Jagannath Rath Yatra on 14th January ISKCON Celebrates Golden Jubilee
The Annual Jagannath Rath Yatra will be held on 14th January, 2016 (Thursday) under the auspices of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Chennai Chapter. ISKCON, founded by His divine grace A. C. Bhakthivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966 is also celebrating its Golden Jubilee.
The Rath Yatra will start from Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore between 2:30 and 3:30 pm. and will reach the venue at Chetpet Kuchalambal Kalyana Mandapam. 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) thrown from the Rath.
Swami Srila Prabhupada inaugurated the first Ratha Yatra outside India on 27th July in the year of 1967 at San Francisco. The history of Sri Jagannath Rathyatra festival in Chennai dates back to 1983. The opulent and grand chariot was built by a Canadian devotee, HG Rasananda Das with substantial contribution from Mr. Krishan Myer of Automac, Ambattur. Mr. Ramesh Prasad, Managing Director of Prasad Studios has given space within to park and protect the Rath.”
For more details, contact: Mr. GK Das, ISKCON, firstname.lastname@example.org, 86954 77451