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Posted - 26 February 2003 :  22:03:00
Dear Vaishnavs, Jai Shree Krushna !

It is really my great fortune to be part of such a nice Vrajyatra organized by P.G.108 Shree Dwarkeshlalji Mahodaya under the divine chairmanship of P.G.108 Shree Vrajjeevanlalji Maharajshree and in the holy presence of Goswami Shree Rajubava and Goswami Shree Chhotebava(son of P.G.108 Shree Dwarkeshlalji Maharajshree of Surat). Shree Lalji Prabhu of Kandivali Haveli is also residing with the camp and blesses the vaishnavs with His divine glance.

There are more than 250 vaishnavs mainly from Mumbai and Amreli, and some from other parts of Saurashtra, Gujarat, India, USA, London etc. If there are very elderly vaishnavs on one hand, there are younger ones too on the other hand, not to speak of middle aged many. Some vaishnavs have also brought their Sevya Swarups alongwith them. The stay is at Radheshyam Ashram on the Bengali Ghat of our divine mother Shree Yamunaji at the Mathura. The pure Vishram Ghat is just on a walking distance and vaishnavs enthusiastically participate in the Mangala and Shayan Arati of Shree Yamunaji as well as Shree Rajadhiraj Prabhu. To enhance the divine experience, the Vasant rutu is in full blossom as if very eager to play holi with Thakurjee, Shree Vallabh and vaishnavs.

The yatra starts everyday morning around 8 AM by three buses and two Cars. It passes by the green fields of Vraj reminding us of Thakorjee's Gocharan lilas. Inside the buses, vaishnavs are engrossed in singing the songs of divine pasttimes of Shree Krushna, Shree Yamunaji and Shree Vallabha. Some vaishnavs are dancing, some are leading the songs, some are resonating and providing the bits through clapping. Sometimes they are engaged in a sweet exchange of arguments taking the sides of either Shree Thakurjee or Shree Radhaji. Overall it is a surcharged ambience because each one is very eager to have a glance of their 'dear one' - Shree Vallabh - and offer Zhari and take Charansparsh. Vaishnavs are also remembering the divine pasttime of Shree Mahaprabhuji at a particular bethak they are going, which had been described nectorfully from the Mukharvind of Shree Dwarkeshbava the night before.

As we reach the place of Bethakji, all vaishnavs hail loudly "Shree Vallabhadhish ki Jai", "Shree Girirajdharan ki Jai", "Shree Yamune Maharani ki Jai" and then get down the bus. First of all, Pujya Shree Acharyacharans offer their Zhariji and Bhog to Mahaprabhuji. In the meantime all the vaishnavs clean themselves and prepare the Samagri they have brought to offer to Shree Vallabha. They have brought varieties of Samagris - mishri, dry fruits, green fruits etc - and are arranging them very nicely to please Shree Mahaprabhuji. Then they fill Zhariji while reciting Shree Yamunashtakam which is resonated in the entire place of Bethakji. Then under the proper guidance of Maharajshree and Mukhiyaji, all the vaishnavs offer their Zhariji and bhog one-by-one. Some vaishnavs have brought Dhoti-Uparana, Scent, Jap mala etc and Mukhiyaji is explaining them how to offer these. Then they take Charan-sparsh of Shree Mahaprabhuji and get uplifted with joy. Outside they offer their contribution towards Go-seva etc. They also try to recollect the divine character exhibited by Shree Vallabh at that particular bethakji. After this, all vaishnavs visit any nearby place of Thakorjee's lila. Some vaishnavs are also interacting with local Vrajvasis and are helping them in various ways by donating Prasad, clothes, money etc. The vrajvasis are very happy with all the vaishnavs and wishing them that Thakorjee bring them back again and again !

After completing two bethakjis in a day, there is very delicious 'Tapeli' mahaprasad ready. All the vaishnvas honour it with joy. P.G.108 Shree Vrajjeevanlalji Maharajshree makes sure that all the vaishnavs are fed sumptiously. Afterwards, vaishnvas interact with one-another and learn about Seva etc. After a while, there is tea/milk and then they get into their buses. Again with nice kirtans/songs in buses, they return to Mathura by the evening. After getting fresh, again they move around the banks of Shree Yamunaji and purchase various items for Seva. At about 8:30 PM, there is Mahaprasad and after that, there is a program of Kirtan/Vachanamrit of Maharajshree. (The excerpt of Vachanamrit on the significance of Vraj, i will post later). Lastly there is milk prasad before going to bed to wake up early next morning.

During my stay for 22-23 Feb, we visited Kumudvan, Madhuvan, Bahulavan and Radhakund bethakjis and Talvan and Shantanukund lila places. It was the first experience for me to have yatra with Shree Vallabhkul and it will be really memorable with many experiences. I could also make friendship with many vaishnavs and they all were very helpful. Although I hadn't informed them a priori, they arranged me nicely with them, based on a reference given by Jatinbhai of Pradeepbhai and Bhaskarbhai. I wish to visit again during the next weekend if Shree Vallabh permits. Please let me know if i can serve any vaishnavs on this website in any ways.

