About ShreeNathji Application
Scene 1 – Shree Krishn lifting the Govardhan
Shree Krishn was born on the 19|20 July, 3228 BC; at 12.39 in Mathura, in Rohini Nakshatra-Shravan Vad Atham.
In one of His famous leelas, Shree Krishn lifts the Govardhan Parvat for 7 days and nights. This was to protect the Braj wasis from the anger of Indra Dev.
This Swarup of Shree Krishn stayed back in Shree Girirajji once the leela was over.
Scene 2 - Govardhan Pragatya of Mukharwind, Ghumar cow feeding Shreeji
After nearly 5236 years this sacred Shree Krishn Urja emerged from Shree Govardhan and Appeared as the Swarup we call ShreeNathji
The original Form of Shree Krishn first Appeared as His Alokik Bhuja in Vikram Samvat 1466, Shravan Vad Tritiya, Shravan Nakshatra.
Later His Mukharwind Appeared in Vikram Samvat 1535, Vaishak Vad Giyaras, Satbhisha Nakshatra, on a Thursday; during the Abhijit mahurat, 12.40-1.00 in the afternoon.
On the same day Shri Vallabhacharya Appeared in a ring of fire, in the Abhijit Mahurat of 12.40-1.00 at night; in the village of Champaran.
Saddu Pande’s cow, called Ghumar was a direct descendant of the Nand Baba’s herd of Gaumata. She knew about ShreeNathji Appearance and would come to feed Him milk everyday. Saddu Pande realized what was happening, so ran to the place and bowed to Shree Thakurjee. From that day Saddu Pande’s wife Bhavai and daughter Naro went to feed Shreeji milk daily.
Scene 3 - Shreeji appearing at Naro’s house
Shreeji loved playing with Naro. In one of His Vartaas, He went to Naro’s house to ask her for some milk as He felt hungry. As Thakurjee came in the disguise of a Gwal Bal, Naro failed to recognize Him. Shree Thakurjee asked her, “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 gwal had come 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.
Scene 4 – ShreeNathji Meeting Shri Vallabhacharya
This very famous leela is known as Vallabhacharya-Shreeji Bhent.
ShreeNathji gave a dream to Shri Vallabh, that He is there on the Govardhan, and to come and do His Sthapan and start Sewa for Him. Also Shree Krishn said that there were some souls left from His Original Aavtar. “They have to be searched and initiated into sewa”. On this particular day, as Vallabhacharya rested at Saddu Pande’s house, he heard Shreeji’s voice calling out to Naro, ShreeNathji had the habit of calling out to Naro whenever He wished for milk. He liked talking and playing with her. In sometime Shree Krishn called out from top of the Girirajji, “O Naro, bring me some milk”. As Shri Vallabhacharya heard this voice he understood it to be the same Divine Voice who had commanded him here. He was overwhelmed with joy and decided to climb up in the morning.
As Naro came back with the empty bowl, Vallabhacharya asked for it and licked whatever was left as a Prasad from Thakurjee.
Next morning in Brahm mahurat Shri Vallabhacharya began his climb with all his disciples and the Brajwasis. The divine meeting happened here. When Shree Krishn saw His bhakt coming He came down from His Sthan and embraced Shree Vallabhacharya.
As per Shree Krishn’s Hukum a small mandir was erected and Vallabhacharya did the Sthapan of Thakurjee. A Mor Mukut (peacock feather crown) was made and a gunja mala to adorn Shree Krishn. The form of daily worship also started. Vallabhacharya named this Form of Shree Krishn as Gopala, which meant the lover and protector of cows. This name was later changed to GovardhanNathji by Gusainji, also known as Shri Vitthalnathji. Later, Vallabhacharya’s grand son, Gokulnathji renamed Him as ShreeNathji, and till today He is known to us by this name.
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, who were the divine souls come on earth along with Him; and many times demanded and ate food from His bhakts.
The journey to Mevar, Nathdwara, from Govardhan-Mathura, began in Vikram Samvat 1669 on Asadh Sud Poonam on Friday, during the last 3 hours of the night. ShreeNathji with all His sewaks arrived in Sinhad in Vikram Samvat 1672 on Falgun Vad Satam on Saturday.
