Srila Prabhupada writes:
Srila Jiva Gosvami remarks in this connection that every child, if given an impression of the Lord from his very childhood, certainly becomes a great devotee of the Lord like Maharaja Pariksit. One may not be as fortunate as Maharaja Pariksit to have the opportunity to see the Lord in the womb of his mother, but even if he is not so fortunate, he can be made so if the parents of the child desire him to be so. There is a practical example in my personal life in this connection. My father was a pure devotee of the Lord, and when I was only four or five years old, my father gave me a couple of forms of Radha and Krsna. In a playful manner, I used to worship these Deities along with my sister, and I used to imitate the performances of a neighboring temple of Radha-Govinda. By constantly visiting this neighboring temple and copying the ceremonies in connection with my own Deities of play, I developed a natural affinity for the Lord.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.12.30
Hare Krishna. My wife Leslie has recently begun making and selling Jagannatha puppets from wool felt. There is the puppet Jagannatha with His clothes, turban, jewelry, a piece of felt watermelon, and a cloth bag to hold it all. This is a new, original creation, all hand-made in ecstatic love; and they’re incredibly cute and attractive. I guarantee they will melt your heart. Just see:
A happy girl got one:
I can’t imagine a better way to bring Jagannatha to life for a little boy or girl and help cultivate deep and natural love for the Lord in a child’s heart.
Leslie and our daughters will be making more of these and also designing puppets of Baladev and Subhadra. I’m sure every devotee knows a child who would love to have one or all of them. Adults too! For info please write to Leslie at:
guruchiter (at) gmail.com
Thank you. Hare Krishna.