December 05, 2015 06:12 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

The Chandigarh branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organized Lord Jagannath’s 27thRath Yatra in the city beautiful with great preparedness, enthusiasm and devotion.  Hundreds of ISKCON devotees from all parts of the country and abroad had come for the Rath Yatra and it looked like a real cosmopolitan affair. Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladev & Devi Subhadra arrived in Sector 23-C Market at about 11 AM where They were offered 56 Bhoga offering. After the Bhoga offering, Aarti was done by about 108 prominent citizens and dignitaries of the city Beautiful. The Rath Yatra started at about 1.00 P.M. from Sector 23-C Market when His Excellency Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Honourable Governor of Haryana & Punjab and Administrator U.T. Chandigarh flagged the Rath Yatra after worshipping Lord Jagannath. His Excellency was received by His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, G.B.C. ISKCON and presented a robe of Honour (siropa). His Excellency appreciated ISKCON for its efforts to spread the message of Bhagavad Gita & Holy Names of the Lord all over the world which has changed the lives of lacs of people into Divinity.His Excellency and a number of sanyasis swept the road before the Rath with golden brooms while other devotees started pulling the chariot carrying the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Devi Subhadra and Srila Prabhupada - the founder acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).  Local people, who had turned out in large numbers, also joined the devotees in pulling the chariot, and in chanting and dancing before the Rath. As a large number of devotees were pulling the chariot, another group of devotees was busy ecstatically in Sankirtan and dancing before the chariot, while many volunteers of ISKCON were seen liberally distributing small packets of prasadam to all the participants and onlookers. Starting from Sector 23-C the Rath Yatra passed through Sec.22, Sec. 21, Dividing 21-20, Dividing 34-33, Sec. 34, Sec. 35 before it concluded at the ISKCON center in Sector 36-B, at about 7-30 P.M. where about 8,000 participants were treated to a sumptuous feast of the dishes earlier offered to Lord Jagannath. who attended Rath Yatra and enlightened the public through their speech are:

His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami, ISKCON Governing Body Commissioner&BBT Trustee, His Holiness Prabodhanand Saraswati Swami from Vrindavan,  His Holiness Bhakti Asraya Vaishnava Swamifrom Vrindavan,   H.G. Mahaman Das, Co-Zonal Secretary for ISKCON Chandigarh,  H.G. Sridham Das from Delhi who is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, Also many foreign devotees especially from Russia & America sang & danced in front of Lord Jagannath. 

Other attractions of Rath Yatra are:

56 items of food offerings to Lord Jagannath., Feast for all the participants of public numbering around 8000 at the starting and conclusion of the Rath Yatra, The Rath used in Rath Yatra has the following features,   It is 50 feet high, It has a multi coloured canopy, It has a nice mechanical system to reduce or increase the height of Rath. It was made so to reduce the height of Rath in case of any overhead wire or tree branch. This type of special Rath was initially designed by an American ISKCON devotee H.G. Jayanand Das in 1967.

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