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Daily Darshans of Shree Thakorji

Unlike many temples, Shreeji’s Darshans are not open throughout the day. As Thakorji lives here in his live form of a small child, his darshans are regulated accordingly. There are eight darshans during the day from Mangla to Shayan during which the other darshans take place at different intervals. Each darshan of the day has a special meaning and bhav.

During each darshan, an Ashtasakha is dedicated to serve Thakorji by singing various paadhs & kirtans which were an expression of different lilas they experienced.

Darshan is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘glimpse’, sight or a vision and commonly used for vision of the divine Lord.

The way in which we do darshans is very important. Our total focus and mind have to be directed on Shreeji while other activities have to be left momentarily. During darshan, one believes or should believe that Thakorji is present and lives in the haveli.

The bhav is one of a young child who is woken up, offered snacks, bathed, dressed and is ready to go play with his friends. Later on lalaan is offered an elaborate lunch and considering he must be tired so he must rest for a while. Lalaan is woken up in the afternoon, offered Snacks, then dinner and goes the sleep.

Thakorji’s seva is performed according to the various seasons and days. The darshans are in the following order as below

  • Mangla
  • Shringar
  • Gwal
  • Rajbhog
  • Utthapan
  • Bhog
  • Sandhya Aarti
  • Shayan

During each of these eight darshans Shree Thakorji’s Eight Sakhas (Ashta Sakhas or Eight Poets) sing various bhajans with different bhavs. On the following pages the darshans of the day have been explained briefly.

Some of the explanation corresponds to general practice in a haveli while the seva reeth explained listed below each darshan can be performed as a general practice too. For further detailed explanation one should always consult their guru on how to perform seva.

Mangla

Mangla Darshan is the first darshan of the day. The word ‘Mangla’ underlines auspiciousness of beginning the day with a glimpse of lord and during winter this darshan takes place before sunrise, while in summer,it is later. Shreeji is woken up with the sound of shankhnaad and the darshan is usually open for approximately 45 minutes. However this would again depend on the season at times and day. In summer, Shreenathji is clad simply in an aadbandh whereas in winter, he keeps warm with a rajai (quilted coat) and only Shreeji’s mukharvind is visible. A coal fire is usually also lit before Thakorji to ensure he is kept warm in winter. Aarti is offered to Shreenathji during this darshan. The significance of this ritual is to banish the evil spirits which hover around in the darkness of the night, seeking to cause harm.

This morning darshan is dedicated to the memory of Paramanandasji, one of the ashtachhap poets. The kirtans sung at this time are in one of the classical morning raag – Lalit, Bhairav Vibhas etc.

 

Mangla

Seva Reet one can perform at home

Seva Reet one can  perform at home.
Note: One should be in Apras during Seva and should obtain Agya from Guru for Seva

  • During Mangla seva, one should go to the Mandir,  offer their Dandvat to Shreeji and Take Charanamrut.
  • Request Shreeji for his permission before entering the Nij Mandir.
  • Open the Mandir doors very gently ensuring that you speak softly.
  • Then after one should clean the Mandir (Buhari) as well as the Seehasan and place a clean white cloth (Safedi).
  • After washing you hands (Hath Khaasa)  one should remove the Jhariji-Banta which was placed during shayan seva of the previous day.
  • Thereafter prepare one Jhariji, one Bantaji and Samagri (When preparing Jhariji-place a wet red cloth (Nevro) on the top and cover the spout. At this time one should recite Yamunashtak Paath).
  • Place Jhariji on a plate (Tabakri)  on top of the Padgha on the left side of the Seehasan
  • Place a wooden stand (chowki) infront of the Seehasan and on top place all the Samagri which you have prepared for Thakorji E.g Milk with sugar, Makhan, Mishri, fresh sweet yogurt, sweets made of milk (dudhghar) etc (According to one’s capacity).
  • Apply some Attar on both your Palms and wake Shreeji from Shaiyaji.
  • To awake Thakorji, ring the small bell three times gently and than do smaran to Shree Mahaprabhuji
  • Recite Shree Mahaprabhuji’s Pad – Jay Jay Jay Shree Vallabh Prabhu Vitthalesh…(Raag Bhairav)
  • Recite Shree Gusaiji’s Pad  Jay Jay Jay Shree Vallabh Nandan ….(Raag Bhairav)
  • Then after recite the following to wake him up :-