Jai Shree Krushna ! Dharmendra

yogini
Senior Member


142 Posts
Posted - 03 March 2003 :  02:15:16
Jai Shree Krsna Dharmendra, Thanks for giving the report n making me feel that i was really there, i hope u can be there for the holi utsav also. God bless u n keep chanting the name of lord it will take u long way in life. Yogini Yogini

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ojhaak
Pushtikul Elite Member - September 2003


209 Posts
Posted - 24 March 2003 :  13:43:13
Jai Shri Krishna Very nice report. Such report will go a long way to know the details covered in Vraj Yatra and also become aware of the places covered, its impotance, time taken and get encouraged to participate in future in Vraj Ytras being organized time to time. I feel such reports also make one learn more and must be covered in details. Once again thank. Jai Shree Krishna A.K.OJHA

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rajnikant
Entry Level Member


3 Posts
Posted - 24 July 2003 :  00:19:58
jay shri yamunaji very nice report Really vraj darshan become in your report thanks jay shri yamunama

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Kishor Gothana
Entry Level Member


2 Posts
Posted - 28 August 2003 :  01:01:43
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Dear Vaishnavs, Jai Shree Krushna ! It is really my great fortune to be part of such a nice Vrajyatra organized by P.G.108 Shree Dwarkeshlalji Mahodaya under the divine chairmanship of P.G.108 Shree Vrajjeevanlalji Maharajshree and in the holy presence of Goswami Shree Rajubava and Goswami Shree Chhotebava(son of P.G.108 Shree Dwarkeshlalji Maharajshree of Surat). Shree Lalji Prabhu of Kandivali Haveli is also residing with the camp and blesses the vaishnavs with His divine glance. There are more than 250 vaishnavs mainly from Mumbai and Amreli, and some from other parts of Saurashtra, Gujarat, India, USA, London etc. If there are very elderly vaishnavs on one hand, there are younger ones too on the other hand, not to speak of middle aged many. Some vaishnavs have also brought their Sevya Swarups alongwith them. The stay is at Radheshyam Ashram on the Bengali Ghat of our divine mother Shree Yamunaji at the Mathura. The pure Vishram Ghat is just on a walking distance and vaishnavs enthusiastically participate in the Mangala and Shayan Arati of Shree Yamunaji as well as Shree Rajadhiraj Prabhu. To enhance the divine experience, the Vasant rutu is in full blossom as if very eager to play holi with Thakurjee, Shree Vallabh and vaishnavs. The yatra starts everyday morning around 8 AM by three buses and two Cars. It passes by the green fields of Vraj reminding us of Thakorjee's Gocharan lilas. Inside the buses, vaishnavs are engrossed in singing the songs of divine pasttimes of Shree Krushna, Shree Yamunaji and Shree Vallabha. Some vaishnavs are dancing, some are leading the songs, some are resonating and providing the bits through clapping. Sometimes they are engaged in a sweet exchange of arguments taking the sides of either Shree Thakurjee or Shree Radhaji. Overall it is a surcharged ambience because each one is very eager to have a glance of their 'dear one' - Shree Vallabh - and offer Zhari and take Charansparsh. Vaishnavs are also remembering the divine pasttime of Shree Mahaprabhuji at a particular bethak they are going, which had been described nectorfully from the Mukharvind of Shree Dwarkeshbava the night before. As we reach the place of Bethakji, all vaishnavs hail loudly "Shree Vallabhadhish ki Jai", "Shree Girirajdharan ki Jai", "Shree Yamune Maharani ki Jai" and then get down the bus. First of all, Pujya Shree Acharyacharans offer their Zhariji and Bhog to Mahaprabhuji. In the meantime all the vaishnavs clean themselves and prepare the Samagri they have brought to offer to Shree Vallabha. They have brought varieties of Samagris - mishri, dry fruits, green fruits etc - and are arranging them very nicely to please Shree Mahaprabhuji. Then they fill Zhariji while reciting Shree Yamunashtakam which is resonated in the entire place of Bethakji. Then under the proper guidance of Maharajshree and Mukhiyaji, all the vaishnavs offer their Zhariji and bhog one-by-one. Some vaishnavs have brought Dhoti-Uparana, Scent, Jap mala etc and Mukhiyaji is explaining them how to offer these. Then they take Charan-sparsh of Shree Mahaprabhuji and get uplifted with joy. Outside they offer their contribution towards Go-seva etc. They also try to recollect the divine character exhibited by Shree Vallabh at that particular bethakji. After this, all vaishnavs visit any nearby place of Thakorjee's lila. Some vaishnavs are also interacting with local Vrajvasis and are helping them in various ways by donating Prasad, clothes, money etc. The vrajvasis are very happy with all the vaishnavs and wishing them that Thakorjee bring them back again and again ! After completing two bethakjis in a day, there is very delicious 'Tapeli' mahaprasad ready. All the vaishnvas honour it with joy. P.G.108 Shree Vrajjeevanlalji Maharajshree makes sure that all the vaishnavs are fed sumptiously. Afterwards, vaishnvas interact with one-another and learn about Seva etc. After a while, there is tea/milk and then they get into their buses. Again with nice kirtans/songs in buses, they return to Mathura by the evening. After getting fresh, again they move around the banks of Shree Yamunaji and purchase various items for Seva. At about 8:30 PM, there is Mahaprasad and after that, there is a program of Kirtan/Vachanamrit of Maharajshree. (The excerpt of Vachanamrit on the significance of Vraj, i will post later). Lastly there is milk prasad before going to bed to wake up early next morning. During my stay for 22-23 Feb, we visited Kumudvan, Madhuvan, Bahulavan and Radhakund bethakjis and Talvan and Shantanukund lila places. It was the first experience for me to have yatra with Shree Vallabhkul and it will be really memorable with many experiences. I could also make friendship with many vaishnavs and they all were very helpful. Although I hadn't informed them a priori, they arranged me nicely with them, based on a reference given by Jatinbhai of Pradeepbhai and Bhaskarbhai. I wish to visit again during the next weekend if Shree Vallabh permits. Please let me know if i can serve any vaishnavs on this website in any ways. Jai Shree Krushna ! Dharmendra


