Monday, 11 April 2016

Lord Jagannath Sleep Secret

Once it so happened that when Lord Jagannath’s chief attendant went to his room for his morning chores he saw that the Lord’s clothes were tattered. He was shell shocked and called for the one who dressed Him the previous day. The poor soul was blamed for theft and was  fired. This man was extremely heartbroken and wanted to get to the root of the issue. He was pretty sure that someone was playing foul and was responsible for the sorry state of affairs.
He decided to wait inside the temple at night and catch the thief. He waited for long but saw no one around who he could get suspicious of. Suddenly, as he was about to drop drowsy, he saw a man in Lord Jagannath’s clothes walking fast out of the temple. He decided to follow this mysterious man and catch him red-handed.
He saw the man walking towards a brinjal plantation and from a distance, watch a woman with a white saree sing. The mysterious man was approached by the attendant of Lord Jagannath and lo! the attendant fell dizzy at the sight of Prabhu Himself.
Apparently, Lord Jagannath walked every night to this particular brinjal plantation to hear the woman sing Dashavatar (from Geet Govind written by Jaydev). He could not sleep without hearing her song. prabhuji loves listening to Dashavatar.
After getting Prabhu’s darshan;, the attendant informed everyone about the happenings of the previous night but no one believed Him. The next day they asked the woman to stop singing or leave the place and never come back again. She stopped singing and Prabhuji couldn’t sleep.
He then gave His darshan to the chief priest in his dream and told him about His problem of sleeplessness. The next morning, the chief priest immediately summoned the woman and rewarded her richly and arranged for Dashavatar stotra to be a major part of Jagannath pooja rituals.
The Lord till date is sent to bed wearing a cloth that has the Dashavataram store written on it.