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Title: Nityananda Gauranga Deities in Every Home

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-01-21 17:27:21






Shrila Prabhupada in Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi 8.31 purport:


"Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura remarks in this connection that if

one takes shelter of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda, follows

Their instructions to become more tolerant than the tree and humbler than

the grass, and in this way chants the holy name of the Lord, very soon he

achieves the platform of transcendental loving service to the Lord, and

tears appear in his eyes. There are offenses to be considered in chanting

the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, but there are no such considerations in chanting

the names of Gaura-Nityananda. Therefore, if one chants the Hare Krishna

maha-mantra but his life is still full of sinful activities, it will be very

difficult for him to achieve the platform of loving service to the Lord. But

if in spite of being an offender one chants the holy names of

Gaura-Nityananda, he is very quickly freed from the reactions to his

offenses. Therefore, one should first approach Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda,

or worship Guru-Gauranga, and then come to the stage of worshiping

Radha-Krishna. In our Krishna consciousness movement, our students are first

advised to worship Guru-Gauranga, and then, when they are somewhat advanced,

the Radha-Krishna Deity is installed, and they are engaged in the worship of

the Lord.{.}


"For an ordinary man, worship of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu or the

Panca-tattva is easier than worship of Radha and Krishna. Unless one is very

fortunate, he should not be induced to worship Radha-Krishna directly. A

neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not

indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the Hare

Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One

should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without

false prestige. Since everyone within this material world is more or less

influenced by sinful activities, in the beginning it is essential that one

take to the worship of Guru-Gauranga and ask their favor, for thus despite

all his disqualifications one will very soon become qualified to worship the

Radha-Krishna vigraha."


"If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called Arcana Siddhi.

Arcana Siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead,

immediately after this life. So this Arcana Siddhi program is given in the

Narada Pancaratra especially for the householders. Householders cannot

undergo strict disciplinary activities of austerity, therefore for every

householder the path of Arcana Siddhi is very much recommended. According to

Vedic system, all householders are ordered to keep Deity at home and follow

strictly the worshipment process. That makes the home pure, body pure, mind

pure, and quickly promotes one to the pure platform of spiritual life." (SP

Letter to: Himavati, Hawaii, 18 March, 1969)


"One after another, Deity worship should be practiced by everyone. That

cleanses the contaminated body very nicely." (SP Letter to: Hamsaduta, San

Francisco, 19 September, 1968)


"The thing is, Deity worship is compulsory, and you can increase if you have

got time to do so. But Mangala aratrik is essential (morning arati), and

Sandhya aratrik (evening aratri) is essential, and offering of Prasadam to

Deity is essential. And nice dress, decorating the Deity with sweet-smelling

flowers, colorful and very opulent dresses, jewels, incense, etc, to make

Them very brilliant and attractive, that is real Deity worship." (SP Letter

to: Jadurani, Los Angeles, 14 December, 1968)


"It is very nice that all the men should participate in deity-worship, this

will sanctify their all other work." (SP Letter to: Himavati, Delhi, 17

November, 1971)




Room Conversation with Shrila Prabhupada, February 2, 1977, Bhubaneshwar:

Prabhupada: So you teach them that before Gaura-Nitai, let them chant Hare

Krishna and take prasadam.

Yugadharma: Yes. I would like to do this in Laguna Beach on the highway.

Prabhupada: And if you do this, it will be great service, great service.

They can take Gaura-Nitai at home. So let them offer vegetarian food to

Gaura-Nitai and then take it. If you can introduce home to home, it will be

great service.{.}

Yugadharma: Because they are very interested in these little figures.

Prabhupada: Yes. So if you can do that, it will be very nice.

Yugadharma: How about Radha-Krishna also?

Prabhupada: Radha-Krishna not now.

Yugadharma: Not now.

