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TEMPLE SCHEDULE

DARSHAN TIMINGS

4:15am to 5:15am

7:15am to 1:15pm

4:15pm to 8:00pm

Weekends and public holidays – No break in the afternoon

REGULAR SCHEDULE

The scriptures recommend that spiritual activities performed in the auspicious time of brahma-muhurta (one and a half hours before sunrise) have greater effect. Srila Prabhupada mandated that devotees should wake up early in the morning at 3:30 am and prepare themselves for rendering devotional service. This mandate is strictly followed by all the devotees who practice the principles of Krishna consciousness.

Devotees wake up at 3:30 am, cleanse themselves according to the procedures recommended in the scriptures, wear fresh clothes, apply urdhva-pundra or vishnu-tilaka on twelve parts of their body and assemble in the temple with great enthusiasm to have darshan of the Supreme Lord. The morning program starts at 4:30 am and ends at 9:00 am.

4:30 am – Mangala Arati

Srila Prabhupada has given a mandate that there must be regular mangala-arati in the temple, an hour and a half before sun rise. (Ref: CC. Madhya 24.334, purport)

At 3:45 am the jagarana seva is offered (waking up the Deities) followed by the balya bhoga offering (the morning offering of sweet rice). After that Their Lordships get ready to receive mangala-arati, the first arati of the day. Devotees eagerly assemble to have the first darshan of Their Lordships. At 4:30 am, the conch-shells blow announcing the opening of the altar doors. A grand arati is performed by offering incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara (fan made of yak tail) & vyajana (fan made of peacock feathers) to Their Lordships. Devotees sing Guru-ashtaka, a song composed by Srila Vishwanatha Chakravarthi Thakura glorifying the spiritual master.

4:45 am – Sri Tulasi puja

Tulasi is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna, and the most pure devotee, and therefore, the Tulasi plant is worshiped by Vaishnavas. Simply by worshiping her faithfully, a devotee can free himself from all material miseries. Every day, at 4:45 am and at 6:45 pm, Tulasi puja is performed in the main temple hall. There are three major aspects of Tulasi worship.

  1. Tulasi Pranama: Devotees chant Tulasi Pranama Mantra thrice and offer obeisances to Tulasi.
  2. Tulasi Arati: Offering of incense, lamp and flowers to Tulasi Devi as the devotees sing the Tulasi Kirtana.
  3. Tulasi Pradakshina: Devotees circumambulate Tulasi Devi chanting the Pradakshina Mantra. It is said that when a person circumambulates Tulasi Devi, all the sins he may have committed are destroyed at every step. Devotees again offer obeisances chanting the Tulasi Pranama Mantra.

12:30 pm – Rajbhog Arati

Their Lordships are offered rajbhog arati with incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara & vyajana. Prior to this arati, at 12:00 pm Their Lordships receive Rajbhog offering, the grand offering of foodstuffs for the day. Rajbhog comprises varieties of delicacies like sweets, savouries, salads, vegetables, rice, roti, dhal, fruit juice, etc.

7:00 pm – Sandhya Arati

It is a spiritually enlivening experience for the devotees to witness the sandhya arati in the evening. Their Lordships are offered incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara and vyajana to the accompaniment of Gaura-arati song with melodious music.

8:15 pm – Shayana Arati

Shayana arati which is the last arati of the day provides a unique devotional experience for the temple visitors. Their Lordships are offered various articles like incense, lamp, flowers, etc., while devotees sing a beautiful song accompanied with music on serving the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna. The arati is followed by a grand shayana pallakki utsava when the kautuka murtis of Their Lordships are carried in a pallakki around the altar and then duly worshipped. The pallakki utsava combined with Harinama sankirtan is not only a visual delight but also a spiritually uplifting experience. Darshan closes after the kautuka murtis are taken to the shayana room for rest.

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