NEW YORK RATHA YATRA
NEW YORK RATHA YATRA 2018
JUNE 9, 2018 / 12:00 - 7:00pm
Ratha Yatra (Sanskrit for "chariot festival") is a festival that involves moving Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Their sister Subhadra on chariots. The first Ratha Yatra originally took place in Puri, India over 5,000 years ago to celebrate Lord Krishna's return to Vṛndāvana. Celebrated every year since then, devotees gather from all over the world to pull the chariot ropes while chanting and dancing. Usually deities are worshipped within temple walls, but during this auspicious day Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are paraded through the streets so that everyone can have the fortune of seeing Them. Today, this procession takes place once a year in different cities throughout the world.
New York Ratha Yatra will begin on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and proceed towards Washington Square Park, concluding with the Festival of India. The Festival of India in Washington Square Park will include a vegetarian feast, kirtan, traditional Indian dances, dramas, mehndi, and booths with books and information on the culture and philosophies of India.
12:00 - Chariot procession begins at 45th Street and 5th Avenue
~2:30 - Procession concludes at Washington Square Park
2:00 - Festival of India begins at Washington Square Park
7:00 - Festival of India concludes
26 Second Avenue will open its doors from 3:00 to 7:00pm on this day for those who would like to take darśana (Sanskrit for "see") of the first ISKCON temple in the Western hemisphere founded by Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Please join us for this auspicious event!