ShreeNathji – Shree GovardhanNathji

ShreeNathji Appearance at Giriraj Govardhan in 1409 AD

The Swarup (Idol) of ShreeNathji, as it is established in Nathdwara today Appeared in the Pavitra Vraj Bhumi; from within the sacred Parvat of Shri Govardhan. ShreeNathji Appeared to help open the divine souls to their true bhakti.

This sacred Govardhan Giriraj today, is located at a distance of 14 miles from Mathura, in the east of Anyor village. This Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn as ShreeNathji, is a continuation from His original Swarup of some 5236 years ago when He lifted this same Girirajji to protect His dear Vrajwasis.

(Shree Krishn was born on the 19|20 July, 3228 BC; at 12.39 am in Mathura; in Rohini Nakshatra, Shravan Vad Aatham; this data is taken from the scriptures, Harivansh, Part-1, Chapter 52; Bhagvadji, 10th skand, 3rd chapter; Vishnu Puran, 1st chapter, 26th shlok, 5th ansh)

In the Dwapur Yug Bhagwan Shree Krishn took birth at Mathura on the Vrajbhumi, alongwith all His Divine souls who accompanied Him in various forms; namely the Gopis, His divine parents, divine gwals.

Honoring the requests of all Devtas, Devis, Rishis, Munis, the higher divine souls and Bharat bhumi herself, Shree Krishn incarnated on this earth to destroy all evils. Shree Radha, His Eternal Divine Love took birth two years earlier at Rawal, Mathura. She came with Him also to establish bhao in bhakti; showing us the Divinity in love and bhakti, called Divine Love Consciousness. Though ShreeKrishn and Radha are eternally the same Soul, They Appeared on Earth as two Souls and two Bodies, in the period of Dwapuryug 5236 years ago. In that time period, among several divine Leelas which ShreeKrishn performed is the very famous divine leela in which He lifts Giriraj Govardhan for seven days on His left small finger. This leela further describes how ShreeKrishn destroyed the ego of Indr dev and showed the world that He is the Supreme Shakti.

This Swarup of Shree Krishn stayed back in the Giriraj, once the leela was over. This famous varta finds description in all Hindu holy books.

Bhavishyavani (forecast) about ShreeNathji’s Appearance in Kaliyug has already been mentioned in the Giriraj Khand of the holy scripture Garg Samhita.

 “O king, 4800 years after the beginning of Kaliyug, as every one watches, ShreeKrishn will emerge from a cave on Govardhan parvat and reveal His transcendental Form at Shringar mandal. All bhakts will call this Form of Krishn as ShreeNath. He will always enjoy leelas and plays on Govardhan”.

ShreeNathji is the same Form of Shree Krishn who had played this leela earlier in Dwapur yug. He again Appears from the same Giriraj, in the 14th century, 1409 AD, and what we today know as ShreeNathji Swarup.

All Swarups of Shree Krishn are to be found in Him. Bal Swarup as lalan, Merged Swarup of Shree RadhaKrishn as ShreeNathji.

He is also lovingly called Dev Daman, Indra Daman, Naag Daman by His bhakts. His full name as known to the Vrajwasis was “Shree GovardhanNathji”. Bhakts in their prem for Him also call Him, “Shreeji”.

The original Form of Shree Krishn first Appeared as His Alokik Bhuja (Divine Left Hand), in 1409 AD, Shravan Vad Tritiya, on a Sunday in the Shravan Nakshatra.

This left bhuja when it appeared had all the auspicious markings of Thakurjee, including the Shree and Swastik. The original Shaktis, powers of Shree RadhaKrishn  became visible once  again after a gap of nearly 5236 years.

Urdhav Bhuja Pragatya Varta:

Appearance of ShreeKrishn, Shree GovardhanNathji Urdhav Bhuja on the Govardhan parvat was in 1409 AD, Shravan Vad Tritiya, at sunrise, Shravan Nakshatra.

A Vrajvasi went searching for his gau on the Giriraj, where he first had the darshans of this alokik bhuja. He was surprised, as never before such darshans were seen here. So he fetched few more Vrajvasis to show them this miracle. They all did darshans, and assumed that it is some Devta who has appeared from Shri Giriraj.

