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Massive Ghee Spill in Temple Room: Makhana-Cora Suspected
[author's name] by Maharani dasi
JANMASTAMI, 2003 -- Today, devotees entering Sri-Sri Radha-Makhana-cora's temple room at New Go-Raksya Dhama were stunned at the sight of gallons of golden ghee spilled over the floor. The ghee spill was discovered by Haribhajan das Goswami, a visiting sannyasi from Butterfield, Minnesota. "I slipped on the ghee and temporarily lost my equilibrium," said Maharaj, "but fortunately I did not fall down."
The puddle of clarified butter, from the supply intended for use in the feast preparation, stretched over twelve square feet, and splatters of tossed ghee were visible on the walls and floor.
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Devotees were outraged that someone would frivolously spoil ghee intended for Lord Makhana-cora's birthday feast, and investigated the scene with an eye toward catching the culprit. "We'll make him or her do all of the washing up after the feast," declared Temple President Parama-karuna prabhu, nodding resolutely, shortly before the first clues were discovered.
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Dhamanidhara prabhu called attention to some small footprints in the edge of the ghee puddle, apparently left by the ghee-thief. Left in the ghee were clearly visible impressions of chakras, conchshells, lotus flowers and waterpots, as well as other marks.
While some devotees tried to examine each other's feet for telltale markings, to expose the vandal, Stokakrsna prabhu noticed that the strangely-marked footprints led straight to the altar, and continued behind the doors.
Head pujari Ambika prabhu discovered that the buttery footprints ascended the steps of the altar and stopped at the base of the Deity pedestal. Sri Makhana-cora's lotus hands appeared greasy, His smile had a distinctly mischievous, ghee-smeared appearance, and His flower garland was speckled with a few stray drops of some yellow substance. Finally Dhamanidhara dasi discovered a betraying Tulasi leaf from Lord Makhana-cora's lotus feet, almost entirely obscured by ghee.
"It appears we've found our butter thief," laughingly acknowledged Parama-karuna das, "but we can't very well ask Him to wash the pots!"
In the evening, Haribhajan Goswami happily scrubbed the pots, since Kumbha das, the regular pot-washer, was busy cleaning up the ghee spill.
Despite Lord Makhana-cora's escapades, the devotees had sufficient ghee stored to be able to prepare Sri Makhana-cora and Srimati Radharani a sumptuous Janmastami feast. However, Ambika dasi says, "It may take a good deal of time and labor to remove the ghee stains from the knees of Lord Makhana-cora's new Janmastami dhoti."
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JANMASTAMI, 2003-- today, devoties entering Sri-Sri Radha-Makhana-cora's temple rheum at New Go-Raksya Dhama were STUNNED at the site of GALLONS of golden GHEE spilled over the FLOOR!!!!!!!! The ghee spill was discovered by Haribhajan das Goswami a visiting Sannyasi from Butterfield, Minnesota. "I slipped on the ghee and temporarily LOST my equilibrium," said Maharaj, "but fortunatly I did not fall down." the pudle of Clarified Butter, form the supply intended for use in the FEAST preperation, streched over TWELVE square FEET, and splaters of TOSSED GHEE were visible on the walls and floor!!!!!!!!!! Devoties were OUTRAGED that someone would FRIVOLOUSLY spoil ghee intended for Lord Makhanchor's birthday feast, and investigated the scene with an eye toward catching the culprit. "We'll make him or her do all of the Washing up after the feast," declared Temnple President Parama-karuna Prabhu, nodding reso lutely, Shortly before the first clues were discovered. Mother Dhamanidhara was the first person to call attention too some small FOOTPRINTS in the edge of the ghee puddle, ap parently left by the GHEE-THIEF!!!!!! Left in the ghee were clearly visible impressions of chakras, Conchshells, lotus flowers, and Waterpots, as well as other marks. While some devotees tryed to examine each other's feet for tell-tale markings, two EXPOSE the vandal, Stokakrsna Prabhu noticed that the strangely-marked footprints lead strait to the ALTER, and continued behind the doors!!!!! Head pujari Mother Ambika discovered that the Buttery foot prints ascended up the steps of the alter, and STOPPED at the base of the Diety pedestel. She noticed that Sri Makhana-cora's lotus HANDS apepared to bee GREASY, His SMILE had a distinctly mischievious, GHEE- SMEARED appearance and his flower garland was speckled with a few stray drops of some yellow substance!!!!!! Finally M. Dhamanidhara discovered a betraying Tulasi LEAF from Lord Makhanchor's lotus FEET, almost entirely obscured buy GEE!!!!!!!!!! "It appears we've found our BUTTER THIEF," laughingly acknowleged Parama-karuna Prabhu, "but we can't very well ask Him to Wash the POTS!!!!!" In the evening, Haribhajana Goswami happily scrubbed the pots, since Kumbha dasa, the regular pot-washer, was busy cleaning up the ghee spill. De spite Lord Makhanachor's escapades, the Devotees had suficient GHEE stored to be Able to PREPARE Sri Makhana-cora and Srimati Radharani a SUMPTIOUS Janmastami FEAST, in SPITE of Lord Makhana-cora's Escapades. HOWEVER, M. AMBIKA SPECULATES THAT, "IT MAY TAKE A GOOD DEAL OF TIME AND LABOR TO REMOVE THE GHEE STAINS FROM THE KNEES OF LORD MAKHANA-CORA'S NEW JANMASTAMI DHOTI !!!!!!!!!!!"