Thrissur, Jan. 01, 2019: Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra was conducted by ISKCON Bangalore’s center at Thrissur on December 29, 2018.
His Excellency Sri Kummanam Rajasekharan, Governor of Mizoram; Padmashri Dr. T. A. Sundar Menon, CEO, Sun Group International; Sri M. Vasudevan, President, Sri Raghavendra Mattom; His Holiness Stoka Krishna Swami; His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore; His Grace Jai Chaitanya Dasa, President, ISKCON Mysore and His Grace Vasudev Keshav Dasa, Vice President, ISKCON Bangalore were among the dignitaries who graced the inaugural ceremony of the Ratha Yatra.
Around 500 devotees from ISKCON Bangalore’s different centres, and the general public participated in large numbers at the Ratha Yatra. Sumptuous dinner prasadam was served to all the participants.
Ratha Yatra, the Festival of Chariots, is celebrated originally in Jagannath Puri (Odisha) from time immemorial. Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON introduced this Ratha Yatra festival in ISKCON centers around the world. He said, “If you participate in these chariot festivals and see the Deities riding on these chariots, you will go back home, back to Godhead at the end of this life.”