Prabhupada: No. When they have actually advanced and initiated and following

strictly the Vaishnava principles, then Radha-Krishna. And Gaura-Nitai, they

can worship in any condition.{.}

Prabhupada: At least if they see and chant Hare Krishna that will make them

advance. Chanting of Hare Krishna maha-mantra before Gaura-Nitai will make

them very quickly advanced in spiritual consciousness. Very quickly. There

is no offense. He does not take any offenses. Whatever little service they

do, it is accepted by Gaura-Nitai. Papi tapi yata chilo, hari-name

uddharilo. So if you can do this, it will be very nice. Let them at least

keep Gaura-Nitai there in their room. They'll see. That will be benefit. And

if they offer little respect and offer prasadam and chant Hare Krishna, oh

then what to...? It will be very nice. Otherwise, if they simply see the

Gaura-Nitai pair, they will advance.

Yugadharma: Because there is no one actually doing this as far as I know on

the Western part of that country.

Prabhupada: Therefore I have encouraged him to prepare Gaura-Nitai and

nicely dress. They can be sold.


Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:


In the above conversation, Shrila Prabhupada is repeatedly stressing that it

will be a very great service if the Deities of Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga

are somehow introduced in every home in the world. This will be big step in

fulfilling the prediction of Lord Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Himself that His

Name, Glories and Worship will spread in every village, town and city of the

world during the next 10,000 years of Kali-yuga. When Shri Shri

Nityananda-Gauranga will enter the homes of the fortunate conditioned souls,

then they will remember to chant the names of Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga

and the maha-mantra atleast once a day and regularly have a chance to see

Them also. Simply by this activity they will become free from all the

mountains of their offenses and pure love for will come searching after

them as per the statements of Thakura Bhaktivinoda. So let us make an

endeavour to put the most attractive Deities of Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga

in all the homes on this planet and thurn all the houses into Vaikuntha!




"You can also establish the kirtana hall on the farm and install Gaura Nitai

Deities. Gaura Nitai can be established anywhere, and it is simple to

worship Them simply chant before Their Lordships. He doesn't mind that you

have not decorated very nicely, but if you chant and dance He is very

pleased." (SP Letter to: Madhudvisa, Melbourne, 21 April, 1976)




"{.}if you like to install Gaura-Gauranga, Gaura-Nitai, or simply Gaura

Deity, He is also very liberal and will forgive and tolerate any service

offered to Him even by Jagai and Madhai." (SP Letter to Gunagrahi: New York,

3 July, 1972)




"Regarding the worship of our Gaura-Nitai by women pujaris, we worship Lord

Chaitanya in His householder life when He was with His wife, and not as a

sannyasi. So, it is alright for women to do this service. But, besides this,

service is spiritual and there can be no material designation." (SP Letter

to: Amsu: Vrindaban, 13 August, 1974)




"Unless we have got sufficient experienced devotees we shall not install

Radha Krishna or Jagannatha Deities. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is very kind and


lenient. Simply chanting of Hare Krishna will please Him. But when we have

Deities like Radha Krishna or Jagannatha we must strictly follow the

regulative principles of Arcana." (SP Letter to: Hamsaduta, Los Angeles, 22

June, 1970)


"If there is scarcity of such qualifies pujaris, each center should be

satisfied only by worshipping Panca Tattva of Lord Chaitanya by performance

of Sankirtana." (SP Letter to: Damodara, Los Angeles, 1 July, 1970)





Devotee 8: Shrila Prabhupada, many people who live outside the temple have

Jagannatha Deities and..Prabhupada: "Better Gaura-Nitai Deities." (Morning

Walk with Shrila Prabhupada, May 22, 1975, Melbourne)




"So long as there is Guru-Gauranga worship, Yamuna Prabhu may act as pujari.

