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Title: The Jagannatha Ratha Yatra Pastimes
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-27 04:36:17
Millenniums ago there was a King named Indradyumna who was a great devotee of Lord Krishna.
The king’s priestly minister had informed the king that Lord Krishna was
present on earth in his Deity form known as Nila Madhava.
When the King heard this news he asked his minister to find Lord Nila
Madhava for him.
After a great deal of searching and endeavor the minister finally found that
Lord Nila Madhava was in a cave being secretly worshiped by the leader of a
village of pig farmers.
After some intriguing endeavor, the minister finally discovered the secret
location where Lord Nila Madhava was located.
The minister immediately went back and informed the great King Indradyumna
that he had located Lord Nila Madhava, and upon hearing this, the King
immediately set out with his entourage to fetch Lord Nila Madhava and bring
Him back to his capitol to worship Him with great opulence.
After the very arduous journey, the traveling party finally reached the
secret cave where the Deity of Nila Madhava was located. With full
anticipation and excitement, upon entering the cave, the king was shocked to discover that the Deity of Lord Nila Madhava was no longer there.
Lord Nila Madhava had left never to return and King Indradyumna was totally
After some time, in a dream, Lord Nila Madhava came to the king telling him
that He would return and that a temple should be built for Him to reside in.
The King being absolutely delighted with this news began constructing a
magnificent temple. This temple is now known as the famous temple of
Jagannatha in the City of Puri in Orissa on the Bay of Bengal.
Lord Jagannatha Appears
As King Indradyumna waited for his worshipful Lord to manifest he became
anxious wondering when the Lord would appear. Then he had another dream.
In this dream Lord Krishna informed him that a huge log will float up onto
the beach. This will not be an ordinary log but very unique. No one will
able to cut or even lift it except for one person. You will know that this
person will be the one who will carve the log in the form of the Lord known
as Lord Jagannatha. Lord of the Universe.
True to the dream a large log floated up onto the beach which no one was
able to move. After many attempts to move this curious log by the strongest of men, one elderly man came forward and with ease single handedly lifted the log.
The King knew this was the wood carver who had been empowered to carve the form of his worship able Lord.
The old wood carver agreed to carve the Deity of the Lord but under very
As long as he was working no one should interrupt or enter the room where
the work was going on. The king agreed.
As the days passed the King’s anticipation and anxiety to see the Lord grew
when all of a sudden the tapping of the wood carvers hammer and chisel
Unable to contain his eagerness any longer King Indradyumna burst into the
room where the Deities were being carved and true to his word the wood
sculptor left immediately.
When the King saw the three sculpted forms before him he was stunned. The so called form of his worshipful Lord Krishna appeared unfinished. It had short
stubs where the arms should be and huge round eyes.
King Indradyumna began to lament uncontrollably.
Shortly after the great sage Narada Muni appeared before the king and
inquired as to the reason for his intense grief.
King Indradyumna informed the sage of the episodes that took place.
Narada Muni then informed the King that the form of Lord before him was
actually Lord Krishna in a most merciful form.
The origin of Lord Jagannatha’s form
Narada Muni went on to explain to Indradyumna Maharaja the origin of this
unique form of Lord Krishna known as Jagannatha.
One day while in His Capital city of Dwarka, Lord Krishna began thinking of
His sweet gopi friend Radharani from His village days in Vrndavan.
Feeling intense separation from her, the Lord fell unconscious. The great
sage Narada Muni happened to come there with Uddava and upon seeing the
condition of Krishna, they began discussing how to revive Him.
They concluded that Narada Muni should sing the glories of Krishna’s former
Vrndavan village life to Him. This would certainly relieve His condition.
Like many cures for diseases there is often times a side effect and such
would be case with this cure.
Upon hearing the tales of Vrndavan from Narada Muni certainly Lord Krishna
would awaken but at the same time He would immediately want to go to
Vrndavan. However upon arriving their, Krishna would see all the residents
in such a piteous condition of crying due to His having left them
previously, He would not want to return back to Dwarka. This would not be
good for the citizens of Dwarka.
After some consideration it was concluded that Krishna’s sister Subadra
should go there ahead of Krishna to inform them that He is returning. In
this way they would arrange for a nice festive welcoming and their mood
would be very joyful.
When Subadra was ready to leave, her brother Balarama decided that He would accompany her on His own Chariot. Balarama would take the lead with Subadra following Him, and after they left, Narada Muni would revive Lord Krishna by singing the glories of Vrndavan and Krishna would get on His chariot and immediately follow Balarama and Subadra to Vrndavan.
This is how the origin of the order of the carts during the Ratha-Yatra
festival. First Lord Balarama’s cart, then Subadra’s and finally Lord
When Krishna’s Chariot arrived in Vrndavan His feelings of such acute pangs
of separation from His beloved Radharani was so intense that His body
transformed. His hands and legs became pushed into his body like a tortoise.
This is the form or Jagannatha. With big dilated eyes He was only gazing at
When King Indradyumna heard from Narada Muni of this pastime of Lord
Krishna, He was relived to hear that these unique deity forms that were just
carved standing in front of him were actually completed.
His grief now gone he arranged for three huge carts to bring the Deities of
Lord Jagannatha, Balarama and Subadra to Their new temple. A grand
procession was arranged where all the citizens pulled the gigantic carts
with Their Lordships on them to Their magnificent new temple.
One for Lord Jagannatha, one for His sister Subadra and another for His
Madhya-lila Chapter 13: The Ecstatic Dancing of the Lord at Ratha-yatra
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita
CC Madhya 13 Summary
CC Madhya 13.1: May the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna Chaitanya, who danced in front of the car of Shri Jagannatha, be all glorified! By seeing His dancing, not only was the whole universe held in wonder, but Lord Jagannatha Himself became very much astonished.
CC Madhya 13.2: All glories to Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda! All
glories to Advaitacandra! And all glories to the devotees of Lord Shri
CC Madhya 13.3: All glories to the listeners of Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita!
