Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rath Yatra Festival

Photo: Sam Panthaky / AFP/Getty Images
From Sify News:
"Thousands of devotees and foreign tourists chanting 'Hare Krishna' Tuesday pulled the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra during the annual Ratha Yatra (chariot festival) here.

Organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, the procession with the deities astride three chariots snaked its way from Park Circus Maidan of South Kolkata to reach the Ganga Sagar Mela near Babughat in the central part of the city.

The Rath Yatra marks the annual journey of the three deities from their abode to their aunt's house." ...(Cont.)...

Photo: Sam Panthaky / AFP/Getty Images
"Hindus throng around the chariot of Lord Jagannath during Lord Jagannath's 133rd. Rath Yatra procession in Saraspur area of Ahmedabad on July 13, 2010. The idols of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and his brother Balram were placed on decorated chariots and went around a 14 Kms long route in which thousands of devotees joined the procession."