Padayatra deities rembark on their journey around Malaysia

BY JAI SITA RANI DEVI DASI

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KUALA LUMPUR – Teary faces flooded Sri Jagannatha Mandir as Sri Sri Nitai Gaura Sunder neem deities left the temple to continue their journey touring various places in Malaysia to spread the love of Godhead.

They came to the Malaysia sent by HH Bhakti Purushottama Maharaj in 1991 and began their tour in Malaysia. Somehow, due to unforeseen circumstances, They stopped Their journey in 1993 and stayed in Sri Jagannatha mandir until last year when the Sankirtan Team requested that they were now ready to take the deities for their journey again. It was heart-breaking for the devotees here as the timing coincided with Snana Yatra when Sri Sri Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhatra deities go in convalescence, leaving no deities on the altar.

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The Temple President pleaded to the Sankirtan Team to return the Padayatra deities until they installed their new deities. So after a short trip They returned to the altar in a week.

Last Sunday we saw the installation of the new marble deities named Sri Sri Nitai Sundar Gaura Hari by HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj. And today, the older deities left the temple amidst an emotion soaked devotees who had grown so fond of these deities. Clearly the happiest person there was HG Devadeva prabhu, head of the Sankirtan Team who had waited patiently for this moment.

If you take a close look at Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s face, you will see a flower petal there making it look as if he is crying. It reminded me of the song “Lalasamayi Prarthana”.

“In this song he says, ‘gauranga’ bolite habe pulaka sarira. One has attained the perrfection of chanting when as soon as he chants the name of Lord Gauranga, who initiated this sankirtana movement, at once there is shivering in his body. This is not to be imitated, but Narottama dasa Thakura is asking, “When will that opportune moment come to us when there will be shivering of the body as soon as we chant Lord Gauranga’s name?” And after the shivering–‘hari hari’ bolite nayane ba’be nira’: “While chanting Hare Krsna, there will be tears in the eyes.”

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Today They made us all shiver and weep…… This is Their causeless mercy….

Another beautiful song came to my mind:

Gauranga Karuna Koro

Oh dear Gauranga Please give Your mercy,
to this destitute soul,
fallen like me O Lord,
there’s no one in the three worlds.

Holding grass between my teeth Gaura,
I ‘m calling out for You,
have mercy please come to my,
temple of the heart.

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If You don’t give Your mercy,
seeing me so fallen,
named ‘Savior of the Fallen’,
why are you known that way?

I’ve fallen in this wordly whirlpool,
there is no escape,
by Your divine feet like a boat given,
help Your servant across.

Lord Krishna Caitanya prabhu,
this servant of your servant,
will always make this prayer,
it’s Narottama Dâsa.

This article is also found in Iskcon News