other pilgrims' buses are here, probably all on their
way to Puri for the Ratha Yatra too. One party after the
other go in to pay their obeisances and chant while circumumbulating
Deities are just so beautiful: Radhika, Govinda, Gopinath
and Madan Mohan together. They are being dressed when
we arrive, and by the time we leave a couple of hours
later, at about 8:00am, the dressing is not yet complete.
Fortunately though, during the dressing, one is still
able to have darshan, so we can see the gradual evolvement
of the extensive dressing procedure.
So we chant, circumumbulating the temple a few times,
and continue Sankirttan all the way to Madhavendra Puri's
Samadhi just nearby. Back again, we taste some ksira Prasadam
like the one Gopinath had 'stolen' for Madhavendra
Puri, and relish amongst ourselves the story of the Lord's
love and mercy for His devotee.
Prasadam is served to our Math's devotees behind
the temple, and we have some time to wander into the temple
again and chant some rounds before we are ready to set
off again for the day's journey, expecting to arrive
in Puri in late evening.
As one would expect, as we travel on, most people try
to catch up on their missed sleep from the previous night,
and the morning appears to go very quickly, so that we
stop very shortly for lunch Prasadam.
are in a tiny village on the roadside. The houses are
made from mud, with thatched roofs. There is a small Jagannath
Temple which reminds you that you are already in Orissa,
somewhere near Puri, and there seem to be more cows than
people living here in this lush green haven, so easy to
by-pass from the road.