ON the 27th February 2011, in the most holy presence of Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya Shri Shriji Maharaj, and in the midst of hundreds of Mahants from Vrindavan, the groundbreaking Bhumi Pujan was performed for a new ”Shri Nimbarka Dvaara” or Shri Nimbarka Gate to be built on the Chatteekaraa-Vrindavan Road, just near the Food-For-Life centre.
Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya Shri Shriji Maharajji arrived and took the Sankalpa for the Bhumi Pujan of the Gate before worshipping the Lord and His shakti Prithivee Mataa, and then placed Ananta, Kurma and Varaha yantras in the foundations of the site where the pillars for the gate will be erected.
After the Puja, Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya Shri Shriji Maharaj was then escorted with great fanfare to the main seat on a stage nearby where he was the centre of a very rare sight – all the major Mahants of the Nimbarka Sampradaya, many great Kathakars, Vrindavan politicians and multitudes of devotees were assembled on the stage and in the audience. Shri Shriji Maharaj, along with Golok Dham Pithadhishwar Swami Shri Gopal Sharan Devacharya Ji Maharaj and Shri Shyamsundar Beriwala Ji then lit the Sabha Lamp after worshipping Shri Yugala Sarkaar.
Acharya Pt. Shri Vishnukant Shastri gave the auspicious Mangalacharan for the proceedings with a Ghanapaatha of the famous Vaishnava mantra ‘Idam Vishnor Vichakrame’ of the Shukla Yajurveda. Following this, many respected Sants of all the Vaishnava lines in Vrindavan paid obeisances to Shri Shriji Maharaj and then addressed the gathering of over 600 people. The majority came up with the same sentiment ‘They will fully support the building of the gate in glorification of Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan, for without him, Shri Radha Krishna Upasana would not have entered Shridham’. Followers of the Ramanuja, Ramananda, Vallabha, Gaudiya, Radhavallabha, Haridasi and Smaarta Sampradayas all pledged generous donations towards the cause.
Before Shri Shriji Maharaj gave his blessings, Swami Shri Ras Bihari Das Kathiya Baba gave his blessings and encouraged all Vaishnavas to unite behind all the Acharya’s, supporting the worship of the Lord as he established it in the various Sampradayas. He also pledged a vast sum towards the construction of this gate.
Then, Sadgurudev Swami Shri Gopal Sharan Devacharya, the founder of Shri Golok Dham Ashram, and inspiration behind this effort spoke of the need for Nimbarkis especially to show their respect to the Acharya’s who founded the traditions; as it is through their blessings that we have tasted Bhakti.
Finally Shri Shriji Maharaj gave his blessings and encouraged all by giving a very generous donation from the Salemabad Pith towards the cause.
Finally, devotees received prasaadam and blessings from Shri Shriji Maharaj before he departed, thus bringing the proceedings to a close.
For all devotees who are interested in the cause:
The architect expects a cost of around Rs. 3,000,000/.
Any donations can be made by contacting the Salemabad Pith or Shri Shyamsundar Beriwala Ji.
(Unfortunately I do not have their contact details, but you can check the Shri Nimbark Teerth Facebook page).