Otherwise, one must be initiated to tend the Deity." (SP Letter to:

Rsabhdeva, Bombay, 25 March, 1971)




"Regarding your questions about Gaura Nitai Deity worship: Yes, it is all

right Gaura Nitai may wear turbans as well as crowns. You ask what they may

wear in the evening-they can wear different dresses or night clothing just

as Krishna is dressed. Make a small symbolical bed and give Them rest in that

way. Bathe the Deities mentally by mantra and not by pouring upon them." (SP

Letter to: Gunagrahi, Mayapur, 20 June, 1973)




"Regarding Gaura Nitai deities either wood, stone or metal, it is all

right." (SP Letter to: Govinda, Bhaktivedanta Manor, 28 July, 1973)

"Regarding the idea of getting 36" nim wood Gaura Nitai from Calcutta, that

is very good. Or if somebody can carve them locally, that will also be very

nice." (SP Letter to: Hari-sauri, Bombay 1 May, 1977)


"For Lord Chaitanya, yellowish marble or white marble should be used. If

yellowish golden colored marble is available, that is very nice." (SP Letter

to: Syamasundara, Los Angeles, 15 July, 1969)


"I am so glad to note that Shri Gaura-Nitai Deities are already finished. The

color is molten gold or bright yellow resembling golden color but don't

apply gold paint. The eyes should be nicely painted." (SP Letter to:

Govinda, Calcutta, 28 May, 1971)



(30 minutes daily)


The following method for daily Deity worship is a simplified and minimum

method for worshiping Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga and should be accompanied

by profuse sankirtana (atleast once in a day) in front of the Deities. This

simplified method (only 30 minutes daily) is given to encourage devotees and

all people in general to take up the worship Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga

Deities in their home as per the keen desire of Shrila Prabhupada (expressed

in the quotes given in this book). The direct processes of the

bhagavata-marga like chanting, hearing, reading, book distribution,

preaching, attending the satsanga programs etc. should be performed by all

householders along with this Deity worship.




Before Waking the Deities, Bhoga Offering, Arati etc. do acamana and pranama

as follows:


Acamana, or sipping water, is a means of purification. As immersing the body

in water brings about physical and subtle cleansing, so taking water infused

with mantras into the body by sipping performs a similar function. Thus

where purification is required but it is inconvenient to bathe, acamana is



Always perform acamana before entering the Deity room to worship the Lord.

Sit on a proper sitting place (asana). If there is no asana, kneel with your

right knee touching the floor and your left foot flat on the floor.

With an acamana-patra filled with pure cool water, clean both hands by

sprinkling them with water. Then sprinkle water from the acamana cup on your

feet and the surrounding area.


Offer dandavat obeisances to your spiritual master (Shri Guru) and Shrila

Prabhupada reciting their Pranama prayers, and pray for their blessings to

worship the Lord.


Then chant Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga pranama mantras while offering

dandavat obeisances as given below:


Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga-pranama


vande shri-krishna-chaitanya-nityanandau sahoditau

gaudodaye puspavantau citrau sam-dau tamo-udau


(Translations are included just for reference) "I offer my respectful

obeisances unto Lord Shri Gauranga and Lord Shri Nityananda, who are like the

sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to

dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction

upon all.


(Two Optional Pranama Mantras)


Shri Nityananda-pranama


nityanandam aham naumi sarvananda-karam param

hari-nama-pradam devam avadhuta-siromanim


"I bow down to the Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu, who is the awarder of the

highest joy to all, the bestower of the holy name and the crest jewel of all

paramahamsa mendicants."


Shri Gauranga pranama


namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te

krishnaya krishna-chaitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah


"O most munificent incarnation Gauranga! You are Shri Krishna Himself appearing

as Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden complexion of

Shrimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We

offer our respectful obeisances unto You."


Alongwith the pranama-mantras for Shri Guru and Shrila Prabhupada, one can

chant all the above three pranama mantras for Shri Shri Nityananda-Gaurangawhile offering obeisances.


Then perform simple (sadharana) acamana:


Sit on an asana; with a small spoon take some water from the acamana-patra

and sprinkle it on your hands and feet.


Chant om kesavaya namah directed into that water; and sip the water from the

brahma-tirtha (base of the thumb) of your right hand.

Chant om narayanaya namah directed into that water; sip water from the

brahma-tirtha of your right hand.

