The preparation for the festival starts many days prior to Akshay Tritiya, When the devotee’s start grinding chandan with rose water mixed with camphor so as to make it even more cooling and pleasing for the lords, in the temple courtyard, while simultaneously singing the holy names of lord. Each morning and evening devotees take turns to grind chandan on stone slabs sitting on the marble floor of the temple. The scene of the devotees sitting there and engaging in the service is truely beautiful and inspiring, as it installs within the heart an image of how it must be in the spiritual world where everyone is constantly engaged in the service of krishna. In the time span of the few days, the devotees manage to accumulate enough sandalwood paste to smare on all the deities, big and small.
When the auspicious day arrives, the deities are covered with chandan, incorporated with the love, and devotion of the devotees who ground it, from head to toe and detailed designs are drawn to decorate their most attractive forms. The devotees are extremely overjoyed on this day to see the lords, as their beautiful three bending forms are very visible. Seeing the lord smeared in chandan and decorated with flowers cools the eyes of the devotees and they feel tremendous joy in their hearts. This application of sandalwood paste on the Utsav murtis of the lords continues for 21 days and on the last day, the big deities are once again covered in chandan. In this way by observing the chandan yatra festival and making arrangements for cooling the lord from the scorcting heat we too can drown in the ocean of transcendental bliss and be freed from the scorching heat of this material existence.