Madhya-līlāChapter 10: The Lord's Return to Jagannātha Purī

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 10.41

jagannātha-sevaka ei, nāmajanārdana

anavasare kare prabhura śrī-ańga-sevana

SYNONYMS

jagannātha-sevaka — servitor of Lord Jagannātha; ei — this; nāma — named; janārdanaJanārdana; anavasare — during the time of renovation; kare — does; prabhura — of the Lord; śrī-ańga — of the transcendental body; sevana — service.

TRANSLATION

Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya first introduced Janārdana, saying, "Here is Janārdana, servant of Lord Jagannātha. He renders service to the Lord when it is time to renovate His transcendental body."

PURPORT

During Anavasara, after the Snāna-yātrā ceremony, Lord Jagannātha is absent from the temple for fifteen days so He can be renovated. This occurs annually. Janārdana, who is here being introduced to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, was rendering this service at the time. The renovation of Lord Jagannātha is also known as Nava-yauvana, which indicates that the Jagannātha Deity is being fully restored to youth.

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