Shri Vallabhacharya was a renowned Hindu scholar who is considered as the pioneers of the devotional Bhakti movement in India. He was born in Varanasi, into a Telugu Brahmin family in 1479 A.D. As a youngster, he contemplated over the Vedas and Upanishads and believed that anybody could accomplish salvation or Moksha by venerating Lord Krishna. His stern thoughts ended up compelling him to oppose the principle of asceticism and monastic life.
Vallabhacharya Jayanti 2020 Date
Vallabhacharya Jayanti is commended in view of a prevalent belief that on this auspicious day, Lord Krishna had appeared before Shri Vallabhacharya in the form of Shrinathji.
As per the Purnimant Lunar calendar of North India, it is believed that he was born on the Krishna Paksha Ekadashi in the Vaishaka month while as per the Amanta Lunar calendar he was born on the Krishna Paksha Ekadashi in the Chaitra month. However, his birth anniversary falls on the same day with a minor difference in the names of the months of each calendar. This day also coincides with Varuthini Ekadashi. This year will celebrate his 541st birthday on Saturday, 18 April. The Ekadashi tithi will begin at 08:03 P.M.on 17 April 2020 and will end at 10:17 P.M. on 18 April 2020.
Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya Jayanti
Vallabhacharya Jayanti is celebrated as the day of Lord Krishna’s appearance to Shri Vallabhacharya in the Shrinathji form. It falls on the Magha Shukla Paksha Pratipada and is one of the most dedicated festivals among Hindus. Lord Krishna is the Supreme God whose blessings make it possible for any human being to attain salvation or Moksha. The worshipping of Lord Shrinathji on this day is a popular culture in the saints belonging to the Vaishnava sect. Therefore, Vallabhacharya Jayanti is celebrated with great devotion and zeal by the devotees of Lord Krishna and Sant Shri Vallabhacharyaji.
About Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya
Shri Vallabhacharya, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, propounded the philosophy of Saakar Brahmavad which means realizing Theism or belief in the existence of God who created the Universe. Moreover, ’Vallabh’ means a ‘dear one’.
Shri Vallabhacharya was born in the turbulent times of Hindu-Muslim conflicts in India. He was forsaken by his parents due to the terror or physical strain of his mother during the process of fleeing. As the premature baby showed no signs of life, his mother abandoned him under a Shami tree but later embraced him as fire surrounded the tree with a heavenly voice, proclaiming the child to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Politically, a hostile period prevailed as there were cruel attacks on culture, traditions, faith and places of religious worship. Survival became a dreadful issue in Indian society during the period. At that moment, seeking guidance from a person with a clear understanding of religion became the need of the hour. Shri Vallabhacharya emerged as a savior for the people who showed them a practical way to lead a life without fear and hesitance. He guided them to follow the principle of a practical theology of Pushtimarg. Thus, Shri Vallabhacharya came to be known as Maha Prabhu Vallabhacharyaji.
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Vallabhacharya Story and Significance
The legend associated with Vallabhacharya Jayanti states that while moving towards the North-West part of India he observed a mysterious phenomenon near Mount Govardhan. A cow was seen shedding milk on a specific spot of the mountain. When Shri Vallabhacharya started digging the place he discovered an idol of Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Krishna appeared to him in the form of Shrinathji and hugged him warmly. From that day onwards, the followers of Shri Vallabhacharya worship Bala or the juvenile image of Lord Krishna with great devotion.
The day is significant as Varuthini Ekadashi coincides with Vallabhacharya Jayanti according to the Tamil calendar. The festival is predominantly celebrated in parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamilnadu. To add further, no specific rituals are followed on this day. Devotees may or may not observe a fast but, they do offer prayers and chant Holy mantras. People celebrate the day with sincere devotion and faith towards Lord Krishna and Shri Vallabhacharya.
Shri Vallabhacharya represented the culmination of philosophical thoughts in the middle ages. The sect established by him is unique in its facets of devotion to Lord Krishna and is enriched with numerous traditions and festivals. Therefore, Shri Vallabhacharyaji has many devout followers not only in India but around the globe.
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