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UTSAV

Utsav’s (Festive Seasons)

Shreeji’s bhaktas daily celebrate Shree Krishna’s lila, but festive days are also very important for them. Some festivals recreate the Lilas lord Krishna performed such as the swing festival of Hindola in Asadh and Shravan maas, celebration of Annakut etc. Other festivals like Makar sankranti are of vedic origin’ while some festivals have their roots in local traditions. The entire forty day season of Basant is considered to be a festival.

Every three years an extra month called Adhik Maas is added to the calendar, during which time any festival of the year can be celebrated on any day. Devotees are always looking forward to celebrate Shree Krishna’s Festivals .The Sanskrit word utsav not only means festival/but also carries the meaning of delight, merriment and pleasure. Utsavs lift the mood of the bhakta.

The Indian calendar distinguishes six seasons:

  • Spring,
  • Summer;
  • Monsoon;
  • Autumn;
  • Early winter and
  • Winter.

Each season is duly glorified in Shree Krishna’s seva. The raag, ornaments and food offerings all vary according to these seasons, the time of day and Lila. The variations of season provide an additional source of inspiration, an atmosphere to accommodate the lords various Lilas. Seva carries a great sensitivity to nature and its relationship with the divine. In summer, Shreeji enjoys fountains and the water plays while in winter he is warmed with a coal stove and covered in silk quilts. Every season brings its own inherit joy and the opportunity to cultivate the firm mood of devotion.

Whatever the season is, Shreeji Krishna’s homes are filled with joy and merriment. Festivals are often held according to seasons, and special celebrations are held on the birthdays of Shree Vallabhacharyaji, Shree Gusaiji as well as their descendants. Days which mark significant events in the history of the lineage are also honoured.

The six different seasons represent the blessed Lord’s six attributes. Summer is Shree Krishna’s quality of lordship.The rainy season holds His valor, autumn His fame and the beginning of winter; His wealth. The second phase of winter, called shishir , is knowledge. The king of all seasons, spring, is His virtue of renunciation. Shree Krishna is Dharmi, the one who holds all divine virtues.

As Seva is an act of love, every celebration enriches that bhakti mood and begs the chance for the Blessed One to shower His boundless grace. A celebration is something to look forward to; then it is enjoyed, and lastly, remembered. The celebratory mood maintains the flow of nectar and gives bhaktas the chance to participate and savor the Krishna experience.When it elicits a divine response, then it is known that Shree Krishna has joined the celebrations.

On festive days, Shree Krishna is adorned with special garments and praisedwith related songs. The utsav seva was greatly enhanced by Shree Gusaiji, who added his own unique Vrindavan flavor to the festive mood .Shree Gusaiji took whatever was supreme in the Vedic tradition,in the world , and in Krishma devine realms ,incorporating it all into an elaborate and sensitive system of worship.Shree Gusaiji introduced inspiring elements that he found in the royal homes of India .The paintings, food , offerings ,garments and other items used in the seva all became part of the ultimate sacrifice.

Each seoson brings different types of cloth,paintings ,poetry ,melodies ,poems ,Attars and food offerings. There are fifty –two major festivals during the year , but the devotees moods moods makes this festive number infinite. The gurus of the path of Grace are the Gopis ; they are the enlightened festival perfomers. Blessed bhaktas emulate their bhavas,for they are not only the perfect devotional models they are also the inner fessstival of Shree Krishna’s heart.Each quarter of the year’s heart.Each quarter of the year is associated with one of Krishna’s most beloved Gopis : Radhaji (also known as shree swaminiji ), Shree Chandravaliji , Shree Lalitaji and Shree Yamunaji.
We will begin the utsav section with Shree Radhaji’s quarter ,covering the months of Shravan, Bhadrapada and Ashvin ,(corresponding roughly to August, September and October.) This quarter ,which begins with the monsoon seoson , is very romantic and beloved to shree Krishna ,so it is only natural that it belongs to His most cherished Shree Radhaji . Maany Pichhvais are offered in the seva during this season. They depict peacocks , the pouring rains and green groves of Vrindavan .These images all support and nourish the mood of loves union. Green, in all its varying shades, dominates the colour scheme.