Chant om madhavaya namah directed into that water; sip water from the

brahma-tirtha of your right hand.

Clean your right hand (for having been touched by your lips) with a few

drops of water from the acamana-patra, throwing the water aside.

The above procedure of pranama and acamana is to be followed before

beginning any kind of services to the Nityananda-Gauranga Deities.



(5 minutes)


1. After bathing, dressing, applying tilaka (in 12 places on the body),

offer obeisances to guru, Shrila Prabhupada and Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga

and do acamana as above. The Deities should be waken up not very early and

not too late. Ideally around one to one and half hours before sunrise


2. While ringing a bell, call out Jaya Shri-Shri-Nityananda-Gauranga! and turn

on the altar lights.

3. While ringing a small bell with your left hand, approach Shri Guru's and

Shrila Prabhupada's picture and touch their lotus feet with your right hand,

and chant:

uttisthottistha shri-guro tyaja nidram krpa-maya

"O all-merciful spiritual master, please rise from sleep."

4. Follow a similar procedure for waking the Deities:

Approach Lord Shri Nityananda, touch His lotus feet, and chant:

uttistha jahnavesvara yoga-nidram tyaja prabho

namno hatte divya-namam su-sraddhartham vitarasi

"O Nityananda Prabhu, Lord of Jahnava, please arise and give up Your divine

sleep. At the marketplace of the holy name You distribute the divine names

of Gauranga and Krishna, asking only for one's faith in payment."

5. Approach Lord Shri Gauranga, touch His lotus feet, and chant:

uttisthottistha gauranga jahi nidram mahaprabho

subha-drsti-pradanena trailokya-mangalam kuru

"O Lord Gauranga, please rise from sleep and bless the three worlds with

Your auspicious and merciful sidelong glance."

Then touch the lotus feet of Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga and ask Them to

rise from bed. (If the Guru and Deities are not put physically in beds,

mentally visualize that They have rested in bed and are now rising from it.)

5. Offer, or meditate on offering water for Their Lordships to sip


(If possible, offer sweets at this time in the same way as in the bhoga

offering procedure given later. This may be done sometimes whenever possible

if not possible everyday.)



 (10 minutes)


You should worship the Deities with arati and kirtana at least once a day

(either mangala-arati or noon arati or sandhya-arati). (If possible, it can

be done twice-morning and evening and if possible you should also offer

dhupa-arati after the midday bhoga offering.)

If possible get Tulasidevi inside near the altar during arati and offer her

incense, lamp & flowers.

Perform acamana & pranama and do arati.

While standing on an asana and ringing a bell, present the incense first to

your spiritual master by waving it in three or seven graceful circles, and

then present it to Shrila Prabhupada in the same manner. Arati paraphernalia

should be offered gracefully, in a meditative mood. Offer all the items,

except the camara and fan, by moving them in clockwise circles while ringing

a bell with your left hand (above waist level), fixing your attention on the


o Incense: offer four circles to the lotus feet, two circles to the navel,

and then offer seven circles to the Lord's whole body.

o Lamp(s): offer four circles to the lotus feet, two circles to the navel,

and three circles to the Lord's face; then offer seven circles to the Lord's

whole body.

o Arghya in a conch: offer three circles to the Lord's head and seven

circles to the whole body of the Lord. Then pour a small amount of the

offered arghya into the visarjaniya-patra (small throw-out pot) before

proceeding to offer arghya to the next personality. (Arati arghya: plain or

scented water).

o Cloth: offer seven times around the Lord's body.

o Flowers: offer seven times around the Lord's body.

o Camara: wave before the Lord a suitable number of times. *

o Fan: wave before the Lord a suitable number of times.

You may give out the lamp(s) to the assembled devotees immediately after

offering them to the Deities; it is traditional in many temples, to avoid

interrupting the arati, to distribute arghya water and flowers at the end of

the arati, after blowing the conch.

