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Jagannatha Rathayatra in Agra

Jagannatha Rathayatra in Agra

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Jagannatha Rathayatra in Agra

Lakshman (das) Vrindavan (IN): Sri Sri Jagannath in Agra!!! Astonishing though, see it as a reality to believe it. The Lord will be visible to the naked eyes at the New ISKCON Centre at Kamala Nagar in Agra. Devotees eager to witness this grant consecration ceremony- a feast to the eye, ear and tongue- may please join us.


From : Sri Mano-Kameswar Mandir, Agra

To : Sanjay Place, Agra

Date : Friday, the 17 September 2010

Time : 1.00 PM

Organiser : International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Founder Acarya : His Divine Grace A. C, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Contract : Hari Vijaya Das, Mobile : 09897538392

The immaculate deities of the trio-siblings- Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra- reached Agra at the New ISKCON Centre opened recently as a branch of the ISKCON Vrindavan. Our supplications first to the Lord.

The Lord journeyed in Utkal Express from Bhubaneswar to Agra. The Lords were scheduled to travel in AC, but at the last moment decided to move with the public in 3 tier with no reservation, for They had the least thoughts to stake Their sublime state of equanimity right from start. The Divine Triplets were dropped out at Dholpur to alter their attire. The redressed Divinities stood out for darshan to the public for a brief while and then proceeded to Agra seated in an open mini-truck accompanied by a sankirtana party. The Lord gave darshan to several devotees on either side of the pass way. The Trio were greeted by a large crowd of devotes at many places in Agra. A procession of 51 cars accompanied the Lord’s carrier from Agra Stadium and a band too joined soon after. Wherever the Lords gave darshan, palatable prasadams and sweet drinks were offered in plenty to the pious gatherings. The welcome songs to Jagannath and the Hare Krishna mahamntra vibrated the air and thrilled the crowd. The Lord’s journey stretched around
5-6 hours to reach at the New Sri Jagannath Mandir, the new preaching centre for the ISKCON devotees.

Significance of Rathayatra :

Intricate sentiments symbolise the grand rathayatra festivities connecting the event with the return of Lord Krsna to Vrindavan from His pompous life in Dwaraka to meet His heart throbs. The palace of Dwaraka represents the residence of Jagannath, an enticing enactment of Lord Krsna’s scintillating pastime. At Puri, Krsna and His fraternal associates dwell as living Deities to wipe off the sufferings of His devotees in this mutilated age of kaliyuga. The Gundicha represents the Vrindavana, where His eternal associates Radharani, the gopis and gopas dwell. The visit of Jagannath to Gundicha symbolises the visit of Syamasundara to meet His youthful associates of Vrindavan and the seven days stay there reminds His enchanting moments of rasa-lila with the loving company of their association. Many have enacted this colourful event and many have coined articulating words of gesture to glorify their touching love of Lord with the glories of Vrindavana.

Engrossed in separation with Radharani, Lord Krsna travelled to Kurukshetra from Dwaraka accompanied by Balarama and Subhadra and met Radharani, His ever loving friend in Goloka Vrindavan. Dragged in ecstatic love, Krsna was arrested in sentiments and His limbs dragged in his body. Lord Caitanya was the manifest love of Radharani and He carrying Jagannath to Gundicha reminds Radharani wanting to take away Lord Krsna from Dwaraka to Vrindavan.

The Rathayatra became so famous because Lord Krishna-Balaram’s appearance of Gaura-Nitai. Lord Caitanya’s ecstatic dance half a millennium ago created sensational ethos in the minds of the people and it continued and it spread far and wide across the globe. The Madhya-lila (13.1-2) with the translation of Srila Prabhupad tells,

sa jiyat krsna-caitanyah shri-rathagre nanarta yah

yenasij jagatam citram jagannatho api vismitah

“May the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna Caitanya, who danced in front of the car of Sri Jagannath, be all glorified! By seeing His dancing, not only was the whole universe held in wonder, but Lord Jagannath Himself became very much astonished.”

jaya jaya sri-krsna-caitanya nityananda

jayadvaita-candra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrinda

“All glories to Sri Krsna Caitanya and Prabhu Nityananda! All glories to Advaitacarya! And all glories to the devotees of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!”

The glories of Rathayatra :

The Narada Purana (uttara kanda 52.12) reveals the conversation between Lord Narayana and Lakshmidevi about Purushottama kshetra (Jagannath Puri),

pratimam tatra tam drstva svayam devena nirmitam

anayasena vai yanti bhavanam me tato narau

“A person who sees the Deities there built by the Lord Himself will easily find the path to reach My abode.” Anyone seeing the Deities of Lord Krsna, Balarama and Subhadra at Jagannath Puri during their leisure outage of rathayatra means buying a ticket to reach the Supreme Abode of Vaikuntha, the eternal world of no worries. The Lord promises that His devotees who take all pains to gather at Puri during the rathayatra will be rid off their miseries and may reach the eternal abode of Goloka Vrindavana and enjoy their life in association with Lord Krsna, Radharani and their close accomplices.

It is said that the participants in the festivities will be blessed immensely by Lord Jagannath (Krsna) such as (1) By the sight of Jagannath’s merciful large two eye globes, the devotee will be blessed with astute purity of mind and spiritual elevation; (2) Observing the rathayatra will dissipate the sins committed by the embodied person in the past births; (3) The accompanying person in the rathayatra will receive opulence at par with Lord Vishnu even if he hails from a poor family; (4) Dancing, singing and chanting in the rathayatra entourage, the participant will be elevated to a level superior to yogis; and (5) Active participation in the rathayatra by any means will receive the utmost blessings of Lord Jagannath.

The glories of rathayatra are inimical to imprint in mind the symbolic love of God to His devotees. Srila Prabhupada said, “If you participate in these car festivals, as stated in the scriptures, rathe ca vanam drstva punar janma na vidyate…. If you kindly see these Jagannath deities riding on these cars or these processions, and as Caitanya Mahaprabhu chanted the Hare Krsna mantra in front of this car, then according to the Vedic scripture, in your next life you’ll go back, back to Godhead.” Those who participate in the festival have a food for thought in the years to come and it may drag down even to the final moments of their life to affix the attention in the eventful pastimes of Jagannath as Krsna tells in Bhagavad Gita (8.5-6),

anta-kale ca mam eva smaran muktva kalevaram

yah prayati sa mad-bhavam yati nasty-atra samshayah

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty-ante kalevaram

tam tam evaiti kaunteya sada tad bhava bhavitah

“Towards the end of life and at the time of departing the body, he who remembers Me will undoubtedly attain My nature. Whatever a living being thinks at the time of leaving his body, that alone he attains for being always absorbed in that state.” Those devotees who always chant and prostrate at the holy feet of Lord Jagannath uttering the mahamantra (HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA; HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE) ordained by the Lord Krsna Himself in the form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and propagated all over the world by Srila Prabhupada will be blessed with perfect devotion to God forever, which is said to be superior to liberation.

nilacala nivasaya nitwaya paramatmane

balabhadra subhadrabhyang jagnnathayate namaha

Lakshman (das) Vrindavan (IN): Sri Sri Jagannath in Agra!!! Astonishing though, see it as a reality to believe it. The Lord will be visible to the naked eyes at the New ISKCON Centre at Kamala Nagar in Agra. Devotees eager to witness this grant consecration ceremony- a feast to the eye, ear and tongue- may please join us.

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