Letter from Srila Prabhupada to: Jayapataka (Svami)—–Los Angeles—30 April, 1970
791) Whether I know not to miss the attendance at the Mangala Aratik ceremony! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!
———–Regarding how to act when there is a choice of either attending Aratrik ceremony without bathing first or bathing and thus missing attendance at the Aratrik ceremony, the answer is that the rules should be followed as far as possible. If it becomes necessary, simply wash your feet, and when possible also wash the face, head, hands, and rinse mouth with water. —————