Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple is celebrating the 19th annual Sri Jagannath Ratha yatra festival on Thursday, 5 October 2017.
Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra originated in Puri, Orissa five thousand years ago in India, on the East Coast state of Orrisa, in a city called Jagannatha Puri. The Festival celebrates Lord Krishna’s return to Vrindaban and is held annually in the months of June-July to honor Lord Jagannatha, which means Lord of the Universe.
The first time the Ratha Yatra was performed outside of India was on July 9, 1967 in San Francisco, under the supervision of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977). Now, the Ratha Yatra festival is now common sight in most major cities of the world and is one of the festivals that is celebrated extravagantly in ISKCON Sri Lanka.
On this day, the beautifully adorned deities of Lord Jagannath along with his brother Baladev and sister Subadhra will be taken on a procession in a colourfully decorated chariot along the main streets of Colombo City where they will shower their blessings to every living entity.
The chariot will leave the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple, 188, New Chetty Street, Colombo 13 at 7:00 am and will proceed along the main roads in Colombo city with many cultural programs, chanting of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, dancing and singing Bhajans and kirtans and prasadam distribution etc. Devotees can also offer their poojas during the procession and pull the chariot and receive the mercy of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subadhra.
The chariot will return to the temple at about 1pm on the same day.
Join us for the joyous celebration of Ratha Yatra!
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