Pastimes of Lord Jagannath :
In 2011, Mr. Chamrah living near the Sri Jagannath Mandir was sick for weeks. One day his health situation worsened and it appeared that he would now leave his body. All close relatives were urgently informed of the situation.
Mataji Seeruttun (Mr. Chamrah’s sister):
“He was seemingly in his last stage of his life. All his family gathered that day, thinking that he may leave his body at any time. His daughter also came to see him. Meanwhile I asked someone to bring some maha water from Sri Jagannath Mandir. We put drops of the maha water together with a tulasi leaf in his mouth. As soon as he came in contact with the water and the tulasi leaf he immediately recovered. Everyone was relieved. His daughter could return to her place on the same day. By the grace of Sri Jagannath my brother is still with us today. Jay Jagannath. Jaya Baladev. Jay Subhadra.”
This pastime took place during the Snana Yatra Festival celebrated in 2011. Mataji Mimta’s mother in law was sick for months. Doctors could do nothing. So the family arranged to bring her home: better she dies surrounded by his relatives than in the hospital. There was no hope -they just waited for her last breath and already started to think about the arrangements for the funeral rites. It was 15 June 2011. On that day there was Snana Yatra, the anniversary of Lord Jagannath. A tent programme was organized on this occasion at Morcellement St Andre.
“My mother in law was very critically ill and was bed ridden. Everyone in the family was expecting the worst thing that could happen; her death. Meantime we were on the Snana Yatra day and we had already reserved one kalash for abhishek of Sri Jagannath. Though we were not leaving her alone at any moment, we took the risk and came at Morcellement Saint Andre just to do the abhishek. After the abhishek we rushed for home. Reaching home I put some caranamrta in her mouth. The next morning she got up very miraculously and she was absolutely fine. She was having a stroll in the yard looking at her plants.”
In March 2012, Mataji Gaura Vigraha Devi Dasi had a fracture in his hand. She thought that it was some pain and was aware that it was a fracture only until a few days later. Mataji used to cook for Their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Maharani quite often. In the following couple of weeks she suffered from the fracture and could not cook.
In the meantime just after the fracture of Mataji Gaura Vigraha’s palm, and before she became aware that it was a fracture, Lord Jagannath did a wonderful pastime. This pastime is related to Mataji Vimlangi (Mohita) who also stayed at morcellement St Andre. She was not aware about Mataji Gaura Vigraha’s situation.
“Once, in my dream I heard a loud knock at my door. When I went to see, to my great surprise I saw that Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladev and Sri Subhadra Maharani were at the door. I was astonished and began to cry. I asked them why they came and what service I can offer Them. They said that they are not getting food and they were very hungry. They were asking for food to eat.
The next day I phoned Prabhu Madan Gopal and told him everything. Prabhu gave me permission to cook for the Lord. From that day I prepare full offering on two days per week for Their Lordships.”
Actually the deities at Sri Jagannath Mandir were being offered fruits every evening before Gaura Arati. They were getting full offerings only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Mataji Vimlangi started to cook everyday (except Saturday and Sunday) and when Mataji Gaura Vigraha recovered, arrangements were made so that Their Lordships could get full offering every day except on Sunday. Thus their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Maharani made Their own arrangements for Their offering. JAY JAGANNATH!!!
This pastime took place on a Saturday. After his regular service at Sri Jagannath Mandir as usual, Bhakta Vikash was about to leave for home at 10.00 a.m. when he realized that his car lock was not functioning. Several means and ways were used to remediate this problem. Finally with the help of Mr. Rajesh Juggoo at about 2 p.m. the car was fine and Bhakta Vikash could return back home.
“On the same day, after a very hectic day I was very tired. I could not come for Bhagavatam class. I went to sleep a bit early on that day. In my dreams I saw that I am at Sri Jagannath Mandir. Then I saw that Prabhu Madan Gopal came and told me to guard the Mandir. I was wondering why Prabhu told me to do so, but still I did that service. After some time Prabhu Madan Gopal came, seeming very tense and asked me: “Prabhu where is Baladev? I told you to guard them!” I got panicked and replied: “Oh Prabhu, really where is Baladev?” looking at the altar. “You did not tell me that They go out to play.” Then Prabhu Madan Gopal told me; “We must quickly look for Baladev. You don’t know, Baladev is very beautiful, people may steal Him.”
And then we both went out to look for Baladev. After some time I saw a very beautiful boy of about 5 years age playing. He had a white complexion. He was very beautiful. The boy then suddenly started to run and went inside the Mandir. I followed the boy to see where He was going. To my great surprise I saw that the boy went on the altar in the place of Baladev and I could see the boy transforming and becoming back Baladev. I woke up suddenly at the very moment. Jay Sri Baladev!!!”