An old Vrajvasi suggested that this must be some swarup of Shree Krishn when He had lifted Shri Giriraj for seven days. They did pujan and concluded that whenever He wishes he will grant full Darshans. Till then let us do pujan of the Urdhva Bhuja. The details of this katha is found in the Dugdhpan Charitra

As decided amongst themselves, the Vrajvasi did snan of the alokik bhuja with milk and offered akshat, chandan, pushp, tulsi. Bhog was offered of curd, fruits. For nearly 69 years, till 1478 AD, the Vrajvasi’s did pujan of the divine Bhuja. This granted fulfillment of all wishes of the Vrajvasi.

Dugdhpan Charitra

Manekchand and Saddu Pande were two Vrajvasi who owned many cows. Amongst them one Gau called Dhumer was a direct descendent of the NandRaibaba’s; (Shree Krishn’s father in the original incarnation) vansh cow herd.

The varta describes how she performed dugdh abhishek (worship through pouring of milk) on the Shree Mukh directly. This dugdhpaan continued for nearly six months. Every morning in Brahm Mahurat she would separate from the herd and climb Shri Giiriraj to offer milk on this Mukharvind. Soon the Vrajvasi discovered that this cow gave less milk daily. So he along with Manakchand followed Dhumer and were astonished to witness this scene.

They watched as Dhumer stood and let Her milkflow freely on some particular Shila on the Parvat. This divine leela astonished both of them. They were blessed and had darshans of the alokik bhuja(Divine arm) of Shree Krishn.

Direct Hukum to Saddu Pande

This divyadarshan made them very joyous. They had sakshat darshans of Shreeji. Shree GovardhanNathji gave direct Hukum, I live on Shri Giiriraj. You can call me Dev Daman, Indr Daman, Naag Daman. For seven days I protected Vrajvasi from Indr, destroyed His ego”. Shreeji also describes the other leelas from earlier incarnations, where He has gained victory over many evils and destroyed the ego of many Devtaas.

This is my cow from the Nand Vansh and I have been having Her milk daily. Henceforth send her milk to me daily every morning”.

Saddu Pande does sakshat dandvat and says, “Of course”.

Saddu Pande tells his family of this dialogue

After this happening, Saddu Pande comes home and tells his wife Bhavai and daughter Naro about the adbhut happening .

“Henceforth every morning and evening both of you go and offer milk to Shree GovardhanNathji’”.

Since then, both would carry milk to the top of Shri Girirajji for Shree Krishn twice daily, who now had Appeared again after a gap of 5236 years.

(Later He is named ShreeNathji, GovardhanNathji, Indr Damanji, by His bhakts).

When Dhumar stopped milking, Shreeji arranged for another cow to come here. He told Saddu Pande, “I will have milk only from ShriNandrai’s. Tomorrow a cow will come to you who is also from my Nandvansh, henceforth till Dhumer gives milk again, send me milk from this cow”.

Shreeji orders Dharamdas

Dharamdas is a Vrajvasi who lived in Jamnavati village. He was a bhakt and the disciple of Chaturnaag. Kumbhandas was his nephew.  One of his cow belonged to Shri Nandrai’s family. She separated from the herd, went to Shreeji Mukharvind and fed Him milk. After this she did not go back to join the herd, and sat near Shreeji.  Dharamdas was worried and went to look for her with Kumbhandas, who was ten years of age. They went in search on ShriGirirajji, and found her sitting near ShreeNathji. But in spite of all efforts she did not go with them. Then ShreeNathji gave a direct hukum to him, “Arrey Dharamdas, give this cow to Saddu Pande, I will drink her milk.” And sakshat hukum to Kunbhandas, “Arrey Kumbhandas, you come and play with me everyday”.

These  madhur words filled them with ecstasy and  both fell unconscious. When they came out of this joyful state, both did a parikrama and saksaat dandvat to Shreeji. They followed this divine hukum as per Shreeji’s desire.

Gaudiya Madhavanand is given sakshat hukum

Gaudiya Madhavanand had come for a Giriraj parikrama. He stayed on a chabutra outside Saddu Pande house. Along with the Vrajvasi he too had darshans of ShreeNathji and was very happy. He developed a desire of offering cooked grains bhog to ShreeNathji. When he had made the bhog ready, ShreeNathji gave him a hukum, “I will have ann food (grains) only when Shri Acharyaji comes here and cooks for me. Till then I will only have milk. Since you have this desire of offering Me bhog and doing My Shringar, I will permit you. First go do a parikrama of the country. By then Shri Acharyaji will be here and he will establish My paat in a mandir. He will keep you in my sewa and then I will Play and do Leela with all the Vrajvasi.”

