Srila Prabhupada has given a mandate that there must be regular Mangala-Arati in the temple during Brahma Muhurta, an hour and a half before sun rise. It is said that during Brahma Muhurta, our mind is calm, refreshed and serene. Since our mind is like a blank paper, it is free from worldly impressions and we can infuse it with divine thoughts.
At 4:15 AM the Jagarana Seva is offered (waking up the Deities) followed by the Balya Bhoga offering (the morning offering of sweet rice). After that the Lordships get ready to receive Mangala-Arati, the first Arati of the day. Devotees eagerly assemble to have the first darshan of the Lordships. At 4:30 AM, the conch-shells blow announcing the opening of the altar doors. A grand arati is performed by offering incense, lamp, water, cloth, flowers, chamara (fan made of yak tail) & vyajana (fan made of peacock feathers) to Their Lordships. Devotees sing Guru-ashtaka, a song composed by Srila Vishwanatha Chakravarthi Thakura glorifying the spiritual master.
The Deities are in the “most merciful” mood during the Mangala-Arati. So, please come and participate in this very special program at the temple – everyday at 4:30 AM