Today is Gundicia Marjan

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna
Dandvat pranam, Jai Srila Prabhupad.

One day before the Rath Yatra in Puri, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to personally clean the Gundicia temple along with His followers. In the pastime of Rath Yatra, Sri Gundicia temple is considered to be Vrindavan and Sri Jagannath Puri temple is considered to be Dwarika (not ‘considered’ but ‘it-is’)…so Sri Shyamsundarji being pulled by the Gopis is taken from His temple to Vrindavan (Gundicia temple) is the mood of Rath Yatra. Sri Jagannathji along with His brother Sri Balaramji and sister Sri Subhadramai stays there for 10 days and then comes back to Puri temple. Just as Sri Jagannathji goes to Gundicia Mandir after it is cleaned, so He may come into our heart if we make it very pure and clean.

This cleaning of Gundicia temple has been performed every year since Sat-Yug…as described in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. Before Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu the servants of the king used to clean it but it was not done properly as they were being paid for it…they were not able to give Lord Jagannath much pleasure as they had no devotion. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on obtaining the permission from king Prataprudraji went to clean the temple along with His followers. Sri Nityanand Prabhu, Sri Advaita Acharya, Sri Swarup Damodarji, Sri Gadadhar Bhattji, Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacharyaji and many other exalted devotees joined Him. I humbly request all devotees to read this wonderful pastime of Mahaprabhu cleaning the Gundicia temple. It can be read at this link –

Some points for us to focus on from the Gundiciya marjan pastime (while reading the below, let us associate this with cleaning our heart before Rath Yatra…as Gundicia Mandir is our heart which needs to be cleaned for Lord Krsna to sit on it forever) –

  • Cleaning is only effective when done with mercy of Sri Krsna (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu), Sri Guru (Sri Nityanand Prabhu) and Acharya varga- Vaishnava varga…one should take Their blessings before starting and always keep in Their company while cleaning
  • While cleaning chanting of the Holy Name is very much required, only broom and water pot is not sufficient
  • One has always take guidance of other devotees to make sure the cleaning is done properly (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to inspect and also the devotees who were good at cleaning used to inspect)
  • Some of the dirt is very apparent and can be removed by primary cleaning but one should be careful to remove dirt from each and every corner of the temple (heart)….the gross anarthas can be removed easily from our heart ….but to remove subtle anarthas, we have to look deeper and finer….if that effort is combined with guidance of Guru,Sadhu ,Shastra then it becomes very effective
    • Very simply defined, gross anarthas are the impurities which is very much visible from outside at all times but the subtle anarthas are hidden from world, they reside deep inside us and always drive us…sometimes we are also not aware that they are residing in us (a very good example of subtle anartha is enviousness…very hard to go)
    • thus we need to have someone in our life, who can lovingly work with us by chanting the holy name and discuss Sri Krsna’s pastimes to help eradicate these impurities sitting in our heart
  • This cleaning is not a one time process, it is to be done continuously…thus chanting daily the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, daily hearing/ reading about Sri Krsna and His devotees, daily personally serving Thakurji and Vaishnavs, all these is cleansing our heart.
    • Please never loose hope as we keep cleaning….these anarthas are sitting in our heart since many years…just as we clean the cooking vessels…some spots take some more time, some spot take some soaking in hot water, some spots take some special powder/ soap…and some spots need to be heated on fire…but they all go….Sri Krsna will see our sincere desire to clean…Sri Shyamsundarji will see our sincere desire to invite Him in our heart to reside forever….He will send help….every year—> every day—> let us keep cleaning and keep pulling Sri Jagnnathji’s cart along with other Gopis (devotees)—> the devotees will shower mercy…when devotees will become merciful…Sri Shyamsundarji will also shower mercy….

Let us all endeavor to bring Sri Krsna in our heart along with His brother Baladevji and sister Subhadramai this summer…forever. The Rath Yatra in Puri is tomorrow and Harrisburg Rath Yatra is on July 1st…let us endeavor to clean our heart nicely…together….Maha-Cleanup ki Jai !!!!

Sri Gundicia Marjan ki Jai !!!

And yes – I forgot the main point – after the Gundicia Marjan, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu along with His followers enjoyed a wonderful feast….so any spiritual endeavor…should be followed by prasadam feast. Mahaprasad is a good cleaning agent….and even better cleaning agent is Maha-maha prasad of Vaishnav devotees.

your servant,
Padmanabh das

Prashant Patel
Program Manager, Lenovo WW Maint Inventory
2020 Technology Parkway,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: (717) 610-2140, T/L: 471-2140


One Response to “Today is Gundicia Marjan”

  1. Dattatreya Dasa (Babul Datta); 908-616-4872 Says:

    My humble request, please post like this article regularly. It is extremly good article and helpful for devotees. Very good “PRACHAR”.

    Your servant,
    Dattatreya Dasa
    (Babul Datta)
    Piscataway, NJ. 908-616-4872

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