Vrindavan, 2017.02.06: Thakur Shri Radha Damodar’s appearance day was celebrated on Monday at Radha Damodar Mandir. A Special abhishek was performed by the sevait Goswamis of the temple, led by Mahant Shri Kanika Prasad Goswami.
The deities of Shri Radha Damodar were given a sandal oil massage. After the massage the deities were bathed with panchamrita (milk, curd, sweetened water, ghee and honey) and panchagavya. The deities were then bathed with exotic fruit juices and water mixed with herbal extracts. The Sarvaushadi and Mahausaudi snana was followed by 108 kalasha snana.
The deities were offered Chhappan Bhog (56 kinds of foods), and a feast was organized during the noon hour in which mahaprasadam was distributed among the devotees. Nam Sankirtan was performed by the Vaishnavas in the evening.
Shri Radha Damodar Mandir is one of the “Sapta Devalay” temples of Vrindavan. It was established by Srila Jiva Goswami in the year 1542 C.D. The deities were served by Srila Jiva Goswami himself. This temple attracts thousands of devotees in Kartik, as the holy month is named after Damodar.
According to Shri Krishna Balaram Goswami, “The deities of Shri Radha Damodar were manifested by Srila Rupa Goswami, who handed over their ‘seva’ to his dear disciple and nephew Jiva Goswami for service and worship.”
“Later, due to the invasion of the Muslim king Aurangzeb, the presiding deity of Radha Damodar was shifted to Jaipur for some time. The deities were again brought back to Vrindavan in 1739, when the situation became favorable in Vrindavan,” said Krishna Balaram.
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