The poetry sung in this seoson describes the beauty of the seoson and reinforces the romantic mood. The exquisite monsoon Malhar raag is featurd in this seoson . As Surdasji tells us ,”The pleasures of singing kirtans of Gopal are not equalled by mantra recitations, austerities or by bathing in millions of holy places .” Poems in the path of Grace describe Krishna’s festivals and reveal the way the Gopis celebrate over Him. They can also contain practical bhakti advice .The grace filled compositions sung before Shree Krishna are all composed by realized beings the Ashta Chhap poets and other bhaktas who have come to face with the Lord of sweetness. They reveal the bhaktas inner reality and are encoded I a Lila language that can only be fully understand by one who has entrance into the path. A careful review of the words of the poets provides glimpses of Shree Krishna’s festive playground.

The path of Grace emulates the selfness love of the Gopis and follows their footsteps through the lovely groves of Vrindavan. The sublime celebratory method they demonstrated is to connect to the divine source while living in this world ,and then to live off His Prasad His causeless grace. Then the heart becomes addicted to nectar.Shree Krishna’s celebrations all enhance this devotional mood . The dates of the festivals are fixed by the Vedic Lunar calendar’ with the exception of Makar Sankranti, which is based on solar calendar and falls on January 14th of every year. Each lunar month has a dark half ( from full to new moon ) and bright half ( from new to full moon) . In vedic terminology,the dark half, Krishna Paksh begins at mavas and culminates in purmima. Now follows a short review of some of the main celebrations in the path of Grace:

Hindola Prarambh/The Swing Season (aashad vad ekam)

During this month, Shree Krishna plays with all of His bhaktas in Vrindavan by the door of His Lila bower, filling His bhaktas with his inner nectar. Every day for one month following aashad vad ekam, Shree Krishna sits in a Hindola (a swing) .Hindolas can be painted, studded with jewels or mirrors, decorated with fruits or flowers, or can be made of silver or even gold.

Hindola

Saaj: Red cotton with golden borders.

Vastra: Pichoda of red malmal

Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Pagh,Chandrika, Hans, travel and four karnaful.

Abhushan: Till Charnarvind offer Milma, Heera, Manek, Moti, Panna and Gold Jadau

Vishesh: From today hindola starts.

Raag Malhaar

Julhan aai vrajnari giridharanlaljuke surang hindorna
Subhaag kanchan taan pehre kasumbhi saari gavaat paraspar hans mrudubolna ||1||
Iit nandalal rasikbhar sunder uut vrushbhan suta chaabi sohna
Ramakat raang rahyo piya pyaari govind balbal ratipati johna   ||2||

 

Hariyali Amavas ( Ashad vad amas)

This monsoon seoson festival is remarkable for its creative use of the colour green. On this day:all the lord’s garments are green .Shreeji’s ornaments are studded with emaralds and precious green stones .The Hindola is adorned with green leavrs ,Pitachio and other green foods are offered on this day.The kirtans sung in front of shree Krishna praise the green monsoon seoson on this day.A Kirtan by Shree Harirayaji Mahaprabhu is sung on this day and conveys the mood of this festival,

 

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Saaj: Green sutrau (cotton)

Vastra: suthh an ,Kaachni patuka of green malmal

Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis shree mastak: Pagh along with mughat of panna, kundal and choti.

Abhushan: Till Charnarvind Moti ans panna.

Vishesh Samagri : Dahi na sevna ladoo, Mgno mohanthad.

 

Raag Malhaar

Tesoi vrundavan tesiye harit bhoomi tesiye veervadhu chalet suhai mai
Tesei kokila kar kuhu kujat tesei hi nachat mor nirkhat nayna sukhdai   ||1||
Tesi Navrang navrang bani jori tesei gavat raag malhar taan maan bhai
Goving Prabhu priya surang hindore juleh fuleh ache rang bhare chahudiste ghan
Ghata juri aii ||2||

 

Thakurani Teej (shravan sud treej)

This day is dedicated to Shree Radha & Shree Yamunaji. Shree Krishna swings in a wooden Hindola embedded with mirrors. The painted pichhvai usually shows dark monsoon clouds, rain and streaks of lightning.
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Saaj: Chaufeli chundadi, lal dharti pidaful.
Vastra: Pichoda of chaufeli chundadi.
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Pagh of chundadi, chamak ni chandrika, four karnnaful and also choti.
Abhushan:  Till charnarvind milma, hira, manek, moti, panna and gold jadau.
Vishesh: Gaur na Pauwa and Boondi na Laddoo