With this divine hukum, Madhavendrapuri, waited patiently for the right time. Till 1472 AD, ShreeNathji accepted milk and curds from the Vrajvasi, played with Kumbhandas and would go steal makkhan from some Vrajvasi.

Bhavanpura Vrajvasi ki maanta

A Vrajvasi from Bhavanpura lost his cow, so he did a maanta to Shreeji., “The cow has been lost in the van where a lion also lives. If the cow comes back safe I will offer all her milk to Dev Daman”.

Shreeji, then extended His Bhuja , caught the cow with her ear and kept her safely with the other cows. Bhavanpura began offering all the milk to Shreeji. Once this Play is over Shreeji orders Kumbhandas, “My arm is hurting from holding the cow by her ear and keeping in safety, can you please press  and relieve me from the pain”.

Soon, to help in ShreeNathji  leela,  all the cows  and Vrajvasi around Shri Giriraj, who took birth were  from the time of Shree Krishn Avtaar.

ShreeNathji began to Play in many ways on Shri Giriraj.

Pragatya of the four raksharth

For the protection of Shri GovardhanNathji, the four viyuhan also appeared.

Shri Sankarshan Dev in Sankarshan Kund;  Shri Devji from Govind Kund; Shri Daniraiji  from Dan Ghati; Shri Hari  Devji from Shri Kund.

These four Dev are Sankarshan, Vasudev, Pradhumn, Anirudhnatmak.  They are always with ShreeNathji for His protetction.

For His sewa, Shri Purushottumrup, Shri Acharya appeared.

Mukharvind Pragtaya

It was on Vaishak Vad Giyaras in 1478 AD; in Atbhisha Nakshatra on a Thursday; during the Abhijitmahurat, 12.40-1.00 in the afternoon; when His Mukharvind Appeared and gave His divya darshan to the blessed people of the village; According to Shree Krishn’s desire, on the same day but in the Abhijitmahurat, 12.40-1.00 at night, Shri Vallabhacharya also appeared at some distance in another village called Champaran in a ring of fire.

Shri Vallabhacharya, was the divine guru of that period. During this period, at Giriraj Govardhan, all of the original Gwal bals who were there with Him earlier in His original Incarnation as Shree RadhaKrishn, also took birth around this land for the leela of ShreeKrishn to be perfect. This includes His Asht Chaap Kavi too, who were ShreeKrishn’s very close Bal Sakha earlier.

ShreeNathji gives hukum to Shri Acharyaji to come to Shri Giriraj for His sewa

In the year 1492 AD, Falguni Sud 11, ShreeNathji sent hukum to Shri Acharya at Jharkand, “In the Form of Shri GovardhanNath, I have Appeared and Live in the kandra of Giriraj. The Vrajvasi have had my Darshans once, and they have the desire to do my darshans. But I wait for you to come here in my sewa; all the Vrajvasi from my Shree Krishn Avtaar  have to be taken in refuge and put  in my sewa. Then I will do my Play with all of them. We will meet on Shri Haridasvarya.

Shree Krishn said that there were some souls left from His Original Aavtar of 5236 years ago. "They have to be searched and initiated into sewa". "I have come for them as well as to grant peace and joy to all of mankind".

Around this period, ShreeNathji also gave Shri Vallabh the Mantra for initiating all His Divine souls with Brahm Sambandh, so that they could be accepted back in His Divine Leela and taken to Golok finally.

Shri Vallabh Acharya comes to Shri Giriraj and searches for ShreeNathji

Shri Vallabh Acharya on his way to Shri Giiriraj cleared the yantra badha, which had been put by a muslim ruler at Vishram ghat.

From Mathura, he reached Shri Giriraj and stopped at Saddu Pande’s house. He stayed on the chabutra outside his house. The Vrajvasi came for his darshans.

They then hear Shree GovardhanNathji’s voice from the Giriraj, “Aree Naro, get my milk”. Naro replied, “Today we have some guests”. Shreeji replies, “It’s very good that guests are there, but get my milk”. “Okay, I will bring it”, and she filled the milk in a cup and took it for Shreeji.

