☸ Sri Puri Dham Parikrama, Third Day ☸
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas,
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart
guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our
most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to
Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."
jaya guru maharaja karuna-sagara
sri-bhakti-raksaka deva-goswami sridhara
prakasile nilachale bhuvana-mangala
Glory to Guru Maharaj, Sri Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, an
ocean of mercy. He manifested the effulgent service of Nitai Chaitanyadev in
Nilachal for the benefit of the entire world.
vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs'
name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of
Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."
gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna
"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one
becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."
Arriving in Alalnath
A small temple to the side of Lord Alalnath's temple where the stone melted under Mahaprabhu's body is kept and worshipped.
"There are fifteen days when Jagannath temple is closed. The Jagannath people
say that Jagannath has a fever during this time, but we think that during
these days they are making the temple of Jagannath and all the preparations.
So, they close the temple the day after snan-yatra and open it only
one day before Ratha-yatra. Mahaprabhu cried so much—He goes to the Jagannath
temple every day, but at that time the temple is closed and He cannot go to
see Jagannath, He was very upset. One day, Jagannath Himself told to
Mahaprabhu, "Come to Alarnath, You can see Me there!" So, Mahaprabhu went to
Alarnath. When He came there, He was crying for Jagannath so much that when
He paid dandavat at the Alarnath temple, so much ecstasy came to Him
that even the whole stone melted under His body. You can see that stone there
even now also..."
His Divine Grace reading from Sri Puri Dham Mahatmya-Mukta-Mala about the glories of Lord Alalnath.
Arriving at Sri Brahma Gaudiya Math in Alalnath, established by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.
Devotees happily honour prasadam.
On the way back to the buses and then on to Sri Saksi Gopal Temple.
The temple of Lord Saksi Gopal. (Photography inside is not allowed)
Sri Bindu Sarovar manifest by Lord Siva.
The ancient temple of Lord Ananta Vasudev.
As each year, His Divine Grace arranges for nectarean Jagannath prasadam to be served in the courtyard of the temple.
After honouring maha-prasadam, devotees take a little rest and then hear about the glories of this holy place from the holy lotus mouth of His Divine Grace.
A panoramic view of the temple of Lord Lingaraj Siva. (Westerners are not allowed.)
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