In the modern day many pastimes between devotees and the Lord in His Arca Avatar, or Deity forms are happening. There are many stories....
Dreams have long been a feature of exchanges between the Lord and His devotees.
In Remuna, Kshirachora Gopinath (photo above) told His pujari in a dream to take the pot of
sweet Kshira the Lord had hidden under his dress, and bring it to His beloved
devotee Mahdavendra Puri. Madhavendra Puri, who was outside under a Banyon
tree, had left the temple, feeling he had offended the Lord by desiring to
taste the Kshira so he could offer it to his own Deity. (narasimhalila.com/
When Govinda Gosh, one of Lord Caitanya's dear associates, abandoned all of his
service in frustration after his wife and son died, Lord Gopinath (photo above) appeared to
him in a dream masssaged his legs. "I don't understand your intelligence," the
Lord Said. "One of your sons dies, and you decide,
'Whats the point in feeding the other one let him die also.'" The Lord agreed
to perform the last rites and yearly pinda ceremony for Govinda, who was then
very happy and got up to prepare an offering. Every year this Deity is taken to
the place where He performs the annual pinda ceremony, but Pankajanghri Prabhu
told me the Deity actually went there Himself at the time of Govinda's
Dreams of Krishna or Guru are a great insiration for the devotee. In the cases
above, they are also a great inspiration to us and future devotees, because the
dreams are revealed to us through literature or verbal tradition. The devotees
involved spoke about their dreams, or wrote about them, so that we could share
in the ecstatic inspiration, and feel greater faith in Guru and Krishna. If
they kept the pastimes to themselves, we would no know about them.
In the modern day many pastimes between devotees and the Lord in His Arca
Avatar, or Deity forms are happening. There are many stories in regard to Lord
Nrsimhadeva in Mayapur and Lord Jagannath in Rajpur. (narasimhalila. com/
jagraj1.html) Many devotees have given their realizations, dreams and miracles
they have witnessed. His Grace Pankajanghri Prabhu released them in book form..
World Deity Pastimes is a new section aimed at revealing histories of other
Deities, pastimes, and personal accounts Deities manifesting Their mercy.
Here we have some ancient histories, as well as some from the present. One
obstacle we face is that many devotees who have had experiences with Deities,
don't want to talk about it.
It is more convincing to read the experiences of someone who gives their name
and tells who they are, as in Mayapur Lord Nrsimhadeva's pastimes. But if
devotees won't reveal who they are, at least they could spare us some mercy to
know what happened, even if they don't give their name.
Seva Priya devi dasi, who tells of how her daughter Jagannath Lila was born by
the mercy of Lord Jagannath at Rajpur, said she promised Lord Jagannath to
always speak of His glories, so she has to tell everyone. She adds that
devotees who read her story say their faith has been increased.
We have the chance to serve the devotees by inspiring their faith in the Lord
by revealing any pastimes we have seen or experienced. If our life ends without
sharing the mercy we miss that opportunity.
Below are some personal accounts of dream related experiences from present-day
Pujari's Dream Come True
One of the pujaris from Soho temple visited our family in Mayapur in 2009. She
told us a very interesting story about Lord Jagannath in Soho.
The pujaris were preparing to offer a flower set to Sri Sri Radha London
Isvara. A donor had offered the funds required.
During her sleep, Lord Jagannath appeared in a dream. He said, "I am God just
as much as He is! I want a flower set also."
"But Lord Jagannath," she pleaded nervously, "Someone donated the money for the
flower set. We don't have the money to buy a flower set for You."
"Don't worry," Lord Jagannath said. "Radharani will arrange everything."
The next day someone came to the temple and donated the money needed to buy
Lord Jagannath's flowers, and the devotees enthusiastically prepared a flower
set to Lord Jagannath also.
Most Wonderful Dream
as told by Kaisori devi dasi
This is the most wonderful dream I have ever had of a Deity of Krishna. We were
living at St. Augustine, so we would drive to Alachua temple .
This was during a time when I was going through a lot of tests, in spiritual
life, in life in general. I dreamt that I was in the car driving to the temple
with my husband and my mother was also there. We were driving and then we
arrived at the temple.
As soon as we saw the temple I see this mataji coming out of the temple room,
and she says to me, "Take advantage. Krishna is still outside." And I said to
her, "What do you mean Krishna is still outside?"
She said, "The Deity, Shyam, He's right in the center of the temple room. He
I said "Ok. I have to go see that." So I rushed to the temple, and there He
was! The Deity of Shyam was right in the middle of the temple room!"
I offered my obeisances and I started walking close to Him. Then once I was
really--literally this close--suddenly He became Himself. He was no longer a
Deity, He was Shyam. And then He smiled at me.
And He said, "Kaisori, don't worry so much about things. It's not good for
He said, "Whenever you have a problem, or anything that worries you, just come
and tell me and I will take care about it."
It was very very beautiful. That's the most beautfiul dream I have every had.
Lord Balaram's Appearance Day, New Mayapur
As told by Vaiyasaki Prabhu.
We were in New Mayapur in France for Lord Balaram's Appearance Day. Sri Sri
Krishna Balaram are the main Deities of the temple, and Lord Balaram is the
only Lord Balaram Deity in Europe. It is a big festival. Every temple has their
big yearly festival. That's their big one.
I gave class and there was a big kirtan. Right on the final day, in the
evening, the devotees presented a play in French. So a few of us went back to
the temple for sayana arotike rather than sit and see a play in French. There
were a few devotees there in the temple, maybe about ten. I led the kirtan, the
consch blew, but the pujari didn't close the curtains, so I just kept chanting.
Then the pujaris started putting the Deities to rest like they do after closing
the curtains. They brought in the beds, they took off all the garments. They
did everything. They put Them to rest, said all the mantras with the curtains
wide open. So I just carried on chanting. Then when the pujaris were finished
they blew the consch and closed the curtains.
This is unusual that the pujaris put the Deities to rest with the curtains
open. It's very unusual. So I said the premadvani prayers, and I said to
everbody, "We really got Lord Balaram's mercy!"
Anyway, I went home. That night I had a dream. I was walking in some temple. I
don't know where it was. I didn't recognize it. Just me and Prabhupada. We were
walking and I said to Srila Prabhupada, "I think that we got Lord Balaram's
mercy." Srila Prabhupada said, "Yes, you definitely got Lord Balaram's mercy."
Just then I woke up. I was like wide awake, and I thought "Wow!" I looked at my
clock and it was one o'clock in the morning. I thought "I've got to go back to
sleep," but I couldn't. So I just chanted sixteen rounds.
This happened about ten years ago.(year 2000)
To share some pastimes or Deity histories, please write to me
at amogha. acbsp @pamho.net.