BY SYAMAGOPIKA DD
Concerning this festival, Srila Prabhupada said, ‘Decorate a little boy, give him a special raised seat, offer him the best prasada. Everyone should offer their respects by touching his feet.’ In Mayapur, a boy is selected to be Vamanadeva and bhoga, pushpanjali and arotika is offered. Little Nitai was looking so cute as Lord Vamanadeva with deer skin and was offered Kusa asana.
Devotees fasted on the previous day ( on ekadasi) for the appearance of Lord Vamanadeva. HH Umapati Swami performed the arotika. Later, we also get to receive Mahaprasada from Lord Vamanadeva’s hands. This festival is more attractive to the children as they are excited to watch their friend as Lord Vamanadeva. They all lined up in front to catch his attention by making few sighs.
“O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a dwarf-brahmana! All glories to You! O wonderful dwarf, by Your massive steps You deceive King Bali, and by the Ganges water that has emanated from the nails of your lotus feet, You deliver all living beings within this world. ”
(Dasavatara Stotra by Sri Jayadeva Goswami)