Disappearance day of Vibhu Chaitanya Prabhu

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The auspicious Dvadasi tithi in the month of Margashirsha, the very special month which is the representative of Krishna himself, as mentioned by him in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Of the 12 Months, I am Margashirsha Masa, BG 10.35), is the disappearance day of the hidden jewel of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, H.G. Vibhu Chaitanya Prabhu.

The very embodiment of dedication and service, Vibhu Chaitnaya Prabhu single handedly cooked for 17 years all the offerings to the Deities. He would arrive in the kitchen at 02:30 a.m. and leave at 01:00 pm and then again from 03:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. He was thus engaged in the service of the Lord through out the day. Seeing him thus engaged in cooking for the Lords, Srila Prabhupada himself told him that he didn’t have to chant rounds, and could just chant while cooking, as every single moment of his life was utilized in the service of the Lord. The names of the Lord undoubtedly resided in the very core of his heart and therefore his life was already perfected.

Due to his deep love and affection, the most exquisite melodies emanated from the kitchen as he sang the names of the Lords while cooking for them. After tirelessly serving the deities as their cook for 17 years, when he could no longer stand, he meticulously gave out charanamrita to all the devotees. He would affectionately hold your hand with a firm grip and pour in the carnamrtia mixed with his deep affection and blessings. Finally when he could no longer even do that, he stayed in his room, which he had transformed into a divine abode with pictures of the deities everywhere in the room. The devotees would then go to visit him in his room to take his blessings and be enlivened by his tender and loving nature.

Although no longer present in the material world, he eternally resides in the cores of our hearts and on this auspicious day we pray to receive his mercy so that some day we may be able to follow in his footsteps and dedicate our lives in the service of the Lord the way he did. All glories to Vibhu Chaitanya Prabhu!