Here's a few close ups of the Archa murthys

last updated 31st August 2013

Janmastami 2013 midnight candle lit arati

Janmastami 2013 midnight candle lit arati

our humble bhoga offering on Janmastami night; Gauranga potato, curd steaks, gujarati salad, carrot cake, raspberry simply wonderfuls, pistachio srikhand, and gulab jamens

our humble bhoga offering on Janmastami night; Gauranga potato, curd steaks, gujarati salad, carrot cake, raspberry simply wonderfuls, pistachio srikhand, and gulab jamens
.....ooops and pumpkin soup and fresh orange juice too

Sri Sri Radhika Raman ji

The altar on Janmastami evening 2013

and the next day

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's Vyasa Pujan celebration in Katikati 2013

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's Vyasa puja celebrations 2013 a handful of dedicated souls who came together to glorify His Divine Loving Grace with Atmananda dasa ACBSP, Manu under couch., Rahul Goyal, Rama Priya Goyal, Samba Goyal, Vedavati devi dasi, Ramachandra dasa, Braja Lal, Sitarani devi dasi, , little Bhakti prabhu, Hiranyangi devi dasi, Raseshvari dasi and Bhaktimarg devi dasi.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's Vyasa puja celebrations 2013 a handful of dedicated souls who came together to glorify His Divine Loving Grace with Atmananda dasa ACBSP, Manu under couch., Rahul Goyal, Rama Priya Goyal, Samba Goyal, Ramachandra dasa, Braja Lal, Sitarani devi dasi, little Bhakti prabhu, Hiranyangi devi dasi, Gopaladev dasa, Raseshvari dasi and Bhaktimarg devi dasi.

(we took two pics so my wife Vedavati who took one pic and Gopaladev prabhu who took the other pic could both be in the pics)

Srila Prabhupad Murthy after garlanding and pushpanjali



8th July 2013

8th July 2013 darshan

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthys - 8th July 2013

Sri Sri Nitai Gaura - Kanhai Balhai - Krishna Balaram - 8th July 2013

Sri Radhika Raman Shaligram & Girigovardhan - 8th July 2013

Sri Sriyuts Jagannath Baladev Subhadra - 8th July 2013

2nd June 2013 - The Altar

2nd June 2013 - Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthys

2nd June 2013 - Sri Sriyuts Jagannath Baladev & Srimati Subhadra Devi

2nd June 2013 - Sri Radhika Raman Saligram

2nd June 2013 - Sri Sri Kanhaih Balaih and Krishna Balaram murthys

2nd June 2013 - Srimati Tulasi Devi
 

Sri Radhastami - 23rd September 2012

Radharani covered in flowers, the swab to the right is saturated with pure Kasturi oils, said to resemble the bodily fragrance of Srimati Radharani

Sri Radha Charan darshan

This is yellowish Govardhan sila I found at Govinda kund that has a face of a woman indented into it like a cameo. In Vritti Chintamani of Vishvanath Chakravarty Thakur he say that different coloured stones from Govardhan hill show Their association with different personalities. White stones are places where Balaram had some pastimes, Reddish represents where the gopis embraced Krishna and the kumkum from their bodies marked the hill. The yellowish stones or those marked with yellow are where Radharani had some contact or pastimes. So this one with a woman's face cameod into it naturally and yellowish, and very yellow on the rear side - jai Sri Radhey.

Sri Sri Radhika Raman Shaligram, and notice the pure white Govardhan sila on the pile of Govardhan silas,
Sri Padma Nabha Gosai from Radha Raman temple in Vrindavan said this is a rare form of Radhika Govardhan sila.

Let me try to remember what the preps were: Palak paneer, jackfruit cauliflower and tomato sabji, fancy rice with cashews, and plain basmati rice, spicy channa dahl, urid dahl vadai and coconut chutney, and curd steaks made from Gopaladev & Hiranyanghi mataji's cow Kumkum's milk. Raspberry malpoura, pure milk barfi balls, bandhi laglus, banana and golden syrup cake, Vegan fruit balls covered in dark chocolate and icing, pineapple and coconut drink, and Radharani's birthday cake.

Here's a look at the inside of the cake that Hiranyanghi mataji made for Srimati Radharani, and my wife is in the process of serving out under the watchful eye of little Shyam (verticle grey stripes) and little Bhakti listening attentively, Gopaladev poised with a spoonful of malpura taking his attention to the full. Jai Sri Radhey


 

The Altar July 2012

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthys

Sri Sri Radhika Raman Salagram with new Sudarshan vihara necklace kindly donated by Himanshu Singhal of http://www.rudrakshguru.com  June 2012
 
 

The Altar on Sri Radha-astami - 5th September 2011

Kanaih - Balaih Govardhan silas

and Nitai Gauranga

Govardhan sila dressed as Radhika due to the yellow complexion and cameod face impression within the sila

Sri Sri Kanaih Balaih - Krishna Balaram murthys
 

Sri Sriyuts Balaram, Subhadra and Jagannath

Sri Sri Radhika Raman Salagram sila and sila vihara

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthys with Radha Rani's lotus feet showing

see below for a close-up of Her most merciful lotus feet.