Shri Mahaprabhuji asks Damla, “Did you hear the words”? Damla said he did hear, but did not understand what was being said. Then Shri Acharyaji said that it is the same voice that had commanded him to come here. ShreeNathji has Appeared here on this Parvat. We will climb up in the morning. Soon Naro came back after offering ShreeNathji milk, with the empty katora. Shri Vallabh Acharya asks her if there as any milk remaining in the cup as he wished to have it. Naro replied that there is some, but there is a lot of milk, he can have from that.

As desired by Saddu Pande, Shri Vallabh Acharya gave him the initiation with mantra, and accepted sewa from him. Later at night, Saddu Pande, Manikchand, and some Vrajvasi sat around Shri Vallabh Acharya. Shri Mahaprabhuji  inquired from Saddu Pande, to narrate how Shree Dev Daman Appeared, on Shri Girirajji please tell me the varta.

Then Saddu Pande narrates the entire katha, which filled Shri Mahaprabhuji’s heart with great bhao.

Shri Maha Prabhuji climbs the Giriraj and meets ShreeNathji

Early next day, Shri Maha Prabhuji and the Vrajvasis joyfully  climbed the Giriraj Govardhan to do darshans of ShreeNathji. ShreeNathji too came out to meet Shri Mahaprabhuji. ShreeNathji gave him hukum to keep His Paat, and start sewa. In Pushti maarg, sewa is very important. As per Shreeji’s desire, Shri Vallabh Acharya constructed a small mandir, kept the Paat and started sewa. At Apsara Kund lived a bhakt Ramdas, who heard about Shri Acharyas visit. He came for darshans. Shri Maha Prabhuji directed him to start sewa for ShreeNathji. Ramdas was doubtful as he had never done sewa before. Shri Maha Prabhuji told him not to worry, as Shreeji Himself will teach him how to do the sewa. Shri Vallabhacharya named this Form of Shree Krishn as Gopala, meaning the lover and protector of cows.

Shri Vallabh Acharya made a mukut of Mor Chandrika, and showed Ramdas how to do the sewa. He is told to go to Govind Kund every morning, take snan and fill water for sewa. After this he should bathe Shreeji, and do sewa with Vastra and the other Shringar as Shri Maha Prabhuji does. Shreeji likes to wear Gunja Chandrika. With His blessings, whatever offering comes, use that for the purchase of Bhog samagri of Shree Thakurjee. You also manage your livelihood from this.

ShreeNathji gives a dream to Puranmall Kshtri to build His mandir

In 1499 AD, ShreeNathji gives hukum in a dream to Puranmall Kshtri. “Come to Vraj Mandal and build a large mandir for me”. So Puranmall sold all his property and came to Shri Govardhan at Vraj. He asked the Vrajvasi the where abouts of Shree Dev Daman. Puranmall was very happy to do the darshans, after which he meets Shri Vallabh Acharya and narrates the dream. “I have sold everything that I possessed and come here with all my wealth to build the mandir as per Shreeji’s hukum”.

Shri Maha Prabhuji grants permission for building. Purnmall then requests Shri Giiriraj that there will be a lot of disturbance in building the mandir, I need your permission. Giriraj Govardhan says, “ShreeNathji will live in my heart, so all the digging work etc will not cause any parishram to me, please go ahead and start the work”.

Hiramani Usta is also summoned by Shreeji in a dream

The architect Hiramani lived in Agra. As per hukum in his dream, he came to Vraj and met Shri Vallabh Acharya. Shri Vallabh Acharya gave him the permission and instructed him to start drawing the plan on paper. He drew the plan of a mandir without a shikhar. But as soon as he finished drawing the plan it would change to a drawing of a mandir with a shikhar. This happened three times, so Shri Maha Prabhuji understood that it was Shreeji’s desire to stay in a mandir with a shikhar.

He tells Damodardas, “Since ShreeNathji wishes to stay in a mandir with a shikhar, it means He will stay in Shri Govardhan for many years. Then there will be attack by the Mughals, after which Shreeji will move to some other part of the country. He will stay here also for several years, after which He will move back to Vraj.