It took Shreeji 2 years, 4 months and 7 days to travel from the Govardhan Hill to Mevar in His Rath.
In Vikram Samvat 1672 in Falgun Vad Satam, Shri Dauji established ShreeNathji at Nathdwara in His mandir Haveli, according to Vedic rites. Slowly all the various rituals and festivals were started again here similar to the Govardhan hill.
A Gaushala was also built close by for Shreeji’s cows.
Scene 5 – KrishnRadha merging into ShreeNathji
ShreeNathji is the merged Form of KrishnRadha. ShreeNathji is Two in One. One half is Krishn, the other Radha. The totally merged Energies, Urja’s of KrishnRadha is the Form of ShreeNathji who recently Appeared again on this earth to bless His bhakts and establish a new form of bhao bhakti. Anyone in his search for KrishnRadha are blessed by KrishnRadha in Their new Form, as ShreeNathji which appeared 529 years ago.
On various festivals and important days Shreeji dresses in Radha Bhao. One can get Darshans of His long hair woven in a Plait; His nose ring, the various types of Vaastra (clothes) He Adornes. In the Mangala, (early morning darshans) His long hair is visible as a knot tied on top of His head, called an Amboda.
Krishn’s Bal Swarup (Child Form) is called as “Lalan”
In His “Lalan” Form, He is worshipped by the Pushtimaarg Vaishnawa bhakts. His sewa is performed as of a very young child all through the 24 hours. It is in this Form that He comes out to play with His devotees. He grants all kinds of unimaginable bliss and maasti in the play that He performs. The interaction is direct and receiver the luckiest divine soul on this earth; who is personally selected by Thakurjee from among the crores of human souls.
ShreeNathji ‘Himself’ Lives here in His Haveli Mandir; so is worshipped in a very live manner. It is assumed that He is Present at all times in His Child Form; hence Sewa is done as of Shree Krishn in His child Form of ShreeNathji at Vrindavan dham. There is no Shikhar on the top; over Shreeji’s Nij Mandir there is a roof top with His Sudarshan Chakra and the Dhajaji flying.
Shreeji’s Sewa is done with the most pure of bhao and best of samagri
Shri Vallabhacharya had started the Ashtyaam sewa with the bhao of Nandalaya. Later his second son Shri Gusainji Vitthalnathji established the elaborate sewa of Bhog and Shringar which is followed till today, as started nearly 500 years ago. The festivals and their way of celebrations is also not changed; the various type of Vastra and ornaments that Shreeji wears are the same as started several 100 years ago by Shri Gusainji.
Shreeji’s Darshans are not open continuously for the day. As Shreeji Lives here in the ‘Live Form’ of a small child, all His Darshans are regulated accordingly. From morning, when He is woken, right through till the time of going to bed, there are eight Jhankis (Darshans) which are open to bhakts. They are called-Mangala; Shringar; Gwal; Rajbhog; Utthapan; Bhog; Aarti; Shayan.
The timings of each darshan are more or less fixed; they may vary at times by some 20-30 minutes, according to the seasons.
Each Darshan has a special bhao and meaning. Though each Darshan is important in Itself; ideal is to do all eight Darshans when in Nathdwara, for the maximum benefit of experiencing closeness with Shreeji.
All His Darshans are open only for a short while, the bhao being that He is a child, so will get tired of standing and may experience shram; so frequent Darshans are there for short durations. The bhao is of a young child who is woken up, offered snacks; bathed and dressed; ready for His play; offered an elaborate lunch after this as He must be tired, so is given rest in the afternoon. Then He is woken up for His afternoon snack; Aarti is done; He is offered dinner; changed and asked to sleep.
During every darshan, there is the goonj of Jai jaikar in the hall:
“Govardhan Nath ki Jai
Krishn Kanhaiya Lal ki jai
Banke Bihari ki Jai
Sanvariya Seth ki Jai
Dwarkadhesh ki Jai
ShreeNathji Baba ki Jai
Shyam Sunder Yamune Maharani ki Jai
Mor Mukut Bansi Wale ki Jai
Vallabhadhesh ki Jai
Giriraj Dharan ki Jai
Bol Shree Radhe
Radha Rani ki Jai
Barsane Wali ki Jai
Aaj Ke Anand ki Jai
Jai Ho Jai Ho Jai Ho…”
This is the first darshan of the day. Shreeji is woken with the sound of Shankhnaad.
