Vrindavan, 2017.10.26 (VT): ISKCON Vrindavan on Wednesday held a procession based on Puri’s famous Ratha Yatra. After maha-abhishek and aarti in the morning, Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra Devi were seated on a float and taken on a tour of the city.
ISKCON devotees danced and sang the Holy Name, while others swept the streets in front of the carts, making sure they sparkled before the Lord passed by on his chariot. The ladies of the temple made rangoli designs in the streets to welcome him.
Devotees from all over the world, who are visiting Vrindavan for Kartik, attended the function.
Beginning at Shri Krishna Sharanam on Chhatikara road, the procession passed by Prem Mandir, ISKCON, Vidyapeeth Chaurah and Atalla Chungi before returning to ISKCON via the Parikrama Marg.
Ratha Yatra is an ancient festival of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa. It was brought to the USA in the late 1960s by ISKCON’s founder, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Today, Ratha Yatra is celebrated by ISKCON devotees in countries around the world.