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SB 11.27.19

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


śuciḥ sambhṛta-sambhāraḥ
prāg-darbhaiḥ kalpitāsanaḥ
āsīnaḥ prāg udag vārced
arcāyāṁ tv atha sammukhaḥ


śuciḥ—clean; sambhṛta—having collected; sambhāraḥ—the paraphernalia; prāk—their tips facing the east; darbhaiḥ—with blades of kuśa grass; kalpita—having arranged; āsanaḥ—his own seat; āsīnaḥ—sitting; prāk—facing the east; udak—facing the north; vā—or; arcet—he should perform the worship; arcāyām—of the Deity; tu—but; atha—or else; sammukhaḥ—directly facing.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


After cleansing himself and collecting all the paraphernalia, the worshiper should arrange his own seat with blades of kuśa grass whose tips point eastward. He should then sit facing either east or north, or else, if the Deity is fixed in one place, he should sit directly facing the Deity.


The word sambhṛta-sambhāra means that before beginning the Deity worship one should place all necessary paraphernalia nearby. In this way one will not have to get up continually to search for different items. If the Deity has been permanently installed, then one should sit facing the Deity.

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