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snāna-yātrā dekhi’ prabhura haila baḍa sukha
īśvarera ‘anavasare’ pāila baḍa duḥkha

snāna-yātrā — the bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannātha; dekhi’ — seeing; prabhura — of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; haila — became; baḍa — very much; sukha — happiness; īśvarera — of the Lord; anavasare — during the pastime of retirement; pāila — got; baḍa — very much; duḥkha — unhappiness.

Upon seeing the bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannātha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu became very happy. But when Lord Jagannātha retired after the ceremony, Lord Caitanya became very unhappy because He could not see Him.

After the bathing ceremony of Śrī Jagannātha, which takes place just a fortnight before the Ratha-yātrā ceremony, the body of the Lord Jagannātha Deity is repainted, and this takes just about a fortnight to complete. This period is called Anavasara. There are many who visit the temple to see Lord Jagannātha regularly every day, and for them His retirement after the bathing ceremony is unbearable. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu felt Lord Jagannātha’s absence from the temple very much.

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