few customs which are allotted in every new community we live in; similarly
this Radhavallabh sampradaya (community) follows some taboos in its culture. There are no myths
objections to any worldly joys, but it does hide a beautiful sewa (service) which bears no interference with are living, But if acknowledged
prove to be great legacies.
These Cultural norms hold many types of sewas or services:
Aganja: It is the type of Sewa or service offered by any physical means in honor of Sri Radhavallabh Lal.
Vitija: It is the type of Sewa or service done in forms of donations and charity.
Mansik: It is the type of Sewa or service offered through devotion & meditation.
are signified in cultural classes:
"Prakat sewa involves aganja and vitija,
Bhavana sewa hides the mansik in it,
But far is the nitya vihar sewa,
These are mediums to perform bhakti,
But, the soul alone is dusted in dark,
The shrine of Radhavallabhji is the lamp,
That light as the diamond in the rock."
It is the preparing of jewelry of Shri Radhavallabhji
by flowers. This is done by the people who stay there under the guidance
of experienced craftsmen. This is exclusive to know that the garlands
in the parisar itself are offered to god. Renowned Art Historian A.K.
Koomaraswamy writes-"with a new beauty of definition, it establishes the classical
phase of rich Indian Decorative Floral Art, at once serene and energetic,
spiritual and voluptuous, expressive of mood with reference to the theory
of 'Rasa' and the embodiment of charm". The maestro-Floral Art Architect-Designer
of the Radhavallabh Temple late Goswami Kishorilalji Maharajsri, Teekayat
Adhikari had taken this intrinsic classical art to new heights.
"Ensemble" or "Samaj" comprises couplets
from Radha Sudha Nidhi which are chanted by Adhikari or his nominee (who
are repositories of
much of the tradition), passes into the courtyard of
the temple, where Dhrupad composition are sung daily accompanied by traditional
drum known as 'Pakhawaj'.Men, head of the group known as "Mukhia", sing
these compositions, written by Saint-Poets of the sect at "Samaj".
These compositions include devotional songs of praise etc., composed in
different Ragas and Raginis according to season and time."VRINDAVAN"
was a prominent center of Samaj performance done by the followers of Goswami
Hit Harivansh Mahaprabhu who was himself an eminent composer of devotional
classical music and a music maestro. The "Padas" sung from "Vanis" (Devotional
compositions of various renowned followers of the Sect) have affinity
with Dhrupad style of music, both in its structure and mode of
"Sanitation" or "Apras sapras" a very logical
norm, which is also scientifically respected, it is followed in order
to maintain hygienic
conditions. In science, hygiene is regarded as a keen aspect of life; it
helps remain healthy as well as coordinate every aspect of healthy living. In
the temple the same theory is followed with a different motive of, the
outsiders not touching any stuff of the "parisar"- courtyard
and the priests until they are working in the service of Sriji, you can
only attain Sriji if you prove to be pure externally as well as internally
by soul. But, it is only the Goswamis' who are entitled to offer their
service to Sriji personally.
Similarly this kind of hygiene is maintained in the kitchen by the form of 'Sakra' and 'Nikhara' Bhogs prepared for Shriji.