2014 Ratha Yatra @ New Vrindavan

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Yesterday, the Ratha Yatra Festival was celebrated at New Vrindavan, West Virginia. Although there were scattered rain showers, and the umbrellas came out, still it was a very auspicious day, and nice event enjoyed by all. Following are some of the pictures I took along the festival rout.


The Festival’s Inspiration


The Festival’s Inspiration
Excerpted from Back to Godhead Magazine Vol 13, No. 6, 1978

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought the ancient Indian Ratha-yatra, the Festival of the Chariots, to the West in 1967. That year Srila Prabhupada held the festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and it quickly caught on all over the world. In 1969, at the third San Francisco festival, Srila Prabhupada spoke these words:

“My dear American boys and girls, I thank you very much for your taking part in this great festival known as Lord Jagannatha’s Ratha-yatra. This festival has been held every year for the last two thousand years or more in India, and in your country perhaps this is the third year we have held this great Ratha-yatra festival. We are also holding this festival in Boston, London, New York, and Columbus. The purpose for this Krsna consciousness movement is to invoke your dormant love for Jagannatha, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Every one of us—not only human beings but every living entity including birds, beasts, and aquatics—is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And just like a son has the right to inherit the property of his father, so we have the prerogative to achieve the status of our father, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This status is called sac-cid-ananda-vigraha, Sat means ‘eternal,’ cit means ‘complete in knowledge,’ ananda means ‘bliss,’ and vigraha means ‘person.’ As we are all persons, so the Supreme Personality of Godhead is also a person, but He is very, very great. And He being the greatest, He supplies the needs of all other individual persons. We have a relationship with Lord Jagannatha, and we are meant to participate in His qualities of eternity, knowledge, and bliss.

“This inauguration of the Ratha-yatra festival will bring a new chapter in the history of the world—it is that potent. It is stated in the Vedic literature that anyone who sees Lord Jagannatha seated on this chariot will never again have to take birth within this miserable material world.”

(c) The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc.

The Festival of the Chariots


The Festival of the Chariots
Excerpted from Back to Godhead Magazine Vol. 13, No. 6, 1978
by Jagajivana dasa

Intimations of a Festive World

This Krsna culture,” His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada used to say, “has so many festivals. We could have one every day. In the spiritual world, every day is a festival.” And when you first see the chariots, you wonder whether that’s just where they’ve come from. Three soaring, silk-covered peaks rumbling along on ten-foot wheels—you have a feeling they’ve come from somewhere you’ve been before, but haven’t been back to for a long while.


Ratha Yatra Festival in Jagannath Puri


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Yesterday, July 10th, marked the start of the annual Ratha Yatra Festival of Lord Jagannatha in Jagannath Puri. Millions of pilgrims visit Jagannath Puri to participate in the Ratha Yatra car festival of Lord Jagannatha. Lord Jagannatha, along with His brother Baladeva and sister Subhadra, travel in gigantic chariots and go to the Gundicha Temple. The previous day of Ratha Yatra (i.e. July 09, 2013) devotees assemble in Gundicha Temple and clean the temple. This event is called as Gundicha Marjana. Lord Jagannath stays in Gundicha temple for a week and then comes back to His own temple. This return journey is called Bahuda Ratha Yatra (July 18, 2013).

In the Brahmanda Purana it is said, “A person who sees the Lord’s Ratha-yatra car festival and then stands up to receive the Lord can purge all kinds of sinful results from his body.” In the Bhavisya Purana, it is said, “Even if born of a lowly family, a person who follows the Ratha-yatra car when the Deities pass in front or from behind will surely be elevated to the position of achieving equal opulence with Visnu.”

In 1967, Srila Prabhupada inaugurated the Ratha Yatra Festival, the Festival of the Chariots, in western countries and thanks to him, today people all over the world observe this festival.

Ratha Yatra in the West More

Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra Queens, NY

Sri Krishna Balarama

Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra on Sunday, August 5, 2012!

