Madanmohan–the Sambhanda Vigraha
Madanmohana Deity is very important in our Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy and most essential to all of our lives. He is the Sambandha Deity- the Deity that is worshipped to establish our relationship with Krishna. In this material world we are all very much attached to the objects of the senses. The objects of the senses and the phenomenon of attraction between senses and objects are being controlled by the demigod named Madan or cupid. When his arrows pierce our hearts, they are irresistible. Everyone is madly chasing after the pleasures of this world, and it is factually impossible to give them up, unless we experience a higher taste “Param dristva nivartante”. Madanmohana is that name of the Lord, which means that cupid who enchants everyone within this world gets enchanted by the beauty of the Lord.
Prayers to Lord Madanmohan
By worshipping, by rendering service, and by chanting the names of Sri Madanmohana, we can attract our hearts away from all of the pleasures of this temporary world, away from the sources of misery of birth and death, and engage in His eternal loving service.
Let us all behold the beautiful darshan of Sri Madanmohana, glorify His great attributes, reveal to Him our utterly fallen condition, and beg for His mercy. Beg for His mercy as Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami said:
“jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madan mohanau.”
“Glory to the all-merciful, Radha and Madanmohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet they are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.”
Spiritually, we are all lame. We have no strength. Birth after birth we have been ill advised and thus fallen victims to our mind and senses. Our only hope is the mercy and the shelter of Sri Madanmohan. Let us pray to Him, so that He attracts our hearts and minds to His loving service, to His holy names, to His wonderful pastimes and to the association of His most auspicious devotees. So let us worship Sri Madanmohana and let us chant the holy names.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE!”