Please hear the description of the dancing of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at
the Ratha-yatra festival. His dancing is very enchanting. Please hear of it
with great attention.
CC Madhya 13.4: The next day, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His personal
associates got up in the dark and attentively took their early-morning
CC Madhya 13.5: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His personal associates then
went to see the ceremony of Pandu-vijaya. During this ceremony, Lord
Jagannatha leaves His throne and gets up onto the car.
CC Madhya 13.6: King Prataparudra in person, as well as his entourage,
allowed the Pandu-vijaya ceremony to be seen by all the associates of Shri
CC Madhya 13.7: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His prominent devotees --
Advaita Acarya, Nityananda Prabhu and others -- were very happy to observe how Lord Jagannatha began the Ratha-yatra.
CC Madhya 13.8: The very strongly built dayitas [carriers of the Jagannatha
Deity] were as powerful as drunken elephants. They manually carried Lord
Jagannatha from the throne to the car.
CC Madhya 13.9: While carrying the Deity of Lord Jagannatha, some of the
dayitas took hold of the shoulders of the Lord, and some caught His lotus
CC Madhya 13.10: The Lord Jagannatha Deity was bound at the waist by a
strong, thick rope made of silk. From two sides the dayitas caught hold of
this rope and raised the Deity.
CC Madhya 13.11: Strong, puffed-up cotton pads called tulis were spread out from the throne to the car, and the heavy Deity of Lord Jagannatha was
carried from one pillowlike pad to the next by the dayitas.
CC Madhya 13.12: While the dayitas carried the heavy Jagannatha Deity from
one pad to the next, some of the pads broke, and the cotton contents floated into the air. When they broke, they made a heavy cracking sound.
CC Madhya 13.13: Lord Jagannatha is the maintainer of the whole universe.
Who can carry Him from one place to another? The Lord moves by His personal will just to perform His pastimes.
CC Madhya 13.14: While the Lord was transported from the throne to the car, tumultuous sounds were made on various musical instruments. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was chanting "Manima! Manima!" but He could not be heard.
CC Madhya 13.15: While the Lord was being carried from the throne to the
car, King Prataparudra personally engaged in the Lord's service by cleansing
the road with a broom that had a golden handle.
CC Madhya 13.16: The King sprinkled the road with sandalwood-scented water. Although he was the owner of the royal throne, he engaged in menial service for the sake of Lord Jagannatha.
CC Madhya 13.17: Although the King was the most exalted respectable person, still he accepted menial service for the Lord; he therefore became a
suitable candidate for receiving the Lord's mercy.
CC Madhya 13.18: Upon seeing the King engaged in such menial service,
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu became very happy. Simply by rendering this service, the King received the mercy of the Lord.
CC Madhya 13.19: Everyone was astonished to see the decorations on the Ratha car. The car appeared to be newly made of gold, and it was as high as Mount Sumeru.
CC Madhya 13.20: The decorations included bright mirrors and hundreds and
hundreds of camaras . On top of the car were a neat and clean canopy and a very beautiful flag.
CC Madhya 13.21: The car was also decorated with silken cloth and various
pictures. Many brass bells, gongs and ankle bells rang.
CC Madhya 13.22: For the pastimes of the Ratha-yatra ceremony, Lord
Jagannatha got aboard one car, and His sister, Subhadra, and elder brother,
Balarama, got aboard two other cars.
CC Madhya 13.23: For fifteen days the Lord had remained in a secluded place
with the supreme goddess of fortune and had performed His pastimes with her.
CC Madhya 13.24: Having taken permission from the goddess of fortune, the
Lord came out to ride on the Ratha car and perform His pastimes for the
pleasure of the devotees.
CC Madhya 13.25: The fine, white sand spread all over the path resembled the bank of the Yamuna, and the small gardens on both sides looked just like
those in Vrndavana.
CC Madhya 13.26: As Lord Jagannatha rode in His car and saw the beauty on
both sides, His mind was filled with pleasure.
CC Madhya 13.27: The pullers of the car were known as gaudas, and they
pulled with great pleasure. However, the car sometimes went very fast and
sometimes very slow.
CC Madhya 13.28: Sometimes the car would stand still and not move, even
though it was pulled very vigorously. The chariot therefore moved by the
will of the Lord, not by the strength of any ordinary person.
CC Madhya 13.29: As the car stood still, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gathered
all His devotees and, with His own hand, decorated them with flower garlands
and sandalwood pulp.
CC Madhya 13.30: Paramananda Puri and Brahmananda Bharati were both
personally given garlands and sandalwood pulp from the very hands of Shri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This increased their transcendental pleasure.
CC Madhya 13.31: Similarly, when Advaita Acarya and Nityananda Prabhu felt
the touch of the transcendental hand of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, They were very pleased.
CC Madhya 13.32: The Lord also gave garlands and sandalwood pulp to the
performers of sankirtana. The two chief performers were Svarupa Damodara and Shrivasa Thakura.
CC Madhya 13.33: There were altogether four parties of kirtana performers,
comprising twenty-four chanters. In each party there were also two mrdanga
players, making an additional eight persons.
CC Madhya 13.34: When the four parties were formed, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, after some consideration, divided the chanters.
CC Madhya 13.35: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Acarya, Haridasa Thakura and Vakresvara Pandita to dance in each of the four respective parties.
CC Madhya 13.36: Svarupa Damodara was chosen as the leader of the first
party and was given five assistants to respond to his chanting.
CC Madhya 13.37: The five who responded to the singing of Svarupa Damodara were Damodara Pandita, Narayana, Govinda Datta, Raghava Pandita and Shri Govindananda.
CC Madhya 13.38: Advaita Acarya Prabhu was ordered to dance in the first
group. The Lord then formed another group with Shrivasa Thakura as the chief
CC Madhya 13.39: The five singers who responded to the singing of Shrivasa
Thakura were Gangadasa, Haridasa, Shriman, Subhananda and Shri Rama Pandita. Shri Nityananda Prabhu was appointed as a dancer.
CC Madhya 13.40: Another group was formed consisting of Vasudeva, Gopinatha and Murari. All these were responsive singers, and Mukunda was the chief singer.
