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Sayana-seva Procedure

[A] Afternoon Resting

After Raja-Bhoga arati, close curtain by 1.00 pm.
Put off the big halogen lamps
Lower the volume of the tape recorder
Remove ALL the flowers or flower petals from the lotus feet of the Deities
Remove water glasses.
Remove the garland from SrimatI Radharani’s hand,
Remove the flute and hand rest from Sri Vrindavancandra,
Remove the flute and crowns from small Radha Vrindavancandra Deities
Clean the altar
 Keep glasses of water for each deity.
Bring the bedding without cots. Put directly on the Bhoga offering tables.

A) Sri Sri Rädhä Vrindavancandra

Spread the flowers on the bed. Few flowers can be spread on the bed, but it should not go under the Deity. That will spoil the dress and bed sheet.
Then invite Their Lordships to take rest by chanting the following
mantras (for Radha-Vrindavancandra) and offering Them your hand:

ägaccha çayana-sthänaà priyäbhiù saha keçava                                                                                                  
divya-puñpätya-çayyäyäà sukhaà vihara mädhava

Now come, O Keñava, along with Your beloved Çrématé Rädhäräëé and Her friends, to the bed covered with transcendental, aromatic flowers. Now happily enjoy Your pastimes, O Mädhava.
Chant esa puspanjalih and the radha-krsna-mula  mantra(srim ktim radha-krsnabhyam namah), and offer flower petals to Their lotus feet on the altar.
Bring Their Lordships’ shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deities to Their resting place.
Put small Vrindavancandra’s flute under the pillow
Now place Their Lordships in the beds, and massage their lotus feet.
Then cover them with bedding up to the waist only.

B ) For Lord Jagannätha, Lord Balaräma, and Çrématé Subhadrä 

Spread the flowers on the bed. Few flowers can be spread on the bed, but it should not go under the Deity. That will spoil the dress and bed sheet.
Then invite Their Lordships to take rest by chanting the following
mantras and offering Them your hand: First invite Lord Jagannätha, Lord Balaräma then Çrématé Subhadrä 

ägaccha çayana-sthänam agrajeëa hy adhokñaja
ägaccha nija-çayyäà ca subhadre me dayäà kuru

O Lord Jagannätha, if You please, You and Your elder brother Balaräma may now come to Your beds. O Mother Subhadrä, please come to your resting place and kindly bestow your mercy upon me.

Chant esa puspanjalih and the Deity-mula  mantra and offer flower petals to Their lotus feet on the altar.

Bring Their Lordships’ shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deities to Their resting place.

Now place Their Lordships in the beds, and massage their lotus feet.
Then cover them with bedding up to the waist only.

C ) Sri Sri Gaur Nitai

1.Spread the flowers on the bed.
2.Then invite His Lordship to take rest by chanting the following mantra
(for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) and offering Him your hand:

ägaccha viçrama-sthänaà sva-gaëaiù saha gauräìga
kñaëaà viçramya sukhena lélayä vihara prabho

O Lord Gauräìga, please come to Your resting place along with Your associates. O Lord, rest comfortably for a moment, enjoying Your pastimes. 

A)  Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mula mantra (Kléà gauräya namaù), and offer flower petals to Him lotus feet.

Bring His Lordship’s shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deity to His resting place.
Now place His Lordship in the bed.
Then invite His Lordship to take rest by chanting the following mantras
(for Sri Nityananda Prabhu) and offering Him your hand:

ägaccha çayana-sthänaà nityänanda jagad-guro                                                                                                          
tava rüpe mahä-viñëor anante çayanaà kuru

O spiritual master of the universe, Lord Nityänanda, please come to Your place of rest. In Your form of Mahä-Viñëu, please rest upon the thousand-headed serpent known as Çeña.  
Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and Nityanananda Prabhu’s   mula mantra (om devé-jähnavä-vallabhäya namaù), and offer flower petals to His lotus feet.
Bring His Lordship’s shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deity to His resting place. Now place His Lordship in the beds.
Then cover Him with bedding up to the waist only. (For winter season, upto the neck)

C) Guru

Spread the flowers on the bed.
(A)For putting Srila Prabhupada to rest, chant:
agaccha sayana-sthanam sva-ganaih saha sri-param-guro
Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and the Param Guru’s mula mantra (om parama-gurave namah), and offer flower petals to His lotus feet. Meditate on Param Guru (Srila Prabhupada taking rest.)

