On January 18-19, ISKCON held its first Ratha-yatra Festival in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia. It was a very successful event. The mayor of Medan, the head of the Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia, the head of ISKCON in Indonesia and Subhagh Swami opened the event attended by over 3,000 people, who joyfully pulled the chariot of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra on a 4-kilometer route.
The festival was a part of a chain of events, which began on the 17th of January with Food For Life (free distribution of prasada, or food offered to Krishna) and a Cidadahi festival on the 18th, when the deities of Gaura Nitai were taken to the beach for a ceremonial bath.
The Ratha-yatra festival was covered by local news agencies.
In 2014, many other Ratha-yatra festivals are scheduled to be held in Indonesia: Sulawesi, Lombok, Jakarta and Java.
In Bali, the Ratha-yatra will take place on the 28th & 29th of June 2014..
Fore more information on Ratha-yatras in Indonesia and to participate in them, please go to visitiskconbali.com
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