Jay jay mangal rup jagiye gokul ke nayak, Shree Mahaprabhuji na antahkaran bhushan
Shree Gusaiji na ladila Shree Yashodotsangh lalit, sharnagat vatsalan, jay jay jay

  • Gently remove the rajai (blanket) which has covered Thakorji and show Shreeji Darpan (Mirror) and than do Dandvat to Thakorji
  • Recite the Padh Jaago Moreh lal Jagatah ujeeya reh…
  • Offer Gunja Mala.
  • Place Thakorji on Seehasan and place a flute next to Thakorji
  • Offer Mangal Bhog

Recite the following while offering Mangal Bhog to Shreeji

Shree Acharya Mahaprabhuji, Shree Gusaiji, Shree Gurudev, AshtaSakha, Choryasi- Basobawan (84-252) Vaishnava ni  Kani thi Bhog Aarogjo.

  • Close the curtains (tehro) of the Mandir
    Whilst Thakorji is having Mangal Bhog, you can clean the bedding (Shaiyaji) with a cloth. Also clean the pillows mattress, bed sheets, blankets etc. Then place all the items in its place.
  •  Start preparing various requirements for Thakorji to use in Shingar e.g warm water for bathing, cloths for Shingar, Attar etc.
  • Once the preparation is complete, clap three times and request Shreeji to end the
  • Mangal Bhog.
  • Remove tehro and offer Achhman & Mukhvastra to Shreeji.
  • Take all the Samagri and place in plate; wipe the wooden stand (chowki) which was used for Samagri.
  • Do wash your hands (Hath Khaasa) and then do Mangla Darshan
  • Do Mangla aarti Bhavna.

Sinhasan Bhavna

  • Nandalay Bhavna – Shree Yashodaji holds Thakorji in her Lap, The two arms of Yashodaji represent the two pillows on either side of Thakorji and the cushion for the back is represented by Yashodaji’s Heart.

Mangla Bhog Bhavna

  • In Mangla Bhog we have a variety of samagris to offer Thakorji. Shree Yashodaji has spent all night without Thakorji and first thing in the morning she will wake him and take him in her lap and feed him. It is with this Bhavna we should offer Samagri to Thakorji.

Mangla Darshan Bhav

  • After waiting whole night for Thakorji, when you first see the Mukharvind, this brings great happiness and contentment within yourself. This is the time when Thakorji fulfils his Vraj Bhaktos wish and completes their Manorath.

Mangla Kirtan – Raag Bhairav

Mangal Aarti Gopal ki Mai
Nitya Prati Mangal Hot Nirkh Mukh Chitvan Nayan Vishal Ki    //1//
Mangal Roop Shyam Sundar Ko, Mangal Brukuti Subhaal Ki Chattrabhuj Prabhu Sada Mangal Nidhi, Baanik Giridhar Lal Ki //2//

Shringar

The next darshan after mangla usually with a gap of an hour is called Shringar. Shreenathji is dressed carefully from head to foot, and a garland of flowers is placed around his neck. The dressing varies according to various season as well as festivals. Shree Thakorji’s Shringar has been decided by Shree Gusaiji and the same is followed in a similar manner till date.

Shringar

During Shringar, Mukhiyaji holds a mirror in front of Thakorji so that Shreejii can see how he is dressed. Shreeji is offered a garland of fragrant flowers and Venu is also offered. This is his play hour like that of any other child, and he is offered dry fruits and sweets representing food brought to him by his beloved gopis. This explains why he is also called gopivallabh. Shree Thakorji’s flute is placed in his hands so that he can delight Swaminiji (Shree Radhaji) with the tunes she loves. Seva during this darshan is performed with the bhav of Shree Gokulchandramaji. The raag sung during this darshan are usually Ramkali, Bilaval. The poet Nandadasji is considered the main poet (Ashtasakha) during this darshan

Lila Bhavna

At Nandalay, Shree Yashodaji gives a bath to Thakorji in the morning after Mangla Darshan; she prepares the clothes, places Thakorji on a Chowki (Small square stool), massages Thakorji with warm rose oil and then uses Chandan (Sandalwood) to cleanse the body. This is called Abhyang. After this Shree Yashodaji will use warm rose water to clean the body, then dries Thakorji with a clean soft cloth. She will then dress him the correct attire, according to the season. While this is taking place sometimes Thakorji will become very playful and run away or He will refuse to put on certain clothes which Shree Yashodaji has put aside for him. At this time Shree Yashodaji will offer Thakorji Mewa, Mithai or Mishri as a bribe, or she will tell stories of Kings and Prince from a famous Land and convince Thakorji to wear the Vastra and Shringar.