B)   For putting your spiritual master to rest chant:
agaccha sayana-sthanam sva-ganaih saha sri-guro
Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and the Guru’s mula mantra (aim gurave namah), and offer flower petals to His lotus feet.
Meditate on Guru Maharaj taking rest
Then cover him with bedding up to the waist only. (For winter season, upto the neck)

[B] Sayana-seva Procedure (For Night)         

1) Required Paraphernalia 
The following items are required to put the Lord to rest:                                                                                           

a païca pätra containing sämänya arghya water;                                                                                                                              
a small bell on a plate;                                                                                                                                                              
a padya container with water;                                                                                                                                       
äcamanéyaà (clove water)                                                                                                                                       
visarjanéya-pätra
bowls with condensed milk for each set of Deities;                                                                                                      
glass of water for each Deity                        
flower petals;                                                                                                                                                                                 
the Deities’ beds;                                                                                                                                                                   
mosquito nets (for night);

2)    Cleaning, Preparation and Offering

After sayana darsana, close curtain by 9.10 pm                                                                                                             
Clean the area behind the Deities. Not a single petal should remain                                                                  
Simultaneously after closing curtain; remove the garland from hand and head of  Srimati Radharani.                                                                        
Remove flute and stick from Govinda.
Then take the Deities’ plate with condensed milk and water glasses;

offering plate with a padya, äcamana and hasta – Mukha prakslanam pot 
Stand on asana and offer the following items while ringing a bell with the left hand and chanting the appropriate mantras. Like any other offering, make this offering beginning with the spiritual master:

(A)      Chant etat padyam and the mula-mantra for each Deity and offer padya water to wash Their Lordships lotus feet.

(B)     Chant idaà äcamanéyaà and the mula-mantra for each Deity and offer Their Lordships water for sipping.
 
(C)    Chant idaà naivedyam and the mula-mantra  for each Deity and offer Their Lordships sweet condensed milk .(naivedya mudra)

(D)    Chant idaà – pänéyaà and the mula-mantra for each Deity and offer water to Their Lordships.

Now leave the Deity room for 3-4 minutes.                              
Then   entering the Deity-room, chant hasta – Mukha prakslanam and the mula-mantra for each Deity and offer water for cleaning Their Lordships’ hand and face.                                            
Clean the area.                                                            
Keep glasses of water for each Deity.

3)Resting

Place each Deity’s bed before the altar. You should fluff out the bedding, and you may place the flower petals in the bed, either physically or by meditation.
Order of giving rest to the Deities:

(i) Sri Sri Vrindavancandra ji
(ii) Srimati Radharani
(iii)  Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
(iv) Sri Nityananda Prabhu
(v) Sri Param – guru
(vi) Sri Guru


A) Sri Sri Radha VrindavanCandra 

1.Spread the flowers on the bed. Few flowers can be spread on the bed, but it should not go under the Deity. That will spoil the dress and bed sheet.

2.Then invite Their Lordships to take rest by chanting the following mantras (for Radha-Govinda) and offering Them your hand:

ägaccha çayana-sthänaà priyäbhiù saha keçava                                                                                                  
divya-puñpätya-çayyäyäà sukhaà vihara mädhava

Now come, O Keñava, along with Your beloved Çrématé Rädhäräëé and Her friends, to the bed covered with transcendental, aromatic flowers. Now happily enjoy Your pastimes, O Mädhava.

Chant esa puspanjalih and the radha-krsna-mula mantra (srim ktim radha-krsnabhyam namah), and offer flower petals to Their lotus feet on the altar.

Bring Their Lordships’ shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deities to Their resting place.

