time it took, along with a lot of non-cooperation from the weather
and neighbors, Abhirama Sakha prabhu and his family: wife, Syama-Gauri
prabhu, daughter, Advaiti, and son, Atharv - hand-crafted and installed
beautiful, solid wood closets and drawers for Their Lordships, Sri
Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara, right before Gaura Purnima
this year, 2017.
When Abhirama Sakha prabhu volunteered to take on this service
in 2015, he did not realize the tests which would be put before
him. His driveway had to become his workshop; his garage housed
his tools, and his car had to be moved to the street. Because he
received neighborly complaints about the noise and because city
regulations wanted all the houses to have that “neat as a
pin” look, he was prevented from leaving his work outside;
it had to go back into the garage in the evening and his car had
to go back onto the driveway. Out, in, out, in, out, in. As time
went on and the drawers started taking shape, there was nowhere
to put them but in the largest space in the house – the living
room - and, really, there was practically nowhere for them to sit.
Inclement weather – scorching heat, freezing winter rains
and snow, etc. many times made sure that the work came to a halt.
So although he and his family had their busy life of work, catering,
hosting guests, school, helping with large festivals (Sadhu Sanga,
Rathyatra), they worked diligently and devotedly to produce what
we consider First Class Cabinets and Drawers!
The Deities of Gaura-Nitai were installed in May, 2016, on Aksaya
Tritiya, the most auspicious day of the year. Since then Their Lordships’
clothing and paraphernalia have increased many-fold and are now
housed in their respective compartments. Here they are, along with
some early pictures: pics
May Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara bless Abhirama Sakha
prabhu and his family for their wonderful service! Hare Krsna.