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  • Florida Is “The Rathayatra State” With Over A Dozen Festivals

    For many, the season of Rathayatra, or the Festival of Chariots, won’t start until the summer. But Florida, which has become “The Rathayatra State” with a record-holding one dozen festivals in-state and more organized by Florida devotees out-of-state, is already kicking off its celebrations.

  • Jagannath Temple, Puri - Aerial View

    Aerial view of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha, India. Enhanced, ultra-wideangle video.

  • Hare Krishna Devotees Celebrate Festival of Chariots in Leicester

    Leicester, UK, was awash with music, dance and chanting today, as the Hare Krishna movement held their annual Festival of Chariots procession.

  • Festival of the Chariots on the Island of the Gods

    "The International Society for Krishna Consciousness for Indonesia has been celebrating Ratha-yatra festival for twelwe years,” Bala Krishna das head of this year’s Ratha Yatra committee says. "Every year the festival changes its location, moves from regency to regency within Bali. Now, after twelwe years, we have reached a full circle, and the festival arrived back in Bali's provincial capital Denpasar."

  • 10th Annual Festival of the Chariots, Jacksonville, FL

    The 10th Annual Festival of the Chariots & Ratha Yatra Parade, an Indian multi-cultural extravaganza, will take place on the beach & at the Seawalk Pavillion, Seawalk Plaza Beach Blvd. & Ocean Front South in Jacksonville Beach from 3:30 to 9 PM.

  • Jagannath Ratha Yatra in Puri , India

    A short documentary about the famous chariot festival in Puri, India.

  • Ratha Yatra Mayapur 2014

    This is the Ratha Yatra Festival in Mayapur 2014. This video is narated by Jananivasa das. He tells the story of how the appearance of these Jaganath deities came about and the eternal link they have to the Holy Dham. A video by bh. Jeff Wilson.

  • When the Lord Comes Out, Let's Invite Him In

    Ratha Yatra: let’s explore what this ancient festival offers to modern minds the world over as they, like us, seek to evolve as better beings.

  • Jagannatha Swami by Gaurangi

    29th of June, 2014 is the day to celebrate the world-famous Jagannath Ratha Yatra in Puri, India. A slideshow featuring art and animated graphics of Lord Jagannatha situated at ancient Puri Temple in Orissa, In India, The video is set to the music "Lord of the Universe" by well known devotional and New Age artist Gaurangi Devi Dasi aka Pia. 

  • London's Most Famous Landmarks Awash With Sound an Color for the 46th Ratha Yatra Festival

    On Sunday 15 June, London's most famous landmarks were brought to life in a dazzling display of sound, music and colour, as thousands of devotees came to the streets of London's West End to celebrate the 46th annual Rathayatra festival. Three chariots began their journey in Hyde Park and were pulled by hand to greet a huge gathering of devotees, visitors and tourists in the city's iconic Trafalgar Square. 

  • Invitation to the Kolkata Ratha Yatra

    A video from Govinda Vision with a team of devotees: Alex Pashuk, Julia Pashuk, Pandu Das, Vaikuntha Priya Devi Dasi, Anastasia Remizova, Vaninatha Vasu Das, and Brahmacharis from ISKCON Minsk.

  • First Ever Rome Rathayatra Opens the Door for More

    Since the first Italian Rathayatra in Viareggio, Tuscany in 1981, the ancient parade festival has been celebrated at least once a year in cities such as Florence, Milan, and Verona. But there hasn’t been a Rathayatra in Italy’s renowned capital, Rome, until this May. Spurring devotees on was the fact that May 2014 was the 40th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s visit in 1974 to Rome, where he stayed for one week.

  • Glimpses into the First Ever Rome Ratha Yatra Festival

    Italian devotees danced for joy down the streets of Rome, looking up at Lord Jagannath’s colorful chariot as they celebrated the first ever Rathayatra festival in their capital on May 31st, 2104.

  • 10,000 Devotees to Attend Jagannath Puri Pilgrimage

    This pilgrimage tours the sacred land of Jagannath Puri, Orissa (also known as Sri Ksetra), where the famous Jagannath Temple is located, and where Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lived and performed many of his pastimes.

  • Vrindavan Vrindavan

    A group of young Vaishnava celibates celebrate Jagannath Ratha Yatra in the rural Lithuania. 

