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“They have nice prasadam down there.”
This story was told by His Holiness Jayapataka Maharaja. When ISKCON was first given this temple and land, there were many joint owners and most of them had already signed it over to us. However, Jayapataka Maharaja stressed that he didn’t want full worship to begin until the remaining persons had signed the deeds. Unknown to him, the pujari was already offering bhoga that had been brought up from Radha Madhava’s kitchen in Mayapur. So upon hearing this instruction, he stopped the offerings. But that night he dreamed that when he was going to wake the Deities, he found They were not there-they were gone! Frantically running outside he spotted them walking across the fields. “Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra!” he shouted, “Where are You going?”
“You are not feeding us, so we are going to Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir,” They replied. “They have nice prasadam down there. Lot’s of prasadam.”
Of course when Jayapataka Maharaja heard about this dream he said, “I didn’t know that you were already making offerings otherwise I never would have told you to stop. I just wanted to make sure the temple was ISKCON’s before establishing a high standard of worship, but now immediately continu the offerings.”
Now we are feeding Lord Jagannatha very opulently with over twenty items for raja bhoga, so we hope He is satisfied and will never leave.