Shingar Pranalika
After Mangla Darshan ends, sit near the Mandir and make sure the curtains are closed.This will prevent people from outside disturbing Thakorji. Prepare clothes for the Shringar; this will depend on the season and time of the year. Take some water and the temperature (i.e in winter the water will be warm compared to summer) of the water should be right to bathe Shreeji according to the season. Take a clean white soft cloth also referred to as Ang vastra.

For Balkrishnalalji (Lalan) and Shree Nathji Swaroop you will need a small stool
(Chowki) which is placed on plate.

  • Take the clean cloth and fold into four and then place it on the Chowki , then gently placeThakorji on the Chowki
  • Remove all the Shringar and cloths from Thakorji which were offered during Mangla Seva.
  • Massage Phoolel scent oils on Thakorji and then use water to bathe Thakorji.
  • It is Important that you decide a regular day when you will bathe Thakorji, on this day and on Utsav days you can do Abhayang which consists of Ambla and Chandan.
  • If the Utsav day is near your regular chosen day then perform the ceremony on the Utsav day. Apply Phoolel on the body then Ambla and then massage with Chandan.
  • Keep small amount of water which is placed in a Loti (small container) and pour over Thakorji.
  • Then use Ang vastra to dry Thakorji. Apply Attar on the body
  • Offer the vastra which you have got ready earlier and then offer all the Shringar.
  • Place Thakorji on Seehasan.

General rule for Abhyang :

  • During winter every 15 days
  • During summer months twice a week
  • Rest of the time once weekly.

For Chitraji (picture of Thakorji)

  • During winter every 15 days
  • During summer months twice a week
  • Rest of the time once weekly.
  • Offer the Vaghas and Shringar according to the seasons.
  • Place a small bowl of Mishri, dry Mewa and Jhariji.

ShringarReet

  • In order to perform Shringar kindly refer to your Guru Ghar’s Sea Pranalika
  • Offer the Samagri which you had prepared earlier on a padgha near the Seehasan.
  • If you do not have any Shringar it is important to put Gunja Mala on Thakorji which will represent all types of Malas and it is only the Gunja Mala which will complete the Shringar.
  • If you have the opportunity make another mala of flowers, you can use rose petals, mogro, juee, chameli or flowers which have a pleasing scent.
  • Open the Shringar Darshan.
  • Again fill the Jhariji and place it on the left side ofThakorji.
  • Offer the Venu (flute) near Thakorji.
  • Then show Darpan (mirror) toThakorji and as we are not entitled to hug or touch Thakorji, once the Darpan is used place it next to your heart to complete this bhvana.
  • Do Charansparsh and wash your hands (Hath Khasa)
  • The water that you used to bathe Thakorji (also known as charnamrut), take some in your hand and drink it.
  • Offer various toys near Thakorji. (During Palna only)
  • In every house hold there will slight ariation in performing Shringar Seva, you have to decide which vastra and Shringar you want to put on Thakorji. Howeer in general terms you should try and use the following:
  • During winter days from Kartik Sud Ekam use makhmal or Reshmiastra with the inner lining of made of thick material to keep Thakorji warm. Similarly the Shringar will be very heavy in winter months compared to summer months.

Daily Shringar

  • On the Forehead do Tilak
  • On the nose offer Nakvashar
  • On the chin  offer Chibbuk (Diamond) On Ears offer Kundal
  • On Shree Mastak  offer a Pagh, Chandrika, Dumala, or Tippara etc with various other Shree Mastak  Shringar.

Attars

There are different types of Attars which can be used e.g.

  • Winter – Heena, Kasturi, Kesar, or Ambar
  • Summer – Khas, Juee, Mogro, Barsali, Ratrani
  • Rainy Days – Kevado, Rose, Gulab, Parijat or Chaampo

Venu Bhavna

There are two meanings of Venu (Flute). The Venu has seven holes which are used by
Thakorji to play beautiful music to please everyone in Vraj.

