celebrated all utsav and the Mahautsav; all Shringar was also done by him.

Shreeji travelled in His Rath for a total of 2 years, 4 months, 7 days.

In the entire yatra, ShreeNathji performed many miracles. Some were vardan given by Shreeji and the others were plays, which Shreeji did for His bhakts. Many of them find description in the famous 84 Vaishnava ki varta. Gangabai was Shreeji’s voice for the entire journey, and till she continued to be a medium for all Shreeji’s interactions with the outer world.

Shreeji gave hukum to a Vaishnav bhakt, to make complete ornaments for a woman’s shringar costing one laksh mudra. “Keep them in a banta and bring them when you come for my darshan. Offer them to me”. In 1685 AD, in the month of Chaitra, this Vaishnav came for darsahans and offered the ornaments banta in Shreeji sanmukh. Later Shree GovardhanNathji gave hukum to Shri Dauji, “The ornaments which have come, are a complete shringar for a woman. I want Gangabai to wear them and come for my Darshans”. Same hukum He gave to Gangabai. When she came in the mandir, Shreeji ordered her to take off all ornaments and keep them on the stool in the shayya mandir. From here she entered ShreeNathji leela, and all of Shreeji’s interactions with the outer world came to a minimum.

By the time Shreeji decided to shift to Mewar, He had stopped interactions in the direct manner and over later time period as He did not get the required bhao, moved totally inside. As we all know God needs highest purity and bhao to be able to interact with His devotee; which unfortunately is missing today.

“Though today His Presence may be felt by His close worshippers in His Nathdwara - Haveli, there is no personal meeting anymore; except for a few very, very lucky divine souls whom Shreeji loves.

For some of His leelas in today’s world with His bhakts, please visit website,
www.shreenathjibhakti.org