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Kishor Gothana
Entry Level Member


2 Posts
Posted - 28 August 2003 :  01:14:11
Jay Shri Krishna, I am a new member & visited this webside to-day for the first time and from the bottom of my heart by reading the Vraj Yatra Report I was in my offic but for time being I felt that I was in Vraj and really enjoying Krishna Lila. Since so many years I am thinking to join this Vraj Yatra when I was 10 year old & heard the story from my mother & Mama who were pure Pustimargi and compeleted this Yatra by foot, I still remember those postcard he used to write from various places. Is it possible some Vaisnav can guide me about the upcoming calender of this Vraj Yatra,whom to contact,preplanning etc.so that I can plan for vacation & join. Thanks, Jay shri Krishna.

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jatin
Pushtikul Ethics Director / P.E.M. June 2003


424 Posts
Posted - 30 August 2003 :  13:48:26
Dear Kishore Bhai, Jai Shree Krishna What a nice thinking you have regarding Vraj Yatra . upto some extent i can able to help you normally Vraj Yatra starts in the month of September plus after Diwali. First of all do let me know when can you able to come to india for Vraj Yatra. within two three i will give some dates of Vraj Yatra Tour which been organised by Goswami Balak or by Vaishnav. For further information you mail me at jatin_hawk@yahoo.co.in or jatinm@aptech.ac.in Jai Shree Krishna Jatin Malkan

Shree Dwarikadhiski Jai
Shree Sri Lalji Pyare Ki Jai
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raghavmt
Entry Level Member


