TEXT 39
arcitvā gandha-mālyādyaiḥ
payasā snapayed vibhum
vastropavītābharaṇa-
pādyopasparśanais tataḥ
gandha-dhūpādibhiś cārced
dvādaśākṣara-vidyayā
SYNONYMS
arcitvā—worshiping in this way; gandha-mālya-ādyaiḥ—with incense, flower garlands, etc.; payasā—with milk; snapayet—should bathe; vibhum—the Lord; vastra—dress; upavīta—sacred thread; ābharaṇa—ornaments; pādya—water for washing the lotus feet; upasparśanaiḥ—touching; tataḥ—thereafter; gandha—fragrance; dhūpa—incense; ādibhiḥ—with all of these; ca—and; arcet—should worship; dvādaśa-akṣara-vidyayā—with the mantra of twelve syllables.
TRANSLATION
In the beginning, the devotee should chant the dvādaśākṣara-mantra and offer flower garlands, incense and so on. After worshiping the Lord in this way, one should bathe the Lord with milk and dress Him with proper garments, a sacred thread, and ornaments. After offering water to wash the Lord’s feet, one should again worship the Lord with fragrant flowers, incense and other paraphernalia.
PURPORT
The dvādaśākṣara-mantra is oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. While worshiping the Deity, one should ring a bell with his left hand and offer pādya, arghya, vastra, gandha, mālā, ābharaṇa, bhūṣaṇa and so on. In this way, one should bathe the Lord with milk, dress Him and again worship Him with all paraphernalia.

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