It is the time when Shreeji just wakes up and there are no elaborate ornaments on Him.
This is the only darshan when the Pithikaji is visible, also one can have the darshan of Shreeji’s right hand. In fact this darshan is the only one, where Shreeji is visible totally.
This darshan time depends on the season. And stays open for nearly 45 minutes.
Aarti is done in this darshan.
Aarti is done with saat vat batti (seven standing wicks) with seven full rounds and seven half rounds.
Bhakts enjoy this darshan a lot, and the hall echoes with their jai jaikar:
Around an hour after Mangala, is the Shringar Darshan. Shreeji is dressed according to different seasons and festivals. His entire wardrobe of 365 days has been decided by Shri Gusainji nearly 500 years back and is followed till today. The clothes He adorns once are never worn again.
Shreeji is offered a garland of fragrant flowers. His Bansuri is offered now with the two Chadis. The pink Kamal or any other seasonal flower are also are decorated on His waist. After His Shringar is complete, the Mukhiyaji shows Shreeji a gold ayaina (mirror) so that Shreeji can be satisfied He is well dressed. The moment when Shreeji looks at Himself in the mirror is not to be missed, as in these few moments ShreeNathji will be Present for sure in His Mandir. It is incredible.
There is no Arti in this darshan.
Gwal darshan opens an hour and a half after Shringar.
This Darshan is the time when Thakurjee takes His Gaumata for grazing. The Gaushala mukhiya comes to inform Shreeji that all His cows are doing well.
In this Jhanki, Beedaji (triangle betel leaves) and Jhariji are also offered.
Tulsi Dal is offered at His Feet.
Dhoop Dhunni is done for Shreeji so that no evil nazar harms Him.
After this Aarti with dou vaat batti (two standing wicks) is performed now.
This Darshan normally does not open for public during festivals and is done inside.
The fourth darshan is the most bhavya (grand) darshan of the day. This is Shreeji’s lunch time.
After the call for Shreeji’s Mala; Shivji is also called for taking ShreeNathji’s Darshans.
In this Jhanki, Shreeji stands with His Kamal and two new Malas (garland).
Two Beedaji (triangle betel leaves), Shreeji’s Ladoo Banta (Gold box containing sweet ladoos), Jhariji are also offered along with His Venu (flute), two Chadis and Kamal (flowers on His waist).
Once Shreeji is ready, He is shown an Aaina (mirror).
A Morchadi (Stick of peacock feathers) is swayed from one side.
Aarti is performed in this Darshan. To protect Shreeji from evil nazar (evil eye), two coins are given away to sewaks.
Once the Aarti is done, the curtain is drawn for a few seconds, when one Malaji is taken away.
This darshan is open for a long period after this.
After this Darshan, Shreeji’s Haveli is shut for the afternoon as it is His time for vishram (rest).
Most sewaks also retire and rest, as they have been awake very early.
Nearly three hours later the Shankhnaad (conch) is heard again.
This is the first of the four afternoon Darshans.
Like Mangala, bhakts gather outside the gate, waiting for the door to open.
Shreeji is woken with the sound of the Vina. It is often around between 3.45-4.15 pm.
This Darshan is open for a short time. At times Shreeji looks sleepy in this Darshan. The entire Haveli seems very peaceful and calm.
Shreeji’s vastra becomes lighter now. There is no Beedaji, no Chadiji, no Bansuri, no Kamal in this darshan.
Two Jhariji are offered now, with the bhao of Yamune Maharaniji.
No Aarti is done now.
This Darshan opens around an hour after Utthapan.
Bantaji is placed now, with Jhariji and two Beedaji.
Shreeji adorns two fragrant flower Malaji. His Bansuri and Chadiji are offered now.
A ‘Chadi Dar’ is present on the side who dresses in a gherdar, formal attire. He is Shreeji’s guard, who wears gold kadas and carries a gold or silver Chadi. His Paag, Kamarpatta, dupatta matches Shreeji’s Vastra for that particular day.
A morchadi is waved around Shreeji.
No Aarti is done in this darshan.
Very soon after Bhog is the Aarti darshans.
All of Shreeji’s vastra and ornaments are made light now.
