savebrajforum Radharani Braja Yatra 2012: Barsana Day 2

Rādhārāṇī Braja Yatra 2012: Barsana Day 2

Last night Ramesh Bābājī Mahārāj informed the yatris to go to Śrī Ji Mandir at 5:am in order to take darshan during mangal arotik.

The next morning in the pitch-black darkness what a safari journey, walking with the other pilgrims with the dancing knotted trees in the background, en route to the temple. Old gopis meandered up the hill depending on the passerby flashlights to make way. The barely lit path provided strange shadows and occasional bunches of kumari gopis, huddled together in the cool air, chanted village songs, slowly breaking in rhythm as they traversed thesteep hill. One senior girl with a command on the slokas would renew the pace as they went higher and higher.

Quite a personal scenario as ‘familiar yatri faces’ could be intermittently distinguished amidst the darkness. Soon the Mandir came in sight.

Śrī Ji Mandir is the location of Rādhārāṇī’s palace 5,000 years ago. Here Rādhārāṇī would reside within a beautiful courtyard, trees, chirping birds, and celestial sounds. Many guards would patrol the outer portion of the fort. Here She would constantly think about Śrī Kṛṣṇa and their next rendezvous.

The parikrama party took darshan of their Lordships and the pandas honored Ramji lalji Sharma with a garland and prasadam. Then a dancing kirtan followed in the outer courtyard to the right. Nṛsiṁha baba led the rasiya bhajans and the enthusiastic gopis paired off together with the gents to the side.

Always by leaving this temple in a crowd, there is a bottleneck at the door, a compression of bodies and a great relief to pop out the other side, all part of the respectful loving exchanges in Braja!

After going down the hill and passing through the town into the fields, we came to Brajeshvara Maha Devawho is the form of the benevolentMaha Rudra of Braja.

Obeisances to Brajeshvara Baba who is unlimitedly merciful!

It was said that at one time some Brajabāsīs tried to move this Mahadeva deity from here and install in another place. The more they tried to dig him out, the more he went deeper into the earth. They could not estimate his power and desire, and atlast they thought that best to allow him to reign here, and they then apologized to Mahadeva.

tatobrajeshvrakhymaharudraprarthnmantr (gouri tantr)

brajshvaray te tubhyam maharudray te namah /

brajoukansa shivarthay namste shiv rupine //

The meaning of this mantra is that Mahadeva’s name is Brajeshvara Śiva and he always lives for the welfare of the Brajabāsīs. Obeisances to Lord Śiva in the form of Brajeshvara!

This deity is very ancient. He has been here since the time of Vṛṣabhānuji Mahārāja! Vṛṣabhānuji daily used to worship him before taking bath in Vṛṣabhānu Sarovar.

Then we came to Bhanu sarovar, the lake of Vṛṣabhānuji, by just taking bath and offering respect, all sins, kayak(performed by body), vachik (verbal), and manasic (mentally) are destroyed. We pay our obeisance to that sarovar which is made by Vṛṣabhānu Maharaj. Here his cows would come, drink, and bathe. Kṛṣṇa would come and meet with Rādhā in the early lilas, and He would have to pass through the protective guards of Lalita and Viśākhā.

Vṛṣabhānu’s kuṇḍa is to the right and Kirti Maiya’s kuṇḍa is to the left.

Close to these kuṇḍas is one Bhaktamal ashram.

Then we passed through the back side of Sankari khor, where krsna taxed the gopis for passage and even broke their pots.

On the road to the right we find Moksa dhama and Chitralekha sakhī’s temple. Her home village is Chiksoli right around the bend.

Then the party arrived at Dhoni kuṇḍa, right below Mor Kuti and Maan Mandir. Here Baba Maharaj restored this place some years ago and is now one of the most picturesque kuṇḍas in all of Braja. During the rainy season it exhibits its full glory.

Kṛṣṇa would come here and milk His cows.

Across the street we find Maheshvarisar, or Mahesvari kuṇḍa. Lord Śiva took on a gopi form, and desired to enter in the maha rasa dance here and Pārvatī said to him, “You can not enter the maha rasa unless you are properly decorated.” Then she dressed him/her and placed ornaments on Śivaji so he/she could then go meet Lord Krsna.

Next came Gahvarvan kuṇḍa, also known as Kṛṣṇa kuṇḍa. Some say that this place is the most powerful place in all of Braja. This is a rasa-stali where nightly the Lord engages in the maha rasa dance. There are actually some gopis in this area who sometimes awaken to the sound of the nightly nupoor sounds, though the darshan of the Supremes remain hidden.

The kuṇḍa is square and small and it is said that Rādhārāṇī took Kṛṣṇa’s flute and placed it into the ground and made this kuṇḍa.

Tonight Baba Śrī spoke about these lila stans in more detail. He described how Barṣāṇā was immune to all the pralayas or various destructions.

He had us chant the pranam mantra for Gahvarvan and then glorified Gahvarvan, Rādhārāṇī’s home turf and mentioned how Kṛṣṇa always comes to Barṣāṇā in disguise. Sometimes He would come as a sakhī like Gop devi, or as a gopi bangle or flower seller to meet with Rādhārāṇī.

One time Mother Yasoda saw that Kanaiya had fainted with tears in his eyes. She looked for a doctor, and Lalita devised a plan and told Yasoda that she knew a female yogi that was expert in the healing arts and could cure her Boy.

Yasoda said, “Please bring her!”

Lalita went to Rādhārāṇī and told Her you must go to Nandagram to heal Kṛṣṇa. Rādhārāṇī said, “How can I do that this will bring defamation to Me by going there?”

Lalita told Her the plan, “Go disguised as a female yogi healer, expert in all mystic perfections.” So She went and in seeing Kṛṣṇa said in a deep voice, “Hmnn achha!,” and told Yasoda that He will be fine after She chants some special mantras. Of course there is one condition that if anyone is in the room and hears these mantras then the same ‘condition’ will fall upon the listener. “I will clap when you can come back in.” Mother Yasoda quickly left and Rādhā said to Kṛṣṇa, “Hey Śyāma open your eyes, it’s Me Rādhā.” Kṛṣṇa opened his eyes and came back to life, They were united.

Rādhā then clapped and Mother Yasoda returned(all the yatris clapped in appreciation). Seeing the recovery of her Son she fell at the feet of this Yogi. The Yogi gave a prescription that daily Kṛṣṇa must come to Barṣāṇā. Mother Yasoda said , “Why?” Rādhā Yogi said, “Barṣāṇā is the most powerful place dangers can not reside there and anyone who goes there will be healed of all inauspicious influences.” J

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