CC Madhya 13.41: Another two persons, Shrikanta and Vallabha Sena, joined as responsive singers. In this group, the senior Haridasa
was the dancer.
CC Madhya 13.42: The Lord formed another group, appointing Govinda Ghosa as leader. In this group the younger Haridasa, Vishnudasa and Raghava were the responding singers.
CC Madhya 13.43: Two brothers named Madhava Ghosa and Vasudeva Ghosa also joined this group as responsive singers. Vakresvara Pandita was the dancer.
CC Madhya 13.44: There was a sankirtana party from the village known as
Kulina-grama, and Ramananda and Satyaraja were appointed the dancers in this group.
CC Madhya 13.45: There was another party that came from Santipura and was formed by Advaita Acarya. Acyutananda was the dancer, and the rest of the men were singers.
CC Madhya 13.46: Another party was formed by the people of Khanda. These
people were singing in a different place. In that group, Narahari Prabhu and
Raghunandana were dancing.
CC Madhya 13.47: Four parties chanted and danced in front of Lord
Jagannatha, and on either side was another party. Yet another was at the
CC Madhya 13.48: There were altogether seven parties of sankirtana, and in
each party two men were beating drums. Thus fourteen drums were being played at once. The sound was tumultuous, and all the devotees became mad.
CC Madhya 13.49: All the Vaishnavas came together like an assembly of clouds. As the devotees chanted the holy names in great ecstasy, tears fell from their eyes like rain.
CC Madhya 13.50: When the sankirtana resounded, it filled the three worlds.
Indeed, no one could hear any sounds or musical instruments other than the
CC Madhya 13.51: Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wandered through all seven groups chanting the holy name, "Hari, Hari!" Raising His arms, He shouted, "All
glories to Lord Jagannatha!"
CC Madhya 13.52: Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then exhibited another mystic
power by performing pastimes simultaneously in all seven groups.
CC Madhya 13.53: Everyone said, "Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is present in my group. Indeed, He does not go anywhere else. He is bestowing His mercy upon us."
CC Madhya 13.54: Actually, no one could see the inconceivable potency of the Lord. Only the most confidential devotees, those in pure, unalloyed
devotional service, could understand.
CC Madhya 13.55: Lord Jagannatha was very much pleased by the sankirtana, and He brought His car to a standstill just to see the performance.
CC Madhya 13.56: King Prataparudra was also astonished to see the
sankirtana. He became inactive and was converted to ecstatic love of Krishna.
CC Madhya 13.57: When the King informed Kasi Misra of the glories of the
Lord, Kasi Misra replied, "O King, your fortune has no limit!"
CC Madhya 13.58: The King and Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya were both aware of the
Lord's activities, but no one else could see the tricks of Lord Chaitanya
CC Madhya 13.59: Only a person who has received the mercy of the Lord can
understand. Without the Lord's mercy, even the demigods, headed by Lord
Brahma, cannot understand.
CC Madhya 13.60: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had been very satisfied to see the
King accept the menial task of sweeping the street, and for this humility
the King received the mercy of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He could therefore
observe the mystery of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's activities.
CC Madhya 13.61: Although the King had been refused an interview, he was
indirectly bestowed causeless mercy. Who can understand the internal potency
of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?
CC Madhya 13.62: When the two great personalities Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya
and Kasi Misra saw Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's causeless mercy upon the King, they
CC Madhya 13.63: Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu performed His pastimes for
some time in this way. He personally sang and induced His personal
associates to dance.
CC Madhya 13.64: According to His need, the Lord sometimes exhibited one
form and sometimes many. This was being executed by His internal potency.
CC Madhya 13.65: Indeed, the Personality of Godhead forgot Himself in the
course of His transcendental pastimes, but His internal potency
, knowing the intentions of the Lord, made all arrangements.
CC Madhya 13.66: Just as Lord Shri Krishna formerly performed the rasa-lila
dance and other pastimes at Vrndavana, Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
performed uncommon pastimes moment after moment.
CC Madhya 13.67: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's dancing before the Ratha-yatra
car could be perceived only by pure devotees. Others could not understand.
Descriptions of Lord Krishna's uncommon dancing can be found in the revealed
CC Madhya 13.68: In this way Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced in great
jubilation and inundated all the people with waves of ecstatic love.
CC Madhya 13.69: Thus Lord Jagannatha mounted His car, and Lord Shri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu inspired all His devotees to dance in front of it.
CC Madhya 13.70: Now please hear about Lord Jagannatha's going to the
Gundica temple while Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced before the Ratha car.
CC Madhya 13.71: The Lord performed kirtana for some time and, through His
own endeavor, inspired all the devotees to dance.
CC Madhya 13.72: When the Lord Himself wanted to dance, all seven groups
CC Madhya 13.73: The Lord's devotees -- including Shrivasa, Ramai, Raghu,
Govinda, Mukunda, Haridasa, Govindananda, Madhava and Govinda -- all
CC Madhya 13.74: When Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu desired to jump high while
dancing, He placed these nine people in the charge of Svarupa Damodara.
CC Madhya 13.75: These devotees [Svarupa Damodara and the devotees in his
charge] sang along with the Lord, and they also ran beside Him. All the
other groups of men also sang.
CC Madhya 13.76: Offering obeisances to the Lord with folded hands, Shri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu raised His face toward Jagannatha and prayed as follows.
CC Madhya 13.77: "'Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna,
who is the worshipable Deity for all brahminical men, who is the well-wisher
of cows and brahmanas, and who is always benefiting the whole world. I offer
my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and
CC Madhya 13.78: "'All glories unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who
is known as the son of Devaki! All glories to the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, who is known as the light of the dynasty of Vrsni! All glories to
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose bodily luster is like that of a
new cloud, and whose body is as soft as a lotus flower! All glories to the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appeared on this planet to deliver the
world from the burden of demons, and who can offer liberation to everyone!'