Yamunaji nu padh
Tiharo darasa ho pau shree yamunaji
Shree goverdhan shree vrundavan vrajraja aang lagau  //1//
Din dasa panch raho shree gokul thakurani ghat hu nahau Dasan
upar karo krupa Santan ke sangh avu //2//

 

Pavitra Ekadashi (Shravan Sud Agyaras)

This is the day on which Shree Thakorji appeared before Shree Vallabhacharyaji at Thakurani Ghat in Shreemad Gokul and instructed him to initiate divine souls with the Brahma Sambandha mantra. After the soul’s connection with Shree Krishna, all impurities are removed, and the soul becomes bound to Shree Krishna. On this day, Shree Krishna is adorned with a pavitra, a garland of three hundred and sixty silk threads, one for each Day of the year. On the following day, that pavitra is offered to one’s guru.
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Saaj: Safed doriya with golden borders
Vastra: Pichoda of kesar border.
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Kuleh, five chandrika jod, hans, travel, kundal and choti.
Abhushan: Till charnarvind milma, hira, manek, moti, panna and gold jadau
Vishesh: Offer kesar mishree, and pavitra.

Raag Sarang

Pavitra  pehre shree giridharlal
Vaambhag vrushbhannandani bolan vachan rasal ||1||
Aaspass sab gwal mandali mano kamal alimal
Khumbhandas prabhu tribhuvan mohan nandbhavan vrajbal ||2||

Janmasthami (The day Shree Krishna is born, (shravan vad aatham)

This is one of the most important festivals of the year.On this day the lord is bathed with milk, ghee, curds, honey and powdered sugar and adorned in saffron- colored garments, which demonstrate the great affection Shree Krishna and Shree Swaminiji share with one another. The ornaments are largely red in color, a hue that increases the excitement of the amorous mood. Shree Krishna’s necklaces are really the forms of His bhaktas, and that is why he wears them near His heart.

Shree Krishna wears peacock feathers and a tiger’s claw locket, which wards off the evil eye. Lotus motifs are drawn on Shree Krishna’s cheeks with a saffron paste.Krishna’s appearance takes place at midnight.All the Gopis come and make secret offerings to their beloved

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Saaj: Kesari malmal of silver border
Vastra: Suthan, Patuka lal, Bandi, Chakdar of orange malmal
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Orange kuleh, five chandrika jod, paan, hans, travel, vaghnakh, kundal and choti
Abhushan: Till charnarvind heavy Shringars.
Vishesh: Offer vishesh samagris.

Raag Bilaval

Dhanya yashoda bhagya tiharo jin aiso sut jayo Jakeh daraspaaras sukh upjat kul ko timir nasahyo||1||
Vipra sujan chaaran bandhijaan sabhe nandgruh aaye
Nautan subhag harad dudh dhadhi harkhit sis bandhaye ||2||
Gharga nirup kiye shub lachhan aavgati hai avinashi Soordas prabhu ko yash sunike anandde vrajbasi ||3||
avinashi Soordas prabhu ko yash sunike anandde vrajbasi ||3||

Nandmahotsav (Shravan Vad Nom)

Nand Mahotsav is celebrated on the day following Shree Krishna’s manifestation day. This blissful festival recreates the celebrations which took place in the home of Nandraiji and Yashodaji in Gokul. Joy overflows as everyones desires are fulfilled by the presence of Shree Krishna in their lives. Shree Krishna is swung in a cradle/ and even today, the male lineage holders dress up as Yashoda and swing their beloved Krishna, while the Mukhiyaji ( head assistant in the worship ) dons a fake beard and becomes Nand Baba. Milk and curd mixed with turmeric are splashed over everyone as they sing and dance in the festive celebration.

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Raag Ramkali

Yaha nit nem jashodaju mehre tihare lal ladayvanko Prat samay uth palne julavu sakatbanjan  jash gavanko ||1||
Naachat krushna nachavat gopi kar kathal bajavan ko
Askaran prabhu mohan nagar nirkhi vadhan sachupavanko ||2||

Radhashtmi (bhadarva sud aatham)

Shreeji’s most beloved, Shree Radhaji, appeared on this day (often in September). She is two years older than Shree Krishna, and it is said that she refused to open her eyes until He was born. Her very first vision was the sight of Shree Krishna! The jewellery and cloth Shree Krishna wears on this day are similar to that of his own appearance day, for Shree Radhaji is his inner form.Her manifestation is full of nectar.Many special preparations and kirtans are offered on sacred festive day. Shree Gusaiji calls the name of Radha “the secret inner essence of the Vedas.”

