London Rathayatra

49th Central London Rathayatra

Date to be confirmed.

Rathayatra carts coming towards Piccadilly Circus with crowds of pilgrims.

Rathayatra carts coming towards Piccadilly Circus with crowds of pilgrims and devotees.

Event Details and Times:

  • Assemble at Hyde Park, South Carriage Drive 11.30am.

  • Procession departs 12 noon.

  • Arrives at Trafalgar Square 2.30pm.

  • Festival in Trafalgar Square until 5.00pm.

The three Chariots overlooking Trafalgar Square

The three Chariots overlooking Trafalgar Square with people looking at stage.

Festival at Trafalgar Square features:

  • Vegetarian ‘prasadam’ feast for all – Free of charge!

  • Introduction to Krishna consciousness.

  • Hare Krishna bhajans and prayers to drums and cymbals.

  • Experience maha-mantra meditation – taster sessions.

  • Transcendental books and music.

  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium display.

  • Spiritual ‘Questions and Answers’ with devotees of Krishna.

Dearest Reader,

Hare Krishna! Everyone is welcome to Rathayatra.

Route Map

Rathayatra Procession Route

The procession assembles just inside Hyde Park – 500 yards (450m) west of Hyde Park Corner.

You will clearly spot the three colourful carts as you approach.

There are three or four kirtan parties (singing and instrument sections) with each of the carts. There are also groups of dancers.

You can pull the ropes on the cart but please follow the instructions of stewards and staff.

The cart leaves Hyde Park promptly at mid-day and arrives at Trafalgar Square around 2.30pm.

This can feel like a long journey on a hot day.

Please bring a bottle of water to refresh and hydrate yourself along the way.

A small mini-bus van is provided at the rear of the procession for the infirm. Priority is given to the most elderly.

London Rathayatra leaving Hyde Park

London Rathayatra leaving Hyde Park

Make it for the start if you can…

If you can, please come and enjoy the start of the procession before the Deities arrive.

At Rathayatra the Deities come out of the temple for one day. They freely distribute Their loving glances to anyone and everyone They see.

Wherever the Lord appears He is accompanied by His beloved devotees and friends.

If you are also there then you will surely benefit eternally.

Look forward to seeing you at the festival!

Thank you very much for reading.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Jaya Jagannatha Swami! Jaya Baladeva! Jaya Subhadra!

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