June 18, 2021

Vallabhacharya :Pillor Of Bhakti Tradition -Today is Jayanti of Mahaprabhu

Shri Vallabhacharya founded the Pushti Sect in India and was a devotional philosopher. Shri Vallabhacharya was a fervent Krishna devotee. He worshipped Lord Krishna in his Shrinathji style. Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya is another name for him.

When was Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya born?

Vallabhacharya was born in 1479 A.D. Kashi, now Varanasi, India. He was a member of a Telugu Brahmin tribe. He was born on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi during Vaishakha month, according to the Purnimant lunar calendar used in North India. He was born on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi in Chaitra month, according to the Amanta lunar calendar. It is just the name of the month that varies in both calendars, and Shri Vallabhacharya’s birthday is celebrated on the same day in both.

Varuthini Ekadashi falls on the same day as his birthday.

How was Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya born?

Due to the mother’s fear and physical pain during the trip, the infant was born two months early. The parents put the infant under a tree, covered in a sheet of fabric, since it showed no signs of life. Vallabha was the name given to the infant.

What is Pushti ?

To Vallabha, the word pushti meant “spiritual nourishment,” a symbol for Krishna’s grace. Vallabhacharya was a leading scholar in Hinduism’s Bhakti tradition, a devotional movement that stresses God’s love and mercy as an end in itself.

Thoughts about Shrinath Ji

Shrinathji (Shree Goverdhan nathji) is the name given to Shri Krishna’s 7-year-old child form. Shrinathji lived in a cave in Goverdhan Hill until he was discovered by people in the Braj region. Shree Vallabhacharya founded a small temple on the hill to begin formal worship of the Lord. Shrinathji stayed there until Puranmal Kshatriya built a new temple on the hill for him. (The temple is still standing)

Shrinathji was served by his sons Gopinath and Vithhalnath after Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. Later, according to the season/festival/time of day, Vitthalnath added Raag (music), Bhog (food offering), and Shringar to the Lord’s worship. The traditions are still observed today.

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