Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 151: Whose worship was performed by Shri Mahaprabhuji's ancestors?
Ans: The ancestors of Shri Mahaprabhuji worshipped Shri Gopal Krishna.

Q. 152: Which Granth was created by Shri Mahaprabhuji to understand the meaning of "Brahmsumbandh"?
Ans: Shri Acharyaji composed a book knows as "Sinddant Rahasya" to explain the meaning of "Brahmsumbandh".

Q. 153: Why do the 40 days of Holi start from Vasant Panchmi ?
Ans: Spring begins from 5th day of Maha Sud, also known as Vasant Panchmi. Since the olden times, spring has been celebrated in India from Vasant Panchmi to Falgoon Purnima. The earth becomes colorless in Autumn, but is regenerated with a new form in Spring. Gopis had four types of bhavs for Thakorji (Satvik, Tamas, Rajas, & Nirgun). Among them, four groups were created depending on which bhav each had. Each group had the Seva of Thakorji for 10 days (Totaling 40 days).

Q. 154: Is Dolostav different from Holi? What is the meaning & importance of Dolostav?
Ans: Holi is celebrated on the 15thday of Fagun Sud. It is enlightened after Shyan Bhog is served to Thakorji and then Holi Poojan is performed. Next, Gulal is imposed on the cheeks and the chin of Thakorji. Then the Abil Gulal is spread all around Thakorji very next day (i.e. Falgun Vad Ekam). The second day is Uttara Falgun Naxtra, on this day is "Dolotsav" or "Dhuleti". The meaning of "Dola" in Sanskrit is Palaki or Hindola or Jula. Vraj Bhakts used to tie a Jula on the branches of Asopalav, Mango, Jambu, etc trees and then decorate them beautifully. On the Jula, Thakorji and Swaminiji (Radhaji) swung and played with Abil Gulal, Chandan Kesar, Kesudo & delighted each other. Everyone swings on the Jula four times and has bhog four times. All of this is also known as mahouttsav.

Q. 155: What is Thakurani Trij?
Ans: The 3rd day of Shravan month is Thakurani Trij. The wife of Thakor is known as Thakurani. On this day, young maiden girls would dress up in nice clothes and go to Vraj forests. There they would celebrate by swinging on julas and fast in the honor of Shri Swaminiji (Radhaji) and Shri Yamunaji. The Vraj bhakt's Thakuranis (Shri Swaminaji. & Shri Yamunaji) are van vihar with Thakorji. They swing on julas, which are beautifully decorated with fruits, and are served delicious dishes of bhog. Most important event of this day is creation of "Yamunashtak" granth. Shri Mahaprabhuji along with Damodardasji, came to Thakurani ghat and ShriYamunaji appeared to give them her Darshan. Upon seeing her, Yamunashtakum started flowing out of Shri Mahaprabhuji's mouth. Thus on Thakurani Trij, the Yamunashtak Granth came into existence.

Q. 156: Why are Pavitra and Raxa sometimes presented in the morning and sometimes in the evening?
Ans: The time period of "Bhadra", also known as Karan & Vishtha, is not auspicious .Therefore, if "Bhadra" is in the morning, then Pavitra & Raxa are presented in the evening; & vice versa.

Q. 157: Is Hindola swung in the morning?
Ans: If only Seva is performed, then Hindola is swung during Shringar in the morning.

Q. 158: If we do not have a Hindola, then how do we serve God?
Ans: Our Seva of Thakorji is very much sentimental / flexible and therefore physical presence of Hindola is secondary. However, if you have enough money & space for Seva, then a small Hindola can be "Siddhed" (built/purchased) by the order of one's Guruji. If you do not have a Hindola, then God can be kept on your palm covered with reshmi vastra. Hindola can be played by swinging your hands and imaging in your mind and heart that Thakorji is swinging in jula (Mansi Seva / Bhav Seva).

Q. 159: Why is "Shasti Utsav" celebrated on Shravan Vad Satam?
Ans: Shri Nandbava & Yashodaji (Thakorji's Parets) celebrated Nandotsav (Thakorji's birth) for one year, and so "Shasti Uttsav" was forgotten. When Thakorji's next birthday came, on the previous day (i.e.- Shravan Vad Satam), "Shasti Uttasav" was remembered and celebrated. Thus every year, on Shravan Vad-7, "Shasti Utsav" is celebrated.

Q. 160: On Janmashtmi, why is "Tilak", in Shringar, applied on the forehead of Thakorji in Some havelis?
Ans: Shri Thakorji promised to emerge on earth from the Nityalila (From his place in heaven). Adi gopijan applied "VijayTilak" on behalf of Shri Radhikaji to Thakorji right before ha left Nityalila. With this bhav in mind, the "Tilak" is applied during Shringar to Thakorji in some Havelis.

Q. 161: Is there any need to serve "Mahabhog" during the birth night of Thakorji (Janmashtmi Night) in a vaishnav's house?
Ans: No, there is no such need. Thakorji should be served like every other day. On the next morning, Mahabhog can be served to Thakorji during Rajbhog. After Rajbhog, Thakorji swings in a Palna.

Q. 162: What is "Sanji"? What is "Kot Ni Sanji"? What is the bhav of "Sanji"?
Ans: Sanji is a folk festival of Vraj & the surrounding areas (Rajasthan area of India). Between Bhadarva Sud Punam and Bhadrava Vad Amas ( i.e. 15th to 30th in the month of Bhadarava), "Sanji" is performed in the mind (Mansi Seva) in Pushtimarg Havelis.

Q. 163: Why is Vaishakh Sud Trij called AkshayaTrutia?
Ans: On AkshayaTrutia, Tratayug started on this auspicious day. In India it is called "Akhatrij" . Summer in India starts from this day and Thakorji Gets tired in such hot weather. Therefore Thakorji is placed on Khas khana (Flower Mandal) in a bunglow made out of sandalwood. Gulabjul, fountains, flutes, Jariji made out of soil, and cold dishes (bhog) served with cold sanjajul are present in front of Thakorji. Sandal is presentd to Thakorji from AkshayTrutiya and Thakorji wears white clothes along with flowers & pearls, etc. (Shringar).

Q. 164: Is sandalwood applied on Thakorji's body from AkshayaTrutia(Spring)?
Ans: No, it is applied on Thakorji only on AkshayaTrutia. However, it is applied everyday in the summer. Sandalwood should be presented in a silver bunta. In the summer, one day white sandalwood is served; the next day kesari (orange) sandalwood is served (Rotation). At the beginning of "Jeth" month is Rohini Nakshtra (The period of 15 days, when the sun gives off the most heat). During those days, Thakorji wears chandan wagha (clothes), then white malmal wagha along with a thick chandan paste is applied. The chandan paste is applied on Thakorji's hands and feet. Shringar is made from flowers, while beads made out of chandan are turned into malas (necklaces).

Q. 165: The Seva, mentioned above starts from "Akhatrij" and ends when?
Ans: It ends on the day before Rath Yatra.

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