CC Madhya 13.79: "'Lord Shri Krishna is He who is known as jana-nivasa, the
ultimate resort of all living entities, and who is also known as
Devaki-nandana or Yasoda-nandana, the son of Devaki and Yasoda. He is the
guide of the Yadu dynasty, and with His mighty arms He kills everything
inauspicious, as well as every man who is impious. By His presence He
destroys all things inauspicious for all living entities, moving and inert.
His blissful smiling face always increases the lusty desires of the gopis of
Vrndavana. May He be all-glorious and happy!'
CC Madhya 13.80: "'I am not a brahmana, I am not a ksatriya, I am not a
vaisya or a sudra. Nor am I a brahmacari, a householder, a vanaprastha or a
sannyasi. I identify Myself only as the servant of the servant of the
servant of the lotus feet of Lord Shri Krishna, the maintainer of the gopis. He
is like an ocean of nectar, and He is the cause of universal transcendental
bliss. He is always existing with brilliance.'"
CC Madhya 13.81: Having recited all these verses from scripture, the Lord
again offered His obeisances, and all the devotees, with folded hands, also
offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
CC Madhya 13.82: When Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced and jumped high,
roaring like thunder and moving in a circle like a wheel, He appeared like a
CC Madhya 13.83: Wherever Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stepped while dancing, the
whole earth, with its hills and seas, appeared to tilt.
CC Madhya 13.84: When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced, He displayed various
blissful transcendental changes in His body. Sometimes He appeared as though
stunned. Sometimes the hairs of His body stood on end. Sometimes He
perspired, cried, trembled and changed color, and sometimes He exhibited
symptoms of helplessness, pride, exuberance and humility.
CC Madhya 13.85: When Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu fell down with a crash while
dancing, He would roll on the ground. At such times it appeared that a
golden mountain was rolling on the ground.
CC Madhya 13.86: Nityananda Prabhu would stretch out His two hands and try
to catch the Lord when He was running here and there.
CC Madhya 13.87: Advaita Acarya would walk behind the Lord and loudly chant
"Haribol! Haribol!" again and again.
CC Madhya 13.88: Just to check the crowds from coming too near the Lord, the
devotees formed three circles. The first circle was guided by Nityananda
Prabhu, who is Balarama Himself, the possessor of great strength.
CC Madhya 13.89: All the devotees headed by Kasisvara and Govinda linked
hands and formed a second circle around the Lord.
CC Madhya 13.90: Maharaja Prataparudra and his personal assistants formed a
third circle around the two inner circles just to check the crowds from
coming too near.
CC Madhya 13.91: With his hands on the shoulders of Haricandana, King
Prataparudra could see Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu dancing, and the King felt
CC Madhya 13.92: While the King beheld the dancing, Shrivasa Thakura,
standing in front of him, became ecstatic as he saw the dancing of Shri
CC Madhya 13.93: Seeing Shrivasa Thakura standing before the King,
Haricandana touched Shrivasa with his hand and requested him to step aside.
CC Madhya 13.94: Absorbed in watching Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu dance, Shrivasa
Thakura could not understand why he was being touched and pushed. After he
was pushed again and again, he became angry.
CC Madhya 13.95: Shrivasa Thakura slapped Haricandana to stop him from
pushing him. In turn, this made Haricandana angry.
CC Madhya 13.96: As the angered Haricandana was about to speak to Shrivasa
Thakura, Prataparudra Maharaja personally stopped him.
CC Madhya 13.97: King Prataparudra said, "You are very fortunate, for you
have been graced by the touch of Shrivasa Thakura. I am not so fortunate. You
should feel obliged to him."
CC Madhya 13.98: Everyone was astonished by the dancing of Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu, and even Lord Jagannatha became extremely happy to see Him.
CC Madhya 13.99: The car came to a complete standstill and remained immobile
while Lord Jagannatha, with unblinking eyes, watched the dancing of Shri
CC Madhya 13.100: The goddess of fortune, Subhadra, and Lord Balarama both
felt great happiness and ecstasy within their hearts. Indeed, they were seen
smiling at the dancing.
CC Madhya 13.101: When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced and jumped high, eight
wonderful transformations indicative of divine ecstasy were seen in His
body. All these symptoms were visible simultaneously.
CC Madhya 13.102: His skin erupted with goose pimples, and the hairs of His
body stood on end. His body resembled the simuli , all
covered with thorns.
CC Madhya 13.103: Indeed, the people became afraid just to see His teeth
chatter, and they even thought that His teeth would fall out.
CC Madhya 13.104: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's whole body flowed with
perspiration and at the same time oozed blood. He made the sounds "jaja
gaga, jaja gaga" in a voice choked with ecstasy.
CC Madhya 13.105: Tears came forcefully from the eyes of the Lord, as if
from a syringe, and all the people surrounding Him became wet.
CC Madhya 13.106: Everyone saw the complexion of His body change from white
to pink, so that His luster resembled that of the mallika flower.
CC Madhya 13.107: Sometimes He appeared stunned, and sometimes He rolled on
the ground. Indeed, sometimes His legs and hands became as hard as dry wood,
and He did not move.
CC Madhya 13.108: When the Lord fell to the ground, sometimes His breathing
almost stopped. When the devotees saw this, their lives also became very
CC Madhya 13.109: Water flowed from His eyes and sometimes through His
nostrils, and foam fell from His mouth. These flowings appeared to be
torrents of nectar descending from the moon.
CC Madhya 13.110: The foam that fell from the mouth of Shri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu was taken and drunk by Subhananda because he was very fortunate
and expert in relishing the mellow of ecstatic love of Krishna.
CC Madhya 13.111: After Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had performed His
devastating dance for some time, His mind entered into a mood of ecstatic
CC Madhya 13.112: After abandoning the dancing, the Lord ordered Svarupa
Damodara to sing. Understanding His mind, Svarupa Damodara began to sing as
CC Madhya 13.113: "'Now I have gained the Lord of My life, in the absence of
whom I was being burned by Cupid and was withering away.'"
