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CC Madhya 12.204

Text

āra dine jagannāthera ‘netrotsava’ nāma
mahotsava haila bhaktera prāṇa-samāna

Synonyms

āra dine — the next day; jagannāthera — of Lord Jagannātha; netra-utsava — the festival of seeing the eyes; nāma — named; mahā-utsava — great festival; haila — performed; bhaktera — of the devotees; prāṇa-samāna — the life and soul.

Translation

The next day marked the performance of the festival of Netrotsava. This great festival was the life and soul of the devotees.

Purport

After the bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannātha, during the fortnight before the Ratha-yātrā ceremony, the body of Lord Jagannātha, having been washed, needs repainting. This is known as aṅga-rāga. The Netrotsava festival, performed gorgeously in the early morning of the Nava-yauvana day, constitutes the life and soul of the devotees.