Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 166: Which "manoraths" can be performed in the summer?
Ans: Bungalows of chandan and flowers; Palna of flowers; Flower mandal; Nava Jalvihar, Khaskana, Furtag, Clothes made from chandan, Tnleaves (Pangbat), Chhak, etc. These manoraths can be performed during the summer season.

Q. 167: What is the bhav of "Khandita" poem, which is sung Mangala Darshan in the cold season?
Ans: Thakorji promised to visit a Gopijan at night, but Thakorji visited another Gopijan instead. Therefore the 1st Gopijan passed the night in Virah (intense pain of separation) of Thakorji. Shri Thakorji visited the 1st gopijan early next morning (Symtopms of passing the nights with another Gopijan for with repugnant is given by the 1st Gopijan). With that bhav in mind, the poem is known as "Khandita".

Q. 168: What is the bhav of "Hilag" poem, which is sung Shringar, Rajbhog in the cold season?
Ans: Gopijans have infinite & unconditional love without any expectation of sex with Thakorji. Thus the "Hilag" poem is sung to represent this bhav of Gopis.

Q. 169: Gangaji is part of "Maryada Marg", then why is Ganga Dasahara Festival celebrated in Pushtimarg?
Ans: Gangaji came on the earth upon king Bhagirath's request. She flows from the hair locks of Lord Shankar to Haridwar. During ancient times, Juhu Rishi was doing "Tapasya" in Haridwar. Gangaji's flow was very loud and fast, because of that Juhu Rishi was disturbed and became angry in the middle of his "Tapasya". As a result, he drank all of Gangaji's water. King Bhagirath requested the Rishi to release Gangaji from his ears. On Vaishakh Sukla 7, Juhu Rishi let Gangaji flow out from his right ear and from that day on Gangaji has also been known as "Jahnvi". 1st day of Jeth Sukla till the 1st day of Jeth Sud is celebrated as the festival of Ganga. On the 10th day of Jeth Sud, Gangaji merged with Shri Yamunaji at Pryagraj and that day is known as Ganga Dasahara. Originally, Shri Gangaji was known as "Charan Padmaja"; however after merger with Shri Yamunaji, Gangaji became equal with Shri Yamunaji. Shri Yamunaji gave Gangaji "Pushti Bhakti Dan". Ganga Dasahara is celebrated only because of her merger with Shri Yamunaji.

Q. 170: What is the bhav of Snanyatra?
Ans: The king of Vraj, Shri Nandraiji (Shri Krishna's Father), declared Shri Krishna as a prince on this day (lf Shri Krishna would not have been declared a prince, then he would have been called "Vrajraj Sut"). During this royal ceremony, "Tilak" was applied on Shri Krishna and also "Jul Abhishek" was done. In the pooja, Shri Krishna was bathed while reciting "Purushukt Veda Mantra". Shri Vallabhacharyaji has also accepted the "Vedvidan" in Thakorji's Seva. In "Pooja Marg", God is always given a bath with cold water, however in Pushtimarg, Thakorji is given bath with warm/cold water as per the season. "Jeth Sud Punam" falls in the summer season and so Thakorji is given a bath with cold water mixed with Gulabjul (Rosewater), Chandan (Sandalwood), Kharas, Khus attar (Scent), Mogra flowers, Rose petals, etc. Thru Shri Yamunaji's request, Thakorji and the Vraj Bhakts play and bath in her waters on this day. This way Shri Yamunaji also got "Saiyog Sukh".

Q. 171: What is "Bhog Uttsav"?
Ans: "Bhog Uttsav" has been celebrated on the day before Makarsankranti (Kite Festival). This is the day Shri Thakorji accepted Gopijan's pure love; therefore, with that bhav in mind, this festival is celebrated (Bhog Uttsav). "Anurag Prem" is considered as red color, thus Thakorji wears red clothes. Also, on this day, Thakorji accepted Gopijan's pure love for Swaminiji. Thakorji is always yearning for pure love. This pure love has many forms such as: Vatsalya, Madhur, Sakhya, Dasya, etc. Therefore he is known as "Nandnandan" and is "Jeevanpran" for Shri Yamunaji. He is the "Prandhr" for Gopijans. On this day, Goipjans served samagri of "tul" which Shri Thakorji like very much.

Q. 172: What is the bhav of Shri Mahasankrati Festival (Kite Festival)?
Ans: When the sun moves to the north, this day is called Uttarayana or Makarsankrati. On this day, morning rises for all gods and goddesses. Therefore, according to the Vedas, this is the holiest day to donate or give gifts and to recite Bhagwat name. This sankrati is also known as "Shetty Tala Sankranti". On this day, importance is given to donate "tul" and gold, according to one's capacity to the poor. This day is also known as "Jogi Uttsav", because Thakorji wears simple cloths. Thakorji Thakorji is "Virudh Dharmashray". After bhog is made, Thakorji displays "Jogi Bhav". Thakorji plays with a ball on this day. Also, brahmins are donated "tul" and "khichadi". Thakorji eats samagri made out "tul" and with this bhav in mind, related kirtans are sung.

Q. 173: Why is "Savdhan" (Alert) called out around the heirs of Shri Vallabhacharya?
Ans: The Acharyas are many times in "Apras" and so no one is allowed to touch them. Upon touching them, they are no longer in "Apras"; therefore, "Savdhan" is called out to make Vaishnavs alert.

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