Vrindavan, 2019-12-07: Thakur Shri Radharaman Lal’s Shitkalin (winter) ‘Nikunj Seva Mahotsav’ began on December 5 this year. The 35-day festival which will go on till January 7, 2020, includes special ‘bhog’, ‘raag’ and ‘shringaar’ seva with Acharya Shrivatsa Goswamiji at the helm.
Barjwasis look forward to Maharaj’s seva which falls twice in 2.5 years. The summer or Grishmkalin Seva is a shorter one, being held for 10 days, while the Shitkalin Seva is 33/35-days long. This year the former was held between 11 and 22 June.
The ongoing ‘nikunj seva’ will be done in accordance with the Ashtayaam principles which stipulate daily offering of nine ‘Jhankis’ (tableaux) and seven ‘aartis’, from ‘Mangla’ (early morning) to ‘Shayan’ (night time), to the deity.
Decked in a new weather-appropriate and ‘poshak’ and ‘shringaar’ every day, Thakurji will relish the delicious ‘bhog’ prepared in His temple kitchen where the flames have not gone out for 500 years now. Shri Shashank Goswami, Saurabh Goswami and Pushpang Goswami will look after the ‘rasoi seva’.
Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami said that all efforts will be made to ensure that the 35-day mahotsav is environment friendly. Devotees have been requested to not bring their offerings in plastic bags. Goswamiji also shared that the decoration will be done with Sola flowers and other flowers procured from West Bengal. Thakuriji’s Paan (betel leaf) will be brought from Kashi (Varanasi).
As part of daily ‘raag seva’ ‘Padavali Gayan’ and ‘Mahamantra Sankirtan’ will be conducted in the temple by Vaishnava Mandalis. Renowned artists from all over India will also be invited to perform during the mahotsav.