This is the one day per year that Srimati Radharani's feet are exposed for the blessing upon Her devotees.

Worshipping Srimati Radharani's lotus feet
(from Sri Radha Rasa Suddha Nidhi by Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati)

Radharanis Lotusfeet

Dhani Dhani Radhika ke Charan

The lotusfeet of Sri Radhika are my only treasure

(from Sri Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi)

 alam visaya varta ya naraka koti bibhatsaya
 vrtha sruti kathasramo bata bibhemi kaivalyatah
 paresa bhajanon mada yadi sukadayah tatah kim
 parantu mama radhika pada rase mano majjatu

May my mind always float in the ocean of divine nectar emanating from the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. No more fear of millions of hells. Studying of the scriptures has become simply troublesome. Merging into the brahman effulgence is terrible. The ecstatic symptoms of devotion to the Lord that are felt by the great devotees like Suka have lost their charms.

 upasya caranambuje vraja bhrtam kisori ganaih
 mahad bhirapi purusair apari bhavya rasotsave
 agadha rasa dhamani svapada Padma seva vidhau
 vidhehi madhuroj jvalam iva krtim mamadhisvari

O Radha! You are my sole Ruler and only shelter. Countless gopis of Vraja swarm around Your lotus feet and worship them wholeheartedly. Your lotus feet are an inexhaustible fountainhead of the quintessence of universal love and are inconceivable to great saints. That is perhaps the reason why great devotees are striving with ever increasing courage and hope to catch the sweetness and beauty of the grace that flows from Your lotus feet. O Queen! Will You be pleased to show me the particular manner in which I should serve Your lotus feet?

 atisnehaduccair api ca hari namani grnatah
 tatha saugandhadyair bahubhi rupa carais ca yajatah
 paranandam vrndavana manu carantam ca dadhato
 mano me radhaya padamrdu lapadme nivasatu

Lotus chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari with love attracts my mind towards Sri Radha's feet. This attraction becomes very strong as soon as the delicious ingredient of Sri Radha's service is added to the chanting. Meditation on blissful Krsna as He roams about in Vrndavana has put me under the shade of the tender feet of kind Sri Radha.

 kamam tulikaya karena harinayalatka kairankita
 nanakeli vidagdha goparmani vrdai tatha vandita
 ya sanguptaya tatha upanisadam hrd yeva vidyo tate
 sa radha carana dvayi mama gatih lasyai kalilamayi

My only shelter is Sri Radhika's lotus feet which I yearn to worship with love and devotion. These lotus feet of Srimati Radhika are painted by Krsna's soft fingers with a feather dipped in the most fragrant red-colored juice. The gopis follow Krsna's example and worship the same feet for the happiness of all living entities. These feet are glorified in the Upanisads, and are found in the depth of the hearts of pure devotees.

 vrndavanesari tavaiva padaravindam
 premamrtaika makaranda rasau gha purnam
 hrdyar apitam madhupate smaratapa mugram
 nirvapayat parama sitala ma srayami

O Vrndavanesvar! O Sri Radhe! I pray for the shelter of Your lotus feet. Your lotus feet are treasure house of nectar of divine love. Syamasundara keeps them safely and dearly in His heart. These feet are the supreme cooling remedy for the blazing fires of this material world.

 yadi snehad radhe disasi ratilam payata padavi
 gatam me svaprestam tadapi mamnistham srunu yatha
 kataksai raloke smita saha carair jata pulakam
 sama aslisyamyuc cai atha ca rasaye tvatpadarasam

O dear Sri Radha! When out of sheer compassion, and moved by Krsna's overwhelming love for You, will grant Him His prayers to message Your lotus feet? At that time, I shell look at the ecstatic smiling faces of both of You, and so encouraged I shall hug Your feet with my hands, and taste the nectar of Your lotus feet to my full satisfaction.

 yasya aste bata kinkarisu bahusas catuni vrndatavi
 kandarpah kurute tavaiva kim api prepsuh prasadotsavam
 sadrananda ghananuraga lahari nisyanda padambuja
 dvandve sri vrsabhanu nandini sada vande tava sripadam

O Vrsabhanu-nandini! I bow down to Your lotus feet with great awe and reverence, from which selfless love is ever pouring forth in abundance. In His ceaseless and tireless efforts to win Your grace, Sri Krsna, the God of love of Vrndavana and Supreme Almighty, always solicits the favors of Your servants with love and affection.

 radhapada saroja bhaktim acalam udviksya niskaitavam
 pritah svam bhajatopi nibhaira maha premnadhikam sarva sah
 alingatyatha cumbati svavadanat tambulam asyer apayet
 kante svam vanamali kamapi mama nyasyet kada mohanah

