SB 1.11.15 (1964)

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT No. 15

Dwari dwari grihanam cha dadhi akshata phala ikshuvi Alamkritam purnakumbhair valibhir dhupa deepakaih.


Dwari dwari—each and every house doors, Grihanam—of all the residential buildings, Cha—and, Dadhi—curd, Akshata—unbroken, Phala—fruit, Ikshu—sugarcane, Alamkritam—decorated, Purnakumbhai—full water-pots, Valibhir—along with things for worshipping, Dhupa—incense, Deepakaih—with lamps and candles.


In each and every door of the residential houses auspicious things like curd, unbroken fruits, sugarcane and full water-pots with things for worshipping along with incense and candles all were readily displayed.


The process of reception according to Vedic rites is not at all dry. The reception was made not simply by decorating the roads and streets as above mentioned but actual reception was made by worshipping the Lord with requisite ingredients like incense, lamps, flowers, sweets, fruits and other palatable eatables according to one's capacity all were offered to the Lord and the remnants of the foodstuff was distributed amongst the gathering citizens. So it was not dry reception of the modern days. Each and every house was ready to receive the Lord in the similar way and thus each every house of the roads and streets distributed such remanants of food stuff to the citizens and therefore the festival was successful in the proper sense of the term. Without distribution of foodstuff no function is complete and that is the way of Vedic culture.

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