CC Madhya 13.114: When this refrain was loudly sung by Svarupa Damodara, Shri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu again began rhythmically dancing in transcendental
CC Madhya 13.115: The car of Lord Jagannatha began to move slowly while the
son of mother Saci went ahead and danced in front.
CC Madhya 13.116: While dancing and singing, all the devotees in front of
Lord Jagannatha kept their eyes on Him. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then went to the
end of the procession with the sankirtana performers.
CC Madhya 13.117: His eyes and mind fully absorbed in Lord Jagannatha,
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began to play the drama of the song with His two arms.
CC Madhya 13.118: When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was dramatically enacting the
song, He would sometimes fall behind in the procession. At such times, Lord
Jagannatha would come to a standstill. When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu again went
forward, Lord Jagannatha's car would slowly start again.
CC Madhya 13.119: Thus there was a sort of competition between Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu and Lord Jagannatha in seeing who would lead, but Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu was so strong that He made Lord Jagannatha wait in His car.
CC Madhya 13.120: While Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was dancing, His ecstasy
changed. Raising His two arms, He began to recite the following verse in a
CC Madhya 13.121: "'That very personality who stole away my heart during my
youth is now again my master. These are the same moonlit nights of the month
of Caitra. The same fragrance of malati flowers is there, and the same sweet
breezes are blowing from the kadamba forest. In our intimate relationship, I
am also the same lover, yet still my mind is not happy here. I am eager to
go back to that place on the bank of the Reva under the Vetasi tree. That is
CC Madhya 13.122: This verse was recited by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu again
and again. But for Svarupa Damodara, no one could understand its meaning.
CC Madhya 13.123: I have already explained this verse. Now I shall simply
describe it in brief.
CC Madhya 13.124: Formerly, all the gopis of Vrndavana were very pleased
when they met with Krishna in the holy place Kuruksetra.
CC Madhya 13.125: Similarly, after seeing Lord Jagannatha, Shri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu awoke with the ecstasy of the gopis. Being absorbed in this
ecstasy, He asked Svarupa Damodara to sing the refrain.
CC Madhya 13.126: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spoke thus to Lord Jagannatha:
"You are the same Krishna, and I am the same Radharani. We are meeting again
in the same way that We met in the beginning of Our lives.
CC Madhya 13.127: "Although We are both the same, My mind is still attracted
to Vrndavana-dhama. I wish that You will please again appear with Your lotus
feet in Vrndavana.
CC Madhya 13.128: "In Kuruksetra there are crowds of people, elephants and
horses, and also the rattling of chariots. But in Vrndavana there are flower
gardens, and the humming of the bees and chirping of the birds can be heard.
CC Madhya 13.129: "Here at Kuruksetra You are dressed like a royal prince,
accompanied by great warriors, but in Vrndavana You appeared just like an
ordinary cowherd boy, accompanied only by Your beautiful flute.
CC Madhya 13.130: "Here there is not even a drop of the ocean of
transcendental happiness that I enjoyed with You in Vrndavana.
CC Madhya 13.131: "I therefore request You to come to Vrndavana and enjoy
pastimes with Me. If You do so, My ambition will be fulfilled."
CC Madhya 13.132: I have already described in brief Shrimati Radharani's
statement from Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
CC Madhya 13.133: In that ecstatic mood, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu recited
many other verses, but people in general could not understand their meaning.
CC Madhya 13.134: The meaning of those verses was known to Svarupa Damodara
Gosvami, but he did not reveal it. However, Shri Rupa Gosvami has broadcast
CC Madhya 13.135: While dancing, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began to recite the
following verse, which He tasted in the association of Svarupa Damodara
CC Madhya 13.136: " 'Dear Lord, whose navel is just
like a lotus flower, Your lotus feet are the only shelter for those who have
fallen into the deep well of material existence. Your feet are worshiped and
meditated upon by great mystic yogis and highly learned philosophers. We
wish that these lotus feet may also be awakened within our hearts, although
we are only ordinary persons engaged in household affairs.'"
CC Madhya 13.137: Speaking in the mood of Shrimati Radharani, Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu said, "For most people, the mind and heart are one, but because
My mind is never separated from Vrndavana, I consider My mind and Vrndavana
to be one. My mind is already Vrndavana, and since You like Vrndavana, will
You please place Your lotus feet there? I would deem that Your full mercy.
CC Madhya 13.138: "My dear Lord, kindly hear My true submission. My home is
Vrndavana, and I wish Your association there. But if I do not get it, then
it will be very difficult for Me to keep My life.
CC Madhya 13.139: "My dear Krishna, formerly, when You were staying in
Mathura, You sent Uddhava to teach Me speculative knowledge and mystic yoga.
Now You Yourself are speaking the same thing, but My mind doesn't accept it.
There is no place in My mind for jnana-yoga or dhyana-yoga. Although You
know Me very well, You are still instructing Me in jnana-yoga and
dhyana-yoga. It is not right for You to do so."
CC Madhya 13.140: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continued, "I would like to withdraw
My consciousness from You and engage it in material activities, but even
though I try, I cannot do so. I am naturally inclined to You only. Your
instructions for Me to meditate on You are therefore simply ludicrous. In
this way, You are killing Me. It is not very good for You to think of Me as
a candidate for Your instructions.
CC Madhya 13.141: "The gopis are not like the mystic yogis. They will never
be satisfied simply by meditating on Your lotus feet and imitating the
so-called yogis. Teaching the gopis about meditation is another kind of
duplicity. When they are instructed to undergo mystic yoga practice, they
are not at all satisfied. On the contrary, they become more and more angry
CC Madhya 13.142: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continued, "The gopis have fallen
into the great ocean of separation and are being devoured by the timingila
fish of their ambition to serve You. The gopis are to be delivered from the
mouths of these timingila fish, for they are pure devotees. Since they have
no material conception of life, why should they aspire for liberation? The
gopis do not want that liberation desired by yogis and jnanis, for they are
already liberated from the ocean of material existence.
CC Madhya 13.143: "It is amazing that You have forgotten the land of
Vrndavana. And how is it that You have forgotten Your father, mother and
friends? How have You forgotten Govardhana Hill, the bank of the Yamuna and
the forest where You enjoyed the rasa-lila dance?