  • The first hole represents Thakorji himself and the other six represents six Dharmas and all seven together shows Pushti Bhav and this improves our knowledge in Pushtimarg and philosophy of Shree Mahaprabhuji. The Venu also represents Shree Mahaprabhuji’s Mukharvind, the mouth piece represents
  • Shree Gusaiji and the seven Holes represent his seven Lalaans.

Shringar Kirtan – Raag Bilaval

Shobha aaj bhali bani aai ||
Jalsut upar hans birajat, taapar indra vadhu dar sai ||1||
Dadhi sut liyo diyo dadhi sutmen, yah chabi dekhi nand musikai ||
Nirajsut vahanko bhakshan Surshaymle kir chugai ||2||

Gwal

This is the third darshan that takes place when the lord takes his cows for grazing. In this darshan Thakorji is offered makhan and mishri. The refreshments offered at Gwal darshan have to be light, since the lord is believed to have already eaten the comparatively rich foods offered to him by the gopis earlier.

Seva Reet
In a vaishnav’s residence there is no Gwal Seva performed. Gopi Vallabh Bhog is done only in
Haveli. Therefore after Shringar Seva one will start preparations for Rajbhog Seva.

gwal
Gwal  Kirtan – Raag Bilaval

Gopal mai khelat hai chogan |
Vrajkumar balaksang lineh vrundavan maydaan ||1||
Chanchal vaji nachavat aavat hod lagavat yaan | Sabhi hast le gend chalavat karat bavaki aan ||2||
Karat nashank nishank mahabal harat nrupati kulamaan |
Parmanand dasko thakur gun anand nidhan. ||3||

Rajbhog

Rajbhog is the fourth darshan of the day. The main meal of the day is offered to Shreenathji during this darshan. Shree Vitthalnathji has planned this as the most elaborate darshan of all. During this jhanki, Thakorji resides with a new malaji. Shreeji is presented with betel leaves, his flute and chhadi are also offered before Aarti. Aarti is performed during this darshan. After this darshan, Thakorji takes some rest for nearly three- four hours before the shankhnaad is heard again.

rajbhog
Lila Bhavna

Shree Hariraiji Mahaprabhuji has written a wonderful explanation regarding Raj Bhog Bhavna. Shree Thakorji understands all the Vraj Bhakto and their needs. At this time Thakorji completes all the Manoraths which the Vraj Bhaktos has wished for and at this time Thakorji accepts what is offered to him, which is explained below.

  1. Rajbhog at Nandalay

Thakorji who is accompanied by Baldevji goes to Nandalay for Rajbhog. Shree Rohiniji and Shree Yashodaji prepare and offer the Rajbhog.

  1. Vaan ma (Forest) Rajbhog

When Shreeji takes his cows for grazing together with his Gopas and Sakhas after Shringar, Shree Yashodaji will prepare and send variety of lunch items with the Kumarikas to Shree Thakorji and all the Sakhas at the time of Rajbhog. This is called Chhak. At this time Thakorji will prepare Patal (plates) for all the Gopas at either the banks of Shree Yamunaji or at Shyam dhak or at Kumud Vaan and then they will have their Rajbhog together.

  1. Rajbhog at Gopijans Residence

The gopijans requests Shree Yashodaji that today please send your son to our house for Rajbhog and with such a pleasant request Shree Yashodaji does send Shreeji to the Gopijans house for Rajbhog. Shree Thakorji will visit every Vrajbhakts house to have Rajbhog and also complete their Manoraths.

Rajbhog  Pranalika

  • The place where you are going to perform Rajbhog seva, take some water, clean and dry the area.
  • Place Jhariji on Shreeji’s Left side.
  • In front, place a silver plate and on the plate place all the Sakhadi bhog ensuring all the other Samagri is arranged beautifully. (According to ones capacity).
  • Do Hath Khasa (clean your hands)
  • Take Tulsi leaf in your hand and recite the Brahmasambandh Mantra (Gadhya mantra)
  • three times.
  • Then place the Tulsi leaf in front of Thakorji’s Charnarvind (Feet).
  • Do Charansparsh
  • Do Hath Khasa
  • Then place  new Tulsi leaves on all the Samagri.
  • Then recite and request the following:

“Shree Acharya  Mahaprabhuji, Shree Gusaiji, Shree Gurudev, Aashtsakha, choryasi baso bavan vaishnavo ni kani thi rajbhog aarogjo”

