Scriptures recommend that spiritual activities performed in the auspicious hours of brahma-muhurta (one and a half hours before sunrise) have a greater effect. Srila Prabhupada mandated that devotees should wake up early in the morning at 3:30 am and prepare themselves for rendering devotional service. This mandate is strictly followed by all the devotees who practice the principles of Krishna consciousness.
Devotees wake up at 3:30 am, cleanse themselves according to the procedures recommended in scriptures, wear fresh clothes, apply urdhva-pudara, or vishnu-tilaka on twelve parts of their body and assemble in the temple with great enthusiasm to have the darshan of the Supreme Lord. The morning program starts at 4:15 am and ends at 9:00 am. Darshan is open till 1:00 PM.
4:15 am - Mangala Arati
Srila Prabhupada has given a mandate that there must be regular mangala-arati in the temple during the early morning, an hour and a half before the sun rises. (Ref: Cc. Madhya 24.334, purport)
At 3:45 am the Deities are offered jagarana seva (waking up the Deities) followed by the balya bhoga offering (the morning offering of sweet rice). After that Their Lordships get ready to receive mangala-arati, the first arati of the day. Devotees eagerly assemble to have the first darshan of Their Lordships. At 4:15 am, the conch-shells blow announcing the opening of the altar doors. A grand arati is performed by offering incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara (fan made of yak tail) & vyanjana (fan made of peacock feathers) to Their Lordships. Devotees sing Guru-ashtaka, a song composed by Srila Vishwanatha Chakravarthy Thakura glorifying the spiritual master.
4:45 am - Sri Tulasi puja
Tulasi is the eternal consort of Krishna, and the most pure devotee, and therefore, the Tulasi plant is worshiped by Vaishnavas. Simply by worshiping her faithfully, a devotee can get himself free from all material miseries. Every day, at 4:45 am and at 6:45 pm, Tulasi puja is performed in the main temple hall. There are three major aspects of Tulasi worship:
(1)Tulasi Pranama: Devotees chant Tulasi Pranama Mantra three times and offer obeisances to Tulasi. (2)Tulasi Arati: Offering of incense, lamp and flowers to Tulasi Devi as the devotees sing the Tulasi Kirtana. (3)Tulasi Pradakshina: Devotees circumambulate Tulasi Devi chanting the Pradakshina Mantra. It is said that when a person circumambulates Tulasi-devi, all the sins he may have committed are destroyed at every step. Devotees again offer obeisances chanting the Tulasi Pranama Mantra.
5:00 am - Sri Narasimha Arati
The Supreme Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha, half-lion and half-man form, to protect His devotee Prahlada from the wrath of his father Hiranyakashipu, the greatest demon who defied the Supreme Lord. Lord Narasimha always protects His devotees and takes away the obstacles to their devotional service. Devotees offer him prayers before they start their services. An arati is performed as the devotees sing Narasimha Kirtana. After arati, they also chant Narasimha-kavaca (a prayer composed by Prahlada Maharaja and is included in Brahmanda Purana).
5:10 am - Suprabhata seva for Sri Srinivasa Govinda
Devotees chant Vedic hymns like Purusha-sukta, Brahma Samhita, Selected prayers from Srimad Bhagavatam, Svasti Vachanas, Sri Venkatesha Suprabhata to greet the Lord after He is awake. A full arati is performed to the Lord while devotees chant His glorification.
5:20 am - Nitya Shodasha Upacara Puja & Japa Meditation
Devotees assemble in main temple hall and together chant Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. Chanting the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna is the Yuga Dharma. Srila Prabhupada recommended that we chant at least 16 good rounds (1 round = 108 times) of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra every day. By chanting, one immediately becomes auspicious and transcendental to the infection of material qualities.
Know more: Why should I chant Hare Krishna Mantra? | How to chant Hare Krishna Mantra?
Behind the closed altar door, the kautuka murtis of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga are offered shodashopachara seva (worship of the Deities with sixteen upcharas). As part of the shodashopacara seva, the Deities are also offered panchamrita abhisheka (a ceremonial bathing with milk, curds, ghee, honey and sweet water) and are dressed gorgeously. The mula-vigrahas are also adorned in gorgeous outfits and garlands.
7:15 am - Shringara Darshana Arati and Guru Puja
At 7:15 am, the conch shells blow, announcing the opening of Lord’s darshana. The doors open and aromatic smoke (dhoopa) engulfs the entire atmosphere of the main temple hall. It’s a unique experience being there in the main temple hall, witnessing the shringara darshana arati of the Lord.
After the arati, devotees carry Srila Prabhupada’s Deity in a pallaki and circumambulate the altar (pradakshina). Srila Prabhupada receives charanamrita and shatari and then visits the temples of Sri Sri Prahlada Narasimha and Sri Srinivasa Govinda to participate in the shringara darashana arati in these two temples. After the arati, he returns to the main temple & receives guru-puja, an elaborate arati performed by the devotees.
8:30 am - Lecture on the Srimad-Bhagavatam
Every day at 8:30 am there is a lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam. After the guru-puja devotees accept the charanamrita of the Lord and then assemble in the lecture hall. It is said nityam bhagavata-sevaya: devotees should hear Srimad Bhagavatam every day. By this process of regular hearing, all the contaminations in our heart will be cleansed and the devotional attitude will develop. To watch the lectures live in our website, visit Live Darshan page every day at 8:30 am.
We request the devotees to be part of this morning program at least once in their life time and share the bliss with us.
The evening darshan opens at 4:15 pm and closes at 8:30 pm.
|4:00 AM||Balya Bhoga Offering||Sweet Rice|
|8:15 AM||Pratara Bhoga Offering||Rice, Sabji, Sambar, Curd|
|12:00 PM||Rajbhog Offering||Grand offering of the day with varieties of delicacies like sweet, savouries, salads, vegetables, rice, roti, dhal, fruit juice etc.|
|4:00 PM||Vaikalika Bhoga Offering||Fruits Offering|
|5:00 PM||Sandhya Bhoga Offering||Roti, Rice, Sabji, Dhal|
|8:00 PM||Ratrikalika Bhoga Offering||Milk and Dry fruits|
|4:15 AM||Mangala Arati||Dhupa, Dipa, Arghya, Vastra, Pushpa, Chamara, Vyajana|
|7:15 AM||Darshana Arati||Dhupa, Pushpa, Chamara, Vyajana|
|12:30 PM||Rajbhog Arati||Dhupa, Dipa, Arghya, Vastra, Pushpa, Chamara, Vyajana|
|4:15 PM||Dhupa Arati||Dhupa, Pushpa, Chamara, Vyajana|
|7:00 PM||Sandhya Arati||Dhupa, Dipa, Arghya, Vastra, Pushpa, Chamara, Vyajana|
|8:15 PM||Shayana Arati||Dhupa, Dipa, Arghya, Vastra, Pushpa, Chamara, Vyajana|