Lord Jagannatha, Lord of the Universe

I felt right this moment can be a great day to speak about how I got here to worship a deity of Lord Jagannatha, which is a query I get requested rather a lot. Lord Jagannatha interprets to “Lord of the Universe”, who’s a type of Krishna. I’ll say it’s a enjoyable story, that I’ll inform in reverse chronology.

Lord Jagannatha, The Lord of the Universe 

I used to be sitting on the ground of the Philadelphia temple making garlands when a lady from the congregation approached me. She requested me if I had any deities at residence, I instructed her no, and she or he expressed wanting to present me one. My speedy response was no as a result of I didn’t really feel I used to be certified or prepared for such a residence worship. She requested me a pair extra instances and she or he instructed me a really candy story. She instructed me she had a number of deities and a pal came to visit one afternoon and stated “As we become old, one ought to concentrate on a easy puja”. She meditated on this, and in the future whereas performing arati to her solo Jagannatha diety, she considered me. At this time I used to be not initiated and I used to be undecided if this was okay. I went to one among my seniors about this and so they said to me that I might worship Him and the truth that she considered me whereas worshiping Him, meant He needed to return reside with me. I used to be thrilled.

The day I “adopted” Jagannatha was lovely. I got here to her residence and all of us sat down and ate the Maha Prasadam provided to Lord Jagannatha that morning. When it was time to go, we wrapped Him up in winter garments and positioned Him in a basket for protected transport.

The day Jagannatha got here to reside with me, 2018

Jagannatha is often worshipped alongside His brother Balaram and sister, Subhadra, however this Jagannatha was alone. When Jaganatha is worshipped alone He is named Patita Pavana which interprets to ‘the deliverer of fallen souls. In Puri, on the Jagannatha Mandir, non-Hindus and foreigners should not allowed to enter the temple, however on the entrance of the temple, There is one solo Jagannatha Patita Pavana for everybody to see. I like this temper, this temper of how God is for everybody, the savior of probably the most fallen no matter creed, caste, gender, and so forth.

Patita Pavana, Jagannatha Mandir, Puri, Odisha, India

I requested her the place Balaram and Subhadra went? She instructed me she by no means had Them, that Patita Pavana got here to her like this. So, she was not His first residence both!? I requested her the place she received the diety then, and she or he instructed me that she was at a program at Govinda’s in the future and that Jagannatha was sitting on a shelf there. She said to Haryasva Prabhu, “Prabhuji, this Jagannatha must be worshipped”, and Haryasva said to her, “You take Him residence and worship Him”, so she did so now, I’m much more intrigued by the origin of my beloved Patita Pavana, so I am going to go to Harysva Prabhu and requested him the place he received the diety. In Philadelphelphia, there’s a well-known Indian spice market, a number of devotees store there for bhoga, spices, and arati provides. One day the proprietor referred to as Harysva and stated somebody had dropped off bins on the retailer and inside one of many bins was one very massive Balaram diety and one very tiny Jagannatha diety. The proprietor instructed Harysva he can’t have deities within the retailer and begged him to return and take Them. So, nobody is aware of the place they initially got here from, that’s way back to I can hint the steps, however it’s such a enjoyable story to inform. Patita Pavana just isn’t carved wooden both, He is clay, probably comprised of a mildew, and His paint job could be very tough. Over the years I’ve thought to get Him repainted, however I’m so scared to lose His face. I’m wondering who made Him, who cherished Him earlier than me, and who painted Him…

Radhanath Swami with Patita Pavana; Heart of Yoga 

Haryasva nonetheless has the Large Balaram diety at Govinda’s in Philadelphia, and Jagannatha remains to be with me. I do surprise who will worship Him after I’m gone. Patita Pavana and I’ve gone by means of rather a lot collectively and traveled far and extensive, as soon as this world is a little bit safer to journey once more, I can’t wait to see the place we are going to go subsequent.


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