Eighteen Days - Sri Panca Tattva's Mayapur Lila

Performing Srila Prabhupada's Work Foreword by His Holinass Jayapatalta Swanri

Installing a worshipable deity begins in a conception stage, when the desire or thought maniflests in the heart and mind of one person. ln the case of Sri Paflca- tartva in Mdyapur, His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swarni Prabhupada had conceived that these life-sizePa(tca-Latwa deities would be installed in the temple he called the Vedic Planetarium, which he first discussed with disciples nearly 35 years ago. In essence, these deities had already been envisioned by His Divine Grace all those years ago. Their arrival in Mayapur in Februaty 2004 was the culmination of that initial thought. ln the years since, devotees around the world have been praying that Srila Prabhupada's desire be fulfilled. As many devotees came together to make up the team that would see the manifes- tation of these deities, all were conscious that they were carrying out Srila Prabhupdda's desires. The models were made in accordance to the descriptions found by the researchers, who were BhAnu Swami, Jananivasa Prabhu, and Bharata Maharaja Dasa. It was thought that each deity should be in an individual pose. Lord Caitanyalnas His hands wide open, worshiping Lord Krsla and accepting all the conditioned souls. Nitydnanda and Gadadharaare dancing, and at the same rime encouraging the conditioned souls to take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Advaita Gos6i is dancing in ecstasy and showing Lord Caitanya (He is rejoicing, "See how Lord Caitanya is coming when I call! Now my name as 'Advaita Acdrya'is fulfilled.") Srivdsa, in His humble mood as a devotee, is worshiping the Lord with folded hands. Much more coulcl be said on these poses,


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