Shri Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu | Founder of Radhavallabh Sampradaya
Birth Of Sri Hith Harivansh:
Founder of the Sri Radhavallabh Sampradaya was His Divine Grace Goswami Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu who is regarded as the incarnation of Lord Krishna's flute. His father, Sri Vyasa Mishra, was a Gaur Brahman of Deoband in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, who was in service of the Moghul Emperor Humayun, according to 'Tarikh-I-Deoband' (Syed Mehboob Rizvi, Ilmi-Marqaz, and Deoband). On one occasion while Sri Vyas Mishra was accompanying Emperor on his march from Agra, his wife Tara Rani, gave birth to a son at the Royal Army Camp at Baad, near Mathura; on 11th day (Ekadashi) Monday of 'Baisakh'(April-May) in the Samvat 1530 corresponding to 10th.(Zilkad 878 Hijri). According to various Ephemeris, Solar, Lunar and Planetary, compiled and edited by eminent Foreign and Indian Chronologists like John Warren (1825), James Princep (1831), Robert Swell (1881).Hermann Jacobi (1888), L. D. Swemikennu Pillai (1911), V.B. Ketkar (1923), Gahlot and Devra for the years B.C.1 to 2000 A.D., on Vaishakh Shukla 11, Monday appears only during 1530 whereas in 1559 the day was Thursday. Zauhar Aftabchi, the Royal Diarist and Courtier of Humayun support this.
Celebrations after Sri Harivansh Mahaprabhu's birth:
In grateful recognition of their answered prayers, the parents named the child after the God they had invoked, and called him 'Harivansh', i.e.Hari’s issue. The Emperor celebrated with pomp and splendor heralding the incarnation of the sacred flute of the Lord. Gulbadan Beghum, sister of the Emperor in her book 'Humayaunnama' (preserved in Gulistan Library at Tehran, capital of Iran) and Zohar Aftabchi in his book 'Tazkirat -ul-Wakiat' had described in detail that how for ten days there were festivities celebrated, profuse lightings, fireworks, feasts, etc., continued during this period. The Emperor, his Queen 'Mariam Makani' , his sister 'Gulbadan Beghum' , prominent courtiers Bairam Khan,Tardi Beg,Yaqoob Beg ,Zohar Aftabchi,Baba , Khoja Ambar, etc. sent gifts and greetings to 'Pt. Mishra’s Alms were given to beggars and special gifts One part of the Royal caravan was staying at Serai, three 'Kos'(6 kms.)away from 'Baad Gram' on Agra-Delhi Road, where also festivities in the honor of Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu were celebrated on large scale for ten days supervised and managed by Abdul Majeed the Deewan of Mathura at the Royal expense. But on the order of Emperor, all the inmates of Royal caravan abstained from alcoholic drinks and non-vegetarian food during this period. To mark the serenity of the occasion, the Emperor ordered, that in future The Royal Armies should not camp at Baad,instead Farah was declared camping ground
Childhood days of Mahaprabhu:
'Shri Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu’ passed his childhood at Deoband a place of peace and divinity. Once playing with his playmates; the ball fell in a deep well. Mahaprabhu jumped into the well and came out with a 'Shri Vigraha'(Lord's idol). The well still exists and 'Sriji' placed in the ancestral palace, at Deoband is widely known as 'Sri Radha Navarangilalaji' here at Deoband. When he was eight years old Harivanshji's Yagyapaveet (Sacred Thread) ceremony was performed, and later he was married to Rukminiji, determined to abandon the world and lead the life of an ascetic.
Sri Harivansh getting initiation from Sri Radha His Guru:
Once while Harivanshji was asleep, Sri Radha gave Her Holy 'darshan' (vision) to Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu in his dream and blessed Him with 'Mantra'(Holy couplet) under a 'peepal' tree. This tree still exists at Deoband in the precincts of temple.
How did Sri Hith Harivansh got the 'Sri Vigraha' of Sri Radhavallabh:
At that time he was 32 with this resolution he set out on the road to Vrindavan and had reached Charthawal, near Muzaffarnagar. Here at night, while asleep in a vision, he received Divine command from 'Sri Radha’, that 'You will meet a Brahman who possesses my replica. Marry his two daughters and take this replica to Vrindavan to worship'.She (Sri Radha) gave a similar dream to Atmadeva Brahman his ancestors had performed penance at Mount Kailasha worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva became pleased and insisted much upon the ancestor (of Atma-Deva Brahman) to be blessed with his desired wish that was to gift him his most cherished thing of Lord Shiva. Then Lord Shiva gave him the idol of 'Sri Radha Vallabhji Maharaj' from his heart and told him the method of its service.
Where Sri Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu did the sthapana of 'Sri Radhavallabh Lal':
Since then the replica was taken care of and served by all the generations. Next morning Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu was married at a simple but solemn ceremony and the replica, named 'Radha Vallabhji' was gifted to him. Sri Hit Harivansh Mahaprabhu carried this deity, which on his arrival at Vrindavan was set up at 'Oonchi Thaur'(High Cliff-Madan teer) on the bank of the Yamuna.
Sri Hith Harivansh's seva and works:
The great service of 'Ashatayam Seva' offered to Sri Radhavallabh Lal has been discovered by Sri Hith Harivansh Mahaprbhu and gifted as a blessing to his heirs.Great scriptures like 'Sri Radha Sudha Nidhi', 'Hith Chaturasi' ,'Yamunashtak' etc. has been written by him.
Hith Mandir dedicated to Sri Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu
Old Temple, reservedly called as "Sri Hit Mandir" by the devotees, is by the side of main gates of the present temple. This temple built in red sandstone, has long attracted favorable attention from visiting archaeologists and art historians. This temple is an exquisite building and of special architectural interest as the last example of the early eclectic style of the sixteenth century. Wilson noted an inscription over the gateway of this temple that now no longer exists, that it was in 1585 A.D., when this temple was constructed. This is adjacent to Radhavallabh Temple in Vrindavan.