CC Madhya 13.144: "Krishna, You are certainly a refined gentleman with all
good qualities. You are well-behaved, softhearted and merciful. I know that
there is not even a tinge of fault to be found in You. Yet Your mind does
not even remember the inhabitants of Vrndavana. This is only My misfortune,
and nothing else.
CC Madhya 13.145: "I do not care for My personal unhappiness, but when I see
the morose face of mother Yasoda and the hearts of all the inhabitants of
Vrndavana breaking because of You, I wonder whether You want to kill them
all. Or do You want to enliven them by coming there? Why are You simply
keeping them alive in a state of suffering?
CC Madhya 13.146: "The inhabitants of Vrndavana do not want You dressed like
a prince, nor do they want You to associate with great warriors in a
different country. They cannot leave the land of Vrndavana, and without Your
presence, they are all dying. What is their condition to be?
CC Madhya 13.147: "My dear Krishna, You are the life and soul of
Vrndavana-dhama. You are especially the life of Nanda Maharaja. You are the
only opulence in the land of Vrndavana, and You are very merciful. Please
come and let all the residents of Vrndavana live. Kindly keep Your lotus
feet again in Vrndavana."
CC Madhya 13.148: After hearing Shrimati Radharani's statements, Lord Krishna's
love for the inhabitants of Vrndavana was evoked, and His body and mind
became very much perturbed. After hearing of their love for Him, He
immediately thought Himself to be always indebted to the residents of
Vrndavana. Then Krishna began to pacify Shrimati Radharani as follows.
CC Madhya 13.149: "My dearest Shrimati Radharani, please hear Me. I am
speaking the truth. I cry day and night simply upon remembering all you
inhabitants of Vrndavana. No one knows how unhappy this makes Me."
CC Madhya 13.150: Shri Krishna continued: "All the inhabitants of
Vrndavana-dhama -- My mother, father, cowherd boyfriends and everything else
-- are like My life and soul. And among all the inhabitants of Vrndavana,
the gopis are My very life and soul. And among the gopis, You, Shrimati
Radharani, are the chief. Therefore You are the very life of My life.
CC Madhya 13.151: "My dear Shrimati Radharani, I am always subservient to the
loving affairs of all of you. I am under your control only. My separation
from you and residence in distant places have occurred due to My strong
CC Madhya 13.152: "When a woman is separated from the man she loves or a man
is separated from his beloved woman, neither of them can live. It is a fact
that they live only for each other, for if one dies and the other hears of
it, he or she will die also.
CC Madhya 13.153: "Such a loving, chaste wife and loving husband desire all
welfare for each other in separation and do not care for personal happiness.
Desiring only each other's well-being, such a pair certainly meet again
CC Madhya 13.154: "You are My most dear, and I know that in My absence You
cannot live for a moment. Just to keep You living, I worship Lord Narayana.
By His merciful potency, I come to Vrndavana every day to enjoy pastimes
with You. I then return to Dvaraka-dhama. Thus You can always feel My
presence there in Vrndavana.
CC Madhya 13.155: "Our love affair is more powerful because of My good
fortune in receiving Narayana's grace. This allows Me to come there unseen
by others. I hope that very soon I will be visible to everyone.
CC Madhya 13.156: "I have already killed all the mischievous demons who are
enemies of the Yadu dynasty, and I have also killed Kamsa and his allies.
But there are two or four demons still living. I want to kill them, and
after doing so I shall very soon return to Vrndavana. Please know this for
CC Madhya 13.157: "I wish to protect the inhabitants of Vrndavana from the
attacks of My enemies. That is why I remain in My kingdom; otherwise I am
indifferent to My royal position. Whatever wives, sons and wealth I maintain
in the kingdom are only for the satisfaction of the Yadus.
CC Madhya 13.158: "Your loving qualities always attract Me to Vrndavana.
Indeed, they will bring Me back within ten or twenty days, and when I return
I shall enjoy both day and night with You and all the damsels of
CC Madhya 13.159: While speaking to Shrimati Radharani, Krishna became very
anxious to return to Vrndavana. He made Her listen to a verse which banished
all Her difficulties and which assured Her that She would again attain
CC Madhya 13.160: Lord Shri Krishna said: "Devotional service unto Me is the
only way to attain Me. My dear gopis, whatever love and affection you have
attained for Me by good fortune is the only reason for My returning to you."
CC Madhya 13.161: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would sit in His room with Svarupa
Damodara and taste the topics of these verses day and night.
CC Madhya 13.162: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced completely absorbed in
ecstatic emotion. While looking at the face of Lord Jagannatha, He danced
and recited these verses.
CC Madhya 13.163: No one can describe the good fortune of Svarupa Damodara
Gosvami, for he is always absorbed in the service of the Lord with his body,
mind and words.
CC Madhya 13.164: The senses of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were identical
with the senses of Svarupa. Therefore Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to become
fully absorbed in tasting the singing of Svarupa Damodara.
CC Madhya 13.165: In emotional ecstasy, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would sometimes
sit on the ground and, looking down, would write on the ground with His
CC Madhya 13.166: Fearing that the Lord would injure His finger by writing
in this way, Svarupa Damodara checked Him with his own hand.
CC Madhya 13.167: Svarupa Damodara used to sing exactly according to the
ecstatic emotion of the Lord. Whenever a particular mellow was being tasted
by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Svarupa Damodara would personify it by singing.
CC Madhya 13.168: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu looked upon the beautiful
lotuslike face and eyes of Lord Jagannatha.
CC Madhya 13.169: Lord Jagannatha was garlanded, dressed with nice garments
and adorned with beautiful ornaments. His face was glittering from the rays
of sunshine, and the entire atmosphere was fragrant.
CC Madhya 13.170: An ocean of transcendental bliss expanded in the heart of
Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and symptoms of madness immediately
intensified like a hurricane.