Saaj: Kesar malmal of silver border

Vastra: Suthan, Patuka lal, Bandi, Chakdar of orange malmal

Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Orange kuleh, five chandrika jod, paan, hans, travel, vaghnakh, kundal and choti

Abhushan: Till charnarvind heavy Shringars.

Vishesh: Offer vishesh samagris.

 

Raag Sarang

Aaj vrushbhan ke anand

Vrundavipin viharini pragati shree radhaju anandkand ||1||

Gopi gwal gaay go suth le chale yashoda nand
Nandi sur  teh nachat gavaat anand karat suchhand ||2||

Leth vimal yash det vasan pashu dharat doob shirvrund Lochan kumud prafulit dekhiyat jyo gauri mukhchand ||3|| Jachhak bhaye parmdhaan kahiyat godhan sudha amand
Bhaye manorath vyasdas ke doori ghaye dukh dwand ||4||

Daan (Bhadarva Sud agyaras)

On this day Shreeji stops the Swaminis and demands a tax on their dairy products (their secret forms of nectar).

Bhadrapad Shukla 12 is the appearance day of lord Vaman, Vishnu’s, dwarf incarnation who asked for three steps of land from Bali Raja.Lord Vaman then fooled Bali Raja by taking on a cosmic form, covering all the worlds in two strides and placing His third step on Bali Raja’s head.In this way Hari accepted Bali Raja’s offerings. Lord Vaman is the avatar of action.

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Saaj: Daan ni pichhvai, leheriyan na  saaj

Vastra: Suthan, kaachni, patuka lal

Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Pagh along with Mughat and Kundal,

Abhushan: Till Charnarvind Milma, Hira, Moti, Manek, Panna and gold Jadau

Raag Bilaval

Bhor hi karat moso zagro
Saban chandi karat hath moso nit uthi roki rahat hai dagro //1//
Goras daan suniyo nahin dekhyo kin likhi diyo dikhao kagaro Vina bohani chuvan nahi deho ya sabh chini khai kin sagro //2//
chumbat mukh urr lavaat pakrat tev na gai Zukaat hi agro Parmanand sayani gwalini chhandi nahin dhartahon pagro //3//

Maha Raas (Sharad purnima( aaso sud punam)

On this autumn full moon night Shree Krishna dances Rasa with the Gopis; it is one of the main festivals of the year. In the Rasa dance, the Gopis discover a congregation of nectars and unite their souls, mind-hearts, speech, prana, senses and bodies with Shree Krishna. They have waited a long time for this experience.Now they are able to dance with their Beloved in this world; it is the supreme reward.

Shree Krishna is dressed in a silver brocaded dance skirt called kaachhani. All His ornaments are of diamonds. The pichhvai painting that hangs behind Shree Krishna depicts the Rasa Lila. On this day all the utensils to be used are silver. Even the bhog offered is white in colour. The main offering is rice pudding, which is placed out in the full moonlight. Everything used in the seva blends into the silver beams of the full moonlight. The sight of Shree Krishna’s dance is reserved for His chosen few.

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Saaj: Safed jharina, raas ni pichhvai.
Vastra: Suthan of safed jhari, choli of megh shyam jhari, kaachni of golden jhari and beneath safed jhari and also offer pitambar.
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Pagh, mughat, hira na kundal, hans, travel, choti and offer safed gunja mala. Abhushan:  Till charnarvind hira and moti, Vishesh: Dudh Pauwa
Raag Bhairav

Haha ho hari nrutya karo
Jaise kar me tumhi rizau tyon mere maan tumhu haro //1//
Tum jaise shram bahu karat ho taise main hu dulaugi
Mai shram dekh tihare uur ko bhuj bhar kanth lagauingi //2//
Main hari tyon hi tum hare charan champi shram metaungi
Soor shyam jyo uchhang lehu mohi tyonhi hansi mein bhetaungi//3//

Diwali (aso vad amas)


This major festival of the quarter marks the end of the Hindu calendar year.Shree Krishna wears clothes of silver brocade and a fan- shaped plume of peacock feathers.His ornaments are made from diamonds, rubies and emeralds.Cows are also ornamented and brought into the temple.For some days before this festival, Shree Krishna resides in a Hatari, a pavilion of mirrors where Shree Krishna sells various sweets and other goods and tries to attract the Gopis. He bargains in the currency of love.

