Jagannath Rath Yatra on 13th January
The Annual Jagannath Rath Yatra will be held on 13th January, 2017 (Friday) under the auspices of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Chennai Chapter. The chief guest for the event is Mr. La. Ganesan, M.P., Rajya Sabha along with Special Guest Mr. Chadalawada Krishna Murthy, Chairman, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and Guest of Honor Hon’ble Justice Thiru M. Jaichandran, Judge, High Court of Madras and Mr. M. Chakravarthy, Vice – President, Tamilnadu BJP.
The RathYatra will start from Kapaleeswarar Temple,
Mylapore at 2:00 pm and will reach the venue Chetpet, Kuchalambal Kalyana Mandapam by 3:30 pm. The procession will go through R.K Mutt Road, Royapettah High Road, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Cathedral Road, N.H. Road and Village Road. During the procession, ISKCON will distribute about 10,000 plates of prasadam to the general public. Everyone is invited to join and pull the Rath, which is by far the biggest Rath Yatra in Chennai. Many school children across the city will participate in the Yatra.
According to Mr. Das, of ISKCON “This is the biggest Rath Yatra in Chennai. We have been doing this annual ritual since 1983. We take pride in bringing this wonderful and colourful parade which gives an opportunity for people to come together and pay their respects to the Lord Jagannath. Onlookers are taken by surprise to see Lord Jagannath on a colourful cart, pouring out his mercy. People excitedly wait for the Prasadam (sweets) given away from the Rath.”