Prabhupadanugas Cleansing temples in Jagganatha Puri Dham!
Inspired by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!
ei-mata puradvāra-āgepatha yata / sakala śodhila, tāhāke varṇibe kata / (Outside the gateway of the temple, all the roads were alsocleansed, and no one could tell exactly how this was done.) CC Madhya Lila, 12.135
In commenting on the cleansing of the Guṇḍicā temple,Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura says that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, as the world leader, was personally giving instructions on how one should receiveLord Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, within one's cleansed and pacified heart. If one wants to see Kṛṣṇa seated in his heart, he must firstcleanse the heart, as prescribed by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in His Śikṣāṣṭaka: ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam
Puri Town Cleaning Program is an initiative taken up by Hare Krishna Movement, Puri. This is a noble contribution from HKM Puri and Akshaya Patra Orissa Volunteers towards preserving the cleanliness, sanctity and also the environment of PuriDham. The volunteers started by cleaning all the important places which are dear to Gaudiya Vaishnavas in general andPrabhupad’s followers in particular. They started with cleaning Siddha Bakul Math, a very significant place, where Namacharya haridas Thakur stayed and chanted Holy Names of the Lord continuously. Then they went on to clean Gambhira, Lord Chaitanya’s residence in Puri. Even today, some of His transcendental paraphernalia are there for darshan by devout and faithful believers. The dedicated team of volunteers then went on to clean the beautiful Tota Gopinatha temple premises. They cleared up all the garbage, weeds, used materials littered around and took the waste to municipality designated dump grounds. The enthusiastic team members work sincerely and tirelessly, for this noble and progressive initiative for a cleaner and greener Puri Dham.
These cleaning activities are significant. It helps cleanse one’s consciousness! Kṛṣṇa Himself will help cleanse the heart because He is already seated there. Kṛṣṇa wants to continue living within the heart, and the Lord wants to give directions, but one has to keep his heart as clean as Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu kept the Guṇḍicā temple. By His practical example, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has shown us that all the grains ofsand must be picked up thoroughly and thrown outside. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu also cleansed the outside of the temple, fearing that the grains of sand would again come within. To give us practical instructions, Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu cleansed the temple twice. His second cleansing was more thorough. The idea was to throw away all the stumbling blocks on the path of devotional service. He cleansed the temple with firm conviction, as is evident from His using His own personal garments for cleaning
Thus the cleansing of the Guṇḍicā-mandira was conducted by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to let us know how the heart should be cleansed andsoothed to receive Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa and enable Him to sit within the heart without disturbance.
Jai Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra mai!! Jai Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!! Jai Srila Prabhupad!!