ABC of Pushtimarg
Mahaprabhu Shree Vallabhacharya
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Y for Yamunaji
Yamunaji, a holy river of Vraj pradesh, northern India is not an ordinary river. Yamunaji is believed to be daughter of the deity called Sun. It's origin is in the 'Golok-dham', the permanent residence of Lord Krishna. She also possesses a tutelary form that is visible only to her staunch devotees. She has a special role to play in God's 'leela'.

In Shri Vallabhacharya's small composition called 'Yamunashtakam', Shri Yamunaji has been praised for her role of a mediator between 'jiva' and God. Although, water generally acts as an obstacle in meeting of two parties, Yamunaji acts as a bridge between 'jiva' and God. She accomplishes the job of purifying the 'jiva' of its faults and flaws.

Shri Yamunaji is also praised for her job of lifting up the souls who have fallen into the ocean of illusory world. By the grace of Shri Yamunaji, those who drink her holy water, are saved from the ire of Yama (the deity of Death). Those who worship Shri Yamunaji, become dear to Shri Krishna.

Shri Krishna has performed all his 'leela's on the banks of Shri Yamunaji. Shri Yamunaji has been a witness to the 'Raas Leela' too. After 'Raas Leela' Shri Krishna had refreshed Himself in the soothing water of Shri Yamunaji, along with the Gopijan. Therefore, Yamunaji is considered highly sacred.