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ISKCON of Central NJ Ratha Yatra
By Hema Jagannatha Das   |  Aug 27, 2022

ISKCON of Central NJ (ICNJ), Plainfield, NJ celebrated Sri-Jagannath Rath Yatra at Oak Tree Road, Edison as part of the India Independence Day Parade.


On Sunday 8/14/2022 Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra was celebrated at Oak Tree Road, in Edison, New Jersey as part of the India Independence Day Parade.

Every 2nd Sunday of August, the India Independence Day parade is held on Oak Tree Road, Edison. A huge chariot was assembled nicely by Akhilananda Das ACBSP.

Lord Jagannath with the His supreme siblings was seated on the chariot along with Srila Prabhupada who started Rath Yatra in the western world in 1967.  Bhusara Das ACBSP led ecstatic kirtan with a team of kirtaneer singers. The Chariot was pulled with love and devotion from Edison, NJ side of Oak tree road to Iselin, NJ traversing 1.4 miles. Temple volunteers distributed books, flyers, and Prasadam (sanctified food) along the route.

More than an estimated 30,000 devotees attended the India Independence Day parade and had the opportunity to pull the chariot and have the darshan of the Lord of the Universe. Several dignitaries were in attendance;


Sam Joshi – Edison, NJ Mayor pulled the chariot and cleaned the path of the chariot.


Congressman Frank Pallone visited the chariot and participated in Kirtan.


The congressman also tweeted about this event: “Enjoyed the India Day parade on Oak Tree Road in Edison and Woodbridge. Always proud to represent one of the most vibrant Indian-American communities in the country.”


Dr. Sambit Patra, Grand Marshall of the Parade Visiting ISKCON Chariot from Podium, paid obesciences to Lord Jagannath and interacted with the temple devotees.


For more information on ISKCON of Central New Jersey, please visit

ISKCONNJ.COM or their Facebook Page


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