Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.
Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world, He was first preceded by Baladeva. Only after Baladeva give His mercy did Krishna descend, such is the intimate relationship between Krishna and Baladeva.
The splendor of Lord Balarama’s form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Lord Balarama exemplifies the service attitude to Krishna. His only mission is to please Krishna by rendering service to Him, whether it is in the creation of the material worlds, maintaining the spiritual world or as His personal paraphernalia.
Srila Prabhupada Quotes on the glories of Sankirtan
“Balaräma gives one strength. Balaräma is Nityänanda. Vrajendra-nandana yei, çacé-suta haila sei, balaräma ha-ila nitäi. This bala—Balaräma—comes with Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu, and both of Them are so merciful that in this age of Kali one may very easily take shelter of Their lotus feet. If one has no connection with Nitäi, Balaräma, then even though one is a very learned scholar or jïäné or has taken birth in a very respectable family, these assets will not help him. We must therefore conquer the enemies of Kåñëa consciousness with the strength received from Balaräma.” – Purport Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.46
Lord Balarama is the eternal companion of Sri Krishna. He came as Lakshmana with Rama and later as Nityananda Prabhu with Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the original spiritual master, and any one desiring to make spiritual progress must first get the mercy of Lord Balarama.
At ISKCON, Mysore on this day we decorate both Sri Sri KRISHNA BALARAM with new set of dresses and jewelry. Evening program begins at 6:00 p.m with a grand 64 Kalasha abhishekam to the utsava Deities of Krishna and Balarama. Abhishekam include panchamrita snana (milk, yoghurt, ghee, honey, and sweet water), panchagavya snana, varieties of fruits juices and milk shakes, aushadi snana (herbs) and tender coconut water.
A number of varieties of arati is offered with accompaniment of Sankirtan. While the sanctified water from the 64 Kalasha is offered, Purusha Sukta is chanted. Abhishekam ends with the showering of multitude of flowers.