Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti

Published On : April 3, 2024  |  Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant

Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti and Its Importance

Shri Vallabhacharya was not only a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna but he was also believed to have laid a strong foundation on which the concept of devotion bloomed in an era of religious devotion. He was the follower and proponent of a divinity worshipped, according to the subjective perception of a devotee (known as Sagun Bhakti). Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti is celebrated in a grand manner every year in India. He was born in 1479 CE on Krishna Paksha of Ekadashi Tithi during the month of Vaishakh, at Champaran now in the state of Chhattisgarh. He was profoundly educated in Vedas and the founder of spiritual practice or path in the Vishnuswami caste.

When Shri Vallabhacharya was born, it was a time when society and country were under the grip of vices and evils. It was an era when observing the path of Sagun Bhakti and devotions was under threat. Having witnessed the degree of evils and vices as well as threats posed to the observance of Sagun Bhakti in society, Vallabhacharya decided to propagate the concept of Sagun Bhakti. He showed the sign of a childhood prodigy right from his upbringing. His parents (Shri Lakshmana Bhatta and Illammagaru) hailed from a place in Kankarwad of Andhra Pradesh. Vallabhacharya was a Tailang Brahmin born in BharadwajGotra. His father was profoundly erudite and pious, due to which baby Vallabhacharya was raised in an educational environment in which he groomed himself to be highly educated person. He is also considered a form of Vaishvanara Agni.

Moreover, Vallabhacharya is believed to have been born in a dense and remote forest. Unfortunately, when he was born, due to the nature of not showing any sign of life, his mother mistook him for a still-born. Therefore, his father wrapped up the baby in a cloth and left him under a Shami tree situated in a dense forest. When the father came back the next morning to see the condition of the baby, he found him playing in a circle of fire. Surprised at the condition of the baby, the father took him back home. At home, his mother breastfed baby Vallabhacharya. Later, the baby was baptized Vallabh. In due course of time, the baby was known by the world-famous Vallabhacharya. In fact, baby Vallabhacharya was brought up under the supervision of his erudite father. He spent his childhood in Kashi. He was also taught the Krishna mantra by his father.

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Educations Of Shri Vallabhacharya

Shri Vallabhacharya learned Vedic education quickly due to his childhood prodigy. He was extremely meritorious. He became a well-respected figure among erudite scholars of Kashi. He not only acquired command of the Vaishnav religion, but he was also profoundly learned in other religions, such as Buddhism, Shaivism, Shaktism, etc. He belonged to a well-to-do family. Ramakrishna Bhatt was his elder brother. Meaning, he had a family of three brothers and two sisters. Vallabhacharya was pious. He became a master of many crafts by practising rigorous meditations.

Hermitage And Other Details Of Shri Vallabhacharya

Shri Vallabhacharya was brought up in an environment of discipline and education. He familiarized himself with religious Samskara in his childhood. That’s why his becoming a hermit was a well-timed moment. He went on a pilgrimage and experienced many sacred places, including Badrinarayan. His elder brother was also erudite. During hermitic practice, Vallabhacharya was called Keshavacharya or Keshavpuri. In other words, Vallabhacharya played a pivotal role in the societal improvement and the development and propagation of religions across the nation. His contributions are commemorated even today.

Vallabhacharya died in about 1530 A.D. on Chaitra Krishna Paksha of Navami Tithi. He believed that all the creatures in the world manifest the form of Lord Brahma. And Lord Krishna is the only Para Brahman and Paramananda. Shri Vallabhacharya composed many religious books and stotrams, which consist of 16 books and stotrams, including Yamunashtak. To say otherwise, Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti is quite an important and useful occasion. It inspires people to follow the path of Godward. It bears a special message for the welfare of mankind. The books and stotras that he wrote are considered useful for helping people to accomplish a right goal in life.

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