Upacara-mantras for Arati

The mantras for each item are as follows:

o Incense: esa dhupah and the mula-mantra

o Camphor and ghee lamps: esa dipah and the mula-mantra

o Water in a conchshell: idam arghyam and the mula-mantra

o Cloth: idam vastram and the mula-mantra

o Flowers: etani puspani and the mula-mantra (idam puspam if offering a

single flower)

o Camara: esa camara-seva and the mula-mantra

o Fan: esa vyajana-seva and the mula-mantra

Mula-mantra Lord Shri Nityananda: klim nityanandaya namah

Mula-mantra Lord Shri Gauranga: klim gauraya namah

After completing the arati, blow the conch three times outside the Deity

room, as at the beginning of the arati. Then distribute the arghya and

flower prasada to the assembled devotees.

Then with joined palms offer pranama prayers softly to your spiritual master

and Their Lordships. Next remove the arati paraphernalia from the Deity

room, clean the area and articles, and at last offer dandavat-pranamas

(prostrated obeisances) outside the Deity room. Arati should be accompanied

by kirtana. If no one is there to do kirtana, then a tape of the

corresponding arati (like mangala-arati, sandhya-arati should be played.)

BHOGA OFFERING (10 minutes)

While arati you may perform once a day, all the food prepared at home should

be offered to Shri Shri Gaura-Nitai.

While it is not expected that home worship be strictly punctual, it is best

to keep as regular a schedule as possible. Whatever food one prepares for

oneself and others must be offered to the Deities, so the number of

offerings may vary; however, one should have a set number of offerings in

the day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for example) to which the family

cooking schedule is oriented.

1. Offer obeisances to Shri Guru, Shrila Prabhupada and Shri Shri

Nityananda-Gauranga and perform acamana. On a plate reserved for the Lord's

use, nicely arrange the bhoga preparations.. Put a tulasi leaf on each

preparation. Set the offering plate in front of the Deities, either directly

on the altar or on a table before the altar. Arrange for the Lord to eat in

private, perhaps by putting up a curtain before the altar.

2. With your right hand purify the bhoga by sprinkling it lightly with water

from a panca-patra while chanting the maha-mantra.

3. Sitting on an asana before the altar and ringing a bell, recite three

times each, the pranama prayer(s) to Shri Guru, Shrila Prabhupada, begging

permission to assist them in their service to the Lord:

1) Guru-pranama-mantra (if one is initiated).

2) nama om visnu-padaya krishna-presthaya bhu-tale

shrimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine


"I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta

Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at

His lotus feet.

"Our respectful obeisances unto you, O spiritual master, servant of

Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

(3) Chant the following prayer to Lord Chaitanya three times, requesting His


namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te

krishnaya krishna-chaitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah

O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Shri Krishna

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Shrimati Radharani,

and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful

obeisances unto You.

(4) Chant the following prayer three times, offering respect to Lord Krishna:

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca

jagad-dhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namah

I offer my obeisances again and again to Lord Krishna, who is always worshiped

by qualified brahmanas and is very dear to them. He is always concerned with

the welfare of the cows, the brahmanas, and the whole universe, and He gives

pleasure to the cows, land, and senses.

(5) Recite the Nitai mantra: klim jahnavi-vallabhaya svaha (three times)

Recite the Gaura Mantra: klim gauraya namah (three times)

(6) Leave the room for ten minutes, allowing the Lord and His associates

(including Shri Guru, Shrila Prabhupada, the previous acaryas and Shri Shri

Nityananda-Gauranga) to eat.

(During this you may chant the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga and the Hare Krishna mantra and other Vaishnava songs.)

5. Re-enter the room, clapping the hands three times. Remove the plate,

praying that you have served the Lord and His associates to Their full


After lunch in the noon, (followed by a dhupa-arati if possible) the Deities

should be put to rest, at least by meditation, and They should be closed

from view in the afternoon. Also, if the Deities reside in your living room,

amid various family activities, you may need to close the Deity curtains at

other times of the day. When the Deities are visible, make sure They are

offered proper respect. You may offer breakfast, lunch, and the evening meal

in the same manner.

