Three events of note occurred at the Spanish Fork Hare Krishna temple
last Sunday. At long last Srila Prabhupada arrived in his life sized
murthy, so kindly donated by Ram Kishan and Kulwant Khandpur of Los
Bhakta Justin and Bhakta Blake drove into the temple parking lot with
Prabhupada in the passenger seat of a BMW, to a waiting kirtan party.
Prabhupada was taken in circumambulation around the verandah, placed
on his vyasasan (temporary, to be replaced by a much grander one soon
to come from Madras), given pushpanjali by about 100 devotees, and
offered a grand aratik. Cary Hanks, owner of Cary's Floral in Spanish
Fork, created a fantastic garland of yellow roses, among many other
garlands for the priests and new initiates. Many devotees were
visibly moved seeing Prabhupada as fully present for the first time
in the State of Utah.
With Prabhupada now presiding, Priest Satish Kumar, a Tirupati
trained Sri Vaishnava, conducted the installation procedures for a
20" high golden Lakshmi Narasimha deity. Everything was done
gorgeously, with sonorous Sanskrit chanting, heaps of flowers (Cary
again), and background bhajans, in sequence:
- 4:30 pm Vishwaksena puja
- 4:45 pm Punyaha Vaachanam - Temple warming
- 5:00 pm Arrival of Prabhupada, offering of flowers (pushpanjali) and
- 5:25 pm Garlanding of Priests
- 5:30 pm Raksha bandhanam - Tying sacred band for deities and Yajamanas
- 5:45 pm Adhi Vaasam - Immersing the deities in milk, water and grains.
- 6:30 pm Fire sacrifice, Donors of $ 108 and new initiates offer
samagri into the fire. Pradhana Homa - Narashima moola mantra homam
- 7:00 pm Prana Pratistha - Main event. Invoking Deity in the murthy
- 7:15 pm Abhishekam, Archana, arathi, mantra pushpam chanting.
Then, Bhakta Blake, Bhakta Justin, and Bhaktin Mikela were no more,
but now Bharat Das, Jairam Das, and Mekala Devi, as Caru returned
them their japa beads, and well wishing devotees tied their kunti
mala around their necks. Mekala and Bharat have been frequenting the
temple for one and a half years, Jairam for 9 months. Jairam and
Mekala graduated Spanish Fork High School in 1994 and 1997
respectively. Bharat graduated nearby Payson High in 1997. A fair
number of devotees from Utah have been initiated in the last 20
years, but none from Spanish Fork and nearby Payson, and none who
have decided, like these three, to dedicate themselves to spreading
Krishna Consciousness here in the place of their birth.