Hubballi, Feb. 3, 2018: The grandest festival of Hubballi – ISKCON’s Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra, was held today.  The procession started with an inaugural function at Durgadbail Circle in the gracious presence of Sri Abhinava Swamiji of Budeshwar Matha, Hosalli; His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore & Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Pandit Sri Narasimhacharya Korlahalli, Madhwa scholar.  Sri Ramesh Bafna of Mutha Wagmal Bhuraji Group and other dignitaries were present at the event.

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The deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama were gorgeously adorned in red garments with golden embellishments and dazzling jewels.  Seated in the splendidly decorated Ratha,  Sri Sri Krishna Balarama traversed the main streets of Hubballi, bestowing Their merciful glances upon the people all along the route of the Ratha Yatra.  At the sight of the Ratha, people who would otherwise be busy in their daily routines, lay them aside just to participate in the wonderful procession.  Devotees could be seen sprinkling water and cleaning the streets on which Their Lordships would travel. .

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The holy names of the Lord were chanted throughout the procession.  The devotees sang ecstatic kirtans while expertly playing cymbals and the mridanga.  The devotees also danced to their heart’s content to please Their Lordships.  The streets of Hubballi metamorphosed into a spiritual world being immersed in the devotional mood.  Nearly 20,000 cups of Bisi Bele Bath was distributed to the public all along the Ratha Yatra route.

The chariot went through the busy areas of Hubballi such as Maratha Galli, Broadway, Station Road, Koppikar Road, Dajibanpet, Rani Chennamma Circle and reached Nehru Stadium around 8.45 p.m.  ISKCON Bangalore President, His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa led the devotees in chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra.  He also spoke about the significance of the Ratha Yatra to the audience.

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A grand Maha-mangalarati was performed to Sri Sri Krishna Balarama at 9.00 p.m.  This was followed by the serving of about 4,000 plates of full meal prasadam to the assembled devotees.