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Speech About Lord

The encyclopedia defines the word Deity as a preternatural or supernatural immortal being, who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, and respected by believers. Being conditioned souls in this material world, it is not possible for us to see the spiritual form of the lord directly with one’s material eyes. The supreme lord, being merciful incarnates himself in the form of a deity which can be easily conceivable even through mundane material eyes, and hence there is no difference between the supreme lord himself and the deity. The Deity is also known as the arcā-vigraha or arcā-avatāra, an incarnation of the Supreme Lord.

The Appearance of Arcā-avatāra

The Deity form to be worshiped may be constructed of any one of eight substances—stone, wood, metal, clay, paint, sand (drawn upon the ground), the mind or jewels. Lord can manifest as arca-vigraha in this material world by himself or through a deity installation process authorized by vedic scriptures in which the deity is made out of one or more among the above mentioned eight substances. When the lord manifests in a deity form by himself, he is known as svayambhu avatara, whereas when installed, he is known as pratistha avatara. The present temple here has the svayambhu incarnation of the lord known as Svayambhu Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.

Worship of Arcā-avatāra

Worshiping the Deity form of the Supreme Lord automatically brings purity and satisfaction to the mind. The Supreme Personality of Godhead himself explains the process and importance of deity worship in the twenty seventh chapter of eleventh canto in Srimad Bhagavatam. There are three varieties of arcana, Deity worship, based on the original Vedas, the secondary tantras, or a combination of these. The Deity image, the ground, the fire, the sun, the water and the heart of the worshiper are all true locations of the Deity’s presence. Srila Prabhupada often gives the example that ‘when you put your mails in a box in the street, because it is written there U.S. Mail, you know that it is authorized box. And if you put your letters within this box, it will surely reach the destination. The post office will work. So there is no difference between the huge post office building and that small box because it is authorized. Similarly, the difference between idol worship and Deity worship is like that. Unless authorized process is accepted, it is idol worship. That is the general rule. If somebody thinks that “There is a box, red and blue, on the street. Why shall I go to that box? Let me have similar box at my door and it will be cleared by the postman because it is blue and red,” that will not be so. Because the box which you put at your door, that is not authorized.’

Deities of the Temple

Sri Sri Gaur Nitai: Gaur Nitai refers to Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda Prabhu, who are identified in sastra as Supreme Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama respectively. These are the most merciful forms of the Lords who appeared on earth and made it easy for everyone to approach them by the congregational chanting of the holy names of Lord Hari. The deities of Gaur Nitai were installed here as per the vedic processes mentioned in agama sastras on the auspicious day of Gaura Purnima on Mar 8th, 2012. Any devotee who visits Gaur Nitai temple here can’t stay quiet without praising the blissful forms of the deities. Devotees lovingly offer their Lordships daily varieties of food items, sandal paste, aromatic fragrances and decorate the lord with valuable ornaments and colorful dresses.