01 Jul 2017, Posted by VANI Group
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CC Madhya 12.1

Translation : Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleansed the Gu??ica temple with His devotees and associates. In this way He made it as cool and bright as His own heart, and thus He made the temple a befitting place for Lord Sri Krsna to sit.

Every year, during the famed RathYatra festival of Puri, Sri SriJagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra MaharaniJi are seated in the splendid chariots and taken from the Jagannath temple to the Gundica temple house. Before their arrival, it is made sure that the Gundica temple is cleansed and decorated nicely for welcoming them.
Such was the affection of Lord ChaitanyaMahaprabhu for Krishna that He used to clean the temple Himself. Now by the mercy of SrilaPrabhupada, devotees all over the world get the chance to participate in such Vaishnav festivals every year. This year was no different with devotees from all walks of life assembling at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh and engaging in the loving service of the Lord. When senior devotees explained about the significance of this festival the whole environment was filled with their infectious enthusiasm. Altars, temple premises, prasadam hall, stairways, kitchens, washrooms, and about every nook and corner of the temple were cleaned.

Devotees understand that as they cleanse the temple while chanting the names of Lord Krishna, simultaneously cleansing of their hearts is going on. This experience also acts as a reminder for devotees that even while performing menial services if one is meditating on Krishna, one is sure to make progress in one’s spiritual life. Body engaged in cleaning services, tongue engaged in taking Krishna’s names, ears engaged in listening to them, basking in the aura and aroma of the temple and the pleasing sight of other devotees doing services, it was indeed a perfect opportunity for everyone to immerse fully in Krishna’s service. This Gundicamarjana festival thus held a special place in the spiritual journey of all devotees.

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