The History of Lord Jagannātha’s


Śrī Jagannātha Mahā-Bhāva-Prakāśa

An  evening lecture by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja,
given on the 23rd June 1994, in Towaco, USA.

Today is Snāna-pūrṇimā, the auspicious full moon day of Lord Jagannātha’s snāna-yātrā, bathing ceremony. Jagannātha takes a public bath today. You may have seen in Jagannātha Purī, how on this day Lord Jagannātha, Baladeva and Subhadrā Devi are bathed publicly. Why are They bathed in public on this day? What is the occasion? Does anyone know?

Devotee: It is Lord Jagannātha’s appearance day.
Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami: Yes. Today is the appearance day of Lord Jagannātha. Jagannātha is Kṛṣṇa, but Kṛṣṇa appeared on the eighth day of the dark fortnight, Kṛṣṇāṣṭami, in the month of Bhādra, so how is it that today is the appearance of Jagannātha? That is another question.

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4 Responses to Snāna-Yātrā

  1. Radhamadhav das June 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Jay Jagannath, thanks for the nectarean post Prabhujee! I just attended snan-yatra here in Bhubaneswar, it was great. Can I get the booklet here also? RMdas

  2. Vb June 24, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Wow! That is some lecture expressing profoundly esoteric insights into the manifestation of Jagannatha. We have just earlier today given the lecture at the ISKCON Perth temple at the Snana Yatra festivities which was much appreciated. But having just read this I feel like the sparrow compared to Garuda at the edge of the ocean. What could I extract from the transcendental ocean of maha-bhava in relation to Jagannatha’s appearance. Yet, upon request we made all serious endeavour to please the devotees and guests with some Jagannatha katha – a few meagre droplets were picked up and distributed. That is all. But SGGS in this lecture has gathered truck loads (and without spilling a drop) churned it into a most enchanting elixir of divine attraction.
    Thank you for sharing.


    • Nimai Pandit dasa June 24, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Dear prabhu,

      Please wait until you read the Ratha-yatra lecture, which will be uploaded to just prior to the Ratha-yatra festival, very soon!

      If you want a booklet please let me know and we will send you one.



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