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Saaj: Safed jhari
Vastra: Suthan of red jhari, bandi, chakdar of safed jhari
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Kuleh of safed jhari, 7 chandrika jod, hans, travel, kundal and choti
Abhushan: Till Charnarvind Milma, Hira, Moti, Manek, Panna and Gold Jadau

 Raag Kanhro

Deepdaande hatri baithe bado parva hain aaj diwari Chahun aur panth baani dipan ki rani ju aapne haath savari //1//
Divya kapoor sugandh adi rachi guthsur bikho jyoti ujari Pakhvan bahut kar thar bhare dhar ladua gunja feni suhari //2//
Vanaj karehgo bhaan khuvari so maan main fule kuvar giridhari Ghargharteh vrajnari  nikasi naval kisori taruni bhari //3//
Lalita prabhuti mukhya shree radha gavat mangal shabd uchari | Mil aai vrajraj dharnidhar eekte eek subhag sukumari  //4//
Nachat khelat karat koutuhal prem magan vahe anand bhari Kaho lal kaha sodadeho chandravali mukh muskinihari  //5//
 Puro tolo rutankheho  setmet nahi lal vihari
Dekh dekh fulat nandrani ati utsah nyochavar vari //6//
Man bhayo diyo sabhanko param udhar govardhandhari
Rasik prabhu piya tum chirjivo sahachari varvar balihari//7//

Annakuta (kartik sud ekam)

This festival takes place on the day after Diwali and is the most renowned festival of the Pushti Marg. It is the day when Shree Krishna persuaded the inhabitants of Vraj to worship the Govardhan Hill and cows instead of Indra, the rain god.Then Shree Krishna Himself became the Govardhan Hill, and with a thousand arms, enjoyed all the offerings.In a jealous wrath, Indra showered destructive rains on Vraj, and Shree Krishna lifted the entire Govardhan Hill with one finger, protecting everyone. In this Lila, Shree Krishna directs the bhaktas worship away from the material divinities, towards the supreme Brahman. To this day, a huge mountain of rice and many other items are all offered to Shree Krishna. Cows are beautifully decorated with peacock feathers on their heads and brought into the temple, with anklet bells tied to their hooves.The backs of the cowherds and the cows are marked with red hand prints, for red is the color of love.

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Saaj: Safed jhari
Vastra: Suthan of red jhari, bandi, chakdar of safed jhari jhari
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak:  Kuleh of safed jhari, 7 chandrika jod, hans, travel, kundal and choti and gokurn
Abhushan: Till Charnarvind Milma, Hira, Moti, Manek, Panna and Sona ni Jadau

 

Raag Sarang

Bhali kari pooja tum meri
Bahaut bhaat kaar vyanjan arpyo so saab maan lai main teri//1//
Sahastra bhuja dhar bhojan kino tum dekhat vigmaan
Mohi janat yah kuvar kanaiya nahinko aan //2//
Pooja sabki mani lai main jau dharan vrajlog
Soor shyam aapne kar lineh vantat jutho bhog //3//

Govardhan Puja

On the first day of the Hindu New Year, we celebrate Govardhan Puja by offering a large varitey of food to Shreeji in our homes and temples. The tradition of offering a “mountain of food” began when once Shree Krishna questioned his father about the tradition of Indra Puja. Seeing the gopas (Cowlads) gathering items for an Indra Yagna, Shree Krishna asked them what they were doing and why ? His father Nanda baba told him that all the grain and food stuff will be offered up in a yagna as burnt offering to Indra.

Shree Krishna suggested that as, “We are not farmers, there is no need for us to worship the God of rains. We are herds-men and live amongst the forests and mountains. We should worship the mount Govardhan that provides our cattle with such luscious grass. We should show our gratitude to the mountain by worshiping it and offering it food that can be shared with every one. We should show our gratitude to the cows and Brahmins too by offering them food and clothes.