8 Posts
Posted - 10 November 2003 :  22:24:20
Hare Krishna.. Dear Friends..The intent behind this mail is to introduce you to an endeavour to preserve , protect and promote the Vraja culture and its vast heritage. Vraja which is the land of Lord Sri Krishna is in a pathetic situation today. We need an awakening amidst all Krishna Bhaktas about the state of affairs of Vraja and a strong urge to serve the holy dham. ****************************************************** VRAJA RAKSHAK DAL A voluntary organisation of Vrajawasis and Krishna devotees for the conservation, preservation and all round development of the environment and the culture of Vraja , the Leelastahli of Lord Krishna Why Vraja Rakshak Dal ? Not only from India but from all over the world devotees of Sri Radha and Krishna come to vraja to have the darshan of their Divine Leelasthalis and to pay obeisances. The devotees are greeted by Giriraj ji, Yamuna Devi, the Divine couple of Sri Radha Krishna in numerous temples and the divine bhajansthalis of Sri Nimbarkacharya ji, Vallabhacharya ji, Sri Hitharivansh ji, Sri Haridas ji, Meera, Surdas, Raskhan and various other great saints. The most important places of Vraja are the numerous kundas , sarovaras, vanasthalis, dating back to the time of Lord Krishna himself . But all these places are being attacked. They are being destroyed ruthlessly.This immense destruction has to be stopped by iron hand or else the future generation would find the glory and splendor of Vraja only in books. By then the Vraja would have been converted into a dreaded forest of concete and cement.What the Krishna devotees would do then ,except remorsing and regret.only the last 20 years have rendered a great damage to the Vraja.This rate of destruction is not going to stop on its own. Criticism or remorse alone would not suffice and can?t serve the cause of Vraja. The destruction of Vraja has to be stopped with full force; by the application of mind, body, money, time, resources and power. The original face of the Vraja has to be restored. Along with this , opportunities of employment have to be generated in the rural areas of Vraja. For the economic development of the Vraja, we need an organised and efficient tourism system rather than polluting industries. Several nations of the world are dependent on tourism even when when they have very little to offer as compared to Vraja. Vraja is considered to be directly linked to the Gau-Loka, separate from this universe. The means of development have to be unique for the Vraja. If we develop Vraja on the foundation of devotion , giving due consideration to the comfort and ease of the tourists, there is a lot of scope for the economic development of Vraja. We Vrajawasis and the devotees of Radha Krishna are committed to do this work selflessly. We have firm faith that for the pleasure of Srimati Radha Rani and with the blessings of all our saints, we would be able to do this pious work. Vraja Rakshak Dal has been constituted for this purpose only. It is working as a voluntary and a non political organisation. Our inspirational song is : Vraja mein phir prem bhari, pyari murli ki taan suna dena. Balram Krishna donon bhaiya , van van main dhenu chara lena. Phir ghar ghar main mangal howe, phir doodh dahi nadiyan bahwen Phir prem roop makhan khakar, tum makhanchor kaha lena Banshi ki jadoo ki tanan, sunkar gopi tode jag bandhan Phir charanan ghoongru bhor baje, yamuna tat raas racha lena Phir vraja ki pyari bane chata, nitya hi barse phir shyam ghata Yah aas hamari hai natwar, tum hamko daras dhikha dena OBJECTIVES 1. Conservation and restoration of the environment, sarovaras, forests and hillocks of Vraja. 2. Reconstruction and beautification of the various Leelasthalis. 3. Arrangement for the facilities and comfort of pilgrims in the whole Vraja. 4. To serve Vraja with the co-operation of all religious and voluntary organisations, government machinery and influential devotees. For this purpose , to obtain the guidance and blessings of the saints of Vraja and elsewhere. 5. To eradicate all the social evils corrupting Vraja and to strengthen the stream of spirituality in Vraja again. 6. To generate new avenues of employment for the Youth of Vraja. 7. To achieve economic upliftment of rural areas of Vraja. To achieve the above mentioned objectives this organisation will continue to work as a catalyst. It is our endeavour to inform and guide all the devotees who are anxious to work for the development of Vraja. To work in a collective fashion and bring new avenues in Vraja. Vraja Rakshak Dal would refrain from material collection and all the Vrajawasis associated with the organistion will also work with a voluntary spirit and selflessness. All the work would be done with an attitude of service. THE ORGANISATION The founder of Vraja Rakshak Dal has constituted a ?Kendriya Marg Nideshak Mandal?. The Mandal is appointing a Vraja Rakshak Prahari in each village. Normally for a population of 500 there will be one prahari. All these praharis will be given training in Vrindavan or Barsana. In these training camps several renowed people will share their knowledge and experience with the praharis, so that a prahri can work with his full potential. PRAHARI Prahari should be educated ,reputed, service oriented and non disputed youth. After training every prahari will make a team in his workplace which will assist him in his work.Every member of the team will be called Vraja Rakshak. Audio cassetes, useful printed material will be sent to each prahari time to time for his guidance and help. Moreover other reputed members of the Mandal will visit a prahari for monitoring their work and helping them to solve their problems. Tenure of a prahari will depend on the Mandal?s discretion. Irresponsible and disobedient persons can be debarred from this responsibility any time. For implementing the developmental work in the rural areas of Vraja, elderly people of the village will be consulted and their advice would be taken. The strategy of work can be changed from time to time after evaluation of success and problems . Every suggestion and advice will be given due respect but the final decision will be from the Kendriya Marg Nideshak Mandal . WHERE TO CONTACT Vrajawasis and devotees desirous of associating themselves with the Vraja Rakshak Dal and serving the Vraja can contact the following :-- 1. Sri Anand Gopal Baba Ras Mandir ,Gahwarvan Barsana Phone:(05662) 246343 2. Sri Vineet Narayan Vrindavan Phone: (0565)2540702 3. Sri Vipin Vyas Vrindavan Phone: (0565) 2442178 4. Co. Vikram Singh Mathura Phone: (0565) 2420064 Email : vraja_rakshak_dal@yahoo.co.in Website: www.geocities.com/vraja_rakshak_dal

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jagdish
Mover & Shaker Member


376 Posts
Posted - 12 September 2016 :  20:15:15
Jai Shri Krishna Thoroughly enjoyed reading all the updates from the last yatra. Will there be any coverage and reports for the vraj yatra that is currently in progress? If so, we would be grateful for the updates for this one also. Best Jagdish

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