The devotees of Queens invite all to come and celebrate our annual Ratha Yatra parade. It will begin at 1:00 pm sharp from the corner of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, and will continue all the way to our Mandir at 111-14 101 Avenue at 3:00 pm, followed by a Festival of India until 8:00 pm. Free sumptuous prasadam will be served all day long and we will have a full afternoon packed with dramas, dances, bhajans, devotional talks
and fun for the entire family.

Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir
111-14 101 Avenue
South Richmond Hill, New York 11419
website: http://www.krishnabalaramanyc.org

For more info, please contact:
Sunandana Das: 917-604-1085 ; sunandanadas@hotmail.com
Govinda: 347-480-5357

Festival of India 2012 Schedule

Festival Of India 2012 Summer Tour

2012 Proposed Tour Schedule (Up-dated March 21, 2012)

March 7———-Gaura Purnima
*March 17 and 18———-Miami, Florida, Ratha-yatra and Festival of India
April 2———-Washington D.C., American University, Festival of India
April 4 and 5———-University of Maryland; College Park, Festival of India
May 2———-Washington D.C., George Washington University, Festival of India
May 4———-University of Maryland, Baltimore, Festival of India
May 19———-Jacksonville, Florida, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*May 26 and 27———- Baltimore, Maryland, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
June 2 and 3———-Atlanta, Georgia, Pani Hati/Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*June 9———-New York City, New York, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*June 24———-Chicago, Illinois, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
July 4———-Washington D.C., Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*July 7 and 8———-Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*July 14 and 15———-Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
July 17———-Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*July 21———-Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
July 22———- San Francisco, California, Ratha-yatra
*July 28———-Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
July 31/August 1———-Las Vegas, Nevada, Harinam Sankirtan & Book Distribution on the Strip
*August 5———-Los Angeles, California, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
August 9———-Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sri Krishna Janmastami
August 10———-Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja
*August 18 and 19———- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
*September 1, 2 and 3/Labor Day Weekend———-Seattle, Washington, Ratha-yatra/Festival of India
September 15 & 16———-Boston, Ratha-yatra/Srila Prabhupada’s Commonwealth Pier Arrival Fest
*September 22———-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–Ratha-yatra/Radhastami
October 20———-Potomac, Maryland. Sri Ramacandra Vijayotsava Festival
*These cities/dates are Confirmed
Hare Krishna

Pasted from http://www.festivalofindia.org

First Ever Ratha Yatra Festival in Las Vegas

Maha Harinam

Join in for hours of blissful chanting & dancing on the world famous Las Vegas Strip!
When: Friday, April 21, 6-9 PM
Meeting place: Govinda’s Center at 5:30 PM or the Excalibur outdoor parking lot at 6:00 PM
Harinam route: on Las Vegas Blvd. from Excalibur to Bellagio and back from Paris to MGM.

Ratha Yatra Parade

First ever Ratha Yatra in Las Vegas! 
Please note: Ratha yatra is a part of the Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival.
When: Saturday, April 22, 9:30-11 AM
Start of the parade: Water St. & Ocean Ave. in Henderson, Water Street District, Map & Directions
Parade route: on Water St. from Ocean Ave. to Atlantic Ave.
What happens after the parade: Heritage Festival organized by the City of Henderson will follow the parade and will include live entertainment, international food booths, dance and cooking demonstrations, craft booths and more!
Please visit Govinda’s booth from 10:00 – 7:00 PM. We will be distributing prasadam, books and Indian gifts.
See us on the Henderson Amphitheater Stage at 1:30 PM performing live kirtan and classic Indian dance.

Ratha-yatra Festival

Ratha-yatra Address
Given by Srila Prabhupada
San Francisco, June 27, 1971

Jagannatha svami nayana-pathagami bhavatu me. (crowd repeats) Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. (crowd repeats) Thank you very much. Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your kindly participating in this great Ratha-yatra festival.

I have already explained what is this Ratha-yatra festival. It is in commemoration of a grand visit by Lord Krishna along with His elder brother, Balarama, and His younger sister, Subhadra, in a solar eclipse ceremony at Kuruksetra.

This occasion is the subject matter of this Ratha-yatra festival. Apart from these historical references in the matter of Ratha-yatra festival, there is another spiritual meaning, that the Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, and this body is just like ratha, or car.


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