Lord Shree Krishna wanted the people of Vraj to be ecologically aware and not waste food by burning it, but instead use it to feed the poor. He told the villagers that, “This prasad should be distributed to everyone regardless of caste or gender. Even the animals should be offered the prasad”. Hence we distribute the prasad to everyone after the Govardhan Puja. On New Year’s day, the Gopas worshiped the mount Govardhan by bathing a large Shila in the valley with waters from the river Yamuna. River was far and the shila was large, so Shree Krishna created a new spring near the shila to make it easier for people. They offered new clothes, put a kum kum tilak and garlands on the shila. They placed the food as an offering, did Aarti and went around the mountain by doing a “parikrama”. To establish their faith, Shree Krishna appeared as a large mountain deity, ate the food offered and gave them prasad. This tradition is performed till today by doing darshan and offering food to Shreeji on the first day of the year. This utsav can also be performed during Adhik Maas.

Raag Sarang

Bhali kari pooja tum mari
Bahaut bhaat kaar vyanjan arpyo so saab  maan lai main teri//1//
Sahastra bhuja dhar bhojan kino tum dekhat vidhyamaan Mohi janat yah kuvar kanaiya nahinko aan //2//
Pooja sabki mani lai main jau dharan vra
Soor shyam aapne kar lineh vantat ju tho bhog //3//

Prabodhini Ekadashi (Kartik Sud Agyaras)

On Dev Diwali, marriage of a shaligramaji to Tulsiji, the sacred basil plant, is celebrated in a mandap constructed with stalks of sugarcane. The shaligramaji is bathed with ghee, honey, sugar; milk and curd. Kirtans of marriage are sung throughout the night.

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Saaj: Soneri Jhari
Vastra: Suthan, Bandi, Chakdar, Patuka of soneri jhari
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Jadau kuleh, 7 chandrika jod,hans, travel, kundal and choti.
Abhushan: Till charnarvind heavy Shringars.

Raag Kanharo

Dev gavaat yashoda maiya
Phul fulanso pooja kahat chiir jiyo mere kuvar kanhaiya //1//
Tumhare jaage kushal gokul ki badeh doodh aur ghaiya Govind prabhu shree Ram Krushna ki lago mohi balaiya //2//

Shree Gusaiji's Birthday (Maghshar Vad nom)

Shree Gusaiji, also known as Shree Vitthalnathji, is Shree Krishna’s incarnation and the lalaan of Shree Vallabhacharyaji. Shree Gusaiji embellished Shree Krishna’s seva in the path of Grace and composed a great volume of Sanskrit literature. Shree Gusaiji’s devotional contributions are immense, and his appearance day, is among the most celebrated Pushti Marg festivals of the year.   Shreeji ordered Ramdasji that lets celebrate Shree Gusaiji’s Utsav. Thakorji asked for jalebi samagree and therefore the Utsav is also called Jalebi Utsav.

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Saaj: Kesri satin (according to Janmashtami.)
Vastra: Suthan, Bandi, Chakdar of kesri satin. Patuka red
Shringars to be offered on thakorjis Shree mastak: Kuleh along with 5 chandrika jod, hans, travel, hamel, kundal and choti.
Abhushan: till charnarvind heavy Shringars.
Nodh: Palna is done today , Abhyang is done.
Vishesh Samagri: Jalebi

When Shri Gusaiji Prabhucharan Shri Navaneetpriyaji ni seva ma Shrimad Gokul Birajta hata, Magsar (Vraj – Posh) vadi adham na divase Ramdasji, Shri Girirajji uppar Shri Nathji na mandir ma Shrinathji ne Shrungar dharavi rahya hata ane Shri Kumbhandasji Kirtan kari rahya hata. At that time Shri Nathji eh Shri Ramdsaji and Shri Kumbhandasji ne kahyu: “Ramdasji! Kumbhandasji! tame jano cho ne ke mara janmdevas kakaji (Shri Gusainji) kevo annand ane utsah thi (manave) ujve chhe?

Avti kale Kakaji no janma divas chhe mate mare te dhamdhum thi ujavavo chhe. Tame Janmadivas mate samagri siddh karavo ane mane arogavo.

Shri Ramdasji vinanti Kari: “Krupanath! Su samagri ni echha che? Shrinathji agnya Kari: “Raas rupi Jalebi siddh karo“.

Shri Nathji ni Agnya ne siromanya gani Shri Ramdasji ane Shri Kumbhandasji e kahyu: “Jevi Aap ni agnya”

Ramdasji ye Shrinathji ni seva pachhi mandir na badha sevako ne bhega karine kahyu: ” Avti kale Shri Gusainji no Pragatya deen che etle Shri Nathji ni echha mujab samagree karvani chhe.

