Lord Jagannatha’s Festival.

This website is about Rathayatra.

Rathayatra is the most extraordinary cart festival that originates in Jagannatha Puri on the east coast of India and dates back over 2,000 years. The Skanda Purana states that ‘Ratha-yatra’ began a few billion years ago in Satya-yuga during the reign of Svarocisa Manu, the second of the fourteen Manus.

Rathayatra in Puri

Ratha Yatra Festival in Puri, India – James Fergusson’s painting.

In the United Kingdom there are Rathayatra festivals all over the country. They run from May through until October. The largest is London which was one of the first outside India in the 60s and has been running ever since. There are big Rathayatras in Birmingham, Leicester, Brighton and Cardiff. Dublin and Belfast also hold Rathayatra.

In 2016 the International Society for Krishna Consciousness will hold over 500 Rathayatra festivals around the world.

Meaning of Rathayatra.

Learn more about the meaning and origin of the festival and take a look in the FAQ section.

History of Rathayatra.

There is a long history of celebrating Rathayatra on planet earth. Learn more about the history of Rathayatra.

The History of Jagannatha Worship.

The history of worship of Lord Jagannatha dates back way beyond known records. Learn more about the history of Jagannatha worship.

The home of the Deities.

The Radha-Krishna Temple, Soho.

The festival Deities Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Srimate Subhadra-Devi reside in the Radha-Krishna Temple in Soho Street, Central London.

The temple is also home to Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant, Radha’s Shop and is the ashram for a group of wonderful souls who look after it.

Please visit ISKCON-London.org to learn more about the amazing and wonderful temple in the heart of London.

London ISKCON Altar

Image above: Temple altar of Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara, Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, Sudhadra, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Giri-Govardhana

Behind the scenes at Rathayatra.

All the Rathayatra festivals are run by teams of committed volunteers. Each of them giving time and service to the event.

London Rathayatra has around 280 volunteers involved and costs around £65,000 to run.

If you would like to help in a practical way, either as a donor or as a volunteer please let us know.

There is no shortage of opportunities to take part in the Lord’s devotional service.