After offering the food to the Lord, you may distribute the prasadam to all

who are present and you may recite the prayer 'sarira abidya-jal' by Shrila

Bhaktivinoda Thakura (found in the song book).




1. Offer obeisances to guru, Shrila Prabhupada and Shri Shri

Nityananda-Gauranga and perform acamana.

2. Remove Their ornaments and garlands and mentally change the Deities'

dress to nightclothes.

3. Mentally arrange the Deities' beds and invite Their Lordships to take

rest either mentally or by reciting the following verses (optional):

For Lord Gauranga, chant the following verse:

agaccha visrama-sthanam sva-ganaih saha gauranga

ksanam visramya sukhena lilaya vihara prabho

O Lord Gauranga, please come to Your resting place along with Your

associates. O Lord, rest comfortably for a moment, enjoying Your pastimes.

Then chant this prayer to Lord Nityananda:

agaccha sayana-sthanam nityananda jagad-guro

tava rupe maha-visnor anante sayanam kuru

O spiritual master of the universe, Lord Nityananda, please come to Your

place of rest. In Your form of Maha-Vishnu, please rest upon the

thousand-headed serpent known as Sesa.

Then you may chant the following prayers:

sadhu vasadhu va karma yad yad acaritam maya

tat sarvam bhagavan visno grhanaradhanam param

apam samipe sayanasane grhe

diva ca ratrau ca yatha ca gacchata

yad asti kincit sukrtam krtam maya

janardanas tena krtena tusyatu

O Lord, please accept all I have done, whether complete or incomplete, as if

it were the best kind of worship. O Lord Janardana, if I have performed any

pious deeds, please be satisfied with what I have done during the day or

night, while sitting or moving, in the house or outside.

Follow the same procedure for putting Shri Guru and Shrila Prabhupada to rest,

with the guru-mula-mantra, and then chant:

agaccha sayana-sthanam sva-ganaih saha shri-guro

O spiritual master, please come to your resting place, along with all your


4. Lay Them down in Their beds and visualize that you are massaging Their


5. Finally, offer obeisances (pranama mantras) and turn off the lights.




If you cannot physically bathe the Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga Deities every

day, you should do so regularly-at least once every two weeks (preferably on

Ekadashi), especially if They are metal Deities who need polishing. At that

time it is best to worship Them using actual paraphernalia, to dress Them

and offer Them flowers, and so on.

Basic Procedure every Ekadashi:

1. Gather all the required paraphernalia and arrange it neatly and

conveniently for performing the worship. Make sure you have everything you

need so that you will not have to interrupt the worship to get something.

2. Sit on an asana and perform acamana; then lightly sprinkle yourself, the

area, and the paraphernalia with water from the panca-patra, chanting the

Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mantra.

3. Offer worship to Shri Guru and Shrila Prabhupada as follows: Ringing a bell

with your left hand, offer flowers dipped in sandalwood paste at their lotus

feet. Beg for their blessings to perform the worship of Shri Shri


4. Offer worship to Nityananda-Gauranga as follows:

o Invite Their Lordships to the bathing receptacle with a gesture of the

hands, remove Their clothing, clean Them with a damp cloth, and cover Them

with gamchas. If the Deities are metal, polish Them at this time, using a

cloth to apply almond paste or powdered gopi-candana mixed with a little

lemon juice. Avoid the eyes and painted areas. Clean off the gopi-candana or

paste with a soft, damp cloth.

o Ringing a bell in your left hand, pour water over Their Lordships from a

conch held in your right hand. Fill the conch at least three times.

