Translation and Photographs from Seva Reeti Preeti Vraj Jan Ki
THE UTSAV OF KUNJ EKADASHI
Phaagun Sud 11 (Ekadashi)
On this day the utsav of Kunj Ekadashi is observed. On this day all vrajbhakts make a separate "Nikunj" in the forest or "Van" and play the game of
colours with Shri Thakurji and offer many types of sweet preparations to the lord.
In vrajbhoomi there are 12 types of Nikunj. They are :
Pushp kunj, Fal kunj, Ras kunj, Madhu kunj, Dwaar kunj, Nav Kunj, Shashi Kunj, Prem Kunj, Lakshmi Kunj, Tulsi Kunj, Sidh Kunj.
Lots of vrajbhakts are there in these 12 Kunjs. These Kunjs are bereft of anything worldly.
It always exhibits a youthful way of life. There is no life or death in these Nikunj.
Even animals which exhibit carnivorous tendencies are absent. In these Kunjs, the feelings
of fear, evil, sadness etc. are absent.
Every moment here happens to witness something new. The environment changes according to the
innermost feelings and wishes of the vrajbhakts.
There are all types of decorations to please the Prabhu like "Bageecha, Hindola, Jal Vihar, Phuvaara"
and all these decorations are not permanent, they keep changing as per the "Bhaav" or the innermost
feelings of the vrajbhakts.
Imagination runs riots in our mind thinking about all these different leelas of the vrajbhakts with Shri Thakurji.
But, we as Jeev can only hope that one day because of Shri Vallabhs kripa, we too can find entry in these Nikunjs,
because it is otherwise humanly impossible for us to be so privileged so as to have such a darshan.
Vastra - Kesari Doriya ke Srimastak par Paag, Meena ko Mukut, Mukut Kachni ko Shringaar, Chova ki Choli.
Abhushan - Laal Meena. Thada Vastra White(Safed).
Saamagri - Mohanthaal, Paatiya ki Sev, Kesari Ghevar, Gulab ko Seera. Boondi ki Chaas, 2 Bhujena and 2 Shaak.
After raajbhog is offered, make a "Kunj" consisting of leaves of banana tree, Mango tree and different types of creepers that are locally available. Small
flowers must also be strung on it. After Shri Thakurji partakes the raajbhog, he should then be respectfully be welcomed inside the Kunj and then we
should play the game of colours with him.
(Note: In some gaadi(gurughar), first raajbhog is partaken and then khel is done and in some gaadi(gurughar), first khel is done and then raajbhog is
offered to Prabhu.)
A saamagri like Kesari Barfi should be placed covered by the Thakujis side during "Khel". Kesar, abir, gulaal and chova are the colours with which Shri
If the swaroop is a "Thada Swaroop" then the Venuji should be placed at the "Kati" or waist and the "Vetra" should be placed in his "Shri Hasta".
Then colours should be sprayed on the Kunj. Kirtans are sung and then aarti is performed. In the evening the Gold Mukut is replaced with the Mukut of
Flowers(Phool ko Mukut).
The last few days i.e. from Phaagun Sud 10, Shri Thakurji indulges in the game of colours within the "Bageecha" or garden. There "Raal" is sprayed. The
"Raal" is a flammable substance which when thrown near a torch of fire or any source of fire instantly gets ignited. This ignition of "Raal" here
symbolizes the "Virahagni" of the vrajbhakts. The days of khel from "Vasant Panchmi to Dol" have gone by so fast that the vrajbhakts are unaware of it.
They are so happy as the day of "Dol" is nearing and the intensity of playing the game of holi is going on increasing. But, at the same time there is a
realization in the hearts/minds that the days of happiness are very few and after holi again they will have to a whole year to experience such bliss. This
realization awakens their anxiety and increases their pangs of separation from this feeling of happiness. This is symbolized by the ignition of "Raal".
Phaagun Sud 11 - Kunj Ekadashi
Kunj Ekadashi's Shringaar
Chalo Kin Dekhan Kunj Kuti,
Madan Gopal Jahaan Madhya Naayak,
Manmath Fauj Luti----(1)
Surat Samarmein Larat Sakhiki, Mukta Maal Tooti,
Uraj Te Ju Kanchuki Choor Koot Bhaee,
Kati Pat Granthi Chooti---(2)
Rasik Shiromani Soor Nand Sut Deeni Adhar Ghuti,
Parmanand Govind Gwaliniki,
Niki Jot Juti----(3)
Khatir Karle Nayi Gujariya Rasiya Thado Tere Dwaar,
Ye Rasiya Nit Dwaar Na Aave,
Prem Hoy Jab Darshan Paave,
Adhramrut Ko Bhog Lagaave,
Kar Mehmaani Ab Mat Chooke, Samay Na Baaram Baar--------------------(1)
Hriday Ki Choki Kar Heli,
Neh Ko Chandan Charach Naveli,
Deeksha Le Ban Jaiyo Cheli,
Putrin Palang Bichaay, Palak Ki Karle Band Kivaar------------------------------(2)
Jo Kachu Rasiya Kahe So Kariya,
Saas Nanand Ko Dar Mat Rakhiyo,
Solah Kar Battees Pahariyo,
De De Daan Soomki Sampati, Jeevan Hai Din Chaar----------------------------(3)
Sabte Tori Neh Ki Dori,
Jamna Paar Utar Chal Gori,
Nirdharak Khelyo Kariyo Hori,
Shyaam Rang Chadh Jaay Jaa Dina, Ho Jaay Beda Paar------------------------(4)