I know, and it has been confirmed by all reliable authorities that Madana-Mohana Krsna would be so ecstatically delighted to see pure devotion unto Sri Radha's lotus feet that he would descend from His worshipped throne to embrace, kiss, give His chewed betel nuts, and garland to Sri Radhika's devotee. When shall I be blessed with such devotion, getting such treatment from Krsna as my reward for devotion to Radha's lotus feet?

 sat premasindhu makaranda rasau gadhara
 sarana jasramabhitah sravada sritesu
 sri radhike tava kada caranaravindam
 govinda jivana dhanam sirasa vahami

O Radhika! When shall I enjoy the fortune of having my head used by You as Your footstool? Your feet, which are the life-treasure of Govinda, will then be a crown on my head. They will further bathe my head with a pure nectarine flood of love that always flows among Your devotees.
 

The Altar - Sunday 7th August 2011

Srila Prabhupad with his super fragrant "Early cheer" garland

Nitai Gaur and Kanaih - Balaih Govardhan silas

Krishna Balaram murthys

Baladev, Subhadra and Jagannath

Sri Sri Radhika Raman ji
 
 



2nd June 2011

May 2001 for Indradyumna swami's Vyasa pujan

some of our group of devotees who came to help us celebrate

the offering to Srila Prabhupad and Indradyumna swami


 

my wife made this set a couple of years ago with materials she got from UK & Vrindavan

Kanaih Balaih  - Krishna Balaram

Sri Sri Radhika Raman

Group photo


Gaura Purnima - 20th March 2011

Kanaih Balaih Govardhan silas and Gaura Nitai below.

Sri Sri Radhika Raman

Lord Balaram, Lady Subhadra and Lord Jagannath

Krishna Balaram murthys

S hot just after the feast was offered to the Godz

.........my wife Vedavati devi dasi doing the offering,
..........while Atmananda prabhu ACBSP was giving his talk about the life of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Savoury offering plate: palak paneer (spinach and curd), Sabhudana kitri, "Meat eaters delight" with potatoe, fried curd, fried eggplant and whey, Gauranga potatoe, Buckwheat groats "rice", Apple chutney, Pumpkin soup, buckwheat puffs with avacado yogurt and parmesan cheese dip, Aloo & Sago tikis, and salad.

Hmmmm the sweet offering plate: buckwheat base cheese cake, ekadasi style cake with dates and walnuts etc, boyson berry srikhand, pistchio barfi, ekadasi cookies, fruit kebabs, and fruit juice punch.
 

No special occassion really - just a day of new enthusiasm
This was the 2007 Gaura Purnima set

These nice crowns were just sent in by Sheela Muralidhar from the UK (and Bangalore)
she got them in Bangalore for Jagannath Baladev and Subhadra - Thanx

Kanaih and Balai radiant as ever

Sri Sri Radhika Raman - little heart melters

Giriraje namo namah

Sri Radhika Raman Salagram sila with ear to ear smile bestowing His ashirvadam blessings upon all of us.
 

View all Radhastami 2007 photos HERE
 

The altar on Jhulan yatra 2006

Jhulan yatra

Sri Sri Radhaika Raman on Their new Jhulan (swing) on Jhulan Yatra 2006

Sri Sri Kanaih - Balaih (Krishna Balaram) on Their snan-vedi just before the abhishek

(somehow all the abhishek pics got lost)

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthys in Their Janmastami set

Lord Balaram's feast 2006

Janmastami feast offering 2006

(just as the offering was being done our next door neighbours brought over the bag of Oranges seen on the end)

Janmastami Feast offering

Krishna's birthday cake

Janmastami at mid-night 2006


(photo by Lisa O'Callaghan - Nitai's Lisa)

Radhastami on the new swing 2006
(check out Radharani's feet)

Srimati Radhika charan (lotus feet)


(photo by Lisa O'Callaghan - Nitai's Lisa)

Radhika Raman Govardhan sila on the Sarvotbhadra madala @ Radhastami 2006

a couple of close-ups of the mandap for Radhastami


(photo by Lisa O'Callaghan - Nitai's Lisa)

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthy on the swing - in action on Radhastami 2006


(photo by Lisa O'Callaghan - Nitai's Lisa)

Krishna Balaram murthys looking very blissful on Radhastami

Radhika Raman back on the altar after the swing
 
 

The Altar as of 8th April 2006


Radhika Raman salagram sitting on His Rama vesh for Ramanavami 7th April 2006

from the other side.......
 

Sri Sri Radhika Raman - April 2006

The Altar December 2005

Kanhai-balai Krishna Balaram murthy

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthy - December 2005

The Altar November 2005 after the installation of Radhika Raman murthy

Sri Sri Radhika Raman murthy - November 2005
 

February 2006 - with Their new painted eyes

February 2006

Sri Sri Radhika Raman - Chard Rd 2008

Radhastami 2008 (Lund Road) on Their swing


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