  • Lord Jagannatha Preaches Equality
    A hidden jewel in Hindu culture and spirituality: a story of Lord Jagannatha, which may sound very surprising to Westerners, especially who had the experience of being denied entry to the famous Temple in Puri.
  • Thirty First Annual Jagananath Ratha Yatra at Baroda
    Muslim community leaders and members from Macchipeeth, Raopura, and Dudhwala gali near Nyaya Mandir, also greeted the Rathayatra, offering flower garlands to Their Lordships.
  • Kids to Celebrate Their Own Ratha Yatra in Vadodara
    Students from the age of five to twelve will haul the decorated rath with idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balram and Devi Subhadra at city-based Prince Ashokraje Gaekwad school.
  • The Bronx Welcomes Lord Jagannath With Open Arms
    For the third year in a row, residents of the Bronx, New York were fascinated by the appearance of Lord Jagannath in their Bronx Week Parade, held on Sunday May 20th.
  • Abhay Charan Dasa: The Man Behind the Chariots
    In North America, as we enter another summer of Rathayatras, there are of course many hardworking devotees we must thank for putting in the effort to make dozens of festivals happen all over the country.
  • Lord Jagannath Bestows His Mercy Upon Nairobi
    There were two sets of chariots for Lord Jagannath on the roads of Nairobi this year. One chariot was exclusively for the children, followed by the magnificent chariot of Lord Jagannath being pulled by adults.
  • Jagannath Puri Temple Resists Suggestions On Entry Of Non-Hindus
    Lord Jagannath of Puri has perhaps courted more controversies than any other deity in India. The gigantic 12th century edifice has been the scene of several conflicts and debates, the latest being the right of non-Hindus to enter the temple.
  • Thousands Celebrate the Rath Yatra at Houston`s India House
    Houston Rath Yatra was organized by Orissa Culture Center (OCC) partnered with ISKCON and joined by Sita Ram Foundation and other similar minded organizations of greater Houston.
  • Ratha Yatra: The Blockbuster is Coming to a Town Near You
    This summer’s biggest blockbuster is not a movie—it’s Ratha Yatra, The Festival of Chariots. And what does that mean? It means Lord Jagannath, the most merciful Lord of the Universe, is coming to a town near you very soon!
  • Kanpur Ratha Yatra and Bhumi Puja
    On Monday February 7, 2011, there was a grand “Jagannath Rathayatra festival” at Kanpur, India. Srila Prabhupada had written seventeen letters wherein he stressed the necessity of ISKCON establishing a center and building a temple at Kanpur. ISKCON Kanpur now has twelve acres of land where the project will be developed.
  • Ratha Yatra in Ludhiana, India
    ISKCON Ludhiana, India, had its 15th annual Ratha Yatra on December 19, 2010. Thousands of devotees from India and abroad joined the festival of chariot.
  • Ratha Yatra in Candigarh and Panchkula, India
    The local chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness will hold a two-day Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival from 27th November, 2010.
  • Invitation to the New Orleans Ratha Yatra
    ISKCON New Orleans invites all devotees and guests to join the annual Rath Yatra festival to be held on the 20th of November from 8 AM to 10 PM in Washington Park.
  • The Rathayatra That Started Them All Comes to DVD
    As Rathayatra season comes to a close, devotees can immerse themselves in the one that started them all in ISKCON film-maker Vasudeva Dasa’s new English language version of his little-seen 1992 classic, Pulling Krishna Home.
  • Nine Day Ratha Yatra in Guwahati, Assam
    From Tuesday July 13 on, Jagannatha Ratha Yatra was celebrated in Guwahati, Assam. In this remote corner of Northeast India devotees welcomed Lord Jaganatha with great excitement. For the first time, the festival lasted for nine days.
  • Twenty Ninth Annual Ratha Yatra Festival At Baroda
    On the auspicious day of “aashadh shukla dvitiya”, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, ISKCON Baroda organized and observed the Jagannath Ratha Yatra festival at Baroda, Gujarat, India. The local response to the festival has become almost “overwhelming”.
  • Fifty Thousand Pull The Ratha in Dhaka, Bangladesh
    The city of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh witnessed an unprecedented turnout of devotees pouring in from all corners of the city and the country. Three chariots pulling Their Lordships by approximately a whopping fifty thousand devotees formed a huge procession that snaked its way through the main streets of Dhaka City.
  • Ratha Yatras Around The World
    Over the past two weeks, ISKCON devotees held several chariot festivals all over the world. Reports from Malaysia, India, Hungary and the USA.
  • Youth Organizers Focus on Outreach at Toronto Ratha Yatra
    With Ratha Yatra season in full swing and ISKCON devotees all over the world celebrating the ancient Chariot festival in honor of Jagannath, this month will see one of the largest events in North America—Toronto Ratha Yatra.
  • Moscow Ratha Yatra Promotes Healthy Lifestyle
    Last Sunday, visitors of Moscow`s Russian Exhibition Center encountered an unusual sight: a richly decorated chariot moving around in the flowery central park. The previous Ratha Yatra took place here exactly fifteen years ago, in the summer of 1995. This year, the ancient Indian Festival aimed to attract the attention of the people in Moscow to the importance of healthy life-style.
  • Annual Pilgrimage to Puri
    Over the past six years the parikarama has been conducted very successfully, with an increasing number of attending devotees from all over the world. Last year more than 6.500 devotees participated, listening to sannyasis and Srila Prabhupada`s disciples speaking about the pastimes of Lord Jagannatha and Lor Gauanga every day.
  • A British View of Ratha Yatra
    The British described Jagannath as “a frightful visage painted black, with a distended mouth of bloody horror.” It could hardly be expected that the British should have immediately fallen in love with Jagannath or worshiped him, but at least they could have investigated the meaning and philosophy behind him.
  • Yadunandana Dasi: Serving the Lord of the Universe
    As the huge chariot with its brilliant red canopy rolled up, Jagannatha sitting majestically upon it, Judith watched in awe, taking in the Lord to whom she would devote the rest of her life.
  • New York and London Kick off Ratha Yatra Season
    The month of June brings with it summer, sun and vacations—but it also brings Ratha Yatra season, during which the ancient chariot festival is held dozens of times all over the world.
  • Foundation For ISKCON Temple Laid by Governor in Assam
    On the auspicious day of papamochani (“freedom from sins”) ekadashi, Thursday, March 11, 2010, the Governor of Assam, Sri Janakivallabh Patnaik, launched the efforts to construct a new Jagannath temple in the city of Guwahati. The fifteen thousand square foot property at Jaynagar Charali Beltola was donated to ISKCON by Shantidevi Kamikya Prasad Sharma.
  • Puri Priests Assault Two ISKCON Pilgrims
    PURI: Two Iskcon devotees from Singapore and Australia were allegedly shoved out of the Jagannath temple on Thursday by a group of priests, for in their view, the visitors are non-Hindus. The priests reportedly nudged and even kicked the foreigners, who claimed themselves to be Hindus.
  • Puri King Works for Uniform Worship in Jagannath Shrines
    BHUBANESWAR: How many Jagannath temples exist across the world? Nobody knows for sure. To provide a reasonable answer, the Jagannath temple at Puri started making efforts to document all shrines dedicated to Jagannath and bring about "emotional integration and aesthetic unity" among them.
  • GBC Issues Statement on Effigy Burning
    November 21, 2008 - It was with great shock, dismay, anguish, and anger that we received recent reports that a handful of misguided persons committed a great offense to His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), by burning his effigy in Jagannatha Puri, India.
  • Puri Protestors Burn Effigy of Srila Prabhupada
    On Tuesday the 11th of November, priests and cultural enthusiasts affiliated with the extremist group Sri Jagannath Sebayat Sammilani protested the timing of ISKCON’s Ratha Yatra festivals by burning an effigy of ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in front of the main entrance of the ancient Jagannatha temple in Puri, India.
  • Jagannath Temple Authorities Worry About ‘Incongruous Show’