In that period, His mandir will be built on the Punchri side on the ground. Shri Giriraj has three Shikhar, Adi Shikhar, Brahm Shikhar, Dev Shikhar. In His first avtaar as Shree Krishn, He did leela on the Adi Shikhar. The second Leela is happening on the Dev Shikhar, the next Leela will happen on the Brahm Shikhar. Adi Shikhar and Dev Shikhar are gupt in the earth; Shreeji gives pragatya darshans on the Brahm Shikhar. You are Shri GovardhanNathji, so You always do Leela on Shri Giiriraj Govardhan”.

Shreeji’s new mandir foundation is laid

The mandir foundation was laid in the year 1499 AD, Vaishak Sud 3, in Rohini Nakshatra. All of Puranmall’s wealth was exhausted. He went south again to work and earn money so that the mandir could be completed. Shreeji refused to accept this sewa from any other bhakt and waited for 20 years, till Puranmall could complete the mandir!

Till then Shreeji stayed in the small mandir. These 20 years, Ramdas Chauvan Rajput did the sewa. Thus from 1488 AD till 1519 AD, Shreeji did His Leela from this small mandir.

New mandir Paat Utsav

Once this new mandir was ready, Shre Maha Prabhuji reached Vraj after completing parikrama of the country. Shreeji was established in His new mandir in 1519 AD; VaishakSud Teej; on AkhaTeej. Thisday is also called the PaatUtsav of ShreeNathji.

Puranmall felt very happy to have darshans of ShreeNathji in the new mandir. Shri Maha Prabhuji wanted to grant him some desire fulfillment. Puranmall desired to apply Argaja attar with his hands on GovardhanNathji. Having being granted permission, he bought the best of Attar and joyfully applied on Shree Thakurjee. With a lot of bhao and love, he did this sewa. Later Shri Vallabh Acharya did the Shringar with Vastra and Abhushan. Puranmall did dandvat to Shri Vallabh Acharya, who presented him with his shawl; and left for his village, Ambalaya.

Shreeji sewa started

Shri Acharya called on Saddu Pande and told him to start sewa. Saddu Pande replied, that they were simple Vrajvasi and had no idea about the appropriate ways of doing sewa. He suggested that at Shri Kund there are the sewaks of a Brahmin Vaishnav, who is in Shri Krishn Chaitnya sewa. So Shri Vallabh Acharya agreed and kept some Bengali Brahmins for sewa. He initiated them in the right ways of sewa. Madhavendra Puri was appointed the mukhiya. Krishndasji became the adhikari, Kumbhandas became the kirtankar. Shri Maha Prabhuji laid the rules for the type and amount of daily samagri.

The katha continues, as one time Shree GovardhanNathji wanted a cow from Shri Vallabh Acharya. He sold his gold ring to fulfill Shreeji’s desire, as Shreeji refused to accept from anyone else. When the Vrajvasi heard that Shree GovardhanNathji love cows, all came and offered cows as bhent. Shri Vallabh Acharya named Shreeji as Gopal. Thus continued many divine leelas of ShreeNathji with his bhakts at Vraj.

ShreeNathji is unhappy with the Bengali Brahmin sewa

Madhavendapuri, daily did Shreeji’s Shringar according to the niyam set by Shri Vallabh Acharya. Though Shreeji did not like the sewa, he did not show His displeasure, as this sewa had been started by Shri Maha Prabhuji. This continued for 14 years. One day the sewaks kept a Devi Idol called Vrinda Devi, with Shreeji in the mandir. Shree GovardhanNathji disliked this, so He gave hukum to Avdhutdas to tell Krishndas that the Bengalis are stealing my Prasad, so remove them from my sewa.

In these years, when Shreeji resided here the people of Vraj were very lucky. ShreeNathji who was worshipped there, lived in a very Live Form and interacted with His bhakts (devotees) in various leelas and plays.

Shreeji, being the mischievous little child would play with Naro. Once He changed His Swarup and went to Naro’s house, “Can you give me some milk, I am hungry”. “You will have to pay if you want milk”, said Naro, not recognizing Shreeji in this Swarup. “I do not have money, but if you wait I will pay you in a different way”, so saying Shreeji ran back to His Mandir and came back with His Gold Katora (cup) used for His Bhog (offering) in the Mandir. Giving it to Naro, He happily drank some milk and ran away.

