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  • European Yatras Organize 'Spirit of Ratha Yatra' Virtual Festival on July 18th

    ISKCON Berlin, London, Radhadesh and Zurich are organizing the Spirit of Ratha Yatra, a unique first-time European virtual collaboration festival jointly hosted on Saturday 18th July, 11:00 - 17:00 CEST / 10:00 - 16:00 BST

  • Julan Yatra Festival in Kiev, Ukraine Draws Over 1,000 Devotees

    “Around two to three hundred kilograms of flowers were used, including 10,000 roses,” says Vraja Hari. “First, the Deities were showered with flower petals on the altar. Then, the flowers were brought into the temple room, where all the devotees enjoyed lovingly throwing flower petals onto each other while a huge kirtan went on.”

  • Zagreb, Croatia: National Media Covers the Bliss of Ratha Yatra

    On Sunday, August 11th, Sri Sri Jaganatha, Baladeva and Subhadra made their presence for the fourth time on the central streets and squares of the Croatian capital Zagreb.

  • Philadelphia Ratha Yatra 2017

    Every year on the 4th Saturday in September, their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra Devi grace the streets of Philadelphia (PA, USA) in a Parade of Chariots beginning from Love Park and ending at Eakin’s Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where the Festival of India is then held. This year the festival was held on September 23th.

  • ISKCON Zagreb, Croatia, Holds 2nd Ratha Yatra

    In mid-August, Lord Jaganatha accompanied with Baladheva and Subhadra at colorfully decorated chariot passed again through the streets of Zagreb, being followed by many of Their devotees. This was for the second time that the Ratha yatra took place in the capital of and the biggest city  in Croatia.

  • Hare Krishna Devotees Celebrate Festival of Chariots in Leicester

    Leicester, UK, was awash with music, dance and chanting today, as the Hare Krishna movement held their annual Festival of Chariots procession.

  • Festival of the Chariots on the Island of the Gods

    "The International Society for Krishna Consciousness for Indonesia has been celebrating Ratha-yatra festival for twelwe years,” Bala Krishna das head of this year’s Ratha Yatra committee says. "Every year the festival changes its location, moves from regency to regency within Bali. Now, after twelwe years, we have reached a full circle, and the festival arrived back in Bali's provincial capital Denpasar."

  • Hundreds of Thousands Attend 43rd Kolkata Ratha Yatra

    “Srila Prabhupada first arranged and celebrated Rathayatra at the age of five on the streets of Kolkata with his neighbors and friends,” says organizer Ananga Mohan Das. “He always wanted the ISKCON Kolkata Rathayatra to be the second largest in the world after the one in Jagannath Puri. And since he established ISKCON in Kolkata in 1971, it has been growing, with an ever-increasing number of attendees.”

  • Kolkata Ratha Yatra 2014

    The Ratha Yatra in Kolkata was held on June 29, 2014. The event was entitled as the  "Prabhupada Ratha Yatra" because A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada used to hold a small Ratha Yatra for neighborhood children when he was a boy. A video by Jeff Wilson, commentary is by Subhag. 

  • Jagannath Ratha Yatra in Puri , India

    A short documentary about the famous chariot festival in Puri, India.

  • Ratha Yatra Mayapur 2014

    This is the Ratha Yatra Festival in Mayapur 2014. This video is narated by Jananivasa das. He tells the story of how the appearance of these Jaganath deities came about and the eternal link they have to the Holy Dham. A video by bh. Jeff Wilson.

  • When the Lord Comes Out, Let's Invite Him In

    Ratha Yatra: let’s explore what this ancient festival offers to modern minds the world over as they, like us, seek to evolve as better beings.

  • Invitation to the Kolkata Ratha Yatra

    The 43rd Kolkata Ratha Yatra will take place on 29th June 2014.

  • Ratha Yatra in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia celebrated its 487th anniversary on Sunday, 22 June 2014. On this occasion, the city hosted the Jakarnaval, a cultural parade from the National Monument to the Central Business District of Jakarta. Hare Krishna devotees took this opportunity to organize their third annual Ratha-Yatra festival.

  • Birmingham, UK, Ratha Yatra 2014

    The 14th Anniversary of the Birmingham Rathayatra Festival 2014 promises to be a spectacular event with a City Centre procession and festival, incorporating all the exoticness, vitality and colour that is India. 

  • London's Most Famous Landmarks Awash With Sound an Color for the 46th Ratha Yatra Festival

    On Sunday 15 June, London's most famous landmarks were brought to life in a dazzling display of sound, music and colour, as thousands of devotees came to the streets of London's West End to celebrate the 46th annual Rathayatra festival. Three chariots began their journey in Hyde Park and were pulled by hand to greet a huge gathering of devotees, visitors and tourists in the city's iconic Trafalgar Square. 

