ISKCON Tirupati Inauguration
Posted February 3, 2007
Inviting the Lord to His Temple:
Today is the day that the Lord is formally invited to come and live in His
temple. The marble Deities of Sri Sri Radha Govinda and Asta-sakhi are
already on the closed altar with Their eyes covered. Their otsab murtis
(Festival Deities) of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Tirupati Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Laksmi Narasimhadeva are being brought from the
elaborate Puja Mandapam next to the temple to Their permanent home.
Then the abhisheka was performed by all the senior devotees present. Some of the senior devotees that I can remember were:
HH Jayadvaita Swami, HH Prabhavishnu Swami, HH Bir Krishna Swami, HH
Radhanath Swami, HH Lokanath Swami, HH Bhanu swami, HH Bhakti
Vrajendranandan Swami, HH Bhakti Vijnana Swami, HH Bhakti Vijna Vinasa
Nrsimha Swami, HH Bhakti Purushottam Swami Maharaj, HH Amiya Vilas Swami and
HH Radha Ramana Swami.
So far 3750 devotee guests have been registered! Everyone is praising HG Revati Ramana das, the Tirupati Temple President, and his crew of devotees. They say their service attitude is exceptional.
The evening installation program included "netra-unmilinam" or opening the eyes, nyasa-homa or touching and awakening the different parts of the Deities form, fire yajnas, pujas, swing festival and "sayan adhivasa" or putting the Deity to rest. These programs took place in the temple. Apart from the temple program there are cultural programs with dance drama's from Srimad Bhagavatam.
HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, HH Guruprasad Swami and HH Bhakti Madhurya Madhava Swami and some other senior devotees like HG Devamrta Swami and HG Srestha das from Vrindavan also arrived.
Opening the eyes ceremony was very beautiful. After touching the eyes with honey and ghee with a gold and silver rod to awaken them, 32 senior devotees were carrying auspicious articles. The curtan was raised and everyone could see the Deities being shown the auspicious articles and worshipped. This whole ceremony took about 1.5 hours. Devotees were ecstatically chanting during the whole ceremony.
Then the priests, ISKCON devotees, went to the fire yajna mandapam and performed the nyasa homa for fire sacrifices to the Deities. While this was going on devotees went to see the dance drama performed on Lord Sri Krishna's pastimes from Srimad Bhagavatam. After the fire sacrifice was performed some "sampat" or ghee remnants from the oblations was brought up and each Deity had a devotee assigned to touch and enliven the different parts of the Deity's form with a kusa grass stick dipped into the ghee remnants. The devotees softly chanted while this was going on.
Then the Radha Govinda otsab murti's (festival Deities) were placed on a carved swing and all the senior devotees took turns in swinging the Deities. Then lights were dimmed and everyone offered lamps. After that HH Radhanath Swami led a beautiful kirtan very softly as the Deities were put to rest in "sayan adivasa". Then vina and traditional music was played for the Deities. I had the mercy to fan the Deities with a chammar fan along with other devotees.
The program was going on until 1145PM and then I decided to leave as tomorrow I have to give a lecture on Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Only thing I missed was a bharat natyam dance for the pleasure of the Deities performed by a young devotee.
It was an ecstatic evening filled with Krishna conscious activities.
Tomorrow is the maha-abhishekha program on the holy day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu.
Yours in service,
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