Raval and Dauji


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Raval is the birthplace of Srimati Radharani. It is not so frequently visited place, which inspires unique mood of separation in the hearts of Her devotees.

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Once King Vrisabhanu went to the Yamuna river to take bath. He saw a golden lotus flower that shone like a million suns in the middle of the river...

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...In the middle of the lotus flower was baby Srimati Radharani...

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...Lord Brahma appeared before King Vrisabhanu and told him that in his previous life he and his wife, Kirtida, had performed great austerities to get the consort of Lord Vishnu as their daughter...

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...King Vrisabhanu took the child home, but found her to be blind...

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...Narada Muni appeared before the king and told him that despite the child's blindness he should go ahead and perform all the auspicious birth ceremonies...

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...Nanda Maharaja brought baby Krishna along for the ceremonies held by king Vrisabhanu for his daughter...

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...When baby Krishna crawled before Srimati Radharani, She could smell the wonderful aroma of His body, and at that moment She opened Her eyes. The first person She saw was Her eternal consort, Sri Krishna.

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There is a small temple here called
Lairy-Lal.

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Small, but very sweet Deities of Radha and Krisna are said to be installed by Vajranabha, Krisna's great grandson.

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After circumambulating the altar and offering prayers to Radharani...

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...one can climb to the roof and see dried Yamuna bed.

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Here in direction towards us...

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...5000 years ago Yamuna river used to flow and brought Srimati Radharani to Kirtida and Vrisabhanu.

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The temple itself is very simple and ordinary people find not so much to see here...

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...But true devotees find this place is simply unique.

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On the opposite side of the temple is Radharani's garden.

3 x věší obrázek v novém okně Radha-Krisna tree in Radharani's garden resemble white Radha standing next to blackish Krishna.

3 x věší obrázek v novém okně There are ruins of old temple in Radharani's garden.
3 x věší obrázek v novém okně Different groups of devotees are rare visitors...
3 x věší obrázek v novém okně ...in this simple village surroundings that mark the place of Srimati Radharani's appearance.
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"O goddess worshiped by the kings of sages, O goddess who remove the sufferings of the three worlds, O goddess whose face is a blossoming lotus, O goddess who enjoy pastimes in the forest, O daughter of Vrisabhanu, O companion of Vraja's prince, when will you cast Your merciful sidelong glace upon me?"

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makhesvari! kriyesvari!
svadhesvari! suresvari!
triveda-bharatisvari!
pramana-sasanesvari!
ramesvari! ksamesvari!
pramoda-kananesvari!
vrajesvari! vrajadhipe!
sri-radhike namo 'stu te!

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O queen of Vedic sacrifices, O queen of pious activities, O queen of the material world, O queen of the demigods, O queen of Vedic scholarship, O queen of knowledge, O queen of the goddesses of fortune, O queen of patience, O queen of Vrindavan, the forest of happiness, O queen of Vraja, O empress of Vraja, O Sri Radhika, obeisances to You!

Sri Radha-Kripa-Kataksa-Stava-Raja
(Spoken by Lord Siva in the
Urdhvamnaya-tantra)

display enlarged image in new window Raval is 9km from Mathura on the other side of the river. It is just 30 minutes side excursion from the way to Gokul.
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24 kilometers from Mathura there is a village called BaldeoorDauji. Originally it was called Ridha. It is a home of Balaram Deity.

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Dauji means the "older brother" and it is the name of Balaram.

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Deity of Dauji is about 2 meters high and it is the largest Deity in Vraja-mandala. This Balaram Deity was installed by Vajranabha 4900 years ago.

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Extremely attractive sri-vigraha of Balaram is syama-complexioned (blackish), with huge eyes, and His right hand is raised. In His left hand is a cup of Varuni beverage.

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Revati, the wife of Balaram, is also installed in this temple. She is to the left of the front altar door with Her back to the wall facing Balaram. She cannot be seen from the front door of the altar, bur She can be viewed from the right side door...

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...The confidential reason why she is somewhat concealed is that Sri Dauji's marriage took place while He was residing in Dvaraka and not while He was living in Vraja. Revati is Balaram's consort in Dvaraka not in Vraja.

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Dauji is one of the four presiding Deities of Vraja. All the famous Deities left Vraja, but Dauji did not leave even after He revealed Himself to the Muslims.

