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ISKCON Gita Nagari to host 44th country style Ratha Yatra after two-year hiatus.

After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, ISKCON Gita Nagari is gearing up to celebrate its 44th Annual Ratha Yatra on Saturday, July 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gita Nagari Eco Farm, Port Royal, Pennsylvania.

“This is probably the only Ratha Yatra in ISKCON North America and possibly the world which is done country-style. Imagine singing and dancing to the Holy names of Krishna surrounded by natu

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After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Harrisburg (ISKCON of Harrisburg) is gearing up to celebrate the 12th Annual Hare Krishna Festival of India on Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Island in Harrisburg.

The devotees of ISKCON of Harrisburg are extending their warm welcome to one and all to attend the festival. The unique, 1-mile long, 63-acre City Island, is conveniently located just across the walking b

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Today is Ratha-yatra day.

It is a great honor, privilege, and pleasure to be here on the auspicious occasion of Snana-yatra. The first deities of Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra in ISKCON were discovered in San Francisco in 1967. One of Srila Prabhupada’s early disciples, Malati dasi, saw a small figure in an import store, Cost Plus, and brought it to him. When Prabhupada saw the figure, his eyes opened wide. He folded his palms and bowed his head in respect. Then he said, “You have brought

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Ratha-Yatra Sponsorships


The annual festival of Jagannath Rath Yatra will be celebrated at the global spiritual headquarter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Sri Mayapur Dham, Nadia.

Each year the devotees endeavour to raise the bar by adding new dimensions to the celebrations. The deities of Lord Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra will be seated on three different carts and taken out in a grand procession. The scriptures mention that whoever takes darshan of the gleeful grin of Lord Jagannath se

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Hare Krishna,
Jai Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra Maharani!
All glories to Sri Mayapur Dham

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Lord Jagannatha after being away from the eyes of everyone from Snana Yatra day, the Lord emerges very beautifully after 15 days of recovery to give Darshan to all His beloved devotees waiting!

With immerse joy, it is our pleasure to formally invite you, your family, and friends to come forward and seize this very rare oppor

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History was made in Watford’s famous Cassiobury Park on Saturday 11th June. After local devotees gathered en masse along Watford’s bustling high street for hari nama chanting, for the first time they made their way to the park’s entrance to greet the cart carrying Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra. After a joyous Ratha Yatra procession around the park, a feast was served to everyone as they were serenaded with kirtan from a beautifully decorated bandstand.

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10572637453?profile=RESIZE_584xFollowing in the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada’s father Gour Mohan De, thedevotee community organised a wonderful Rathayatra festival in a localpark. The children led the kirtans, and put on a brilliant drama “Mrgarithe Hunter”, followed by a feast.

“These children are given to us by Krishna, they are Vaisnavas and we mustbe very careful to protect them. These are not ordinary children, they areVaikuntha children, and we are very fortunate we can give them chance toadvance further in Krishna Co

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On the full moon day, sixteen Days just before Ratha yatra, Lord Jagannatha is bathed loving by devotees. After such long bath the Lord becomes sick and is confined to rest for fourteen days. He is then offered special care until He comes out for Ratha Yatra.
So, come join us this year as Lord Jagannatha Snana Yatra Is Just around the corner and It Is a very rare opportunity to bath Their Lordships personally and get the blessing of bathing the Lord on Snana Yatra! At Simantadvipa, In the
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The Melbourne ISKCON devotees living in the western suburbs of Melbourne Australia have for years participated in the annual local Hindu Holi festival in which they have incorporated a mini Ratha Yatra parade.

Many hundreds of people from the culturally diverse community attended the festival and the devotees engaged them all in the festivities.

With the cooperation of the festival management, the devotees were able to distribute books and prasadam (sanctified food), and much more.

The highligh

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9978063483?profile=RESIZE_400xDuring one Ratha-yatra in New York where both Prabhupada and Jayananda attended, I hired a professional film crew to document the entire event. It was a random thing I did just so I could take it back with me to India and show everyone there. In India we had a portable briefcase projector called a Fairchild that was ideal for viewing. It would pop open and people could watch movies right on their desk or we could flip the lens and reflect it on a large sheet for the villagers.
When I did return

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Ratha Yatra Returns to Ludhiana, Punjab

9975465879?profile=RESIZE_584xLast Sunday marked the return of the annual Krishna Balarama chariot festival (Rath Yatra) in Ludhiana – a thriving business city 250 km from India’s capital -New Delhi. One of the biggest Ratha Yatra festivals in the ISKCON world, the event attracted hundreds of thousands of devotees as they pulled the chariots amidst the prayerful chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. 