Later when Naro’s father came home he was surprised to see the gold katora (cup). Naro explained how a young child came in the morning and having no money to pay for the milk gave this as payment. Her father was astonished and ecstatic. “You are so lucky; Shreeji came and changed His Swarup to give you this Divya Anubhuti” (divine experience). He went up to the mandir and returned Shreeji’s Katora, explaining the entire play to all present there.

Such Divine interactions and plays with His 84 and 252 divine souls are in called 84 Vaishnavas and 252 Vaishnavas ki vaarta.

Shreeji showed people that God is very close and very attainable. Such divine leela which is a very intimate part of ShreeNathji Pragatya, is not recorded in any other religious literature.

All these encounters have been recorded and written by Shri Gokulnathji; in the Shreeji Vartaa books called “Do Sau Bavan Vaishnavki Varta”; “Chaurasi Vaishnav Ki Varta”.

These kathas tell us about the identity of the bhaktas in the original, eternal Shree RadhaKrishn leela. Then the varta tells us about their worldly birth in the sametime period as ShreeNathji and His human counter parts– Shri Vallabhacharya, Shri Gusainji.

Shri Vallabh Acharyaji toured entire India three times and established 84 Baithaks; these are the places where he did the Bhagvat katha for the benefit of people and established Shree Krishn sewa in the mandir. It explains how these two divine gurus searched for the divine souls, initiated them in Shreeji’s sewa, and how they finally merged totally with Shree RadhaKrishn-ShreeNathji again – in Their eternal abode. It describes how they became attached to the Divine again. Shri Vallabhacharya and Shri Gusainji established the seva in their hearts of any Form of Shree Krishn; and as the bhakts became absorbed in Shreeji’s Form they were given the awakening by their divine guru.

Brahmsambandh mantra given to Shri Maha Prabhuji

This initiation mantra had been given to Shri Vallabhacharya by Shree Krishn Himself as He appeared and explained what needed to be done. While in Gokul, Shri Vallabhacharya thought as how to initiate the people in the path of devotion. As he worried about this, around midnight, Bhagwan ShreeKrishn Himself appeared before him in the Form of ShreeNathji. He explained to Shri Vallabhacharya how to initiate people in the ways of total surrender and sewa, through Brahma-Sambandh. Shree Krishn promised Shri Vallabhacharya He would accept the sewa of all the bhakts who were initiated with the Brahma-Sambandh. Shree Krishn gave him the Gadya Mantra*, as an explanation to the five syllable mantra which solved Shri Vallabhacharya’s concern.

Shri Mahaprabhuji then garlanded Shree Krishn with Pavitra (cotton thread garland) and offered him 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. This was in 1492 AD, Shravan Shukla Giyaras. This occasion is celebrated as Pavitra Ekadashi. It is also known as the day of the birth of Pushti Marg.

Shri Maha Prabhuji leaves earth leela

In 1531 AD, Ashad Sud 3 in the afternoon, Shri Maha Prabhuji walked into Gangaji on Hanuman Ghat at Shri Kashi, did padmasan and left for Golok Dham.

His eldest son, Shri Goipinathji became the head, and served Shreeji for three years. Otherwise the Bengali Brahmins were in Shreeji sewa. His son, Shri Purushottamji, went up to Shri Giiriraj kandra, where Shreeji caught hold of him and took him bodily in His leela. Shri Gopinathji was very sad in seperation from his son. He went to Shree Jagannathji, and merged within the swarup of Shree Baldevji.

Shri Gusainji takes the seat and removes the Bengalis from sewa

Shri Gusainji was born in the year 1516 AD at Charnat. After Shri Gopinathji he took over as the head. He removed the Bengalis from sewa at the mandir. Knowing Shreeji’s desire, he kept Gujjar Brahmin for sewa. Ramdas was made the Mukhiya.

There is a narration of Madhavendrapuri

Madhavendrapuri was a Brahmin from Tailang. Madhva Sampradya’s Acharya was the disciple of Kriahn Chaitnaya. He was directed to go to Gaud Pradesh and spread bhakti. Madhavendrapuri was a sanyasi and lived in Kashi. He helped Shri Mahaprabhuji’s father Shri Laxman Bhattji to complete the Yagya. Shri Vallabh Acharya then studied all the Ved, Shashtra, in four months. Shri Vallabh Acharya asked him to ask for guru dakshina. At that moment, Madhavendra puri had darshans of Par Brahm in Shri Vallabh Acharya. So he requested Shri Vallabh Acharya, that when you establish ShreeNathji in the mandir on Shri Giriraj, please keep me in His sewa. Shri Maha Prabhuji agreed, and asked him to come to Vraj when he establishes Paat for Shree GovardhanNathji. Till the time that Shreeji wishes, you will do sewa there.