CC Madhya 13.171: The madness of transcendental bliss created waves of
various emotions. The emotions appeared like opposing soldiers staging a
CC Madhya 13.172: There was an increase in all the natural emotional
symptoms. Thus there were awakening emotions, peacefulness, joined, mixed,
transcendental and prevalent emotions, and impetuses for emotion.
CC Madhya 13.173: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's body appeared like a
transcendental Himalayan mountain bearing ecstatic emotional flower trees,
all of them blooming.
CC Madhya 13.174: The sight of all these symptoms attracted everyone's mind
and consciousness. Indeed, the Lord sprinkled everyone's mind with the
nectar of transcendental love of Godhead.
CC Madhya 13.175: He sprinkled the minds of the servants of Lord Jagannatha,
the government officers, the pilgrim visitors, the general populace and all
the residents of Jagannatha Puri.
CC Madhya 13.176: Upon seeing the dancing and ecstatic love of Shri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu, everyone became astonished. In their hearts they became
infatuated with love of Krishna.
CC Madhya 13.177: Everyone danced and chanted in ecstatic love, and a great
noise resounded. Everyone was overwhelmed with transcendental bliss just to
see the dancing of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Madhya 13.178: Apart from the others, even Lord Jagannatha and Lord
Balarama, with great happiness, began to move very slowly upon seeing the
dancing of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Madhya 13.179: Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balarama sometimes stopped the
car and happily observed Lord Chaitanya's dancing. Anyone who was able to see
Them stop and watch the dancing bore witness to Their pastimes.
CC Madhya 13.180: When Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was dancing and
wandering in this way, He fell down in front of Maharaja Prataparudra.
CC Madhya 13.181: Maharaja Prataparudra picked the Lord up with great
respect, but upon seeing the King, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to His
CC Madhya 13.182: After seeing the King, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu condemned
Himself, saying, "Oh, how pitiful it is that I have touched a person who is
interested in mundane affairs!"
CC Madhya 13.183: Not even Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Kasisvara or Govinda took
care of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu when He fell down. Nityananda was in great
ecstasy, and Kasisvara and Govinda were elsewhere.
CC Madhya 13.184: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had already been satisfied by the
King's behavior, for the King had accepted the service of a sweeper for Lord
Jagannatha. Therefore Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu actually desired to see the
CC Madhya 13.185: However, just to warn His personal associates, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, externally expressed
feelings of anger.
CC Madhya 13.186: King Prataparudra became frightened when Lord Chaitanya
showed external anger, but Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya told the King, "Don't
CC Madhya 13.187: Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya informed the King, "The Lord is
very satisfied with you. By pointing you out, He was teaching His personal
associates how to behave with mundane people."
CC Madhya 13.188: Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya continued, "I shall submit your
petition when there is an opportune moment. It will then be easy for you to
come and meet the Lord."
CC Madhya 13.189: After circumambulating Jagannatha, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
went behind the car and began pushing it with His head.
CC Madhya 13.190: As soon as He pushed, the car immediately started to move,
making a rattling noise. The people all around began to chant the holy name
of the Lord, "Hari! Hari!"
CC Madhya 13.191: As the car began to move, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took His
personal associates in front of the cars occupied by Lord Balarama and
Subhadra, the goddess of fortune. Greatly inspired, He then began to dance
in front of them.
CC Madhya 13.192: After finishing the dance before Lord Baladeva and
Subhadra, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came before Lord Jagannatha's car. Upon
seeing Lord Jagannatha, He began to dance again.
CC Madhya 13.193: When they reached the place called Balagandi, Lord
Jagannatha stopped His car and began to look left and right.
CC Madhya 13.194: On the left side, Lord Jagannatha saw a neighborhood of
brahmanas and a coconut-tree grove. On the right side, He saw nice flower
gardens resembling those in the holy place Vrndavana.
CC Madhya 13.195: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His devotees were dancing in
front of the car, and Lord Jagannatha, having stopped the car, watched the
CC Madhya 13.196: It was customary that food be offered to the Lord at
vipra-sasana. Indeed, innumerable dishes of food were offered, and Lord
Jagannatha tasted each one of them.
CC Madhya 13.197: All kinds of devotees of Lord Jagannatha -- from neophytes
to the most advanced -- offered their best cooked food to the Lord.
CC Madhya 13.198: These devotees included the King, his queens, his
ministers and friends and all other big and small residents of Jagannatha
CC Madhya 13.199: All the visitors who had come from different countries to
Jagannatha Puri, as well as the local devotees, offered their personally
cooked food to the Lord.
CC Madhya 13.200: The devotees offered their food everywhere -- in front of
the car and behind it, on the two sides and within the flower garden.
Wherever possible, they made their offering to the Lord, for there were no
hard and fast rules.
CC Madhya 13.201: While the food was being offered, a large crowd of people
gathered. At that time Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stopped His dancing and went
to a nearby garden.
CC Madhya 13.202: Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu entered the garden and, immersed
in great ecstatic emotion, fell flat on a raised platform there.
CC Madhya 13.203: The Lord was very much fatigued from the hard labor of
dancing, and there was perspiration all over His body. He therefore enjoyed
the fragrant, cool breeze of the garden.
CC Madhya 13.204: All the devotees who had been performing sankirtana came
there and took rest under each and every tree.
CC Madhya 13.205: Thus I have described the great performance of
congregational chanting by Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as He danced in
front of Lord Jagannatha.
CC Madhya 13.206: In his prayer known as the Chaitanyastaka, Shrila Rupa
Gosvami has given a vivid description of the Lord's dancing before the car
CC Madhya 13.207: "Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced down the main road in
great ecstasy before Lord Jagannatha, the master of Nilacala, who was
sitting on His car. Overwhelmed by the transcendental bliss of dancing and
surrounded by Vaishnavas who sang the holy names, He manifested waves of
ecstatic love of Godhead. When will Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu again be visible
to my vision?"
CC Madhya 13.208: Anyone who hears this description of the car festival will
attain Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He will also attain the elevated state by
which he will have firm conviction in devotional service and love of
CC Madhya 13.209: Praying at the lotus feet of Shri Rupa and Shri Raghunatha,
always desiring their mercy, I, Krishnadasa, narrate Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita,
following in their footsteps.
