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JAGANNATH MAHAPRASADAM DISTRIBUTION. (The Pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu during Jagannatha Rath Yatra – Part 3)

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King Prataparudra sent a large quantity of prasadam to Caitanya Mahaprabhu & His associates taking rest in the garden at Balagandi. This prasadam had been offered at the Balagandi festival. It included milk products, fruits, curd, fruit juice, coconut, mango, jackfruit, various kinds of bananas, almond, raisins & dates, etc. There were hundreds of different types of sweetmeats, such as manohara-ladduamrta-gutika and various types of condensed milk.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu understood the labor of all the kirtana chanters, Therefore He was eager to feed them sumptuously. All the devotees sat down in lines, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally began distributing the prasada. The devotees, however, could not accept prasada until Caitanya Mahaprabhu began to eat. Svarupa Damodara therefor asked the Lord to sit down and honor the the prasada. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu agreed and sat down with His personal associates. Everyone was fed until they were filled to the neck. After finishing, the Loed washed His mouth and sat down. There was so much extra prasada that it was distributed to thousands of people.


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