Shri Sadu Pande ye Shri Ramdasji ni vat vadhavi leta kahyu: “Ghee, Mendo vegere joyti samagree hu mara ghare thi padhravish.

Shri Kumbhandasji e 2 pada ane 2 padi vechi Rs.5 Shri Ramdasji ne samagree mate apya, tema thi Khand mangavi. Akhi rate sau bhega mali Jalebi ni samagree siddh kari.

Shri Kumbhandas e gayu:

Aaj vadhai Shri Vallabh dware,
Pragat bhaye puren purushottam pushti karva vistar ||1||
Bhagi ude sab dayvi jeevan ke nisaddhan jan kiye uddhar
Khumbandas Giridharan jugal vapu neegam agam saab sadhan saar ||2||

Vansant Panchami and Forty days of Holi (Maha Sud 5))

Holi celebrates the arrival of spring. It begins with Vasant Panchami, the birthday of Kamdev. For forty days afterwards, red and white powders, a dark fragrant liquid made of sandalwood resin, called chova, and sandalwood paste are sprinkled over and around Shree Krishna. During Holi, Shree Krishna plays in unrestricted ways with all of His bhaktas. This is considered to be Shree Krishna’s favorite festival.He wears mostly white clothes during these days so that the colors His bhaktas throw at Him will show. Krishna loves this festival so much that the day after it is over, great efforts are taken to make Him forget it!

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Saaj: White Cotton
Vastra: Suthan, Choli, Gerdhar,
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Pagh along with chandrika and offer 4 Karnaful
Abhushan: Till waist Red and Green Menakari.
Vishesh Samagri: Sev na Laddoo, Thor, Sakar para, Gunja and Chuti Boondi

Raag Vasant

Aaj chalori vrundavan viharat vasant panchmi pancham gavat Saji lehu gudva bhari chandan harkhi anand mrudang bajavat //1//
Kusumit dhrum veli achi chabi kujat kokilkir mano humhi bulavat
Kalayan ke prabhu giridhar ke paras par yeh aakhiyan ati hi sukh pavaat //2//

Dolotsava (Fagun vad ekam)

This festival takes place on the day after Holi, (usually some time in March) when the demoness Holika is burnt.Shree Krishna and His Beloved sit in a Dol swing that is decorated with mango blossoms and other flowers. This is a Kunja Lila, taking place in the divine inner bower. On this day there are four separate swing darshans, and the throwing of color reaches its zenith. Shree Krishna is dressed in all white. Dol is the grand finale of the spring Vasant

 

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Saaj: safed sutrau (cotton)
Vastra: Suthan, Choli Gherdar
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Pagh along with chandrika, four karnaful and lum.
Abhushan:  ghutan sudhi  Sonana (gold).
Nodh: Today in Rajbhog Thakorji swings on dol

Raag Sarang

Dol julat hai pyaro lal bihar biharini pahop vrushit hoti
Soor pur aur gandharv teen ki narin dekhte varat hai larmoti //1//
Gera geri karat paraspar nahi dekhiyat juvati aisi jyoti
Haridas ke swami shyama kunj bihari sada churi khubi poti //2//

Shree Mahaprabhuji Pragatya Utsav (Chaitra Vad Agyaras)

This is perhaps the most important festival for the lineage and usually occurs in April. Kirtans in praise of Shree Mahaprabhuji begin two weeks before this day. The very form of Shree Swaminiji, Shree Vallabhacharya manifested upon the earth to uplift divine souls. He taught his disciples to love Shree Krishna in the devotional mood of the Gopis of Vrindavan. Shree Acharyaji coupled a pure non- dualist philosophy with divine appreciation and gifted his dear ones the experience of Shree Krishna’s Lila.

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Saaj: Kesri Malmal with heavy silver borders and work.
Vastra: Suthan,Bandi, chakdar of kesri malmal, patuka red
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Kuleh along with panch chandrika jod, hans, travel, choti
Abhushan:  Till charnarvind heavy Shringar.
Nodh: Vishesh samagris are offered, palna is done today, abhyang is done today.
Samagri: Jalebi, Chooti Boondi, Chandra Kadha, Sev na Laddoo.

