☸ Sri Ratha-Yatra Festival ☸

Thursday, 4 July 2019

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam

"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

jaya guru maharaja karuna-sagara
sri-bhakti-raksaka deva-goswami sridhara
prakasile nilachale bhuvana-mangala
nitai-chaitanya-deva-seva samujjvala

Glory to Guru Maharaj, Sri Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, an ocean of mercy. He manifested the effulgent service of Nitai Chaitanyadev in Nilachal for the benefit of the entire world.

vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa

"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."

gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna

"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."

 

 


 


Lord Jagannath coming out through the main gate of the temple.

 


 


Priests bringing garlands and auspicious offerings for the Lordship.

 


Lord Baladev in His chariot.

 


 


Once the Lord is seated, priests offer camphor, garlands and many other auspicious offerings to Him.

 


 


 


 


 


Lord Jagannath in His chariot

 


In the meantime, the king is preparing to come out of the palace.

 


King Gajapati Maharaj

 


 


The king first climbs the chariot of Lord Baladev and offers a full arati to the Lordship.

 


 


 


After the arati, honouring the tradition established by Raja Prataparudra in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's times, the king circumambulates and sweeps the chariot

 


 


 


 


After sweeping, the king again circumambulates the chariot and sprinkles sandalwood water and powder.

 


 


 


Once the king leaves proceeding to the chariot of Lord Jagannath, the priests start dismantling the wooden ramp to harness the horses.

 


The king offering arati to Lord Jagannath

 


 


 


 


The priest carefully recites mantras before handing the broom over to the king

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The procedure repeats at the chariot of Lady Subhadra

 


 


(in the meantime, the horses of Lord Baladev's chariot are being harnessed and garlanded)

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


The priests gives the sandalwood powder to the king

 


 


 


 


Lord Baladev's chariot is starting out first.

 


 


 


 

 


The horses at the chariot of Lady Subhadra are being harnessed

 


 


 


 


Lady Subhadra's chariot is starting out

 


Lord Jagannath's chariot starts out last

 


 


 


Lord Baladev is passing the temple of Sri Gaudiya Math
(Narayan Chhata, the birthplace of Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad)

 


Lady Subhadra

 


 


Lord Jagannath's chariot is starting off.

 


 


 


The dome of Lady Subhadra's chariot

 


By the end of the afternoon, the chariot of Lord Baladev reaches the temple of Gundicha Devi, followed by Lady Subhadra's chariot

 


The dome of Lord Baladev's chariot

 


Lord Baladev

 

 

IN THE MEANTIME:

 


At the morning arati of Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanyadev at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math

 


 


 


 


 


In the morning, His Divine Grace gives initiation to a few devotees and spends time talking with the devotees

 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


Taking Their Lordships' leave and starting off for the temple of Lord Jagannath

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Lord Baladev's chariot

 


 


 


 


 


Lady Subhadra's chariot

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Lord Jagannath's chariot

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Lady Subhadra

 

 


 


Lord Baladev

 


 


Entrance to the temple of Gundicha Devi

 


Offering auspicious lamps to the Lordships during the evening arati time

 


 


By late evening, all three chariots reach the temple of Gundicha Devi

 


His Divine Grace chants some kirtan and soon after that devotees return to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math completing thus Sri Puri Dham parikrama.

 

 

 

 

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