for ISKCON News on July 24, 2010
The Chariot Festival known as the Ratha-Yatra is one of ISKCON Dhaka's biggest celebrations. Over the years it has surpassed many cities to become the second biggest Ratha-Yatra celebration to be organized by ISKCON. The Ratha-Yatra recently took place on the 13th of July, coinciding with the festival held in the holy pilgrimage city of Puri, Orissa (India).
The city of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh witnessed an unprecedented turnout of devotees pouring in from all corners of the city and the country. Three chariots pulling Their Lordships by approximately a whopping fifty thousand devotees formed a huge procession that snaked its way through the main streets of Dhaka City, before culminating in the temple of Dhakeswari Temple (The National Temple).
Prabhavisnu Swami, a spiritual master and prominent leader of ISKCON, graced the occasion, along with several government and parliament members and other high-profile dignitaries.
Besides Dhaka, the Ratha-yatra has also been celebrated in other cities of Bangladesh like Chittagong, Sylhet, Habiganj, Mymensing, Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Dinajpur, Khulna, Jessore, Choumuhoni and Narsingdi, representing a harmonious unity of Muslims and Hindus.