  • The Southernmost Ratha Yatra in the World

    Pucón is a city in the south of Chile nestled in the middle of majestic landscapes of volcanoes, lakes and forests. Its population of 22 thousand people icreases to 60 thousand in the summer due to its strong tourism, which fills the streets with foreigners and locals captivated by the native environment. This year, for the third consecutive year, was held the Festival of India Ratha Yatra through the main streets of the city.

  • Invitation to the Vasai, Mumbai, Ratha Yatra Festival

    Invitation video for Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra to be held in Vasai, Mumbai, February 16th, 2014.

  • First Ratha Yatra Festival in Adelaide, Australia

    For the first time ever ISKCON Adelaide Hare Krishna Temple celebrated Jagannath Ratha Yatra (Jagannath Chariot Festival) on Sunday 26th January as part of the Australia Day celebration which included a parade, concert & fireworks.

  • A Video Invitation to the Mumbai Ratha Yatra

    The event's date is Saturday January 04th, 2014, and the venue is Shivaji Park - Dadar, Mumbai.

  • Rathayatra in Sri Mayapur 2013

    500 years ago an blind old man prompted Lord Jagannath to appear in a quaint village near Mayapur in West Bengal. The Lord has been worshipped there ever since, but it is only since 1978 that ISKCON, having been requested to take over the worship, started organizing Rathayatras in Mayapur. 

    In just a few years the Mayapur Rathayatra has grown from minuscule to huge in size. Many thousand pilgrims attend from the whole Nadia region, including movie and TV celebrities from Kolkata. The stage program on Ulto Rathayatra (the return trip seven days later) draws as many as the Kolkata Ratharaytra stage. 

    A video by Vasudev Das.

  • A Glimpse into the Ratha Yatra at New Govardhan, Australia

    A short video by Visnujana dasa and about the Ratha Yatra festival taken place in New Govardhana Farm (Australia) 07 Jul 2013.

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal Inaugurates Kolkata Rath Yatra

    The 42nd Kolkata Rath Yatra, organized by ISKCON, was inaugurated by Chief Minister of West Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee and ISKCON sanyasis and senior disciples of Srila Prabhupada, Jayapataka Swami and Bhakti Charu Swami on July 10th.   Bengali megastar actress Koyal Mullick was also present at the event.

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Flags Off Ratha Yatra in Kolkata

    Themed on the Vedic temple Chandrodaya Mandir, under construction in West Bengal's Mayapur town in Nadia district, about 135 km from here, the three chariots carrying the deities were pulled from Park Circus Maidan of south Kolkata to the Brigade Parade Ground in the center of the city.

  • ISKCON Gurgaon's Ratha Yatra to Be Telecast Live Worldwide
    "It will cover nearly eight kilometers followed by cultural functions", said a member of the organising committee. "For the first time large and big LED screens would be installed in various parts of the city."
  • A Trailer for a New Feature Documentary: Rasa Yatra

    RASA YATRA evokes the beauty of pilgrimage and explores the essence of devotion in Hindu culture through non-linear narrative. Rasa is Sanskrit for 'juice' or 'taste', and it can also mean 'dance'. Yatra means 'journey', suggesting a joyful inner expedition, beyond the confines of routine and conceptual conventions. Photographed over a period of four years, RASA YATRA takes the viewer on a meditative journey from the majestic Himalayan mountains into Vrindavana, the spiritual heart of India. For the receptive viewer, RASA YATRA becomes a pilgrimage rather than a mere depiction of one.

    To learn more about the film please visit:

  • Jacksonville Beach Ratha Yatra on Sunday, June 6
    The 6th Annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade will be held on the sands of Jacksonville Beach on Sunday, June 6.
  • Joy and Bliss of Ratha Yatra in San Francisco

    On Saturday, July 25, 2009; ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Berkeley Hare Krishna Temple celebrated Ratha Yatra (Festival of Chariots) in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. ISKCON of Silicon Valley (ISV) located in San Jose collaborated in the celebration.

    The Ratha Yatra with three chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subhadra, and Lord Baladeva respectively started in the afternoon from Transverse and JFK Drive. The colorful chariots were gloriously decorated.

  • ISKCON New Govardhana Holds Ratha Yatra Uphill

    New Govardhana is an ISKCON farm at Eungella near Murwillumbah in Northern New South Wales, Australia. Each year the devotees at New Govardhana hold a Ratha Yatra festival and many other devotees and well wishers come from all over the region to join in the celebration.

  • Festival of the Chariots Rides into Montreal
    Montreal, Canada: You can bet that any festival that has been celebrated for thousands of years has a lot of life in it. Plus, what could be better than free curry and pointers on reincarnation? A mini version of the Festival of the Chariot, known as Ratha Yatra in India, takes place all this weekend, starting with a big parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the corner of Sherbrooke and St-Laurent and settling down on Sunday in Jeanne-Mance Park.
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Ratha Yatra 2009
  • ISKCON Baroda's Ratha Yatra a Grand Success

    On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, ISKCON Baroda's 28th annual Jagannath Rathayatra Mahotsav, aka “Festival of the Chariots”, was observed in the usual grand manner.

