Chandan Yatra Festival: Devotees defy heat and humid conditions to please Sri Radha Madhava

  • By TOI
  • | Monday | 16th April, 2018

As per the Vedic calendar the most auspicious day of Akshay Tritia also falls on same day. Popularly also known as the Boat festival of Sri Radha Madhava , this day also marks the beginning of preparations of Jagannath Rath Yatra both in Puri and Mayapur.Chandan Yatra starts on the third lunar day of the waxing moon of Vaisakha month. Since then every year during the month of Vaisakha this festival is held. A grand Maha-Arti is performed while the Deities are seated on the boat. During this entire time Vrindavan and Mathura pastimes pastimes ( lila) of Krishna – Rasa Leela, Govardhan Leela, Aghasura Vad, Gajendra Uddhara and many more will be depicted through diorama in the temple by the devotees.

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PURI: Braving the warm and humid weather conditions, devotees at International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON) Mayapur have turned up in large numbers from various parts of the world and got down to grinding the sandalwood ( Chandan ) which is used as a paste to smear over the body of Radha Madhav to keep the summer heat at bay.From April 18 for next 21 days, the devotees will celebrate Chandan Yatra festival at the Sridam Mayapur ISKCON Chandradaya Temple with zeal and fervour.

As per the Vedic calendar the most auspicious day of Akshay Tritia also falls on same day.

Popularly also known as the Boat festival of Sri Radha Madhava , this day also marks the beginning of preparations of Jagannath Rath Yatra both in Puri and Mayapur.Chandan Yatra starts on the third lunar day of the waxing moon of Vaisakha month.

It is believed in Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy that almost 700 years ago Krishna in Vrindavan instructed His devotee Madhvendra Puri to fetch Malaya Chandan or sandalwood from Odisha, make paste of it and smear it over the Deity of Gopal to get relief from the heat.


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