Sabhapati das: It was in the middle of the Melbourne winter. It was very, very cold. It was about…probably that day it was about 12 degrees. Prabhupada came and joined us about halfway through the parade in Collins Street. Of course, when Prabhupada arrived in the actual parade, the devotees were in ecstasy. In front of the Rathayatra cart, we had this big diorama of Lord Chaitanya, big golden diorama. He was about 14 feet high. He was following in front of the ratha cart, and we were walking in front of Lord Chaitanya. Every now and again, Prabhupada would stop and he would turn around and he would just look at Lord Chaitanya in complete ecstasy. Then he would look at Lord Jagannatha. Then he would turn around and he would walk again. Then Prabhupada walked for about two miles.
So this Rathayatra was quite astounding for us. And although it was a very, very cold day and there weren’t so many people in the streets or actually following the procession, it was so potent and so powerful it was as though Srila Prabhupada had conquered the whole of Melbourne. It was like he was the king of the whole of Melbourne. Everything stopped for Srila Prabhupada. And the devotees all present felt like this was the center of the universe because Srila Prabhupada was there and Lord Chaitanya was there and Lord Jagannatha was there. So it was a very, very ecstatic program.