By Meghashyam Dasa
January 6th, 2021, marked the start of the All-India Padayatra’s (pilgrimage) seventh grand march around India, including the char dham yatra.
Beginning in Dwarka on Radhastami, September 2, 1984, the padayatra has continued nonstop for thirty-six years, covering all of India and completing its sixth round in Dwarka on this New Year’s Day.
The Padayatra Dwarka Gate at the entrance of the city, a project overseen by Chaitanya Chandra dasa, was built to commemorate the padayatra’s first return on March 18, 1988, and is renowned as “ISKCON’s Gate”.
ISKCON Dwarka organized a grand welcome for the padayatra honoring with garlands and showering flowers. Rupa Raghunath Swami addressed the gathering, “Srila Prabhupada instructed Lokanath Maharaja to start the padayatra and now this padayatra is moving all over India preaching the holy message of the Lord. This is not the only padayatra, there are now three more padayatras on the road in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The vision is that there should be millions of padayatra carts moving and preaching. You can also start padayatra at your place.”
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