Snana Yatra at SJMKL
Posted by iskconklnews on June 12, 2009
By Bhakta Gautam
Sri Sri Jagannatha Baladeva Subhadra Mai ki Jai
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
All glories to Sri Guru and Gouranga
On Sunday the 7th of June, we celebrated the most glorious Snana Yatra festival for the pleasure of Sri Sri Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra Mai. This marks the appearance day of the Lord Jagannatha (Lord of the universe) in this merciful form to captivate the hearts of the devotees. The festival is specially celebrated by performing abhishek of their lordships Sri Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra Mai. This festival also marks a recuperating period from the bout of illness for Their Lordships until the Rath Yatra festival. So this is significant festival as we are separated from lord for 16 days and thus it allows us to develop the mood Lord Caitanya preached of longing in separation.
In our temple SJMKL we were blessed to have association of HH Prabhavisnu Maharaj( co-GBC) to provide us guidance and inspiration to serve the Lord with correct attitude. We started our festival with regular Sunday program which started with darshan arati of their Lordships who looked ever beautiful. Then we had SP guru puja, Japa session and Siksastakam prayers followed by Srimad Bhagvatam class by HH Prabhavisnu Maharaj. Then HG Uttama Caitanya prabhu presided over the SJMKL annual report presentation to update Maharaj on the preaching and congregation development programs in the past year. Then breakfast prasadam was served consisting of delicious kitchari and fruits.
The main celebrations for snana yatra festival then started with abhishek for their Lordships outside the temple hall. All the while kirtan was sung by devotees to help us engage our tongue for tasting sweet mellows of ever enchanting Holy Names of the supreme lord. All the guests and devotees took this rare opportunity to directly render service by performing abhishek thus cleansing their hearts. After the abhishek ceremony maharaj shared pastimes of Lord Jagannatha mainly of this special form the lord has taken and its significance.
After the class a drama was performed by devotees showing the advent of Lord jagannatha on this planet. The drama pastime included the life history of Indradyumna Maharaja and his intimate love and hankering to take darshan of Nila Madhava. The drama beautifully showed how Lord bestows special mercy on his devotees by assuming this special form of Lord Jagannatha. The drama was very well performed with nice costumes, lot of emotions and well written script and dialogues.
Around 1:30pm after the drama raj boga arati was performed for the pleasure of Their lordships with many bhoga offerings. A resounding kirtan also took place which made all the devotees dance and loudly chant the holy names of the lord. Afterwards lunch prasad was served for the pleasure of all the assembled consisting of many varieties of dishes.
This festival helped us connect with Lord Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra mai and their intimate pastimes with devotees. It also helped set the tone and mood for the upcoming rath yatra which we are now eagerly awaiting. Devotees are welcome to bring nice fruits for offering for Lord Jagannath while he in his recuperation peiod.
Jai Jai Sri Radhe Shyam