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Ksira-sagar-kund (Sankarsan-kund)
This kund (lake) is said to have been constructed by the residents of Vraja, when they filled it with the milk from 100 000 cows as an offering to Balaram.

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"Ksira" means "milk" and "Ksira-saga-kund" means "Sea of milk".

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Ksira-sagar is just behind the temple. The yellow flag is above the main altar of Dauji Mandir.

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It is said that Deity was found lying down in Ksira-sagar-kund. Devoted people took Sri Dauji from the kund and built this temple, in which they duly seated and worshipped Him.

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The pujaris may have put the Deity in the lake out of fear of an attack by the bigot Aurangzeb.

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Dauji's birth from the womb of mother Rohini, eight days before the birth of Sri Krisna, took place in Gokul-Mahavan. His nama-karana (name giving ceremony), cuda-karana and other samskaras were performed with those of baby Krisna. Dauji and Krisna also played together.

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Ridha or Dauji Gaon is the pasturing ground for Sri Baladauji's cows, being the forest area at the time of His prakata-lila. This place is within Vidrumavana.

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Inside the temple building.

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Once every springtime during the Holi festival, Dauji temple gets really crowded. Many people from the villages around come to commemorate Divine pastimes.

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During the Holi festival the pastimes of Radha and Krisna are remembered by throwing colored dyes and splashes of saffron water.

display enlarged image in new window If one happens to be in the midst of the present day Holi festival, one may think it to be just very intense or even wild folk tradition, but originally it is rooted in pastimes of Radha and Krisna.
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Balaram once wanted to dance with the gopies as Krisna did. They have danced for Him, but afterwards...

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...ripped of His clothes and beated Him similarly as present day gopis beat men at this special day when all the social conventions are put aside.

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In the Lalita-madhava it is stated that Lord Baladeva, intoxicated from drinking excessive quantities of honey, once began to address the ants, "O you kings of the ants! Why are you hiding yourselves in these holes?" At the same time He also addressed the King of heaven, "O King Indra! You plaything of Saci! Why are you laughing? I am now prepared to smash the whole universe, and I know that Krisna will not be angry with Me..."

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...Then He addressed Krisna, "My dear Krisna, tell Me immediately why the whole world is trembling and why the moon has become elongated! And O you members of the Yadu dynasty, why are you laughing at Me? Please give Me back My liquors made of honey from the kadamba flower!" Srila Rupa Goswami prays that Lord Balaram will be pleased with all of us while He is thus talking just like an intoxicated person...

The Nectar of Devotion

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Sri Vraja-mandala

1. Bandi
2. Pani-gaon
3. Akrura-ghat
4. Chatikara
5. Atasa
6. Jainta
7. Caumunha
8. Pasauli
9. Sei
10. Syamati
11. Chata
12. Agiyara
13. Nanda-ghat
14. Cir-ghat
15. Tapovan
16. Aksayavat
17. Ram-ghat
18. Khelanvan
19. Ujhani
20. Rampur
21. Sesasai
22. Kosi
23. Vancari
24. Hodal
25. Caran-pahadi
26. Kotavan


27. Lalpur
28. Bichor
29. Kamar
30. Kedarnath
31. Pasapa
32. Baithana
33. Sancauli
34. Meheran
35. Javat
36. Dhanasinga
37. Khayaro
38. Bijavari
39. Sanket
40. Karehla
41. Umrao
42. Ranavadi
43. Nari
44. Sahara
45. Kamai
46. Uncagaon
47. Rithaura
48. Sunahara
49. Indrauli
50. Seu
51. Adi-bhadri
52. Paramdana


53. Dig
54. Munisirsa
55. Devasirsa
56. Gantholi
57. Puchari
58. Bachgaon
59. Paitha
60. Parasaulí
61. Anijor
62. Jatipur
63. Nimgaon
64. Radha-kund
65. Mukhara
66. Kunjera
67. Surya-kund
68. Basauti
69. Ral
70. Bahulavan
71. Tosa
72. Datiya
73. Ganesara
74. Santanu-kund
75. Madhuri-kund
76. Adinga


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English texts, selection of images, design:
Tattva-darsi das
Most texts are based on the information from Jada Bharata's book "Holy Places of India",
which contains many additional information useful for travelers.

Some texts are based on "Braja Mandala Parikrama"
by Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj.

Photographs from his travels:
Pavan-suta das, Tattva-darsi das and Bhakta Zbynek

 


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