Asht Sakha varnan

When Shree GovardhanNathji, lived on Shri Giriraj, Shri Gusainji did sewa, and when Shree GovardhanNathji Appeared on Shri Giriraj, the Asht Sakha also took birth on this earth. They sang and described all the leelas happening.

The names of the Aasht chaap kavi as the original Krishn’s friends in the earlier incarnation 5000 years ago are- Krishna, Arjun, Tok, Vishala, Rishab, Subal, Shri Damala, Bhoj Swami

These same gwal friends took birth later in Shreeji leela at Giriraj Govardhan, and were known as the Aasht chaap kavi.

Surdas was Krishna, Kumbhan das was Arjun, Parmanand das was Tok, Chatrabhuj das was Vishala, Krishna das was Rishab, Cheet swami was Subal, Govind was Shri Damala, Vishnudas was Bhoj swami

(In the Pragtya Varta from which I have translated and presented this writings, there are several kathas of Shreeji’s leela with the Vrajvasi. I will have to go to only some important ones which are required for this narration.)

After Shri Vallabhacharya, his son Shri Gusainji did sewa for Shreeji.

Shri Gusainji was a Divine Guru who looked after Shreeji very lovingly. He was born in 1516, in Charnat, a village near Varanasi. He was a master in Astrology and medicines. He also filled ShreeNathji sewa with music, dance, Shringar, various bhog, and the innumerable celebration of the Utsavs.

He began the custom of Haveli sangeet as it is today. All the Asht Sakha Kavi were formed in a formal group and introduced in Shreeji’s sewa directly. Many Sanskrit rachnas were composed by him are sung at the Haveli.

He also started the pratha of the Raas Mandlis; who enacted Shree Krishn Leela. He was very close to Emperor Akbar. Tansen, Birbal, Raja Todarmal, Baz Bahadur, interacted with him freely.

By 1557, when Shri Gusainji wished to move from Adel, and come close to Shreeji’s mandir on Giriraj Govardhan, it was Akbar who gave him the land near Mahavan, and so he could live close to his Shreeji.

He travelled extensively all over the country and made many disciples. The 252 Vaishnavs are some of them, they included kings, ministers, rich, poor, muslims, sadhus, robbers. He uplifted his disciples by his mere presence.

He fulfilled the wishes of his disciples and also of ShreeNathji Himself.

A varta describes that once when Shri Gusainji thought of taking sanyas, Shree Navnit Priyaji (Bal Swarup of Krishn), knowing of his intentions, informed him that He was also taking sanyas and coloured all His Vastra in the sanyasi gerua colour of orange. Shri Gusainji had to drop the idea of sanyas.

During the period of Shri Gusainji’s sewa Shreeji interacted with all His Bhakts personally giving them every divine bliss here on this earth. He behaved as a small child and had a habit of asking for whatever He wanted from His bhakt. He loved to play games with His Gwals and many times demanded and ate food from His bhakts.

Shri Gusainji had to virtually look after Shreeji as a small child. He took care of all His needs. During this divine period, Thakurjee Shree RadhaKrishn filled the life of His bhakts with Joy and Bliss. He appeared as a helpless innocent child and filled the hearts and souls with the sweetness of His Leela and Plays. This blissful lila was there for some lucky divine souls.

These divine souls were searched for and then initiated into ShreeKrishn sewa. Both, Shri Vallabhacharya and Shri Gusainji collected these divine souls and connected them with Shreeji. Both were like His human counterparts come to do some specific works for Shreeji. They acted as the intermediate between God and the human soul and were known as the Divine Guru.

Wherever Shreeji played, His Asht Sakha, sang for Him, while Lalita and Shyam played the Mridung and the Been. Shreeji, by now had nearly 24 villages as bhent, and the Vrajvasi who lived here would come to offer their new born cows to Shree Dev Daman.

