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The day prior to Ratha Yatra is Gundica Marjana, the cleaning of Gundica temple takes place to welcome Lord Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu performed Gundica Marjana with great jubilation. By cleaning the Lord’s temple, one’s mind becomes purified. “In this way all the quarters of the Gundica temple were completely cleansed and cleared. All quarters were cool and spotless, like one’s cleansed and pacified mind.”
In Mayapur, devotees enthusiastically cleaned Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Mandir. This is also the Gundica Mandir as Lord Jagannath will reside here and enjoy Sundrachal pastimes until return Ratha Yatra. Today the entire temple was thoroughly cleaned with love and devotional by many enthusiastic devotees. Although the general populace wasn’t allow on the altar this year like they were last year, it was still an amazing experience. All of the children were having the time of their lives sliding all over the temple, it was a sight to see. We thank all of those devotees who helped in whatever way they could in cleaning the temple of the Lord.