  • Do Dandwat to Thakorji
  • If you are not offering Shakadi Bhog then offer, Dudhghar, Ansakhdi, Nagri which ever you have been instructed by your Guru and according to one’s capacity.
  • Duration for Raj Bhog can be approximately 24 minutes but one can decide this according to his routine as well and taking advice from ones Guru.
  • During this time you can clean all the utensils which were used in the Seva and also clean the kitchen.
  • During this time you can recite Sarvottam Stotra Paath.
  • Clap 3 times, remove terro and offer Achhman & Mukhvastra to Shreeji.
  • Offer Supari & Bidii
  • Do Hath Khasa
  • After one requests to end rajbhog from Thakorji one can than offer the Phool Mala to
  • Shreeji and Offer Khilona (toys) on the Khand Path for Thakorji.
  • Offer Flute next to Thakorji
  • Use the Darpan (mirror) do Dandwat and then wash your hands again.
  • Then one should perform Rajbhog Aarti
  • Later remove the Mala and flute and place on the side
  • Recite Krishnashray and complete rajbhog Darshan

Rajbhog Bhavna

1. Tulsi Bhavna

Reciting Brahmasambandh Mantra and placing Tulsiji near Thakorji’s Charnarvind thereby Thakorji accepts our offerings to him; this reminds us of our commitment to offer everything to Thakorji.

2. Charansparsh Bhavna

Thakorji’s Charanarvind represents Bhakti Swaroop. When we do Charansparsh to Thakorji, our heart is invoked with Bhakti and every day our Bhakti will improve. We then place our hand on our eyes, forehead, neck and heart, it is at this time Thakorji offers his Charnarvind which enhances our feeling as a Das to him and improves our thoughts in Seva.

3. Tulsi Bhavna whilst offering Bhog.

Thakorji’s best loved item is Tulsi, placing Tulsi leaf on Samagri will wash away all the bad thoughts and deeds of the Samagri and this will acceptable to Thakorji.

RajbhogKirtan- RaagSarang

ChalosakhiKunjGopal Jahaan

TerisoMadanmohan pehchaalehjavutahan// Aache kusumamandmalayanilatarukadambkichahain Tahain nivaskiyonandnandna chittatere tanmahain// Aisiribaat aa sunatavraj sundariTohirahyokyunbhave Paramnandswamimanmohan bhagyabade tehpave //

Utthapan

During the afternoon, Shreenathji is aroused from his nap. The vina is played followed by kirtan. Surdasji, the celebrated sightless devotee, mystic and poet, is the Ashta Sakha during this darshan. This darshan is not open for very long as it is believed that Shreeji has woken up from his sleep and must be a little sleepy still. Seva is performed with the bhav of Shree Mathureshji .

Utthapan

Lila Bhavna

Shree Thakorji goes to the Vaan (forest) with Gopas and Sakhas and at the same time Shree Swaminiji resides in Vraj Bhaktos Nikunj and helps complete the Manoraths for the Vraj Bhakto. Thakorji goes to the base of Girirajji where he meets Bhiladio and Pulindi. Thakorji will accept the Samagri offered and completes their Manoraths. Then Thakorji with the Sakhas get ready to go back to Gokul. It is with this Bhav Utthapan Darshan is done. For all the other Samagri offered, Thakorji will go to the Bhog Mandir, However during Utthapan Bhog; Thakorji will sit on the Seehasan and accept the offerings.

UtthapanSevaPranalika

  • Prepare the Samagri according to the season and the availability of samagri.
  • Before entering the Mandir clap three times requesting Thakorji to wake up.
  • Wait about five minute before opening the dwars (door) of the Mandir.
  • Do Dandwat
  • Clean Thakorji’s Mukharvind with wet cloth, than dry and gently remove the Jhariji.
  • Remove all the Samagri, Bantaji, Bidi, and Jhariji and place them in a separate plate.
  • Also remove the Khandpaath. Wash all the plates containers etc and refill the Jhariji and place it back.
  • Offer Utthapan Bhog to Thakorji, do Dandwat and leave the room.
  • The duration time for Utthapan can be according to ones routine.

