Sri Puri Dham Temple

Sri Puri Dham, Odisha, India
July 2015

 

 


The entrance to the main temple...

 


...and Sevak Bhavan

 


Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya.

 


A path to the left of the temple leading to the backyard and the second Sevak Bhavan.

 


The backyard.

 


The gate to the backyard and the temple, as seen from the second Sevak Bhavan.

 


The main Sevak Bhavan across the street.

 


The devotees just arriving for Sri Ratha Yatra.

 


 

Verses painted on the nat mandir:


ভুক্তি-মুক্তি আদি-বাঞ্ছা যদি মনে হয় ।
সাধন করিলে প্রেম উৎপন্ন না হয় ॥

bhukti-mukti adi-vancha yadi mane haya
sadhana karile prema utpanna na haya

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 19.175

"If you have material desires, if you want liberation, enjoyment, some mystic powers, and so on, then even if you practise all life, or life after life, prem, divine love, will not come. Nothing will come."

 


জিহ্বার লালসে যেই ইতি-উতি ধায় ।
শিশ্নোদরপরায়ণ সে কৃষ্ণ নাহি পায় ॥

jihvara lalase yei iti-uti dhaya
sisnodara-parayana se krsna nahi paya

"One who is subservient to the tongue and who thus goes here and there, devoted to the genitals and the belly, cannot attain Krishna."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.227

 


কলিকালে নাম রূপে কৃষ্ণ অবতার ।
নাম হৈতে হয় সর্ব্ব জগৎ নিস্তার ॥

kalikale nama rupe krsna avatara
nama haite haya sarva jagat nistara

"In Kali-yuga Krishna appears in the form of His Name, and the whole world is liberated by that Name."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 17.22

নাম বিনা কলিকালে নাহি আর ধর্ম্ম ।
সর্ব্ব মন্ত্র সার নাম—এই শাস্ত্র মর্ম্ম ॥

nama bina kalikale nahi ara dharma
sarva mantra sara nama—ei sastra marma

"Besides the Name, there is no other religion in this Age of Kali. The Name is the essence of all mantras—this is the purport of all scriptures."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 7.74

 


During the daily evening classes at the pandal that was built to the right of the second Sevak Bhavan.

 


 


 


After the class, the devotees served prasadam at the same pandal.

 


 


Devotees also took prasadam in the area next to the nat mandir.

 


Sri Jagannath prasadam: rice, sweet chana dahl, subji, and mango chutney.

 


The remainders were distributed in the morning.

 

 

If you give a bucket of stool to a pig, it will be so happy, 'Oh, I am taking nectar!'
So, you take this 'nectar' and do parikrama, rounding the material worlds, taking birth
and death, birth and death, and eating so many bad things... And the life is wasted.

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