Bantaji, Jhariji, five Beedaji are offered.
Shreeji wears two thick flower Malaji, Bansuri and Chadi are offered now.
A morchadi is waved from one side.
Aarti is performed now.
This is the eighth and last Darshan of the day.
These Darshans are not always held at Nathdwara.
From Dassera to Ram Navami, Shayan Darshan is at Nathdwara;
From Ram Navami to Dassera Shayan Darshan is at Jatipura, Govardhan, Mathura.
It is opened only after the ‘rasoiya boli’; the sewak goes on the terrace of the Haveli to call out for Shreeji’s chief cook to come early the next morning, again being in the bhao of Govardhan hill. Drums are sounded for the Darshans to open. A bhajan in the form of a Lullaby is sung. The Vina is played and Shreeji offered His Venu (flute) for the night. His Gold bed is prepared in the right way.
Shreeji wears two Malaji, made from fragrant flowers. He is offered His Bansuri and Kamal (flowers on His waist). A matching flower is also placed on His raised left hand.
No Chadi is offered now.
Paan Beedaji, Jhariji is kept ready.
Morchadiji is swayed from one side.
A sewak is positioned just outside Shreeji’s main mandir with a mashal (fire) till the end of the darshans.
Mukhiyaji offers Shreeji paan seven times. We can see one sewak cleaning the floor continuously, in the bhao of Shreeji eating paan.
It is the last Darshan of the day, after which Shreeji is free till the next morning.
The wooden platforms from the ‘Dolti Bari’ are removed. The doors of the ‘Singh Pole’ are left open.
It marks the end of that day and all will become still and silent till the next morning, till the Shankh naad sound; signaling that Shreeji is now awake.
It is a very quiet & silent feeling in the entire town once Shreeji retires for the night.
All return to their homes to come back for sewa the next day.
This cycle continues every day all through the years.
Importance of Gaumata
In Hindu religion and mythology, the cow occupies a special place. In Hindu mythology, Kamadhenu , the wish-fulfilling celestial cow, is said to be the mother of all Gods. It is believed that she could grant any wish for the true seeker.
Cow is most commonly associated with Shree Krishn who actually took His Gaumata for grazing with His gwal friends. Shree Krishn is also known as Gopal, which means that He is the protector of cows.
All granths (scriptures) talk about the sacredness and importance of Gaumata. Thirty two crore devtaas are said to find place in Her. But this Gaumata is there only with ShreeKrishn and Shreeji. All Shreeji Havelis have a Gaushala built in the premises, as Shree Krishn – ShreeNathji always keep Their Gaumata with Them.
Verses of the Rigveda refer to the cow as Devi (goddess), identified with Aditi (mother of the gods) herself.
The five products (pancagavya) of the cow - milk, curds, ghee butter, urine and dung, are all used in puja (worship) and rituals Hindus believe, will cleanse the body and purify the soul.
In the Annakut pujan cow dung is used to make the image of Shree Govardhan, Krishn and is worshipped with the same bhao.
The mud that flies when cows run in the gaushala is called Gaucharan and is considered to be sacred. People try to be there at the time of cows running to feed, so as to benefit from this.
Shreeji’s Personal Gaushala at Nathdwara:
ShreeNathji’s most favorite place is His Personal Gaushala which is situated about 3 km from His Haveli. Surrounded by hills it is a very picturesque place; with a lot of open grounds. It was planned and built with the Haveli. Shreeji’s Gaumata first appeared at Govardhan, and since, the same lineage is followed at Nathdwara.
