Rupa Raghunatha dasa
updated 8th December 2004

Photos of home altar from Rupa Raghunatha dasa, his wife Vrajadevi dasi (disciple of Giriraja Swami) and their two daughters, Radhe Shyam,4 years old, and Prema Manjari 1 yr old.

Burnaby, Canada “We have a big sun room where we have our altar. We use this room to have house programs from spring to summer. Brhat Mrdanga prabhu held several Bhakti sashtri courses here and we had many Prabhupada remembrance nights with devotees like Dhanajaya Prabhu, the late Sridhar Swami, Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj, Nava Yogendra Swami, Lokanath Maharaj, Bhakti Caru Maharaj and many others.

Mangalanda (Michael Cassidy) came with his wife to perform soft rock kirtans in glorification of Srila Prabhupada...It brings us lots of pleasure to distribute prasadam and to be able to serve devotees in this way... We worship 4 Govardhan silas....Sri Sri Radha Giridhari and Shyamasundara as well as GiriGovardhan.”

In late Kartik 1998, Vrajadevi and I went to Mukharai, which is a small little village next to Govardhan. If you're coming from Krsna Balaram Mandir to Radha Kunda, it's on your left before you get to Govardhan and turn right to go to Radhakund. It is not very well-known as it is well hidden between long paddy fields, but the entrance to that village is very unique with a large Banyan tree entranceway. Mukharai is the village of Mukhara, the maternal grandmother of Srimati Radharani. Mukhara just like Paurnamasi arranges for the meetings of Radha and Krsna. Krsna comes to Mukharai and to attract Radharani's attention, He produces sweet sounds by expertly playing musical rocks. These rocks are from Govardhan and are called bhajan-silas...they sound just like kartals. There is a beautiful little ashram and temple where Mukhara's house used to be with a little kund (pond) next to it. The pond is called Mukhara Kunda. We went there to see those bhajan-silas. Vrajadevi picked up one of them and wanted to see how they play. She didn't know she was not supposed to pick the silas much less play with them. An old sadhu came out and stopped her. She felt very bad and apologized. He smiled and told her she should take the Lord, serve and worship Him, which she did.”

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