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Vallabhacharya Jayanti | Vallabhacharya Birth Anniversary

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Vallabhacharya Jayanthi: 18th April 2020

Vallabhacharyas birth anniversary is celebrated as Vallabhacharya Jayanthi every year. Vallabhacharya was a great philosopher and a passionate devotee of Lord Krishna. He was the founder of Pushti sect of Vaishnavism in Braj region of India. He was also known as Vallabha and Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. He was a pen writer of Shodash Granth, Anubhashya and commentaries on Bhagavata Purana. His writings mainly revolved around Krishna and his childhood stories over the evils. We can find his writings both in Sanskrit and Brij languages.
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There is some confusion about the birthday and place of Vallabhacharya. Some people believe that Vallabhacharya was born in Kashi. According to the North Indian calendar Purnimanta, he was born on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi during Vaishaka month. According to the South Indian calendar Amanta, he was born on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi during Chaitra month. The birth anniversary of Vallabhacharya is different in both the calendars but observed on the same day.

A Birth Story and Life of Vallabhacharya:

It is also believed that Lord Krishna told his ancestors that he would take birth in their family after completion of 100 Samayagnas. After completion of 100 Samayagnas, in 1479AD Vallabhacharya was born in a Telugu Brahmin family to Illamma and Lakshmana Bhatta in Champaranya near Raipur, Chhattisgarh. His ancestors lived in Andhra Pradesh and belong to a Telugu Vaidiki Brahmins following the Vishnu Swami School of thought. During the time of Vallabhacharya's birth, there were Hindu-Muslim conflicts in the northern and central India influenced by the Muslim invaders. Our culture, traditions and religious faiths were in crisis at that time. People were seeking a leader who can give a clear idea of life, show a practical way of life and give them the strength to live life with courage. So it is believed that to fulfill these requirements Vallabhacharya was born as a savior for Indian Culture and society.

People started migrating from one place to another to protect their faith and religious conversions. His family members also migrated to Chhattisgarh.  When they migrated Illamma was pregnant. Due to physical strain, she gave premature birth to Vallabhacharya two months in advance. After birth, Vallabhacharya did not show any sign of life. So his parents wrapped him in a cloth and placed him under a tree. It was believed that on that day Lord Krishna appeared in their dream and told them that he himself took birth to them as their child. So they ran to the tree and found that the baby was alive with a divine circle of fire around him. They took the baby and named him Vallabha which means ‘dear one’ (in Sanskrit).

Vallabhacharya's education started at the age of seven. He learned the four Vedas and Upanishads. He mastered the philosophical systems of Shri Shankaracharya, Shri Ramanujacharya, Shri Nimbarkacharya, Shri Madhavacharya along with Jain and Buddhist schools. He was able to recite a hundred mantras. He made a strong impression on the public on topics related to religion and spirituality. He was called by people as Bal Saraswati. He traveled for 20 years throughout the Indian continent to spread the message given by Lord Krishna. Many people were impressed by his preaching.  Thousands of people became his disciples. But out of them, only 84 devoted servants were most famous and their life was documented in Pushti-Marg literature as ‘Story of 84 Vaishnavas’ . It is believed that he won many debates against Madhvacharya and Ramanuja followers.

He is a propagator and a greater lover of Bhagavata Dharma. Within Vaishnava traditions, he was regarded as Guru and Acharya. In Indian culture, he has a unique place as a devotional preacher, scholar, and philosopher. He is considered as the last of the four great Vaishnava Acharyas who established Vaishnava schools based on Vedantic philosophy. The other three Acharyas preceding Vallabhacharya were Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, and Nimbarkacharya.

Vallabhacharya believed that by worshipping Lord Krishna anyone can achieve salvation. His ideas influenced people in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. When he entered Gokul he thought of restoring people to the right path of devotion. So he meditated on Lord Krishna who appeared to him in a vision in the form of deity Shrinathji and disclosed the "Brahma sambandha" a mantra of self-dedication to Krishna.

Vallabhacharya thought to remain unmarried. But he married Mahalaxmi when the deity guru told him to marry. This couple was blessed with two sons Vitthalnath and Gopinath. Vitthalnath and Gopinath lived a life as shown by their father.

Asur Vyamoh Lila:

It was believed that Lord Krishna commanded Vallabhacharya to leave the world on two occasions. But Vallabhacharya did not do it. At the age of 52, Vallabhacharya accepted the third command of Lord Krishna and decided to leave the worldly life and take Samadhi. So he decided to spend his last days worshipping Lord Krishna and reached Kashi. He lived in a hit made-up of leaves. He spent a few days in Hanuman Ghat. His family members visited him for the last time. Then on the day of Ratha Yatra, he entered the river Ganga and was Lost in the firmament. It is believed that when Vallabhacharya entered into the water, people witnessed a flame. This incident was called as Asur Vyamoh Lila.

The legend Associated with Vallabhacharya's Jayanthi:

Once, Vallabhacharya was moving towards the North-West part of India. Near Mount Govardhan, he saw a mysterious phenomenon. A cow was shedding milk on a particular spot in the mountain. He was told that this cow was shedding milk on the same spot every day. So he thought to dig that place. An idol of Shrinathji was found. It is believed that Lord Krishna gave darshan to him in the form of Shrinathji. So on the day of Vallabhacharya's Jayanthi people worship Young Krishna. This day is more popular among his followers. Some people also believe that Vallabhacharya is the incarnation of Lord Agni.

Vallabhacharya's Jayanthi Celebrations:

Vallabhacharya Jayanthi is celebrated in many parts of India mostly in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. On this day Lord Krishna's temples are decorated beautifully with flowers. In the early morning, Abhishekam and Aarti are done. Throughout the day Lord Krishna's Bhajans and Chants are sung. Special prayers and yagnas are performed by the devotees. Idols or images of Lord Krishna are kept on rath and processions are held in the streets of the followers of Vallabhacharya. Finally, Mangal aarti of Lord Krishna is done and Prasad is distributed to the devotees in the temple. On this day the literary works of Vallabhacharya are observed and praised. His preachings are spread among devotees through speeches.

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