Deity worship of Baby Krishna and Radha Krishna – Which is recommended for home and what is the procedure?
Actual Questions from two devotees:
Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Are all the procedures you described, applicable for worshipping Laddu Gopalji as well? I heard worshipping Laddu Gopal is easier compared to Radha Krishna deity worship. I have a desire of bringing Laddu Gopal at our home. I am not initiated but I regularly chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Also what is the procedure for installing Laddu Gopal deity at home? If me and my family members happen go out for some days should we engage someone in His worship or should put Him at rest? Thank you. Hare Krishna.
Hare Krishna. When doing Aarti, how many times must we turn the incense, 5 wick lamp, conch, handkerchief, flower, whisk, and fan? want to do it the correct way.
I always do not encourage worshiping deities at home if they are of the height of more than 3 inches unless the devotee is initiated and is ready to follow all the recommended rules.
Having deities at home requires more procedures and purity. Even if you go to the toilet, you have to take full bath. You should never miss offering food to the deity form of Lord. You should follow all the purity measures including being away from the room where the deities are there, at the time of monthly periods.
Deity form of Krishna is the archa avatar of Krishna. Therefore, we have to treat Him as if you treat your close family member.
Instead of following deity worship at home, it is good to have framed/ laminated pictures of Krishna and worship.
Even in the case of framed/ laminated pictures, you need not keep plenty of pictures. One Radha Krishna picture, One Krishna Balaram Picture, One Gaur Nitai Picture, One all in one guru parampara picture – thus, four pictures are enough in Puja room or Puja altar.
Too much of pictures will be difficult to manage and clean.
BE SIMPLE EXTERNALLY AND BE RICH INTERNALLY. This is very important advice I always recommend for all and I also follow that. I give importance for internal features much. Externally, I try to manage according to the circumstances. But, internally, I feel that I am sufficiently strong in my love and dedication to Krishna. This conviction is enough.
Since you are not yet initiated by a guru, please follow picture worship alone. You can have plastic or clay made fancy idols of Krishna in show-case. It is not a deity. But, you need not install deity for WORSHIPING PURPOSE.
BABY KRISHNA OR RADHA KRISHNA?
I discourage deity itself in home unless you have strong conviction and facilities to manage them. So, there is no question of which one is better – whether baby Krishna or Radha Krishna.
However, for the concept-sake, the severity of the offences made in worshiping the Baby Krishna (Laddu Gopal) is less compared to Radha Krishna.
Because, the relation of Radha Krishna is in the topmost platform and it is the advanced form of Krishna. So, it requires serious attention and care to manage them.
Even in ISKCON, the new temples usually do not install Radha Krishna deities. They install either Gaur Nitai, or Jagannath-Baladev, or Krishna Balaram.
Because they may not have people to take care of the deities properly during the initial days of the temple. Once the temple is well established, they install Radha Krishna deities since they will have more devotees for deity service of Radha Krishna.
When even the temples hesitate to install Radha Krishna during initial days, what about our home?
So, I do not recommend having Radha Krishna deity at home. Please have their pictures.
No mere emotional approach will not help in devotion. It may lead to the guilt on a later date when you become unable to take care of them.
Temples are the permanent structures. Even if One Pujari leaves, another one will take care of them. So, established temples can have deities.
Hope I have regulated you correctly. Please follow my advices and avoid offences.