Krishna Bhakti Of Madhukarshah Laid The Foundation Of Braj Yatra On Janmashtami In Bundelkhand

Jhansi. The tradition of people of Bundelkhand traveling to Braj on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is about five hundred years old. A religious story is told behind this. Orchha, the religious city of Bundelkhand, has been a major center of Krishna devotion from the middle of the fifteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century. The grandeur of the deserted Jugal Kishore temple is a witness to the fact that in the fifteenth century, this temple of Shri Krishna was not less than the Ramraja temple in any sense, but when Ramraja Sarkar was seated in Orchha, the Deities of Jugal Kishore Panna was established in the princely state. The story behind the visit to Braj on Janmashtami in Bundelkhand is told that there was a dispute between Maharaja Madhukarshah of Orchha and Maharani Kunar Ganesh over going to Vrindavan on Ashtami. The queen wanted to go to Ayodhya and King Vrindavan then challenged the queen that she would consider her devotion worthwhile only when she brought her favorite Shri Ram from Ayodhya to Orchha. The Maharani came to Orchha with Shri Ram and the king had shown his devotion to Krishna by making the queen have a darshan of her favorite Lord Krishna at the Jugal Kishore temple. In this way, considering both Rama and Krishna as one form, the devotion of both was accepted. People of Bundelkhand believe that if there had not been this dispute regarding Janmashtami Yatra of Vrindavan, then perhaps Ramraja Sarkar would not have been seated in Orchha of Bundelkhand today. Due to this devotional spirit, thousands of people of Bundelkhand visit Braj every year on Janmashtami.
There was a dispute over the devotion of Shri Ram and Krishna
Ramakant Sharan Maharaj, the head priest of the Orchha Ramraja temple, states that in the fifteenth century, Orchha was a major center of Krishna devotion in Bundelkhand. Jugal Kishore of Orchha and the huge temples of Radha Bihari are witness to this. Here Maharaja Madhukarshah was a worshiper of Krishna, while his Maharani Kunar Ganesh was a devotee of Rama. Both of them used to quarrel most about their favors. It was the month of Bhadon, the city of Orchha was drenched in Krishna devotion, Madhukarshah ji was preparing to go to Mathura Vrindavan on Janmashtami, he asked the queen to go to Braj to see the Jhoola tableau, then the queen said that she had already gone to Ayodhya. Have prepared for After this, there was a dispute between the two regarding devotion and favor. The Maharaja challenged the queen and said that if you have true devotion towards Shri Ram, then bring him an orchha. The Maharaja went on the Braj Yatra and the Queen left for Awadh. After doing severe penance, she brought Ramji to Orchha and made her sit here as a king. The people of Bundelkhand believe that if there had not been a dispute between the king and queen regarding the Braj Yatra, then perhaps the Ramraja government would not have been seated in Orchha. After Ramji came to Orchha, it became a major center of Ram devotees, but Maharaja Madhukarshah continued to perform the Braj Yatra of Janmashtami with the same enthusiasm and devotion, which became a tradition and is still being followed in Bundelkhand.
Odchho Vrindavan So Village
Pt. Rameshwardas Shastri tells that in the fifteenth century, Maharaja Madhukarshah made Orchha the center of Krishna devotion. Being a poet, Maharaja wrote Odchho Vrindavan so village. At that time this city was completely drenched in Krishna devotion. Hariram Vyas used to be the priest of the grand temple of Jugal Kishore, Sant Chandrasakhi of Sakhi sect also resided here. But at the beginning of the sixteenth century, when Maharani Kunar Ganesh made the Ramraja government sit here, the deity of Jugal Kishore went to Panna and Krishna devotees like Hariram Vyas and Chandrasakhi started living in Vrindavan. Even though Orchha has become the Ayodhya of Bundelkhand, the tradition of Maharaja Madhukarshah’s Braj Yatra continues among the people here even after hundreds of years.

Jhansi. The tradition of people of Bundelkhand traveling to Braj on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is about five hundred years old. A religious story is told behind this. Orchha, the religious city of Bundelkhand, has been a major center of Krishna devotion from the middle of the fifteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century. The grandeur of the deserted Jugal Kishore temple is a witness to the fact that in the fifteenth century, this temple of Shri Krishna was not less than the Ramraja temple in any sense, but when Ramraja Sarkar sat in Orchha, the Deities of Jugal Kishore Panna was established in the princely state. The story behind the visit to Braj on Janmashtami in Bundelkhand is told that there was a dispute between Maharaja Madhukarshah of Orchha and Maharani Kunar Ganesh over going to Vrindavan on Ashtami. The queen wanted to go to Ayodhya and King Vrindavan then challenged the queen that she would consider her devotion worthwhile only when she brought her favorite Shri Ram from Ayodhya to Orchha. The Maharani came to Orchha with Shri Ram and the king had shown his devotion to Krishna by making the queen have a darshan of her favorite Lord Krishna at the Jugal Kishore temple. In this way, considering both Rama and Krishna as one form, the devotion of both was accepted. People of Bundelkhand believe that if there had not been this dispute regarding Janmashtami Yatra of Vrindavan, then perhaps Ramraja Sarkar would not have been seated in Orchha of Bundelkhand today. Due to this devotional spirit, thousands of people of Bundelkhand visit Braj every year on Janmashtami.

There was a dispute over the devotion of Shri Ram and Krishna

Ramakant Sharan Maharaj, the head priest of Orchha Ramraja Temple, states that Orchha was a major center of Krishna devotion in Bundelkhand in the fifteenth century. Jugal Kishore of Orchha and the huge temples of Radha Bihari are witness to this. Here Maharaja Madhukarshah was a worshiper of Krishna, while his Maharani Kunar Ganesh was a devotee of Rama. Both of them used to quarrel most about their favors. It was the month of Bhadon, the city of Orchha was drenched in Krishna devotion, Madhukarshah ji was preparing to go to Mathura Vrindavan on Janmashtami, he asked the queen to go to Braj to see the Jhoola tableau, then the queen said that she had already gone to Ayodhya. Have prepared for After this, there was a dispute between the two regarding devotion and favor. The Maharaja challenged the queen and said that if you have true devotion towards Shri Ram, then bring him an orchha. The Maharaja went on the Braj Yatra and the Queen left for Awadh. After doing severe penance, she brought Ramji to Orchha and made him sit here as a king. The people of Bundelkhand believe that if there had not been a dispute between the king and queen regarding the Braj Yatra, then perhaps the Ramraja government would not have been seated in Orchha. After Ramji came to Orchha, it became a major center of Ram devotees, but Maharaja Madhukarshah continued to perform Janmashtami’s Braj Yatra with the same enthusiasm and devotion, which became a tradition and is still being followed in Bundelkhand.

Odchho Vrindavan So Village

Pt. Rameshwardas Shastri tells that in the fifteenth century, Maharaja Madhukarshah made Orchha the center of Krishna devotion. Being a poet, Maharaja wrote Odchho Vrindavan so village. At that time this city was completely drenched in Krishna devotion. Hariram Vyas used to be the priest of the grand temple of Jugal Kishore, the saint Chandrasakhi of the Sakhi sect also resided here. But at the beginning of the sixteenth century, when Maharani Kunar Ganesh made the Ramraja government sit here, the deity of Jugal Kishore went to Panna and Krishna devotees like Hariram Vyas and Chandrasakhi started living in Vrindavan. Even though Orchha has become the Ayodhya of Bundelkhand, the tradition of Braj Yatra of Maharaja Madhukarshah continues among the people here even after hundreds of years.

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