Chant the Brahma-samhita prayers while bathing Them:

cintamani-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vrksa-

laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayantam


govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor, who is tending

cows yielding all desires among abodes built with spiritual gems and

surrounded by millions of desire trees. He is always served with great

reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of laksmis, or gopis.

venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam

barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam


govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept at playing on His flute,

who has eyes like the petals of a blooming lotus, whose head is bedecked

with a peacock feather, who has a figure of beauty tinged with the hue of

blue clouds, and whose unique loveliness is charming millions of Cupids.

o Dry the Deities with towels, dress Them, and offer ornaments and garlands.

o Ringing a bell, offer flowers and tulasi leaves (if available) with

candana to Their Lordships lotus feet; then offer incense and a ghee or

camphor lamp.

o Ringing a bell and chanting the prayers for offering bhoga (as described

above), offer some fruit and/or sweets and drinking water.

o Offer obeisances and beg forgiveness for any offenses you may have

commited in the worship.

o Finally, clear away the paraphernalia used in the worship. At this time

you may offer a simple darsana-arati with incense, flowers, and camara-or

simply camara-while playing a recording of the Govindam song.


Based on the conversation of Shrila Prabhupada with Yugadharma Prabhu quoted

in the beginning of the book, we can come to the following conclusion:

If one cannot follow this full simplified procedure, then atleast one can

peform kirtana and offer one arati and all the cooked food daily to

Nityananda-Gauranga. If one can't even do that then kirtana, arati and one

bhoga offering daily. If that is also not possible then kirtana and one

bhoga offering daily. If that is also difficult then Shri Shri

Nityananda-Gauranga can be pleased simply by kirtana. If kirtana is also not

possible daily, then one can atleast have the most purifying and auspicious

darsana of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga. Even this will

ensure our tremendous and rapid spiritual advancement according Shrila

Prabhupada. So what to speak of those who perform the full worship? Whatever

is the case, no one should hesitate any longer to bring the Deities of Shri

Shri Nityananda-Gauranga in their homes. Then the purpose of this book will

be fulfilled.

One can hold gaura-katha or krishna-katha satsanga programs with profuse

sankirtana in one's home for the pleasure of Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga by

inviting devotees (especially pure devotees) once every week / fortnight /

month / three months / six months or atleast once every year as per one's

capacity. This will also help to make the neighbourhood Krishna conscious and

they will all get the chance to see Nityananda-Gauranga.

Some devotees (especially grhasthas) should take up this service of making

beautiful Gaura-Nitai Deities and devise ways and means to put Them in

everyone's homes.




Regarding your idea of having an installation ceremony for the Deities, it

is very good suggestion, and you may also have the sacrificial fire. The

Deities should be bathed with milk, and while bathing, They must have

covering of thin cotton cloth, and the whole Body and the clothing should be

wet by pouring the milk. You can see the picture of this in the new Back To

Godhead, and perhaps you saw the ceremony when it was held in New York. The

Deities should be decorated with sufficient flowers and nice gorgeous

dresses and ornaments. Beforehand, you should polish the Bodies with a

mixture of tamorind pulp and fullers earth. Apply the pulp on the Bodies,

then rub it and then polish nicely with tissue paper. This will gave a very

good shine. Then bath the Deities with milk, and dress very nicely with

ornaments, and place Them on the throne with flowers, candles, etc. The

throne, if possible, should be coated with silver sheets, and the canopy

should be red velvet with gold embroidered work. Before the Deities, on the

staircase, there may be some silver polished cups, pitchers, etc. I think

the Deities have already helmets and peacock feathers and hair to be dressed

with. If not, make arrangements for this also. I do not know how big is the

throne, but if it is very big, then within the throne there may be a raised

seat to accommodate the Deities. On the whole, everything should be very

gorgeous; then it will be successful. (Letter to: Satsvarupa, Los Angeles,

12 February, 1969)

Prabhupada: You go on with your mantra. You can perform bathing ceremony.

(chants Brahma-samhita and Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila slokas responsively

for installation of Gaura-Nitai Deities) That's all. Now what is next?