UtthapanKirtan- RaagNat

SubhalaShridamaKahyoSakhansoArjunSankhabajaiye

Gharjaivakibhaihaibiriya Shrigiridharlaljagaiye// Thor thormadhuridhunibaje madhurmadhursvargaiye Kunj sadanjage nandnandana Muditabira fallaiye // HaridasvaryakepurehmanorathGokultaap nasaiye Latakataavata kamalfiravatParmanandabadhaiye//

UtthapanBhavBhavna

  1. Bhog offering at the Seehasan
  2. Thakorji wakes up in the Forest and goes to the Base of the Girirajji and sits on the Shila which represents the Seehasan. It is with this Bhavna we request Thakorji to reside on the Seehasan.
  3. Utthapan Bhav
  4. Thakorji after resting in the afternoon goes to the base of Girirajji and accepts the Bhog from the Pulindis and understands their Bhakti and Bhavna. It is with this feeling we do Utthapan Darshan.
  5. After the Utthapan Darshan, Thakorji requests the Sakhas that it is time for us to return home as the sun is setting, therefore gather all the cows. At this time Thakorji plays his flute while returning home.
  6. At the time Shree Yashodaji is eagerly waiting at the entrance of Nandalay for Thakorji. Yashodaji will do the Aarti to Thakorji at this time and offers Sandhya Bhog to Thakorji. ThisBhogandAartiarenotperformedat Vaishnavshouseasitisonlytheprivilegefor ShreeYashodaji.ThisisthetimewhenThakorjireturnsfromtheVaantoYashodajiwhile atourresidenceThakorjihasresidedinourNikunjMandir.

Bhog

This is the Sixth darshan of the day which usually takes place an hour after Utthapan and a light meal is served to Shreeji. In the summer, small fragrant fountains are started for cooling and during the winter a coal fire is burnt a distance away to provide warmth. A Chhadidar stands formally dressed in a Pagh (Turban), a Patka and Gherdar (A Garment with a Flaring Skirt). He holds a staff and wears a golden kadda, anklet. The Chhadidara’s role is to inform Swaminiji of Shreenathji’s arrival, so that she can obtain his darshan and arrange to milk the Cows.

Shreenathji is fanned and morchhal is waved beside him to remove the possible effects of the evil eye cast while he has been out of Nandalay. The main poet for this period is Chaturbhujdasji and Seva is performed with the bhav of Shree Gokulnathji.

 

bhog

In a Vaishnavs house this seva is usually not performed.

Bhog Kirtan – Raag Malhaar

Jo Sukh hote Gopal le gaye
Sona hote jaap taap vrat, saiyam kotik tirath nahye// Gaad gaad girah, lochana jaal dhara Prem pulak tanu chaye Teen lok sukh trun vaat lekhat nandnandan ur aye//
Diye nahi leta haar padarat shri hari charan arujaye
Soordas govind bhajab bin chiit nahi chala chalaye//

Sandhya Aarti

Sandhya Aarti is the next darshan after bhog. This darshan takes place at dusk when Thakorji brings his cows home from the field. The predominant mood is vatsalya bhava (motherly love). The fear of any ill effects resulting from his wonderings in the woods and protects from harm. Therefore Yashoda Maiya does Aarti for his child is the bhav of this darshan.

After the days exertions, his garments now are light. Shreeji is offered his flute so that he can enchant his devotees and his cowherd friends. Chhitaswamiji is considered the chief musician for this darshan and Seva is performed with the bhav of Shree Vitthalnathji.

Sandhya Aarti

In a Vaishnavs house this seva is usually not performed

Sandhya Kirtan – Raag Purvi

Dekho gopal ki aavan ||
Kamal nayan shyam sundar murti manbhavan ||1|| Vahi sundar sheesh mukut gunjamani laavan | Parmanandswami gopal ang ang nachavan ||2||

Shayan

This is the eighth and Final Darshan of the day. Since it is time for Shreeji to retire, shayan bhog is offered to Shreenathji. A poet praises lord in his kirtan, which may take form of an expression of a beloved’s emotion and is offered to both Shreenathji and Swaminiji. Paan- Beeda (betal leaves with spices) are again offered to him. As Shreenathji is about to retire for the night, various arrangements have to be made. Shreejis Shaiya (Bedding) is prepared and bantaji, Jhariji and Paan-Beedas are kept. It is believed that Shree Radhaji will join him during the night, her garments and jewels too are kept in readiness.

