What is Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj?
‘Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj’ is the highest pinnacle in all the vrats or vow that exists. ‘Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj’ means an assurance of not wasting human life after getting a human birth.
‘Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj’ means such a supreme vrat or vow that equally benefits to all the strata right from common man to saints, illiterate to highly qualified and from great sinners to virtuous people to achieve God’s grace and in destroying ill-fate.
Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj – Story of Origin
Shree Vidya Makarand Gopinath Shashtri Padhye, the Sadguru in the human form of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu, who is always engrossed in the devotion of Vitthal and meditation of Dattaguru one day –
“बुडती हे जन पाहवे ना डोळा।
म्हणून कळवळा येतो त्यांचा॥”
took this great abhang or verse of Saint Tukaram Maharaj to narrate its meaning. It was the day of Kartiki Ekadashi. (the 11th day of the month of Kartik according to Hindu Calendar). Gopinath Shashtri alongwith a few of his associates/people had gone to Nimb village. Even though the Nirupan and Kirtan (songs of God) ended, Gopinath Shastri’s mind was moving with the waves of compassion and emotions. He started praying hard to Lord Vitthal (Garhane). “Oh Lord Vitthal, kindly understand the plea of these poor saints and shower your grace upon human beings like us of Kaliyug and in the times to come, show us an easy way that would help us keep away from the harrowing effect of Kali. We, the common people try and do the Bhakti or devotion in very random, chaotic or casual manner, however, a common man, who is suppressed under the burden of his family duties cannot even pray properly.”
Gopinath Sashtri spent that whole night praying the same. He sat on the banks of river Panjara at his favorite place embracing the idol of Vitthal for 9 days without eating or drinking anything. Thus, was the evolution of ‘Vardhaman Vratadhiraj’ the supreme path of bliss and well being for the humans, he further continued the Vardhaman Vrat incessantly for thousand full moon days (Pournima’s) in his lineage.
Benefits of Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj
One who follows ‘Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj’ minimum 24 years in his life or for half the years from the age of 18 years upto death of his life become more and more virtuous and happy in their life. They always receive peace and tranquility.
One who follows this vrat for a minimum of 9 times or for 1/4th years of his life achieves revocation from his greatest sins.
One who performs this vrat with devotion atleast once in a lifetime, his intensity of sufferings and pains reduces.
One who performs this annual vrat more than once in his life would achieves happiness and gets rid of pains in life.
Shree Vardhaman Vratadhiraj Pustika
This book contains complete information about performing this vrat. There are total 9 facets of this vrat. They are –
- Vratakal and Pathan (Period of the vrat and recitation)
- Varjaprakaran (Forbidden things)
- Tilsnan (Bathing after applying Sesame Oil)
- Tripurari Trivikram Mangalam
- Tridosh Dhupshikha
- Tripurari Trivikram Bhog
- Iccha Dan (Voluntary Donation)
- Purushartha Darshan (Visit to temples)
- Udyapan – (To end)
The book contains detailed information about following each and every component mentioned above.