Ratha yatra is a celebration of the occasion when Sri Krsna attended a religious function in Kuruksetra some 5,000 years ago, traveling from Dwarka along with Subhadra and Balarama; and the residents of Vrindavana, due to intense separation from Krishna and Balarama tried to take Them from Kurukshetra to Vrindavana.
Puri in Orissa is world-famous for the annual Ratha Yatra festival. Srila Prabhupada, the Founder – Acharya of ISKCON introduced this Ratha Yatra festival or the festival of chariots in all of his centers around the world. He said, "If you participate in these chariot festivals and see the deities riding on these chariots, you will go, back to home, back to Godhead at the end of this life - rathe ca vamanam drstva punar janma na vidyate "
We at ISKCON Bangalore celebrate this festival every year in the vicinity of our temple in a grand manner. The utsava deities of Sri Krishna Balarama come out in the evening and ride on Their chariots to bless the citizens. Thousands of devotees pull the chariot, offer their prayers, join in the kirtana and partake of the prasadam, all along the route of the Ratha Yatra. You are also invited to receive Their Lordships’ mercy and come pull the chariot!
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