 What are the regulative principles? (Initiations,

Detroit, June 15, 1976)

Regarding the installation of Gaura-Nitai deities, weather it be a GBC man,

president, or sannyasi it does not matter. The important thing is that he be

a senior qualified man. That is the most important thing. (Letter to:

Karandhara, Auckland, 21 February, 1973)

The Deities should be facing East. (Letter to: Kirtanananda, Sydney, 18

February, 1973)




Along with the singing the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga, and Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, a devotee can sing the following songs for the pleasure of Their Lordships Nityananda Gauranga:

Savarana Shri Gaura Pada Padme

Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu

A Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Shri Gauranga,

From Prarthana,

By Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura


 shri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu doya koro more

toma bina ke doyalu jagat-samsare

1) O Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, please be merciful upon me. There is no

one more merciful than You in this world of birth and death.


ha ha prabhu nityananda, premananda sukhi

krpabalokana koro ami boro duhkhi

2) "My dear Lord Nityananda, You are always supremely blissful in unlimited

transcendental happiness. Since You are always intoxicated with the bliss

of pure love for Lord Gauranga, I have come to You because I am most

distressed, revolving in the 8.4 million species for millions of lives. If

You kindly put Your causelessly merciful glance upon me, I may also become

happy and float in the nectarean ocean of pure love for Lord Gauranga."


doya koro sita-pati adwaita gosai

tava krpa-bale pai chaitanya-nitai

3) O Advaita Gosvami, husband of Sita, be merciful unto me. On the strength

of Your unlimited and causeless mercy one can attain the lotus feet of Lord

Gauranga and Lord Nityananda.


ha ha swarup, sanatana, rupa, raghunatha

bhatta-juga, shri-jiva ha prabhu lokanatha

4) O Svarupa Damodara, Sanatana Gosvami, Rupa Gosvami, Raghunatha Gosvami, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami and Lokanatha Gosvami!


doya koro shri-acarya prabhu shrinivasa

ramacandra-sanga mage narottama-dasa

5) My dear master and friend, Shrinivasa Acarya, please be merciful to me.

Narottama dasa simply begs the association of Ramacandra Chakravarti.




(from Gitavali)


(kiba) jaya jaya goracander aratiko sobha

jahnavi-tata-vane jaga-mana-lobha


(First Refrain)

gauranger arotik sobha


1) All glories, all glories to the beautiful arati ceremony of Lord

Chaitanya. This Gaura-arati is taking place in a grove on the banks of the

Jahnavi  and is attracting the minds of all living entities in the



dakhine nitaicand, bame gadadhara

nikate adwaita, shrinivasa chatra-dhara

2) On Lord Chaitanya's right side is Lord Nityananda, and on His left is Shri

Gadadhara. Nearby stands Shri Advaita, and Shrivasa Thakura is holding an

umbrella over Lord Chaitanya's head.


bosiyache goracand ratna-simhasane

arati koren brahma-adi deva-gane

3) Lord Chaitanya has sat down on a jeweled throne, and the demigods, headed

by Lord Brahma, perform the arati ceremony.


narahari-adi kori' camara dhulaya

sanjaya-mukunda-basu-ghos-adi gaya

4) Narahari Sarakara and other associates of Lord Chaitanya fan Him with

camaras, and devotees headed by Sanjaya Pandita, Mukunda Datta, and Vasu

Ghosa sing sweet kirtana.


sankha baje ghanta baje baje karatala

madhura mrdanga baje parama rasala

(Second Refrain)

sankha baje ghanta baje

madhur madhur madhur baje

5) Conchshells, bells, and karatalas resound, and the mrdangas play very

sweetly. This kirtana music is supremely sweet and relishable to hear.


bahu-koti candra jini' vadana ujjvala

gala-dese bana-mala kore jhalamala

6) The brilliance of Lord Chaitanya's face conquers millions upon millions of

moons, and the garland of forest flowers around His neck shines.


siva-suka-narada preme gada-gada

bhakativinoda dekhe gorara sampada

7) Lord Siva, Sukadeva Gosvami, and Narada Muni are all there, and their

voices are choked with the ecstasy of transcendental love. Thus Thakura

Bhaktivinoda envisions the glory of Lord Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.