    Baroda Mayor and recently elected Member of Parliament, Sri Balkrishna Shukla, inaugurated the procession by sweeping the road in front of the Lord's Rath (Chariot) with a golden handled broom, following the age old tradition of the Maharajah of Puri, at the Baroda Railway Station at 2:30 PM, on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, which corresponds to the auspicious day of “Aashadh shukla dvitiyaa” (the second day of the fortnight of the waxing moon in the month of “Aashadh” on the Hindu calendar).

  • Baroda Ratha Yatra Concludes Peacefully Amidst Heavy Security

    Vadodara (Baroda), India: Police heaved a sigh of relief after the Jagannath rath yatra concluded peacefully on Wednesday night at the ISKCON Temple. Having received intelligence input about a possible terror attack during the yatra, city police were on tenterhooks and had made stringent security measures on the entire route.

  • Ratha Yatra Amterdam 2009

    It's with great pleasure that we, ISKCON Amsterdam, are hereby extending to you our heartfelt invitation to this year's Ratha Yatra Festival in Amsterdam (Holland) on Sunday the 19th of July 2009. As many of you probably know, Amsterdam enjoys worldwide fame. The preaching potential out here is tremendous!

  • South Africa Experiences 21 Years of Jagannatha's Festival
    Durban, South Africa – To those of the Christian faith, Easter represents the day Jesus was resurrected from the dead. For many Christians, it is a time for celebration and a time for feasting. Much like the Christians, Easter also represents a time for celebration for members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Durban, South Africa, but for a different reason. For the past 21 years, ISKCON Durban has held its annual Ratha Yatra festival over the course of Easter weekend.
  • ISKCON Chennai Holds Ratha Yatra
    The entrance to Kapaleeshwarar temple in Mylapore turned into a sea of humanity, as the devout Hindus turned up to pay obeisance to Lord Jagannath on the occasion of the annual Ratha-yatra organised by ISKCON on Tuesday.
  • Lord Jagannatha Invited to Largest Festival in Australia
    Lord Jagannatha made his dramatic appearance for the first time at the annual Woodford Folk Festival in Australia this past December 27 to January 1. With an attendance of over 130,000, Woodford, held on a 360-acre parkland one hour north of Brisbane, is one of the largest folk festivals in the world.
  • Rathayatra Celebrated in Ludhiana, Punjab
    The unmistakable red and yellow canopy of Lord Jagannath’s Rathayatra cart paraded through Ludhiana, Punjab this November 15th. Teams of congregational members swept in front of the cart with golden brooms, while children dressed as Krishna and his gopi girlfriends performed classical stick dances. Thousands of devotees danced and chanted down the streets, which were etched with ornate chalk patterns. The parade lasted all day, covering the six kilometer route in eight hours.
  • Ratha Yatra Rolls Through Manchester England
    HUNDREDS of Hare Krishna devotees celebrated the festival of Rathayatra over the weekend. The devotees from across the UK descended into Manchester's Cathedral Gardens where they played devotional music.
  • Sun Shines for Krishna Devotees' Dublin Festival

    Over 800 people sat in the unexpected sunshine of St Stephen's Green in Dublin yesterday to witness the spectacle that was Rathayatra, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness' festival. Events began at Parnell Square where the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Eibhlín Byrne, started the festival procession by sweeping the ground in front of the chariot, which contained a likeness of Lord Krishna.

  • Festival of the Chariots Lights Up Leicester

    Once again the Hindu festival of Rathayatra was celebrated in style by Leicester revelers, but with more chariots than before. Listen to find out what the festival is all about...

    The annual Ratha Yatra chariot festival was bigger and better than in previous years with three sumptuously decorated chariots being wheeled from Leicester's Clocktower to Cossington Park in Belgrave.

  • Ratha Yatra Celebrated in West Bengal
    Kolkata (PTI): The Rathayatra of Lord Jagannth was celebrated here on Friday with Information and Broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi flagging off the brightly painted chariots with the ritual of sweeping the road with a golden broom.


  • Puri Temple Creates Row Over ISKCON Ratha Yatras
    A Ratha Yatra parade festival in Delhi resonated all the way to Puri in Orissa. There the devotees say that the Jagannatha Ratha Yatra recently organised by ISKCON in Delhi is untimely.
  • NY Ratha Yatra Among Few 5th Avenue Parades Allowed
    New York City – New York Ratha Yatra, a popular Hare Krishna festival held along Manhattan’s posh Fifth Avenue, is among fifteen “traditional annual Fifth Avenue parades” that will be allowed to continue despite new measures to limit processions down the street, according to Virginia Waters, senior counsel in the city’s law division.