A carpet is spread on the ground leads from the Seehansan of Shreenathji to his bed chamber. It is presumed that he will walk on it in his spiritual, subtle form. The wooden platforms placed in Doltibari for the devotees to stand during darshans are removed. This ensures that Shreenathji does not encounter any obstacles or disturbance during the night. This darshan is usually not held for the six months, from Chaitra Shukla 1 to Ashvin Shukla 9, when Shreenathji is suppose to visit Vraj and reveal himself to the Vrajavasis (residents of vraj).The chief poet of this darshan is Krishnadasji and Seva is performed with the Bhav of Shree Madanmohanji.

Shayan

 
Seva Pranalika

It is time to change the Vastra and Shringar for Thakorji after Shayan Bhog as Shreeji is about to retire for the day. Remove all the Shringar from the head, neck etc however for Shayan Bhog you can offer the following items- Karna Phool, Naakhveshar, Chibuk, Ponchi.

• Take some water in your hands and clean the area where you are going to place the Bhog and then dry the area.
• Refill Jhariji
• Get the Samagri ready for the Shayan Bhog, you can make Sakhadi Bhog or you can use some of the unused items from Sakhadi Bhog which you made at Raj Bhog or offer ansakhadi Bhog.

  •  Time for the Bhog is approximately 24 minutes, however one can certain this to their routine timing upon permission from ones Guru.
  • Recite the Kani and Offer the Bhog, do Dandwat and request Thakorji to accept the Bhog.
  • You can do Bhavna for Shayan Aarti.
  • Go to the Shaiya Mandir, clean the Shaiyaji, bed sheets and pillows etc and place them back on the Shaiya. Apply some Attar on Shaiya.
  • When the 24 minutes are complete, request Thakorji to sarava (Kindly / humbly seeking permission) the bhog as well as Jhariji,
  • Empty the Jhariji, clean the Jhariji and refill it. Place the Jhariji next to the Shaiya.
  • Offer Acchman Mukhvastra and offer bidii. Then place Thakorji on the Shaiya,
  • Take Thakorji to the Shaiya Mandir and cover Shreeji with a blanket or light covering- according to the weather. Also apply some Attar on the Blanket and offer Dandvat.
  • For Chitraji remove the heavy clothes and then put very light clothes for the night.
  • Next to Shaiya place Jhariji and in one Banta place milk items and in the other Banta put Bidii for Thakorji. Also place Gunja Mala and shringars offered during the day next to Thakorji.
  •  Sing Aashray nu pad
  • Do Dandwat, leave the room and close the door.

Shayan Darshan Bhavna

Yashodaji requests Thakorji and Dauji to change their clothes, urging them that Shayan Bhog is ready. Both the brothers are very tired at this time from a long day. Yashodaji will convince them to change and asks them how they spend their day. After feeding them Yashodaji will convince them to drink some milk as well.

Shayan Kirtan – Raag Kalyan

Tere maan ki baat kaun janeri

Jopeh daar houito nandasuta bole Aisi kaun yuvati jona maneri//

Tere aru hari ki mili ye chalti hai mai yaha hai buja parata hai jiya apaneri

 

Seva Karta savdhani (Point to Note while performing seva)

1) While doing seva ensure you do not talk unnecessarily as spit can fall out from your mouth on to Thakorji’s samagri, or seva items.

2) In seva of the lord, do not bring worldly thoughts into your mind which may make you sad or divert your attention. Always be happy and delighted when you are in front of Thakorji and concentrate on your seva and how you can improve it.

3) If while doing seva of Prabhu your mind wanders around in the worldly thoughts, do make an effort of clearing those thoughts and thinking only about Thakorji and his lilas.

4) Do not utilize items bought for Shreejis for other use in the house or elsewhere.

Example 1 if you have brought fruits from the market and you come home and place them on your dining table where everybody has access, to touch and eat them than it is forbidden to use the same fruits in Thakorji’s Seva Samagri.In Pushtimarg it is called ardhbhukta.When you bring fruits home make an effort of removing aside the fruits that you are going to use in seva.

Example 2 if you have brought a clothing material home and you make clothes out of them, then the remainder of those pieces that are left , from those leftovers you make Thakorji’s vastras , that is also not appropriate. You Should first make Thakorji’s Clothing from the material bought and then utilize for oneself.

5) As performing seva do not have thoughts of gaining something from Thakorji. Always ensure you perform seva with Daas bhav.

6) Ensure you are in Apras while performing Seva and wash your hands when necessary to maintain hygiene.

seva Karta