The Honourable Chief Minister of the Punjab state, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi, presided as the chief guest. This was a sign

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9928227283?profile=RESIZE_710xBy Madhava Smullen

With this holiday season upon us, devotees from Alachua as well as from Gainesville’s Krishna House, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine participated in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade in Florida on December 4th.

Hare Krishna devotees were the first part of the parade in 2012, for which they received the first prize trophy for best float. After receiving a trophy in 2013 as well, they have participated annually since only missing three years including 2019 and 2020.

The parade

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By Kalyana Giriraja das
Since 2016, the Berlin ISKCON Jagannatha Temple has been celebrating the traditional Ratha Yatra at the Brandenburg Gate in the middle of the government district of the German capital. The decision to hold the traditional chariot festival at the most famous symbol of German history was a strategic consideration. In a time in which more and more people in Germany get afraid of partly unknown religious communities and their rites, the Berlin ISKCON community wanted to
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By Madhava Smullen

The San Francisco Rathayatra, ISKCON’s first, returned on August 14th after missing the year 2020 due to the pandemic, with a bright and colorful celebration for the Lord of the Universe at Golden Gate Park.

With the exception of last year, San Francisco Rathayatra has been held annually since 1967, when Srila Prabhupada sketched a truck with a four-pillared canopy on the back and organized his early disciples in introducing Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra to North Ame

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Ratha Yatra or Chariot Festival'is a festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is the oldest Ratha Yatra taking place in India and the World, whose descriptions can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita.This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month).The festival commemorates Jagannath's annual visit to Gundicha Temple

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9093972899?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Madhava Smullen

ISKCON New Vrindaban has started its festival season, which runs from May to September, and draws pilgrims, gives inspiration and association to visiting devotees, helps to maintain the temple, and provides engagement and financial support for devotee staff.

During the pandemic, New Vrindaban, with its 2,200 acres, spacious temple room and strict following of Covid protocols, has been a popular destination for devotees looking to safely experience the deity darshan and temple

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New York Ratha Yatra Returns


By Madhava Smullen 

Lord Jagannatha is coming.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was the first year without a New York Ratha Yatra parade in 45 years – instead, Lord Jagannatha was driven down Fifth Avenue in a minivan, along with a virtual online celebration.

This summer, things are beginning to look different. The number of new coronavirus cases in the US has plummeted from a seven-day average of more than 250,000 a day in early January, to a daily average of less than 14,380 during the past

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I appreciate the Vaishnav community. I have visited Mayapur in West Bengal. I went to the morning religious meeting at Tala Park of Tala Park Hari Sabha where Vaishnava sing and chant Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is my favorite good. It gives me a lot of happiness to write and sing on Lord Krishna. I love reading the Bhagwad Gita. I appreciate Sril Prabhupad of ISKCON. I really like the prasadam of Mayapur ISKCON. They are maintaining a temple of Lord Krishna with devotion for many years. They are

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Starting in 1973, residents of New Vrindaban, West Virginia, held their own small rural Rathayatra festival on the farm, a sweet event with Lord Jagannath riding a succession of different charmingly rustic makeshift carts.

In the early 2000s, Malati Devi, one of the organizers of San Francisco’s 1967 Rathayatra – the first outside India – commissioned a proper traditional chariot and the festival grew in popularity within the community. 

Then in 2016, the Rathayatra became a public annual even

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Pandemic Ratha Yatra in New Vrindaban

Ratha Yatra 2020 – A spiritual reunion


Sri Baladeva, Subhadra and Jagannath

On 12 July, 2020, Summertime is Ratha Yatra time! The Ratha Yatra festival is a celebration of reunion, when Their Lordships Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra, who had been separated from Their devotees during a two-week “sick” leave, finally return and are taken out on a pleasure ride in a gorgeously decorated chariot. On a deeper level, it signifies the ecstatic reunion of Krishna with the residents of Vrindaban aft

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