After the palanquin has gone around the shrine, it stops at the entrance and Swamiji takes the icon of Sri Krishna into the first room, where it is placed in a golden cradle. This cradle is situated behind the entrance guarded by Sri Chenna Keshava. From now until the dawn Krishna is supposed to sleep here. Only the Swamiji and his immediate associates participate in this service and for this reason it is known as ekaanta sevaa, worship in seclusion.
While the Swamiji rocks Sri Krishna in the golden the cradle, the musicians sing lullabies. The Swamiji offers milk, sandalwood paste, sandalwood oil, holy leaves, nutmeg, cloves, perfume, etc., and waves aarati.