Vaishnavism is one of the principal traditions of Hinduism, and is identified from other schools by its primary worship of Vishnu (and his associated avatars) as the Supreme God. It is principally monotheistic in its philosophy, whilst also incorporating elements which could be described as being panentheistic. Its beliefs and practices, (known as Bhakti Yoga, or Bhakti) are based largely on Vedic and Puranic texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Isha Upanishad, and the Vishnu and Bhagavata, Puranas. The followers of Vaishnavism are referred to as ‘Vaishnavas’, which is the Vriddhi form of Vishnu in Sanskrit. According to recent statistics Vaishnavas make up approximately 70% of the total of all followers of Hinduism with the vast majority of these being in India. The Gaudiya Vaishnava branch of the tradition has increased significantly in terms of both numbers and worldwide distribution in recent years, largely through the activities of the Hare Krishna movement.
In early 2001, Vaishnav Samaj of Midwest had officially acquired the property at 440 W Fullerton Avenue in Addison, IL and ceremoniously dedicated it to be the Haveli (“mandir”) of the Midwest’s largest group of Vaishnav followers. After months and months of perfecting the architect’s final vision to meet the committee’s approval and ensuring that it falls within the guidelines of local laws, construction had finally begun in October, 2006 on the Haveli as pictured above
The word Pushti has two meanings. It means divine grace and it is also a synonym for love. Marg means path.
This path was shown by Shree Vallabhacharya to the Vaishnavas or the Daivi Jivas who had fallen on this earth due to some mistake in the heavenly adobe of Shri Krishna known as the Gauloka. In Pushtimarg, a Vaishnav (one who has taken Brahmasambandh diksha) can achieve salvation only by doing the sewa of Shri Nathjee. In Pushtimarg, we whole heartedly adopt the ethical and moral principles that apply to a Hindu.
Pushtimarg is a path of bliss; it is a golden path towards attaining a pure entity, a supreme power by a simple pure soul. A soul who is smaller than an atom which is part of the whole.
Pushtimarg is like a river that flows endlessly without bothering about its own entity and difficulties. The only goal of the river is to meet the ocean and become one with it. After facing mountains and rocks a river does not leave its purity and its nature, it preserves the trees near its banks, gives relaxation and cool water to anyone coming to its bank, gives food to all within it and food to anyone coming to it.
Thus, Pushtimarg teaches a Vaishnav to be a river and only think about how to attain “sanidhya” closeness and meet the ocean which is the supreme entity called “Krishna”