An excerpt (From) ShreeNathji Pragatya Varta: “Dugdhpaan Charitra”: This varta tells us how the gaumata whose milk is now offered to Shreeji is in direct lineage from the original Nand Vansh lineage:
This is the 73rd Varta from 84 Vaishnav Ki Varta:
The Appearance of ShreeKrishn’s left Bhuja from Giriraj Govardhan was known only to a cow, called Ghumar, who was discovered to be a direct descendent of the Nand Baba’s; (Shree Krishn’s father in the original incarnation) vansh cow herd. So when Shree Krishn again Appeared on the holy Braj Bhumi, He called to His cows from the earlier time period. The legend describes how she used to perform dugdh abhishek (worship through pouring of milk) on the Shree Mukh directly. This cow belonged to Brajwasis Sadu Pande and Manekchand. When they discovered that his cow had begun to give less milk daily they got suspicious. So they followed her to know what the reality could be. They were led to the spot where she stood and let her milk flow freely on some particular Shila on the hill. This divine leela astonished both of them. They thus had darshans of the alokik bhuja (Divine arm) of Shree Krishn which was now visible over the ground. This divya darshan made them very joyous. They were lucky to then hear the divya vani of Shree Krishn who told them, “I live on this Govardhan Parvat and My name is Dev Daman; because of my Leelas, I am called Indr Daman, Dev Daman, and Naag Daman.For seven days when I held up the Giriraj Govardhan to destroy the ego of Indr, and Indr bowed to me and asked for forgiveness; I am called Indr Daman; I also did daman of the Kaali Naag, so am called Naag Daman. This is my cow from the Nand Vansh and especially dear to me. Send her milk to me daily”. So Saddu Pande’s daughter Naro and wife Bhavai who looked after the cow would carry milk to the top of Girirajji for Shree Krishn twice daily, who now appeared as ShreeNathji.
When this cow from Saddu Pande could not give any more milk, Shreeji told him that the next day, another cow of the Nand Vansh would come and henceforth that milk was to be offered to Him. This new cow belonged to a Brajwasi called Dharamdas. He was Kumbhan Das’s uncle who was one of the Asht Chaap Kavi. Kumbhan Das was just 10 years of age and ShreeNathhji called out to him and told him to come play every day. ShreeNathji hence forth enjoyed milk from this new cow.
ShreeNathji’s personal cow today, whose milk is offered to Him, is in direct lineage of the original herd of the Nand-vansh, nearly 5000 years ago.
Any visit to ShreeNathji is incomplete without a visit here at the Gaushala. It is as important as His Mandir. Shreeji likes staying here – in the midst of His beloved ‘Gaumata’-as He lovingly calls them.
Shreeji’s Personal cow is Lalitha today; her mother was Rukmani who died about 5-6 years back.
There is daily two thuli offered here from the mandir to the Gaushala. This can be sponsored from the mandir office as a manorath and one can come personally and feed or witness the Thuli being cooked and offered. 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.
My Gurushree, Dr Sudhir Shah and Mahagurushree, ShreeNathji Himself, 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. “Perfect discipline is to be learnt from these Gaumata”; both tell me every time I am there. “Humans should learn the value of sharing and not wasting precious grains”.
“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 echoes.
From whatever offering is made to Shreeji Himself at the mandir, He returns back savaya (25% more) to the donor. Finally nothing is actually kept by Shreeji. Shreeji Himself says that it is a miracle that in spite of returning 25% more than is received; His treasury never runs empty. It is only at the gaushala bhent that He accepts all totally and nothing is returned to the giver. Gurushree tells me that 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.
This Mantra has been given by ShreeNathji Himself to Gurushree Dr. Sudhir Shah.
He ordered Gurushree on 21st November 2011, Monday; Vikram Samvat 2068, Kartik Vad Giyaras, Uttara Falguni Nakshtra, Kanya Rashi.
He has been ordered to spread it all over the world, so that it reaches Vaishnavas everywhere.
This mantra will be coming soon.. in future updates.
ShreeNathji has been here giving us His Loving Darshans year after year without any holiday or change in His routine. We may have gone through various birth cycles, but Shreeji-Thakurjee without complaining or feeling tired stands there without fail; completing His Karma of giving Darshans.
Greater details about darshans and ShreeNathji can be read on:
We have tried to make this darshan application to the best of our knowledge. Any mistakes should please be excused and forgiven.
Samast Vaishnavs ko Abha Shahra Shyama, Ritesh Kochar,
Gurushree Dr. Sudhir Shah ka snehal vandan.
SHREEJI KI JAI HO!!
If you wish to, donations for Gau sewa can be made here at Shyama Trust, which works for the welfare of Gaumata and Gaushala.
Work done earlier by our group:
Application launched on:
Magh Sud Dasam, Samvat 2068, Rohini Nakshatra, Vrushabh Rashi,
The 2nd February 2012, Thursday at 6.31pm
Author : Abha Shahra Shyama