“CHANDANA YATRA MAHOTSAVA” Begins on Akshaya Tritiya 6 May11 for 21 days
by Chandan Bhatia
A few years back HH Jaypataka Swami wrote on Chandana Yatra as follows:
In Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir the devotees were observing the charming and beautiful Chandana Yatra festival at ISKCON Sri Mayapur. Every day hundreds of devotees spent some time making sandalwood paste by grinding the wood on a stone grinder. This sandalwood paste is applied to the bodies of Lord Madhava and Nrsimhadeva. Jala-dana festival was also going on—-dripping water on the Shaligram Sila and Tulasi. In the afternoons the original Deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava were taken to Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi lake and a beautiful boat festival was observed. The boat was decorated like a silver swan with a temple on it. After the boat pastimes the Sri Sri Radha Madhava were places in a flower house and swung in Jhulan style with devotees chanting and dancing before them. Like this every day of Chandana Yatra is a colorful festival filled with life and joy.
“Chandana yatra” starts on the third lunar day of the waxing moon of Vaisakha month, and continues for twenty days. Lord Jagannatha gave direct instructions to King Indradyumna to perform this festival at this time. Smearing the body of the Lord with ointments is an act of devotion, and the best of ointments is sandalwood paste. Since the month of Vaisakha is very hot in India, the cooling effect of the sandalwood is very pleasing to the body of the Lord.
Sandalwood paste is applied all over the body of Jagannatha leaving only his two eyes visible. The utsava murtis (functional Deities – Vijay utsav) are taken on procession and are placed in a boat in the temple pond. To commemorate this festival, Lord Caitanya also carried out water sports with his devotees.
Akshaya Trutiya tithi marks the beginning of the construction of the Rathas (chariots) for the ceremonial journey and sojourn of Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra at the Gundicha Temple in Jagannatha Puri for a week.
Chandana yatra starts on this day, which is celebrated as well as the day on which Treta yuga began. Barley, one of the main ingredients for homa, which is the yuga dharma of Treta Yuga, was also created on this day.
Ganga devi also descended to earth on this day. Many common people have special puja on this day. One should bathe in a sacred river, give charity, perform japa and offer barley in a sacred fire, and offer barley preparations to the deity.
Akshaya Tritiya day is the very auspicious day – there’s no inauspiciousness to be found today so even checking muhurthas is considered unnecessary, so auspicious it is. Whatever one does for devotees, and for Krishna that person will get more benefit and it is eternal benefit and never lost. He said one story of a brahmana: there was a brahmana who had a very good wife and was poor. Whatever little money he got would get spent somehow.
Also he did not have children. So under the strong request of his wife he went to Vasishta muni to know the reason for his suffering. Vasishta muni told him that in his previous life he was very rich and also had many children. But he was very stingy, he was not even spending for his own children. This is the reason for his being poor, also without children. Then that brahmana asked Vasishta muni why he got a good wife. So that Muni replied that somehow with some reason, he observed that the vrata of Vaishaka month for the last 5 days. So he got a good wife and also the brahmana birth. Then the muni advised him to follow at least the last 7 days left of Vaishaka month, with devotion to Lord Sri Krishna.
Since that brahmana observed the vrata of Vaishaka month for that at least the left out 7 days, he got sons, he became rich, ultimately he got Love of Godhead and went back to the spiritual world!
It is important to hear such a story/pastimes as this so that at least by hearing this, we engage ourselves in the service of Guru, the Vaishnavas and Krishna. Thus becoming inspired to always render service the devotee is always the beneficiary of such interaction with the Vaishnavas, one’s Guru and Lord Sri Krishna.
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Please find below the pictures from last year’s “Chandana Yatra Mahotsav” at Sridham Mayapur!
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SRI SRI RADHA-MADHAVA
Cintamani Krishna – It refers to nectarean amorous pastimes of Sri Sri Radha & Krishna standing near shore of Yamuna decorated with golden pavements standing with their beautiful ornaments.
“The supreme abode of the Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is described in the Brahma-samhita as cintamani-dhama, a place where all desires are fulfilled. The supreme abode of Lord Krishna known as Goloka Vrindavana is full of palaces made of touchstone. There are also trees which are called “desire trees” that supply any type of eatable upon demand, and there are cows known as surabhi cows which supply a limitless supply of milk. In this abode the Lord is served by hundreds of thousands of goddesses of fortune (Lakshmis), and He is called Govinda, the primal Lord and the cause of all causes. The Lord is accustomed to blow His flute (venum kvanantam). His transcendental form is the most attractive in all the worlds — His eyes are like the lotus petals and the color of His body like clouds. He is so attractive that His beauty excels that of thousands of cupids.”
Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in “Lord Nrsimhadeva Vesha” on Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Appearance day
Morning Guru Puja and Puspyapanjali
Srila Prabhupada on palanquin for Temple Parikrama during morning darshan
First day of Chandana Yatra-pictures-2010! http://Mayapur.com/node/1330
Chandana Yatra pictures http://Mayapur.com/gallery&g2_itemId=58244
Blue ‘Jagannatha’ darshan! http://Mayapur.com/node/1332
Vesha’s offered for Chandana Yatrahttp://Mayapur.com/node/1333
Chariot of Cupid: http://Mayapur.com/node/1347
Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Boat Festival!
Screensaver – Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Boat Festival! (downloadable) http://screensavers.iskcondesiretree.info/ISKCON_Mayapur_Screensavers/Sri_Radha_Madhava_Boat_Festival_Screen_Saver.exe
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