Hera Pancami and Sri Vakreshwar Pandit disappearance day

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Today’s auspicious day is celebrated in Jagannath Puri as Hera Panchami, when Srimati Laxmi devi, four days after the Jagannatth Rathayatra, goes to Gundicha temple to find out why Lord Jagannath was taking so much time to return and to request him to come back immediately. Being in a hot temper, her servants chastise the servants of Lord Jagannath and demand that they bring the Lord back very soon. Observing this festival, Srivas Pandit and Svarup Damodar would debate, with Srivas Pandit taking the side of Laxmi devi, being an incarnation of Narad Muni, and Swarup Damodar would take the side of the Gopis of Vraja, as he is Srimati Lalita devi herself. Hearing the talks of the two devotees would give great pleasure to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and they would in this way happily celebrate the festival of Hera Panchami.

Sri Vakreshwar Pandit, the expert dancer, also chose this day to bring his pastimes in this world to a close. Being appointed as the lead dancer in one of the sankirtan parties of Mahaprabhu during Rathayatra, he would dance ecstatically and energetically in a most pleasing and enchanting way. Once, in his transcendental ecstasy, he danced and sang continuously for 72 hours, giving great delight to all the vaishnavas. We also beg for his mercy so that we may be able to attain Krishna prem and sing and dance in transcendental bliss.