Lord Jagannatha’s Rathayatra is celebrated all over the world.
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Rathayatra is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ biggest street festival. Featuring three huge, wooden chariots pulled by hand in a grand procession.
All the way through the Rathayatra festival there is singing, chanting and dancing to rhythmical drums and cymbals. Anyone can join in. The procession ends with a festival and a delicious vegetarian prasadam feast – served free of charge. Learn more about Rathayatra.
Founded in the west by Srila Prabhupada.
Rathayatra was introduced to the west in 1967 in San Fransisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his first American disciples.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami is the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Rathayatra – the Lord’s Divine Festival.
Rathayatra is a non-sectarian celebration. It is attended by people from all faiths and is universal in its scope.
The smiling figures of ‘Jagannatha’, ‘Subhadra’ and ‘Balarama’ ride on three wooden carts with 40ft canopies. Each cart is accompanied by a chanting party and a full crew of priests, drivers, attendants and stewards. Learn more about Rathayatra.
The Deity forms explained.
The unusual deity forms of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra are the focus of the festival which dates back many thousands of years.
The Deities identity and role in the festival are briefly explained in this video by His Holiness Visnujana Swami speaking in 1975.
The Hare Krishna ‘maha-mantra’.
Throughout the entire Rathayatra festival there is constant singing and chanting of the maha-mantra.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Not heard the chanting before?
Take a moment to listen to one of the audio files on this page. They are recordings from previous festivals.
More about why chant Hare Krishna – the maha-mantra.
Chanting Hare Krishna with the devotees can lead to high levels of happiness.
Dancing while chanting is also very popular and can be enjoyed by one and all.
The kind Lord is for everyone.
“The common man, if he has no time to worship the Lord, may at least engage his hands for a few seconds in washing or sweeping the Lord’s temple.
Mahäräja Pratäparudra, the greatly powerful king of Orissa, was always very busy with heavy state responsibilities, yet he made it a point to sweep the temple of Lord Jagannätha at Puri once a year during the festival of the Lord.
The idea is that however important a man one may be he must accept the supremacy of the Supreme Lord. This God consciousness will help a man even in his material prosperity.
Mahäräja Pratäparudra’s subordination before Lord Jagannätha made him a powerful king, so much so that even the great Pathan in his time could not enter into Orissa on account of the powerful Mahäräja Pratäparudra.
And at last Mahäräja Pratäparudra was graced by Lord Sri Caitanya on the very grounds of his acceptance of subordination to the Lord of the universe.
So even though a rich man’s wife has glittering bangles made of gold on her hands, she must engage herself in rendering service to the Lord.”
Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 3 Verse 21 – Purport His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
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OM TAT SAT