Copyright (c) The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Ratha Yatra in Puri
At the height of Indian summer, right at the beginning of the Monsoon, the
Lord of Puri goes to his garden palace for the annual summer vacation.
Originally the festival has its foundation in the residents of Vrindavan
bringing back their Lords, Krishna, Balaram and Lady Subhadra from
Today in Puri He, the Lord of the Universe travels in some style from his
temple in Puri, to his garden temple, located outside the town centre called
Gundicha. Thousands of Hindus flock to see, and to pull the grand chariots
from one temple to the other. The English word "Jagannaut" comes from the
giant chariots of Lord Jagannath of Puri. The British were so stunned by the
size of the chariots, they coined a word for it!
In Puri, Lord Jagannath is worshipped with his elder brother Bala-Rama and
his sister Subhadra. Each sibling has his / her own chariot and goes to the
summer residence with great pomp. Each of the chariots is covered in
distinctly coloured cloth. Various symbols and signs help pilgrims
distinguish between the three gods. As a mark of respect, and humbleness,
the king of Puri sweeps the chariots of the Gods of Puri. Festival begins
with a huge fanfare of conches, trumpets, drums and cymbals. Accompanied by music and dancers, the divine travellers begin their journey to the garden
In order to accommodate the three chariots, the street leading from the main
temple to the garden temple is very wide. Temples, ashrams, hotels, inns,
shops and mansions of the old aristocracy line the route. All buildings are
colourfully decorated with flags, buntings and awnings of bright colours.
Ladies in colourful saries crowd the balconies, doors and windows decked
with flowers. Men and women rush to pull the chariots along this main street
of Puri. This is an exciting time in Puri. The Lord who is rarely glimpsed
outside his inner sanctum, is now easily accessible to everyone in the
streets of Puri !
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, away from the innumerable
temple servants, away from their spouses, the siblings enjoy their
"Vrindavan-like" garden retreat. The temple routine in the garden temple is
very much relaxed compared to the main temple. Various festivities and fun
are planned for their short stay in this leafy abode. ( Depending on the
lunar cycle, this festival can last anywhere from 1 - 2 weeks. )
As the Lord has only taken his brother and his sister on this holiday, the
wives are left at home! Alone and brooding, Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of
wealth), seeks help from Goddess Vimala to get their husband back.
Travelling by night, in a closed palanquin, she arrives at the garden temple
of the Lord. She enchants the Lord and entreats him to return.
A few days later, Lord returns to his city temple. Though delighted, goddess
Lakshmi orders the temple doors to be shut in His face - in the vain hope of
teaching Him a lesson! In the conversation that follows, female attendants
(dev-dasi) of the Goddess blame the Lord of being inconsiderate, "Jack the
Lad", taking His wife for granted and being far too easily led by the
in-laws (sounds familiar?).
The mood of the sevaks in Puri is that Jagannath is their friend as opposed
to Him being their Master, as in other lilas. In many cases the residents of
Purushottam Shri Kshetra make many comparission with their own lives in
dealing with Jagannath. These intimacies reflect the overall mood, and carry
the tradition of heritage of Jagannath's original coming to Puri many
thousands of years before and the wonderful pastimes of the saintly
Indradyumna maharaj vision of the Lord, Visvavasu the Sabara's attachment to the Lord as Nila Madhav, and finally the mystical appearance of the
Dharu-Brahma from which the first Deities were carved by the architect of
the devas Vishvakarma, the mystical carrying of the log by the descendant of Visvavasu (Virabhadra) that many elephants and men could not budge. Such wonderful depictive pastimes make one's hair stand in horipulations at their recitation.
Today in Puri Lord's servants explain that He really had no choice, as they
bring Him back that He went against His will, He still loves Her deeply and
respects Her enormously!! Eventually, the Lord offers the female
gate-keepers bribess and enters the inner sanctum to pacify the Goddess
Lakshmi. Such are the dramas of a married man's life! The next day, Lord and
the Goddess once again appear in the public, reconciled and as loving as
ever. Lord's summer vacation is over, and life in the great temple returns
to its age old routine.
Of all the festivals, the Ratha Yatra of Jagannatha is the most famous. This
takes place on the second day of the waxing phase of the moon of the ashadha month. Jagannatha ordered King Indradyumna to take him to his birth place, the Gundica Mandira (symbolically Vrindavana), on this day.
Jagannatha's ratha is marked with a cakra and garuda, is yellow in color,
with four white horses. The protecting deity is Nrsimha.
Baladeva's cart is blue, with a palm tree insignia, and four black horses.
The protecting deity is Sesa.
Subhadra's cart is black, with lotus insignia, protected by Vanadurga.
Sudarsana is carried out first and placed on Subhadra's cart. In succession
Subhadra, Baladeva, and Jagannatha are moved to their carts using silk
ropes. After being situated on their carts they are decorated and
worshipped. Midway on the journey, the carts stop, the deities are bathed in
pancamrta and cool water, and naivedyam and aratrika are offered. On arrival
at the Gundica Mandira, aratrika is offered, and then the deities enter the
temple for rest.
On the fifth day of the lunar month, called Hera (looking for) Pancami,
Laksmi comes looking for Jagannatha with Siva and her maid servants. When
the servants of Jagannatha see her at the first gate of the Gundica Mandira,
they close the door of Jagannatha's bhoga mandira so that she cannot see
him. She becomes angry and breaks a piece of Jagannatha's ratha. After
taking a meal she returns to the main temple.
On the ninth day of the moon, the return Ratha Yatra takes place, and Laksmi and her servants come to meet Jagannatha. Jagannatha gives her his garland to appease her.
Several days later on dvadasi, Laksmi closes the temple doors in anger and
her servants quarrel with Jagannatha's servants. After Jagannatha concedes
defeat, the doors are opened again.
Such is the reverance, the fun, the mysticism, and overall bliss of
Rathyatra in Jagannath Puri.