    Rath yatra is a few days away and the entire city of Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, India is gearing up for the festival billed for July 4. But Jagannath Temple authorities are worried about ‘incongruous celebrations’ organized by ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) on different days across the country. In 2007, the institution organized rath yatras in October and December instead of the official dates in June.

  • Puri Priests Demand Ban on Entry of ISKCON Monks

    PURI — Firing another salvo against ISKCON monks, nearly hundred priests of Sri Jagannath Temple here sat on a dharna yesterday demanding a ban on the entry of ‘converted’ Hindus into the 12th century shrine.

  • A Carpenter for Krishna's Chariot

    Every July in Orissa, outside a sleepy little town called Paradeep, everyone gets ready for the annual chariot (ratha) festival of Lord Jagannath. This town's ratha traditions are entirely different from those followed by the more famous ratha at Puri, where only Hindus are allowed to participate and pull the chariot.

  • US Website Sued For Selling Jagannatha Undies

    PURI/BHUBANESWAR: A case has been slapped on a US-based website for selling undergarments emblazoned with pictures of Hindu deities. Police said it registered the case on Monday after a Puri-based religious outfit lodged a complaint of hurting religious sentiments.

  • Priests at Jagannatha Puri Temple Detain ISKCON Devotees

    Nov 7, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA — Three Indonesia-based ISKCON devotees, including two women, on Wednesday, November 7 were driven out of the Jagannath Temple by a group of priests who alleged that the three were non-Hindus.

  • Jagannath Temple in Puri has India's Biggest Kitchen
    Puri (Orissa): The famed Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, boasts of having one of the biggest kitchens in the country.

    Around 500 cooks and 300 helping hands prepare 56 different offerings known as 'Mahaprasad' or 'Abhada' for Lord Jagannath, which are served to the deity six times a day.

    The kitchen has 32 rooms, 752 stoves and nine earthen pots.

    The meals include seven different types of rice, four types of pulses, nine types of vegetables and different items of sweet dishes.
  • Jagannath Temple Reforms Result in Income Increases, Sale of Land
    The Sri Jagannath temple in Puri, India, has seen an increase in revenue over the past two years due to recent administrative reforms, but the temple also intends to dispose of tens of thousands of acres of land that is currently in unauthorized use by others.