Raag Devgandhar

Aaj vadhai mangal char |
gavat mangal geet juvatijan navsat saaj singar ||1||
Mangal kanak kalash shubh mangal bandhi bandanvar | Mangal motin chowk puraye panch shabd gruh dwar ||2||
Gharghar  mangal maha mahotsav shree vallabh avtar| Harjivan prabhu yagna purush shri lakshman bhupkumar  ||3||

Snan Yatra (Jeth Sud 15)

On this day in the middle of the hot season (usually falling in May), Shreeji wears a light dhoti, an uparna on his shoulders, and pearled ornaments. The public are allowed the unique opportunity to behold Him being bathed with cool water poured through a conch. Shreeji is offered 125,000 mangoes, an auspicious number of the season’s most luscious fruit.
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Saaj: White with kesar border
Vastra: Pichoda
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: white kuleh along with 3 chandrika jod.
Abhushan:  till charnarvind moti and hira
Nodh: Today in the early morning thakorji is offered Jyeshthabhishek snan. In rajbhog mangoes are offered in much wider space and per ones capacity.
Vishesh samagri: boondi ladoo, Mango barfi, Mango mohanthad, Mango ni bundi.

Raag Bilaval

Mangal  jyesth jyeshtha punyo karat snan govardhan dhari /
Dadhi aur dub madhur le sakhi ri kesar ghat jal darat pyari //1//
Chowa chandan mrugmad saurabh saras sughandh kapurn nyari /
Aragja an gang prati lepan kalindi Madhya keli vihari //2//
Sakhiyan yuth yuth mili chirkat gavat tan tarangna bhari /
kesho kishor sakal sukhdata  Shree vallabh nandan ki balihari //3//

Rath Yatra (aashad sud bij)

The festival of rath yatra, (procession of lord on a chariot) is celebrated on the auspicious day of Aashad sud bij during auspicious timing of Pushya Nakshatra. The festival is being celebrated each year at Jagannathpuri in a grand manner. During the year 1616 by the divine commandant of Lord Shree Jangannathji, advised Shree Gusaiji to celebrate Rath Yatra festival in pushtimarg. Shree Gusaiji accomplished this divine wish of Thakorji and prepared a gorgeous Chariot and commneced the celebration of rath yatra which takes place even today in all pushtimargiya Temples.

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Saaj: White doriya with golden borders
Vastra: Suthan, bandi, chakdar patuka of white doriya
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak: Kuleh safed ,panch chandrika ni jod, kundal, hans, travel, hamel and choti.
Abhushan:  Till charnarvind hira, manek, moti and panna.
Vishesh:  Today Thakorji resides  on a chariot. From today mati na jhari and kunja, khas na parda, fountains are stopped.
Raag Malhaar

Aaj mai rath baithe giridhari
Vaam bhag vrushbhan nandini pehre kasumbhi saari //1//
Tesoi ghan uniyo chahun dhiste garajat hai ati bhari Tesai dadur moor karat raat tesi bhoomi hariyari //2//
Shital mand wahet malyanil lagaat hai sukhkari Nandnandan  ki ya chaabi upar govind Jan balihari //3//

Ganga Dashmi (Nav manorath,Jeth Sud Dasham)

On this day, Gangaji descended from heaven, and united with Shree Yamunaji at Prayag. Shree Mahaprabhuji has expressed in Yamunashtak that after holy union with Shree Yamunaji only Shree Gangaji attained love of lord Shreenathji and gained ability of giving all kind of achievements or success to her devotee’s. Shree Yamunaji facilitated holy union of Gangaji and Shree Nathji, thus Gangaji achieved pleasure of accompanying of Shree Thakorji during his journey of love on Gangaji’s holy water.

On the auspicious day of Ganga Dashmi, Shree Mahaprabhuji decorates a Nav (Small ferry or boat) and gives a pleasent ride to Shree thakorji on the holy water of Yamunaji at Vishram Ghat. On this day each year, Nav Manorath is celebrated with this Bhav.

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Saaj: Aragjai cotton
Vastra : Pichoda of aragjai malmal
Shringars to be offered on Thakorjis Shree mastak:  Pagh, lum, lum ni kalgi and four karnaful.
Abhushan: Ghutan sudhi motina
Vishesh: Today thakorji sits in the boat (nav manorath)
Samagri:  Thor, seero, mango monthal, aam ras,mango barfi, dudh ghar ni chhab

Raag Sarang

Shyam jamuna bich khevat naav /
Eek sakhi aayi ghar te kahe mohu ko bethave /1//
Baitho kese kahat oghat he rapat parat he pai
hath pakar bithaye aap dhing rasik na rachiyo pai //2//