Sudhanshu Soni, 22 July 2019
Please accept my humble obeisance
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
All glories to Srila Gurudeva
Hare Krishna as far as I know in front of deity we should not eat anything but I have seen many time devotee drinking water in front of altar many times especially during chanting they keep bottle with them or while having Bhagavatam class.
I wanted to know what is acceptable or prohibited in it and why is it so…
Thank you so much
Manian VB, 22 July 2019
Water is the human necessity.if they drink water during Bhagavatam classes or during chanting
Priya Sundari devi dasi, 22 July 2019
Hare Krishna Prabhu.
From what the Nectar of Devotion (Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu) states, in Chapter 8 (Offenses to be avoided) –
One should not eat / accept / honor prasadam in front of the deities yes.
If the curtains are closed ie deities are resting then it is ok from what I have seen in various temples. Water is not considered a food in that sense so it is accepted. Same with Caranamrita – which is why after the darshan arati in the morning, devotees are given caranamrita and they wash their hands and mouth once it is honored.
I hope this helps answer your question.
Priya Sundari devi dasi
*Kṛṣṇe matir astu*
Sudhanshu soni, 24 July 2019
Thank you so much Mata ji.
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