Vrindavan, April 21, 2015: Devotees from around the country thronged in Vrindavan to have a glimpse of the Lord decorated with the sandal paste in his whole body. The deities gave darshan smearing the çhandan on Tuesday afternoon. The temples were beautifully decorated with flowers, balloons and lights.
On the occasion of the Akshaya Tritiya the deities of various temples were adorned the sandal paste to bring relief to the Lord from the scotching heat of summer. The cooling effect of the sandal is very pleasing to the lord during summer. The festival of smearing sandal wood is also known as Chandan Yatra.
The devotees and the temple priests started grinding the sandalwood one month ahead of this day to obtain paste from it. They collected the paste in a vessel by maintaining complete sanctity.
The sandal paste wass mixed with camphor and other ingredients on the day of Chandan Yatra. The paste was applied on the whole body of the deities of Shri Krishna after the Panchamrita Abhishek. Hardly any clothes were worn by the deities. Later the deities were adorned with the garland of tulsi and scented flowers. The devotees felt blessed to have darshan of the lotus feet of Shri Krishna.
Smearing the body of Lord with ointments is considered to be an act of devotion, and the best of the ointment is the sandalwood. The Lordships in the Saptadevalyas were offered with the ‘Sheetal-bhog’, which contain sattu (made of roasted grain powders), cucumber, watermelon, sprout dal etc. The Sheetal Bhog will be offered until the ‘Jal-Yatra’, the festival which will follow after a month.
The temples of Shri Radha Raman, Radha Gokulananda, Radha Shyam Sundar, Radha Damodar, Banke Bihari, Radha Ballabh, Krishna Balaram were crowded with the devotees in the afternoon to have the darshan. While the sandalwood paste brought pleasure to the body of the lord, the darshan of the deities smearing sandalwood paste brought peace to the eyes of the devotees.
Akshay Tritiaya, according to the Vedic calendar, is a day considered to be conductive to success in any significant endeavor. Traditionally those are aware of Akshaya Tritiya’s benefit schedule major life events – marriage, business ventures, entering in a new residence and initiations. All the marriage homes of Vrindavan were booked on this day.