The following procedure assumes the deities are in beds. If
they are not sleeping in beds then skip the part of the procedure
that asks you to take the Lord out of bed and while touching the
deity’s lotus feet chant the prayers for waking. You may chant the
prayers in English, or your own language, if you do not want to
chant the Sanskrit prayers.
- If you are worshiping Gaura-Nitai deities then first wake your
spiritual master then Gaura-Nitai.
- If you are worshiping Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra as well
as Gaura-Nitai then first wake your spiritual master, then
Gaura-Nitai then Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra.
- If you are worshiping Radha-Krsna and Gaura-Nitai, first wake
your spiritual master, then Gaura-Nitai then Radha-Krsna.
- If you are worshiping all three sets of deities, first wake
your spiritual master, then Gaura-Nitai, then Jagannatha, Baladeva
and Subhadra, and then Radha-Krsna.
You will need , a small bell on a plate, an acamana cup
containing fresh water and a spoon & a mat (asana) for you to
Before beginning perform simple acamana, then offer obeisances
to your spiritual master, reciting his pranama prayer(s), and pray
for his blessings to assist him in the worship of the Lord:
nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya
srimate [spiritual master's name] iti namine
I offer my respectful obeisances
unto [spiritual master’s name], who is very dear to Lord Krsna,
having taken shelter at His lotus feet.
Before entering the room (or the altar area), make a sound,
either ringing a bell, clapping your hands, or knocking on the
door. Open the door (or enter the area), turn on the lights, and,
chant the names of the deities in a festive mood: jaya sri sri
(If you are worshiping other deities, then chant Their names
instead of these names. If you are worshiping additional deities,
chant Their names also.) If there are ghee or oil lamps on or near
the altar you may light them now. Wash your hands with a few drops
of water from the acamana cup.
Waking the Spiritual Master
and the Deities
While ringing a small bell with the left hand, approach your
spiritual master’s picture, gently touch his feet with the
fingertips of your right hand, and request him to rise from bed by
uttisthottistha sri-guro tyaja nidram
O all-merciful spiritual master,
please rise from bed.
Meditate that he is rising from bed.
Next approach the bed of Lord Nityananda touch His lotus feet,
and request Him to rise:
uttistha jahnavesvara yoga-nidram tyaja
namno hatte divya-namam su-sraddhartham
O Nityananda, Lord of Jahnava,
please arise and give up Your divine sleep. At the marketplace of
the holy name You distribute the divine name, asking only for one’s
faith as payment.
Then approach the bed of Lord Caitanya touch His lotus feet,
and request Him to rise:
uttisthottistha gauranga jahi nidram
O Lord Gauranga, please rise from
sleep and bless the three worlds with Your auspicious glance.
Next approach the bed of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, and
Srimati Subhadra, touch Their lotus feet, first Jagannatha, then
Balarama and then Srimati Subhadra, and chant:
tyaja nidram jagan-natha sri-baladevottistha
jagan-matar ca subhadre uttisthottistha subha-de
O Lord Jagannatha and Lord
Baladeva, please give up your sleep and arise. O Srimati Subhadra,
dear mother of the universe, please arise and bestow good fortune
Then approach Radha’s and Krsna’s bed, touch Their lotus feet,
first Krsna, and then Radharani, and chant:
uttistha radhaya sardham pratar asij
O master of the universes, O bliss
of Gokula, the cowherds, and the cows, O You who gladden the hearts
of Yasoda and Nanda, please rise from bed with Sri Radhika, for
morning has come.
Place any small deities that are in bed back on the altar. If
there are only large deities, meditate on waking Them and leading
Them from Their beds to the altar. At this time replace any crowns,
turbans, or chadars, or veils that are part of the deities’ night
dress. After removing any remaining flowers and garlands from the
previous day, clean the deity room floor and then wash your hands.
(Garlands offered the previous evening and Tulasi leaves offered
the previous day may remain on the deities through Mangala Arati
the following morning.) Now that the deities have been awakened,
offer obeisances to Them outside the altar area.