Today (4/24) is Akshay Tritiya – Chandan Yatra begins today

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna
Dandvat pranam, Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is Akshay tritiya…beginning of ‘chandran yatra’ in Vrindavan and all over world for next one month. Today (and in coming days for a month) Sri Thakurji is decorated by sandalwood paste….nicely decorated on top of it using various nuts, cashews, resins, leaves etc…Sri Shyamsundarji looks very beautiful decorated with sandalwood paste.

Also Akshay Tritiya is considered to be very auspicious day…and people in general begin lot of new ventures on this day. It is said that today no muhrat is needed to begin any new work…each and every second today is auspicious. So let us all today resolve to more forward on path of Bhakti with renewed enthusiasm and let us pray that SriSri Radha Sharadbihariji helps us in this endeavor by blessing us on this Akshay Tritiya tithi.

Attached is some pictures from chandan yatra. Pls try to decorate Thakurji at our respective home using sandalwood paste. If it is little cold outside, you can mix some saffron as it has heat giving property. Please be cognizant of outside temperature, especially in US while celebrating chandan yatra….in Vrindavan there is excessive heat so to cool Thakurji, chandan is applied all over His body. It is amazing sight that most of the temples in Vrindavan (and in India and abroad) have days when they have special sandalwood paste sringar for Thakurji (some pictures from such sringar is shared in this mail).

Attached is a very beautiful short video on chandan yatra –

If you would like to do chandan yatra at your house and need some help, pls let me know and I will be more than happy to serve. Happy chandan yatra !!!!

your servant,
Padmanabh das

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