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Offering to Sri Sri Radha-Krsna

"In the Radha-Damodara temple, they offer Bhoga to the Six Goswamis. Offer ten full plates, 8 puris, 2 kacoris, 2 samosas, varieties of sweets (2 each), and varieties of vegetables. Make many palatable things such as Jhuri, Dhal-mot, Jalebis, Rauta and many other nice dishes. You can keep a nice stock of these things, so that when a big man comes you can give him a nice plate of free prasada. In this way, our temple will become very popular, because everyone will know that if they come to our temple, they will receive very nice prasada. For the other guests, continue to sell the prasada daily. This is very nice program. Make all the prasadam very first class."

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Dhananjaya and Aksayananda, 06-18-75

When offering Deity worship in the home, whatever food one prepares for oneself and others must be offered to the Deities. While home worship is seldom as regulated as temple worship, one should keep as regular a schedule as possible. Given that individuals in the household may eat at varying times of day, the number of offerings made to the Deities may vary. However, it is best to have a scheduled number of offerings, like breakfast, lunch and dinner. (See the link below for a typical day's temple offerings.)

Following is the procedure for offering the bhoga-arati. After lunch (followed by a dhupda-arati, if possible), the Deities should be put to rest, at least by meditation. They should remain closed from view in the afternoon. Please see additional information in the section entitled "Deity Worship in the Home".

On a plate reserved for the Lord's use, nicely arrange the bhoga preparations. Perform acamana and offer obeisances to the Spiritual Master. Set the offering plate in front of the Deities, either directly on the altar or on a table before the altar. Arrange for the Lord to eat in private, behind a curtain or altar door. With your with hand, purify the bhoga by sprinkling it lightly with water from a pancha-patra while chanting the maha-mantra. Sitting on an asana before the altar and ringing a bell, recite three times the pranama prayer to the Spiritual Master, begging permission to assist him in his service to the Lord:

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate Bhaktivedanta Swami iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter of His Lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

Chant the following prayer to Lord Caitanya three times, requesting His mercy:

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah

"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You." [Cc. Madhya 19.53]

Chant the following prayer three times, offering respect to Lord Krsna:

namo brahmanya-devaya-go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas, the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas, and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."

Leave the room for ten minutes, allowing the Lord and his associates (including the Spiritual Master and the previous Acaryas) to eat. During this time, if initiated, chant the Gayatri mantras for the Spiritual Master and for Lord Caitanya (the third and fifth guru-given mantras); then chant the Hare Krsna mantra and other Vaisnava songs. Re-enter the room, clapping your hands three times. Remove the plate, praying that you have served the Lord and His associates to Their full satisfaction.

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