Put small Govinda’s flute under the pillow

Now place Their Lordships in the beds, and massage their lotus feet.

Then cover them with bedding up to the waist only.

Put on mosquito net.

B) For Lord Jagannätha, Lord Balaräma, and Çrématé Subhadrä 

1.Spread the flowers on the bed. Few flowers can be spread on the bed, but it should not go under the Deity. That will spoil the dress and bed sheet.

2.Then invite Their Lordships to take rest by chanting the following
mantras and offering Them your hand: First invite Lord Jagannätha, Lord Balaräma then Çrématé Subhadrä 

ägaccha çayana-sthänam agrajeëa hy adhokñaja
ägaccha nija-çayyäà ca subhadre me dayäà kuru

O Lord Jagannätha, if You please, You and Your elder brother Balaräma may now come to Your beds. O Mother Subhadrä, please come to your resting place and kindly bestow your mercy upon me.

Chant esa puspanjalih and the Deity-mula  mantra and offer flower petals to Their lotus feet on the altar.

Bring Their Lordships’ shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deities to Their resting place.

Now place Their Lordships in the beds, and massage their lotus feet.

Then cover them with bedding up to the waist only.

C) Sri Sri Gaur Nitai

1.Spread the flowers on the bed.
2.Then invite His Lordship to take rest by chanting the following mantra
(for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) and offering Him your hand:

ägaccha viçrama-sthänaà sva-gaëaiù saha gauräìga
kñaëaà viçramya sukhena lélayä vihara prabho

O Lord Gauräìga, please come to Your resting place along with Your associates. O Lord, rest comfortably for a moment, enjoying Your pastimes. 

Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mula mantra (Kléà gauräya namaù), and offer flower petals to Him lotus feet.

Bring His Lordship’s shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deity to His resting place.
N
ow place His Lordship in the beds.

Then invite His Lordship to take rest by chanting the following mantras
(for Sri Nityananda Prabhu) and offering Him your hand:

ägaccha çayana-sthänaà nityänanda jagad-guro                                                                                                          
tava rüpe mahä-viñëor anante çayanaà kuru

O spiritual master of the universe, Lord Nityänanda, please come to Your place of rest. In Your form of Mahä-Viñëu, please rest upon the thousand-headed serpent known as Çeña.  

Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and Nityanananda Prabhu’s   mula mantra (om devé-jähnavä-vallabhäya namaù), and offer flower petals to His lotus feet.

Bring His Lordship’s shoes from the altar to the bed thinking that you are escorting the Deity to His resting place. Now place His Lordship in the beds.

Then cover Him with bedding up to the waist only. (For winter season, upto the neck)

Put on mosquito net.

C) Guru

Spread the flowers on the bed.
(A)For putting Srila Prabhupada to rest, chant:

agaccha sayana-sthanam sva-ganaih saha sri-param-guro
Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and the Param Guru’s mula mantra (om parama-gurave namah), and offer flower petals to His lotus feet. Meditate on Param Guru (Srila Prabhupada taking rest.)

B) For putting your spiritual master to rest chant:

agaccha sayana-sthanam sva-ganaih saha sri-guro
Chant eña puñpäïjaliù and the Guru’s mula mantra (aim gurave namah), and offer flower petals to His lotus feet.

Meditate on Guru Maharaj taking rest

Then cover him with bedding up to the waist only. (For winter season, upto the neck)

Put on mosquito net.

The photographs of Lord Nrsimhadev, Panca Tattva, Sad Goswaml, Guru Parampara, Guru Maharaja and Param-guru Maharaja are laid down horizontally and half of the photographs are covered with chadar.

4)   After Resting
  Before leaving the altar make sure that the Deities have their glasses of drinking water, flower-pots are out, the place behind the Deities have been cleaned, the floor has been properly broomed and mopped with phenyle water. Not even a petal should be remaining.
Keep the tray consisting of crowns, peacock feathers etc. on the arati table
Read Krishna book for 10 minutes in front of the Deities.

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