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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 11 of 144

११.
नवनीत गुलाब से कोमल है ‘हठी’ कंज को मंजुलता इन में ।
गुललाला गुलाल प्रबाल जपा छबि ऐसी न देखी ललाइन में ॥
मुनि मानस मंदिर मध्य बसैं बस होत हैं सूधे सुभाइन में ।
रहु रे मन तू चित चाहन सों वृषभानु कुमारी के पाइन में ॥

This sawaiya verse from Vrindavan says: My mind, please stay at the feet of Vrushbhanu’s daughter Radha Rani.

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Sri Banke Bihari ke sawaiya, 10 of 144

१०. Honey bee on flower
प्रेम पगे जु रँगे रँग साँवरे, माने मनाये न लालची नैना ।
धावत है उत ही जित मोहन रोके रुकै नहिं घूघट ऐना ॥
कानन को कल नाहिं परै बिन प्रीति में भीजे सुने मृदु बैना ।
‘रसखान’ भई मधु की मखियाँ अब नेह को बंधन क्यों हूँ छुटेना ॥

Bhakti poet Raskhan says: My eyes coloured by the love of Krishna, are greedy for Him. They go in search of Krishna, and cannot be restrained by a veil even. My ears are restless unless they hear the sweet message of Krishna. I feel attracted to Krishna, like a honey bee goes after nectar :-)

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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 9 of 144

९.
kadamb flowerसोनजुही की बनी पगिया औ चमेली को गुच्छ रह्यो झुक न्यारो ।
द्वै दल फूल कदम्ब के कुण्डल, सेवती जामा है घूम घुमारो ॥
नब तुलसी पटका ‘घनश्याम’ गुलाब इजार नवेली को नारो ।
फूलन आज विचित्र बन्यो, देखो कैसो शृन्गारो है प्यारी नो प्यारो ॥

This verse describes how Radha Rani has dressed up her beloved Krishna in garments and ornaments made of fresh, fragrant flowers. (Phool banglas in Vrindavan still exhibit this.)

Ghanshyam Krishna has a head dress of tulsi leaves, Juhi and Chameli jasmine blooms. Ear-ornaments are made of kadamb flowers…

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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 8 of 144

८.
सारी सँवारी है सोन जुही की, चमेली की तापे लगाई किनारी ।
पंकज के दल को लहंगा, अँगिया गुलबाँस की शोभित न्यारी ॥
बेला को हार गुलाब की दाउदी, चम्पा की बेंदी है भाल सँवारी ।
आज विचित्र बनी छवि देख री, कैसी शृन्गारी है प्यारे ने प्यारी ॥

This verse appreciates how Krishna has dressed up Sri Radha Rani with flowers. The sari is made of Juhi jasmine buds, Chameli, another variety of jasmine is used to decorate the edging of the sari. Lotus petals make up the lehanga skirt. The blouse is made of fragrant roses. Bela jasmine flowers make up the garland around her neck with a rose pendant. Champa flowers make the maang-tika bendi, an ornament to decorate the hair parting and forehead. Sri Radha Rani is looking lovely, decorated with so much love and care by beloved Krishna.

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Sri Banke Bihari ke sawaiya, 7 of 144, poems from Vrindavan

७.
कलिकाल कलेशन काटें सवै, जन कण्टक मैंट हरैं भव बाधा ।
निसि वासर सुक्ख अनन्त मिलैं, मन मोद प्रमोद समोद अगाधा ॥
बनराज निकुन्ज निवासी बनैं, यमराज समाज समावे समाधा ।
छवि छैल ‘छबीले’ की जीवनज्योति, जपै जब कीरतनंदनी राधा ॥

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Mira bai temple in Vrindavan

Meera Bai temple in Vrindavan is just off the crossroad which opens at Nidhivan on one side and faces Shah ji temple. As you face the entrance to the Shah ji temple, look to your left, a narrow lane by the temple's bounday wall marks the path to Mirabai temple. It is a simple structure in Rajasthani style architecture. The saligram shila deity is visible from the entrance of the temple itself. There is a patch of green plants in the aangan facing the Lord. Money plant and other ornamental greens surround a small water fountain that can be seen in operation in summer months here.

This is the place where Mira Bai stayed while she was in Vrindavan.

Meera Bai came to Vrindavana when Jiva Gosvami and Roop Goswami were there. She was born in Marwar, Jodhpur's village of Kudki, Rajasthan. Her father Samanta Ratan Singh gave her in marriage to prince Bhojraj, the eldest son of Maharana Samgram Singh of Chittor (Mewar, Rajasthan). Bhojraj died after four years. Bhojraj's brother Bikramjit Singh became the Rana of Chittor. He tried to stop Mira Bai's worship of Girdhar-Gopala (Krishna) and her dancing in ecstasy for Krishna. It is said that he tried to kill her by sending her a poisonous snake in a box. When Meera Bai opened the box she found a shalagrama-shila inside. This black shaligram shila is in this Mirabai temple in Vrindavan.

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