Shri Gusainji built Khirak for all of the cows near Gulal kund and kept four gwals in sewa. Kumbhandas son Krishndas, Gopinath das, Gopal gwal, Ganga gwal. In the day they would look after the cows and play with Shreeji Baba.

Shreeji visits Shri Gusainji home at Mathura

ShreeNathji goes to visit Shri Gusainji home at Mathura, when he had gone to Gujrat. Shri Giridharji makes a Rath ready and Shreeji climbs on this Rath on Shri Giridharji shoulders at the Dandauti Shila. He reaches Shri Gusainji house and then on 1577 AD, Falgun Vad 7, Thursday, establishes Shreeji Paat in the house. All the people in the family offered all ornaments and wealth to Shreeji, except one Bahuji who hid a Nath. Shreeji who knew of this casually mentions that I have everything except the Nath from Kamla Betiji, which then he accepts.

Then Shreeji realizes that Shri Gusainji will reach Govardhan soon. So He tells Shri Giridharji to take Him back soon. “Shri Gusainji will be upset when he does not have my darshans at Giriraj Govardhan. Take me back today”. Shreeji sat in His Rath, with the hukum to take the Rath as fast as possible. He will do Raj bhog and Shayan bhog together at Shri Giriraj. They reached the Dandauti Shila, Shreeji jumped from His Rath on to Shri Giridharji’s shoulders, returned to His Nij mandir, jumped from the shoulders and sat on His Charan Chowki. This leela is very alokik in nature.

When Shri Gusainji returned the next morning, he heard this leela and was very astonished. He touches Shreeji’s cheek and asks Him, “Baba, what was the reason for You to visit Shri Mathura”? Shreeji replies, “I went to meet all the bahu and beti of your family”.

Akbar Badshah and his begum BiBi Taj

Akbar Badhah’s wife was a disciple of Shri Gusainji. During this period Akbar came in power. He fortunately had a great honour and regard for Hindu worship. He stopped all looting and destruction of the Hindu mandirs. So during the rule of Emperor Akbar, there was peace in all of Vraj Mandal. Because of this Shri Gusainji was able to establish the beautiful and lavish sewa for ShreeNathji. There are several vartas of their interactions, which show how close they were to Shri Gusainji.

Shri Gusainji does bhavishyvani

Once when Shri Gusainji was on his way to Dwarka, he saw a lovely spot in Mevar, Rajasthan called Sinhad. Shri Gusainji stayed there for two days. He mentioned this to Baba Harivamshaji, “In future ShreeNathji will come reside here. As long as I am alive Shreeji will not leave Giriraj Govardhan. This shows how all was planned by Shreeji Himself; when He would leave Vraj and move to Mewar. The outer circumstances are there only as an excuse for His leela to be complete.

King Uday Singh came for his darshans with gifts of gold and land. In return as blessings, Shri Gusainji gave him some pure vastra and samadhan, which had been worn by Shreeji Himself. Later his queen came who was Princess Mira Bai’s daughter. This Rani’s daughter-in-law was Ajaba Kunwari. She also came and took diksha in the form of Brahm sambandh from Shri Gusainji himself. She had darshans of his real swarup. When he had to move on to Dwarka Ajaba was very upset. Shri Gusainji then explained to her, “Though I can not stay here, Shreeji Himself would come here and give you Darshans daily.”

Shreeji visits Mewar daily to fulfill the commitment

After this promise Shreeji came daily from Shri Govardhan to Mewar to meet His dear bhakt and friend, Ajaba. After playing Chopad (a ludo like board game) with her He would return to Giriraj Govardhan. Realizing how troublesome it must be for Thakurjee to travel back and forth, Ajaba made a request to Shreeji, “It is tiring for You to come and go daily. Please come and live in Mewar, so that I can always have your darshans”. At that time Shreeji refused. He told her, “As long as Shri Gusainji is here on earth I will not leave Shri Giriraj, but after he leaves for Golok, I will come here and stay for many years. Then only when Shri Gusainji is reborn, I will return back to Giriraj Govardhan in Vraj and play there for many years”. So saying, Shreeji leaves for Giriraj Govardhan.

Shri Vitthalnathji, is also known as Shri Gusainji.

Author : Abha Shahra Shyama

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Moving back from Shri Nathdwara to Vraj Mandal
ShreeNathji Appearance at Giriraj Govardhan in 1409AD
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