Pushya Abhisheka:
(Sri Krsna Pushya Abhisheka)

Krsna's Various Rasayatras:
Pushya Abhisheka:
Saradiya Rasayatra:
Vasanta panchami:
Vasanta Rasayatra:
Krsna Phula Dola, Salila Vihara:
Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra :

Balaram Rasayatra:

On the purnima of the month of pausa (Narayana - December - January)(Srimad Bhagavatam, 2:10:4, 'poSaNaM tad-anugrahaH."), the last day of the astrological month (Pushyami nakshatra), one should bath the deity in five seers (or pounds - 2.5kg approx') of ghee. The Hari Bhakti Vilasa says that on this day one should  rub ghee on the deity of Sri Krishna. Pusya of course means nourishing, and this act of devotion, with ghee, which is very nourishing is equivilent to the results of an asvamedha sacrifice.

Skanda Purana 2.2 chapter 42 describes Sri Krishna Pusya abhiseka as one of the festivals observed for Lord Jagannath in Puri. This chapter gives an elaborate description of the rituals for observing the  festival.

In the 27th chapter text 99 of the same section of Skanda Purana the pusya naksatra is also mentioned. There it is said that it was on a Thursday, astami tithi, during sukla-paksa of the month of Vaishakha in conjuction with the pusya-naksatra that that Lord Jagannath was installed in the original temple in Puri.

' Krsna Pusya abhiseka -- During the morning puja, or worship, the Deity or a salagrama is bathed in pure ghee. Srila Prabhupada once explained the festival this way: "Krishna was just a toy in the hands of the Gopis, so one day the Gopis decided that we shall decorate Him. Pusyabhisheka means a ceremony to decorate the deity profusely with flowers, ornaments, cloths. After there should be lavish feasting and a procession through the streets, so that all the citizens should see how beautiful Krishna appears." ' (Krsna-priya Devi Dasi, Vaisnava Academy - Alachua)


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